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Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack
Syrian security forces are engaged in fierce clashes with rebels on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, residents say. Artillery shells and rockets landed inside the heart of the city as part of a surprise rebel attack, they say. The insurgents detonated two suicide car bombs in Jobar district before trying to storm government defence lines, observers said. The military respond...
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G20 finance ministers drop anti-protectionist pledge G20 finance ministers drop anti-protectionist pledge
Finance ministers from world's biggest economies have dropped an anti-protectionist commitment after opposition from the US. G20 ministers left the two-day meeting without renewing their long-standing pledge to bolster free trade. Last year, the group of the world's 20 largest economies vowed to "resist all forms of protectionism". But since then, President Donald Trump has taken office, ...
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Dutch election: Voters go to the polls in key test for populists Dutch election: Voters go to the polls in key test for populists
Voters are going to the polls in the Netherlands in the first of three crucial eurozone elections this year. The race is dominated by Prime Minister Mark Rutte's centre-right party and that of Geert Wilders, running on an anti-immigration platform. Mr Rutte has said the election is an opportunity for voters to "beat the wrong sort of populism". Mr Wilders has pledged to take the Netherlan...
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Turkey slams EU officials in row over Netherlands campaigning Turkey slams EU officials in row over Netherlands campaigning
The Turkish foreign ministry has rejected a call by top EU officials to show restraint in a row with the Netherlands over political campaigning. It described as "worthless" an appeal by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn. The row erupted after the Dutch barred Turkish ministers from campaigning among expatriates for a referendum. It co...
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Syria conflict: Rebels agree to leave last Homs enclave Syria conflict: Rebels agree to leave last Homs enclave
Syrian rebel fighters have agreed to leave their last enclave in the city of Homs, government officials say. Homs Governor Talal Barrazi said the evacuation of al-Wair was part of an existing deal with community leaders and would take six to eight weeks. Opposition activists said the rebels would be allowed to depart with their families for rebel-held northern Syria. Al-Wair, home to an e...
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Ethiopia rubbish landslide kills 48 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia rubbish landslide kills 48 in Addis Ababa
At least 48 people have been killed in a landslide at a vast rubbish dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, officials say. They say dozens of people are still missing since the landslide on Saturday night at the Koshe landfill. A resident said 150 people were there at the time. A number of makeshift houses are now buried under tonnes of waste. The area has been a dumping...
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Afghanistan: IS gunmen dressed as medics kill 30 at Kabul military hospital Afghanistan: IS gunmen dressed as medics kill 30 at Kabul military hospital
More than 30 people have been killed after attackers dressed as doctors stormed the largest military hospital in Kabul, Afghan officials say. Militants armed with guns and grenades gained entry after one detonated explosives at a hospital gate and then opened fire on staff and patients. Commandos who landed on the Sardar Daud hospital roof killed all four attackers after several hours of fig...
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Mosul battle: Troops retake main government office Mosul battle: Troops retake main government office
Iraqi forces say they have retaken the main government offices in Mosul as the offensive continues to oust the so-called Islamic State (IS) group. The advance could pave the way for an attack on the heavily-populated old city, where the militants are still entrenched. Thousands of civilians are streaming out of the city every day. Mosul is the last stronghold for IS in Iraq. The east of t...
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Fillon France election: Candidate makes fighting speech at rally Fillon France election: Candidate makes fighting speech at rally
Beleaguered French presidential candidate Francois Fillon has urged supporters to fight on, in a speech to a mass rally in Paris. He told tens of thousands of supporters, many waving tricolour flags, that he would be cleared over allegations he paid his wife and children for work they did not do. The rally is seen as a crucial test of his popularity. Calls are growing for him to quit and ...
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Suspected Syrian plane 'crashes near Turkey border' Suspected Syrian plane 'crashes near Turkey border'
A plane believed to be a Syrian military aircraft has crashed near the border between Syria and Turkey, Turkish officials say. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said it was a MiG-23 warplane. He said a search was under way for the pilot, who was believed to have ejected. An Islamist group which is fighting the Syrian government tweeted a video it said showed a plane being "targeted"....
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