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Swiss 'spy' arrested in Frankfurt Swiss 'spy' arrested in Frankfurt
A Swiss man has been arrested in Frankfurt on suspicion of spying. German federal prosecutors said the man was suspected of having worked "for the intelligence service of a foreign power" since early 2012. Reports suggest the man may have spied on German tax investigators. Tax authorities in Germany have controversially bought CDs of information from whistleblowers in Swiss banks as they ...
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German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash German airlines drop safety rule prompted by Germanwings crash
German airlines are dropping safety rules brought in after the 2015 Germanwings plane crash which require two people in the cockpit at all times. Andreas Lubitz killed 150 people by crashing the plane - apparently on purpose - after the plane's captain left to use the toilet. Airlines now say the two-person rule has no safety benefits. Eurowings, which merged with the Germanwings brand, i...
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Missing Taiwanese trekker found in Himalayas after 47 days Missing Taiwanese trekker found in Himalayas after 47 days
A 21-year-old trekker from Taiwan has been rescued alive in the Himalayas, 47 days after he and his girlfriend went missing. A high-altitude search and rescue team found Liang Sheng Yueh in a canyon at around 2,600m (8,500ft) near Tipling village in Nepal's Dhading district. The body of his companion, 19-year-old Liu Chen Chun, was lying nearby. Mr Liang is being treated at Grandee Intern...
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Russian hackers 'target' presidential candidate Macron Russian hackers 'target' presidential candidate Macron
Russian hackers are targeting the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, say security experts. Phishing emails, malware and fake net domains were all being used as attack techniques, said Feike Hacquebord, from security company Trend Micro. The attackers are believed to be part of the same group that targeted the US election. Russia has denied that it is behind attacks...
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Afghan defence chiefs resign over deadly Taliban attack Afghan defence chiefs resign over deadly Taliban attack
Afghanistan's defence minister and army chief of staff have resigned in the wake of Friday's Taliban attack that left scores of soldiers dead, the presidential palace says. The attack happened at an army base near the northern Mazar-e Sharif city. Insurgents targeted troops leaving Friday prayers at the base's mosque and in a canteen, the army said. It was the Taliban's deadliest attack o...
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French election 2017: Who are the candidates? French election 2017: Who are the candidates?
Eleven candidates have joined the race for the French presidency, and the campaign is now in its final days ahead of the election on 23 April. There are four front-runners and, as none is likely to secure an outright majority, a run-off between the two leading candidates is now expected on 7 May. For the first time in 15 years, the far-right National Front has a realistic chance of winning t...
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Paris Champs Elysees attack: 'Angry Police Wives' protest against violence Paris Champs Elysees attack: 'Angry Police Wives' protest against violence
More than 100 wives and partners of police have protested in Paris against attacks on police following the killing of an officer on the Champs Elysees. The Angry Police Wives group marched through the city two days after Xavier Jugelé was shot twice in the head by convicted criminal Karim Cheurfi. Separately, police fired tear gas amid confrontations after a trade union demonstration in east...
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Dozens of Afghan troops dead in Taliban base attack Dozens of Afghan troops dead in Taliban base attack
At least 50 Afghan soldiers have been killed in an attack by Taliban insurgents on a military base in northern Balkh province, military officials say. Reports say the number of casualties is far higher than the eight deaths initially reported. The military say that Friday's attack took place near a mosque at the base, located in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif. The Taliban said in a statement ...
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French election: Candidates turn fire on EU in last TV pitch French election: Candidates turn fire on EU in last TV pitch
Marine Le Pen has called for France to take back powers from the EU, saying she wants to "give back to the French the keys of the house". The far-right leader, one of 11 candidates standing for the French presidency, is taking part in the race's final set-piece TV encounter. Speaking earlier, radical leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon said the EU must change or France would leave. Each candidate ...
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France arrests over 'pre-election attack plot' France arrests over 'pre-election attack plot'
Five days before the first round of France's presidential election, two men have been arrested on suspicion of planning an imminent attack. The suspects, aged 23 and 29, were detained in Marseille by elite police and domestic intelligence agents after a search that had lasted several days. Both men are French citizens said to have been radicalised in prison. France remains under a state o...
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