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Save the Children report says 1.2bn children at risk Save the Children report says 1.2bn children at risk
More than half the world's children are at risk of poverty, conflict and discrimination against girls, according to a report by Save the Children. The charity's second End of Childhood index says more than 1.2 billion children face these threats, with 153 million facing all three. While the global situation has improved compared with last year, the charity says progress is not fast enough. ...
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Israel strikes Gaza after heaviest mortar barrage in years Israel strikes Gaza after heaviest mortar barrage in years
Israel has attacked militant sites in Gaza after coming under the heaviest barrage of mortar and rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave in years. The Israeli army said air strikes hit 35 targets, including a cross-border tunnel, belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad - Gaza's main militant groups. In Israel, an empty kindergarten was hit when militants fired more than 30 mortars earlier in t...
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Spain's Podemos leader survives confidence vote over house purchase Spain's Podemos leader survives confidence vote over house purchase
The leader of Spain's left-wing Podemos (We Can) party and his partner have survived a confidence vote triggered by their decision to buy a luxury home. Pablo Iglesias and Irene Montero, the party's spokeswoman, were accused of hypocrisy for spending €600,000 (£527,000; $700,000) on a house with a swimming pool and guest quarters. Mr Iglesias has previously criticised politicians who live "i...
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Berlin far-right supporters outnumbered by counter-protest Berlin far-right supporters outnumbered by counter-protest
Thousands of people gathered in Berlin on Sunday amid a heavy police presence for rival demonstrations, staged by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and by counter-protesters. Police said more than 5,000 people attended the AfD demonstration, while at least twice as many opposed them. Supporters of the anti-immigration AfD chanted "We are the people", and were met with chants ...
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Cyclone Mekunu kills girl of 12 in Oman Cyclone Mekunu kills girl of 12 in Oman
Cyclone Mekunu has hit southern Oman with high winds and rain, killing a 12-year-old girl and leaving three other people injured, officials say. The girl died after wind swept her against a wall, police say. State TV showed large areas of flooding in Dhofar and al-Wusta provinces, with dozens of vehicles submerged. The cyclone intensified in strength on Friday but has now been downgraded ...
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Saudi Arabia widens crackdown on women's rights activists Saudi Arabia widens crackdown on women's rights activists
Saudi Arabia has reportedly arrested three more women's rights activists in a crackdown launched just weeks before a ban on women driving will be lifted. Human rights groups said at least 11 people, most of them women who had long campaigned for the right to drive, had now been detained since last week. Officials have said they are suspected of "suspicious contact with foreign parties" and u...
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Italy president names novice Giuseppe Conte as populist PM Italy president names novice Giuseppe Conte as populist PM
Italy's President Sergio Mattarella has accepted a political novice as prime minister, paving the way for the two populist parties to form a government. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and right-wing League chose law professor Giuseppe Conte in a bid to end 11 weeks of political deadlock. The 64 year old has faced claims that he embellished his CV, which he denies. Concerns rema...
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F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation
The US-made F-35 stealth fighter has seen its first ever combat action, flying in an operation for the Israeli air force. The air force chief showed an image of jets over Beirut, Lebanon, and said the planes had "already attacked twice on two different fronts". Israel recently carried out scores of air strikes in Syria. The F-35, from the world's priciest military programme, has been crit...
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French Muslim student Maryam Pougetoux hits back over headscarf claims French Muslim student Maryam Pougetoux hits back over headscarf claims
A French student union leader who has been accused by ministers of using her headscarf for political gain has hit back, calling the claims "pathetic". France's interior minister has personally criticised Maryam Pougetoux, who is Muslim, for being interviewed while wearing her headscarf. "It's my faith," the student told Buzzfeed News, adding: "[My hijab] has no political function." Ms Pou...
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Syria war: IS militants 'leave Damascus suburbs' Syria war: IS militants 'leave Damascus suburbs'
Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group have been evacuated from an enclave in the southern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a temporary ceasefire had come into effect following heavy bombardment by the Syrian military. But Syrian officials denied there was any ceasefire, and have made no mention of the reported ...
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