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Kemerovo fire: Russia crowd condemns officials over disaster Kemerovo fire: Russia crowd condemns officials over disaster
Thousands of people are protesting in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, angry at Russian officials over the leisure complex fire that killed at least 64 people, 41 of them children. President Vladimir Putin arrived in Kemerovo earlier and blamed "criminal negligence" for Sunday's blaze. Relatives say as many as 85 people are still missing, most of them children, according to Interfax news agenc...
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Russia Kemerovo fire: Shopping centre exits 'were blocked' Russia Kemerovo fire: Shopping centre exits 'were blocked'
Russian investigators and witnesses say there was no alarm and exits were blocked when a fire engulfed a shopping and entertainment mall in Siberia, killing at least 64 people. Many of the victims in the coal-mining city of Kemerovo were children. Russia's Investigative Committee spoke of blocked exits and "serious violations" at the Winter Cherry mall. Sunday's blaze started on an upper ...
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Nigeria Dapchi abductions: Schoolgirls finally home Nigeria Dapchi abductions: Schoolgirls finally home
More than 100 Nigerian schoolgirls, most of those recently kidnapped by Boko Haram, have gone home to their families, four days after being freed. The jihadist group abducted the girls from the town of Dapchi in February. After their release from captivity and a brief emotional meeting with their parents, the schoolgirls were flown to the capital to meet the president. The girls - warned ...
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France shooting: Hostage swap officer 'fighting for life' France shooting: Hostage swap officer 'fighting for life'
A police officer who swapped himself for a hostage in a supermarket siege is fighting for his life in hospital, French President Emmanuel Macron says. The gendarme, whom media named as Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame, helped bring an end to a gunman's shooting spree that killed three in southern France. The gunman - 25-year-old Redouane Lakdim - said he had been acting on behalf of the Islamic State ...
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Dapchi kidnap: Government 'will not abandon' lone hostage Dapchi kidnap: Government 'will not abandon' lone hostage
The Nigerian government says it "will not relent" in its efforts to free the last remaining schoolgirl being held by Boko Haram after a kidnapping in the town of Dapchi last month. The girl was among 110 girls taken from their school when militants stormed the town on 19 February. Most were released on Wednesday but one girl, a Christian who refused to convert to Islam, is still being held. ...
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Africa agrees deal for Continental Free Trade Area Africa agrees deal for Continental Free Trade Area
The leaders of 44 African countries have signed a deal to create one of the world's largest free trade blocs. The agreement was signed at a summit in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. It is hoped the deal will come into force within six months, and increase prosperity for 1.2 billion Africans. But 10 countries, including Nigeria, have refused to sign the deal, and it will need to be ratified b...
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Syria war: Dozens killed as rockets hit Damascus market Syria war: Dozens killed as rockets hit Damascus market
At least 35 civilians have been killed in a rocket attack on a busy market in a government-held district of Syria's capital Damascus, state media report. Rebels in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region fired the rockets at Kashkoul, police told the Sana news agency. Six other civilians were injured in a separate attack to the west, they said. Rebel groups have stepped up artillery attacks si...
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MH17 crash: Ukraine pilot blamed by Russia 'kills himself'. MH17 crash: Ukraine pilot blamed by Russia 'kills himself'.
A Ukrainian military pilot blamed by Russia over the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has killed himself, Ukrainian media report, quoting police. Capt Vladyslav Voloshyn had called the Russian allegation a lie. Dutch investigators concluded that a Russian Buk missile had destroyed the Boeing 777 jet, killing 298 people. Reports say Voloshyn shot himself at home in Mykolaiv, nea...
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Sri Lanka violence: Nationwide state of emergency lifted Sri Lanka violence: Nationwide state of emergency lifted
Sri Lanka has lifted a state of emergency imposed on 6 March in response to an outbreak of violence against Muslim communities. Two people were killed, nearly 450 Muslim-owned homes and shops damaged and 60 vehicles burnt in attacks in the central district of Kandy. Curfews and social media bans were brought in to try and quell tension. Violence has risen in the Buddhist-majority country ...
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Russia spy poisoning: 23 UK diplomats expelled from Moscow Russia spy poisoning: 23 UK diplomats expelled from Moscow
Russia is to expel 23 British diplomats in a row over the nerve agent attack on an-ex spy and his daughter in the UK. The Russian foreign ministry said the UK staff would be expelled from Moscow within a week in response to Britain's decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats. It also said it would close the British Council in Russia, which promotes cultural ties between the nations, and the Bri...
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