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Deraa, birthplace of Syria uprising, retaken by government forces Deraa, birthplace of Syria uprising, retaken by government forces
Syrian government forces are retaking control of the rebel-held part of Deraa, the birthplace of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. Troops, accompanied by Russian military police, entered the area and raised the national flag, state media reported. Rebels there have reportedly agreed to surrender in return for an amnesty or safe passage to the rebel-held north. The army has rec...
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Mexico earthquake leads to discovery of ancient temple Mexico earthquake leads to discovery of ancient temple
Archaeologists scanning a Mexican pyramid for damage following September's devastating earthquake have uncovered traces of an ancient temple. The temple is nestled inside the Teopanzolco pyramid in Morelos state, 70km (43 miles) south of Mexico City. It is thought to date back to 1150 and to belong to the Tlahuica culture, one of the Aztec peoples living in central Mexico. The structure i...
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Thailand cave rescue: First footage emerges of boys in hospital Thailand cave rescue: First footage emerges of boys in hospital
The first footage has emerged from the hospital where 12 Thai boys and their coach are being treated after their dramatic rescue from a flooded cave. Several boys can be seen in facemasks and hospital gowns, at least one giving a victory sign for the camera. Meanwhile, reports say the boys and the coach were sedated to stop them panicking during the dangerous rescue. The Thai Navy Seals a...
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Japan floods: At least 100 dead after record rainfall Japan floods: At least 100 dead after record rainfall
At least 100 people are thought to have died after record rainfall caused flooding and landslides in western Japan, a government spokesman says. Dozens more are reported to be missing and electricity supplies have been hit. Since Thursday, parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall for the whole of July. Two million people have been ordered to evacuate as rivers burs...
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Trump to visit Windsor and Chequers on UK trip Trump to visit Windsor and Chequers on UK trip
Donald Trump will meet the Queen at Windsor and hold talks with the prime minister at Chequers on his two-day visit to the UK next week. The itinerary for Thursday and Friday confirms the US president will stay at the US Ambassador's House in Regent's Park overnight. But other formal events will be held outside London. Thousands are expected to stage protests in the capital and in Scotlan...
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'Melting road' damages cars in Australia 'Melting road' damages cars in Australia
Melting bitumen has forced drivers in Australia to abandon their vehicles after the tyres became coated with tar. Up to 50 motorists may be entitled to compensation over the incident in Queensland on Tuesday, reports said. "I have never seen anything like it and when the reports started coming through yesterday, it was just incredible," local mayor Joe Paronella told the ABC. The incident...
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China's HNA Group boss dies in Provence China's HNA Group boss dies in Provence
The co-founder and chairman of the giant Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has died in a fall in southern France, his company has confirmed. Wang Jian, 57, "accidentally fell" in Provence, while on a business trip to France, a company statement said. Police said he fell off a wall in the village of Bonnieux on Tuesday as he was having his picture taken. Mr Wang helped turn HNA into one of th...
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Italy Wikipedia shuts down in protest at EU copyright law Italy Wikipedia shuts down in protest at EU copyright law
Italian Wikipedia blocked readers from its own pages on Monday in protest over the future of EU online copyright law. Critics say the rules, due to be voted on this week, could put an end to memes and remixes, and require platforms to pay for linking to news. Instead of an encyclopaedia entry, visitors to any page on the Italian language Wikipedia were greeted with a statement about the upco...
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Mexico election: López Obrador vows profound change after win Mexico election: López Obrador vows profound change after win
Left-wing candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador has claimed victory in Mexico's presidential election, saying "profound change" is coming. The ex-Mexico City mayor, known by his initials Amlo, is projected to win about 53% and his rivals have conceded. He vowed to tackle the "evil" of corruption, saying it had caused social inequality and violence in the country. He also pledged to double...
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Migrant crisis: EU leaders plan secure migrant centres Migrant crisis: EU leaders plan secure migrant centres
Secure centres for migrants may be set up in EU states to process asylum claims under a deal reached after marathon talks at a summit in Brussels. The controlled centres would be set up by EU states on a voluntary basis and migrants whose claims were rejected would be "returned". Refugees could be resettled in EU states which agreed to take them. The deal follows weeks of diplomatic wrang...
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