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Sri Lanka extends nationwide curfew after anti-Muslim riots Sri Lanka extends nationwide curfew after anti-Muslim riots
Sri Lanka has imposed a nationwide curfew for the second night in a row after a wave of anti-Muslim violence in the wake of the Easter bombings. A Muslim man was stabbed to death while rioters torched Muslim-owned shops and vandalised mosques during Monday's attacks. Police have arrested 60 people, including the leader of a far-right Buddhist group. The United Nations has called for calm ...
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Pilot in Myanmar lands plane without front wheels Pilot in Myanmar lands plane without front wheels
A Myanmar pilot safely landed a jet without front wheels after the landing gear failed to deploy. The Myanmar National Airlines plane skidded down the runway at Mandalay airport before grinding to a stop. The pilot of the Embraer 190 was praised for the landing, in which none of the 89 passengers was hurt. Captain Myat Moe Aung circled the airport twice to allow air traffic controllers to...
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French hostages praise rescue 'from hell' in Burkina Faso French hostages praise rescue 'from hell' in Burkina Faso
Two French tourists who were held hostage in Burkina Faso have thanked the French soldiers who "lost their lives to free us from this hell". Two French special forces soldiers died during the raid, which rescued four hostages and killed four kidnappers. "All our thoughts go out to the families of the soldiers and to the soldiers, said Laurent Lassimouillas, one of the French hostages. Two...
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French troops free hostages in Burkina Faso French troops free hostages in Burkina Faso
Four foreign hostages have been freed by French forces in the West African country of Burkina Faso, France says. Commanders launched the operation to rescue two French tourists snatched in neighbouring Benin earlier this month, before they could be handed over to militants in Mali. During the raid special forces found the kidnappers were also holding a US woman and a South Korean woman. T...
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Iran nuclear deal: Tehran urged to honour commitments Iran nuclear deal: Tehran urged to honour commitments
Western countries participating in the Iran nuclear deal have warned Tehran there will be serious consequences if it takes steps that violate its terms. The UK, France and Germany said they would still back the deal as long as Iran upheld its commitments. It follows Iran's move to suspend some commitments now the US has left the deal and begun imposing new sanctions. The 2015 accord was i...
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Turkey to rerun vote in Istanbul following opposition win Turkey to rerun vote in Istanbul following opposition win
Turkey's electoral body has ordered that Istanbul's local elections be re-held after a shock opposition victory in March. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party questioned the slim win by the opposition CHP, claiming there were "irregularities and corruption". CHP deputy chair Onursal Adiguzel said the rerun showed it was "illegal to win against the AK Party". The vote will reportedly ...
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Hostilities flare up as rockets hit Israel from Gaza Hostilities flare up as rockets hit Israel from Gaza
Militants in the Gaza Strip have fired more than 200 rockets into Israel, the army says, prompting air strikes and tank fire on the Palestinian territory. Three Israelis were wounded by the rockets. Israeli fire killed three Palestinians, including a mother and her baby daughter, Gaza officials say. Four Palestinians, including two Hamas militants, were killed on Friday after an attack injur...
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Sudan protesters reject army's position on civilian rule Sudan protesters reject army's position on civilian rule
Protesters in Sudan have criticised the ruling military council after it said it would not accept a civilian-majority power sharing council. A top military council official earlier told the BBC that a transitional supreme council could not be dominated by civilians. But an opposition spokesman said the military did not understand civilian government. Talks between the military and the opp...
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Venezuela crisis: Protesters gather after Guaidó call Venezuela crisis: Protesters gather after Guaidó call
Venezuelan opposition supporters have been holding mass protests, a day after violent clashes with government forces. "We will keep going with more strength than ever," opposition leader Juan Guaidó tweeted. Pro-government rallies are also taking place. The rival demonstrations come after President Nicolás Maduro said he had stopped an "attempted coup" on Tuesday. Mr Guaidó says he is bac...
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Venezuela's Guaidó accused of coup attempt by government Venezuela's Guaidó accused of coup attempt by government
Venezuelan authorities say they are putting down a small coup attempt after opposition leader Juan Guaidó announced he was in the "final phase" of ending President Nicolás Maduro's rule. He appeared in a video with uniformed men, saying he had military support. Mr Guaidó, who declared himself interim president in January, called for more members of the military to help him end Mr Maduro's "u...
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