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French farmer Cedric Herrou fined for helping migrants French farmer Cedric Herrou fined for helping migrants
A French farmer has been convicted and given a suspended 3,000 (2,500; $3,200) fine for helping migrants cross the French-Italian border. Cedric Herrou has housed dozens of migrants in caravans on his farm in the Roya valley, in south-east France. He has been hailed by supporters as a humanitarian and has vowed to continue helping migrants, which he characterises as a civic duty. Immigr...
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Syria war: Russian 'friendly fire' kills Turkish soldiers Syria war: Russian 'friendly fire' kills Turkish soldiers
President Vladimir Putin has sent condolences after a Russian air strike accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers in northern Syria. The soldiers were supporting Syrian rebels in efforts to capture the city of al-Bab from so-called Islamic State. It is part of a broader offensive by Turkey to push IS and Kurdish fighters away from Turkey's southern border. Russia and Turkey, who back op...
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Chinese family reunites 500 members for rare photo Chinese family reunites 500 members for rare photo
More than 500 members of one Chinese family have posed for the ultimate family photo. The pictures were taken at a Ren family reunion at Shishe village in China's eastern province of Zhejiang. It was held last week during the Lunar New Year period, which is usually marked by the Chinese with large family gatherings and meals. Photographer Zhang Liangzong took the pictures with a drone in ...
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Syria conflict: Thousands hanged at Saydnaya prison, Amnesty says Syria conflict: Thousands hanged at Saydnaya prison, Amnesty says
As many as 13,000 people, most of them civilian opposition supporters, have been executed in secret at a prison in Syria, Amnesty International says. A new report by the human rights group alleges that mass hangings took place every week at Saydnaya prison between September 2011 and December 2015. Amnesty says the alleged executions were authorised at the highest levels of the Syrian governm...
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Romania protesters not backing down after decree repeal Romania protesters not backing down after decree repeal
About 500,000 demonstrators have rallied across Romania, despite the government revoking a controversial decree that fuelled their discontent. The left-wing government earlier scrapped the decree, which would have shielded many politicians from prosecution for corruption. But protesters remain dissatisfied about a revised version of the bill which will now be put to parliament. Some are c...
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Quebec City mosque shooting: At least four reportedly killed Quebec City mosque shooting: At least four reportedly killed
At least four people have reportedly been killed in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada. Shots were fired at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday night, police said. The centre's Facebook page posted video of police outside the scene, with a written comment that there were "some dead". Police said two people had been arrested, but did not provide a number for those kille...
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Theresa May in Turkey: UK agrees 100m defence deal Theresa May in Turkey: UK agrees 100m defence deal
Britain has agreed a 100m defence deal to help develop fighter jets for the Turkish air force. The announcement came as UK Prime Minister Theresa May met the Turkish president and prime minister in Ankara. Mrs May said the defence agreement "underlines once again that Britain is a great, global, trading nation". She said the UK would enhance trade relations with Turkey, and President Rec...
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UN condemns Israel's West Bank settlement plans UN condemns Israel's West Bank settlement plans
The United Nations has condemned Israeli plans to build more settlements in the occupied West Bank. A UN spokesman said "unilateral actions" were an obstacle to peace based on a two-state solution. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would build 2,500 more homes in Jewish settlements "in response to housing needs". It is the second such announcement by the Israeli au...
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Syria conflict: War of words as peace talks open in Astana Syria conflict: War of words as peace talks open in Astana
The Syrian government's lead negotiator has denounced what he called his rebel counterpart's "provocative" comments at the start of peace talks in Astana. Bashar Jaafari said Mohammed Alloush had acted in a way "removed from diplomacy" at the indirect negotiations convened by Russia, Iran and Turkey. Mr Alloush described the Syrian government as a "terrorist entity". He also said a politi...
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The Gambia 'missing millions' after Jammeh flies into exile The Gambia 'missing millions' after Jammeh flies into exile
More than $11m (8.8m) is missing from The Gambia's state coffers following the departure of long-time leader Yahya Jammeh, an adviser to President Adama Barrow has said. Mai Ahmad Fatty said financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss. Luxury cars and other items were seen being loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane on the night Mr Jammeh left the country. Mr Jammeh flew into e...
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