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Thai cave rescue: Coach and boys given citizenship Thai cave rescue: Coach and boys given citizenship
Thailand has granted citizenship to the coach and three members of a football team dramatically rescued from a flooded cave last month. During their ordeal, it emerged that the boys and their coach were among around 480,000 stateless people living in the south-east Asian country. It prompted calls to fast-track their citizenship applications. The four were part of a 13-strong team, known ...
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DHS invests $20 million in border wall prototypes, fails to account for rough terrain. DHS invests $20 million in border wall prototypes, fails to account for rough terrain.
The Department of Homeland Security invested $20 million in the contest to build prototypes for President Trumpís border wall, only to discover that most of them were impractical for the tough terrain along the U.S.-Mexico line, the governmentís chief watchdog said Monday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency overseeing the project, also cut corners in deciding where to build the firs...
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anker truck fireball kills two and injures dozens anker truck fireball kills two and injures dozens
A tanker and a lorry have collided on a motorway on the outskirts of the northern Italian city of Bologna, causing a major fire and explosion. Images released by police show the tanker ploughing into the back of the lorry that had come to a stop in motorway traffic. They then caught fire, triggering a huge fireball, and the bridge they were on partly collapsed. Two people have died and at...
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Bangladesh students attacked during Dhaka protest Bangladesh students attacked during Dhaka protest
About 25 students have been injured in clashes in Bangladesh's capital on the seventh day of a youth protest about road safety, reports say. Thousands of pupils have been out on Dhaka's roads stopping traffic and checking vehicles and drivers. It is not clear who attacked them but local media blamed a student group linked to the ruling party. The protesters want improved road safety after...
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Osama Bin Laden: Mother Alia Ghanem remembers 'good child' Osama Bin Laden: Mother Alia Ghanem remembers 'good child'
The mother of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has spoken publicly about her son for the first time, seven years on from his 2011 death. Alia Ghanem gave an interview to British newspaper the Guardian from the family's home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She told the publication her son had been a shy and "good child" growing up, but was "brainwashed" at university. The family say they last saw ...
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Zimbabwe election: Army patrols 'ghost town' Harare Zimbabwe election: Army patrols 'ghost town' Harare
Businesses have shut in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, as the nation awaits the results from the heavily disputed presidential election. Armed soldiers and police are on patrol, ordering people to "behave". Three people were killed in the city on Wednesday in clashes between the security forces and supporters of opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. He says Monday's elections were being rigged t...
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Slovakia alarmed by pro-Putin Night Wolves bikers' base Slovakia alarmed by pro-Putin Night Wolves bikers' base
The Slovak foreign ministry says it is "disturbing" that the Night Wolves - a Russian nationalist biker gang close to President Vladimir Putin - now have a base in Slovakia. The base has old military vehicles and lies in Dolna Krupa, a village 70km (44 miles) from the capital Bratislava. The Russian government calls it the Night Wolves' "European headquarters". The bikers are under US san...
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Taliban sources confirm Qatar meeting with senior US diplomat Taliban sources confirm Qatar meeting with senior US diplomat
Taliban officials met secretly with a senior US diplomat in Qatar last week, sources in the group have told the BBC. The face-to-face talks in Doha with Alice Wells, a state department deputy assistant secretary, were "very important", one Taliban official said. News of the meeting follows a directive from the Trump administration for US diplomats to talk directly with the Afghan militant gr...
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Indonesia earthquake: 14 dead on tourist island of Lombok Indonesia earthquake: 14 dead on tourist island of Lombok
A powerful earthquake has struck a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, killing at least 14 people. The 6.4 magnitude quake hit the central island of Lombok just before 07:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Sunday. The island attracts tourists from around the world due to its beaches and hiking trails, and is located about 40km (25 miles) east of Bali. More than 160 people are injured and ...
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Thousands rally over plan to raise pension age Thousands rally over plan to raise pension age
Thousands of people have taken part in protests in cities across Russia to express their anger at government proposals to raise the pension age. Demonstrators in the capital, Moscow, carried banners reading: "We want to live on our pensions, not die at work." The government says it wants to raise the pension age from 60 to 65 for men, and from 55 to 63 for women, to help cope with a shrinkin...
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