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Cameroon kidnap: Bamenda students freed Cameroon kidnap: Bamenda students freed
Schoolchildren kidnapped from a boarding school in Cameroon's North-West region have met the regional governor after being freed. The 78 boys and girls and three others were seized early on Sunday in the region's capital, Bamenda. A driver was also released, but the school's principal and a teacher are still being held. The government has accused separatists in the English-speaking region...
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Germany tries former SS guard at Stutthof camp Germany tries former SS guard at Stutthof camp
A former SS guard has gone on trial in Germany accused of complicity in mass murder at a Nazi death camp during World War Two. Named only as Johann R by authorities, the 94-year-old served in the Stutthof camp in what is now northern Poland from June 1942 to September 1944. He denies knowing anything about atrocities committed there. Because he was not yet aged 21, he is being tried in a ...
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Saudi Arabia frees Prince Khaled bin Talal after months of detention Saudi Arabia frees Prince Khaled bin Talal after months of detention
A Saudi prince arrested for criticising a crackdown on corruption is reported to have been freed from detention. Relatives of Prince Khaled bin Talal shared pictures on social media, purportedly taken this weekend, showing the prince greeting his family. The prince, who was held for nearly a year, is a nephew of King Salman. Prince Khaled's brother, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, was among do...
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UN convoy reaches Rukban desert camp UN convoy reaches Rukban desert camp
A UN aid convoy has reached about 50,000 civilians stranded on the Syria-Jordan border - bringing the first aid the camp has received since January. The convoy was meant to arrive at Rukban camp on 27 October, but was postponed for security reasons. Syria's army controls access to Rukban, which is near a US-backed rebels' base. Jordan is also blocking aid supplies. There have been reports...
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Chongqing bus plunge caused by fight between driver and passenger Chongqing bus plunge caused by fight between driver and passenger
Security footage from a bus which crashed into a river in China has revealed that the driver was fighting with a passenger moments earlier. The bus plunged 50m (164ft) off a bridge into the Yangtze River in Chongqing on Sunday - at least 13 people died and two more are missing. Early reports said the bus had swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle. But the new footage shows the driver was be...
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Greece resumes flights to Macedonia after 12-year pause Greece resumes flights to Macedonia after 12-year pause
The first direct commercial flight between Greece and Macedonia in 12 years took off on Thursday evening. The Olympic Air flight departed the Greek capital Athens at 18:40 local time (16:40 GMT) for Macedonia's capital Skopje. The launch of the twice-weekly service follows a deal between the two nations to end a 27-year name dispute. Macedonia's deputy prime minister - who was in Greece f...
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Australian awarded house in 'bizarre' 20-year squatting case Australian awarded house in 'bizarre' 20-year squatting case
Two decades ago, Australian property developer Bill Gertos found a house sitting empty in Sydney. So he changed the locks, repaired the property - and began leasing it to tenants. Now Mr Gertos has won a legal battle to be declared the official owner of the house - which is estimated to be worth A$1.6m (£0.9m; $1.1m). It followed a court battle with descendants of its previous owner. Mr G...
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Venice under water as deadly storms hit Italy Venice under water as deadly storms hit Italy
Italy has been battered by fierce winds and rain which have left 10 people dead in the west and north, while schools and tourist sites closed in several regions amid fears for people's safety. Winds of up to 180km/h (110 mph) were reported, and two tornadoes ripped through the centre of the coastal town of Terracina, killing one person and leaving 10 others injured. In the canal city of Veni...
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Lion Air crash: Boeing 737 plane crashes in sea off Jakarta Lion Air crash: Boeing 737 plane crashes in sea off Jakarta
A Lion Air Boeing 737 passenger plane with 188 people on board has crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Flight JT 610 was on a scheduled flight to Pangkal Pinang, the main town in the Bangka Belitung Islands. It lost contact with ground control a few minutes after take-off, and is believed to have ended up underwater. It is unclear if there are ...
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Sydney high school students hurt in syringe 'prank' Sydney high school students hurt in syringe 'prank'
A student wielding a syringe has pricked eight teenagers in a "prank" at a high school in western Sydney, Australian authorities have said. Several ambulances were called to Plumpton High School on Thursday following reports of a stabbing. Students were found with "a minor needle prick" and no serious injuries, said New South Wales state police. "A student was doing what appears to be a p...
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