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Macron seeks to cut number of France MPs by a third Macron seeks to cut number of France MPs by a third
French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed a radical overhaul of the country's government. Speaking at the historic Palace of Versailles, he said he planned to cut the number of lawmakers by a third. Doing so would produce a more efficient government and put France on a "radically new path", said Mr Macron. The French president says he has a broad mandate after sweeping wins in preside...
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Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon destroyed by fire Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon destroyed by fire
At least one person has died and a number of people wounded after a huge fire broke out at a camp for Syrian refugees in eastern Lebanon. The blaze took hold at the camp near Qab Elias town in the Bekaa Valley. Footage from the scene showed near total devastation. The UN refugee agency told Reuters the camp had housed 102 families. Lebanon has one million registered Syrian refugees, but b...
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Canada 150: Huge crowd celebrate nation's anniversary Canada 150: Huge crowd celebrate nation's anniversary
Revellers, police and some protesters have converged on Canada's national capital on Saturday for a party that has been years in the planning. Canada is marking its 150th anniversary as a country in towns, cities and at backyard barbecues nationwide. But the biggest bash is at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, where organisers expect hundreds of thousands of people. And by mid-morning, they had ...
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Syria war: Almost 500,000 refugees return in 2017 - UN Syria war: Almost 500,000 refugees return in 2017 - UN
Almost 500,000 Syrians have returned to their homes this year, the UN says, describing this as a "notable trend". The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says more than 440,000 internally displaced Syrians and about 31,000 of those who fled abroad have now come back. Most of them have returned to Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Damascus with the aim of checking on their properties and finding out about family ...
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Migrant crisis: Italy threatens to shut ports Migrant crisis: Italy threatens to shut ports
Italy has threatened to stop vessels of other countries from disembarking migrants at its ports. It comes as Italy's representative to the EU, Maurizio Massari, warned in a letter to the bloc the situation had become "unsustainable". Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has accused other European nations of "looking the other way". An estimated 10,000 people are believed to have attempted the j...
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Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque 'shows IS defeated' Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque 'shows IS defeated'
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is "an official declaration of defeat" by so-called Islamic State (IS). Iraqi forces say IS blew up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri and its famous leaning minaret as jihadists battled to stop advancing pro-government troops. IS said American aircraft had destroyed the complex, a claim denied by th...
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Qatar camels caught up in Gulf crisis Qatar camels caught up in Gulf crisis
Saudi Arabia has said all camels and sheep owned by Qataris must leave its pastureland, in a growing row between Qatar and other Gulf states. Qatari officials say that about 15,000 camels and 10,000 sheep have already crossed the border. An emergency makeshift shelter with water tanks and fodder has been set up in Qatar. Many Qataris keep their cattle in Saudi Arabia, because the tiny Gul...
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Portugal forest fire: 12 survive by hiding in a water tank Portugal forest fire: 12 survive by hiding in a water tank
Twelve people survived one of Portugal's deadliest fires by seeking refuge in a water tank after access to their village was cut off by the blaze. The residents, including a disabled 95-year-old woman, spent more than six hours in the tank as the fire prevented them from being rescued. "If it wasn't for this, we would all have died," one of the survivors said. The fires, which police beli...
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London fire: Queen and Prince William visit Grenfell Tower centre London fire: Queen and Prince William visit Grenfell Tower centre
The Queen and Prince William visited a relief centre for Grenfell Tower fire victims, while the missing could number as many as 76, the BBC understands. Their visit to the Westway Sports Centre comes after police say some of those killed may never be identified. Police have confirmed that at least 30 people have died as a result of the blaze at the west London flats. Metropolitan Police C...
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London fire: Death toll rises to 17 but 'no more survivors' London fire: Death toll rises to 17 but 'no more survivors'
At least 17 people died in a massive fire that engulfed a west London block of flats, police said, as they warned that figure could rise further. Earlier, the fire service said rescuers did not expect to find any more survivors in the smouldering ruins of Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington. Specialist dogs are to be sent in to search for evidence and identification of people still inside. ...
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