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Iran tanker seizure: UK 'didn't take eye off ball', Hammond says Iran tanker seizure: UK 'didn't take eye off ball', Hammond says
The UK government did not take its "eye off the ball" over the seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf on Friday, the chancellor told the BBC. Philip Hammond said the UK has been working closely with US and European partners in response to Iran's actions. But ex-Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith said the Stena Impero's capture was a "major failure" for the UK. Iran's foreign mini...
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British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled
British Airways has cancelled all flights to the Egyptian capital Cairo for a week as a security "precaution". Passengers about to board a BA flight to the city from London's Heathrow Airport were told that it was cancelled - and that there would be no alternative flights for a week. The airline did not specify what the security issue was. A spokesman for Cairo airport told the BBC the ai...
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Iran seizes 'fuel-smuggling' tanker in Gulf Iran seizes 'fuel-smuggling' tanker in Gulf
Iran says it seized a "foreign tanker" and its 12 crew on Sunday for smuggling fuel in the Gulf. Iran's state media published footage of Iranian speedboats circling around the Panamanian-flagged Riah tanker. In a separate development, US President Donald Trump said the US Navy downed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz. He said the USS Boxer "took defensive action" after the drone ha...
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DR Congo Ebola outbreak declared global health emergency DR Congo Ebola outbreak declared global health emergency
The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo a "public health emergency of international concern". The move may encourage wealthy donor countries to provide more cash. But the WHO stopped short of saying borders should be closed, saying the risk of the disease spreading outside the region was not high. The outbreak in DR Congo has killed ...
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François de Rugy, French environment minister, quits over spending allegations François de Rugy, French environment minister, quits over spending allegations
France's Environment Minister François de Rugy has announced his resignation after being accused of extravagant spending, including on private dinners. He lashed out at what he described as a "media lynching", saying the energy he had spent defending himself had hampered his work as minister. An investigative website said he had spent large sums of taxpayers' money on gala dinners and refurb...
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France to create new space defence command in September France to create new space defence command in September
France will set up a new space defence command in September, President Emmanuel Macron has announced. Speaking a day before the annual Bastille Day celebrations, Mr Macron said that the command would help to "better protect our satellites, including in an active way". Analysts say this marks a switch from a defensive to an offensive posture. Mr Macron's proposal follows similar moves by t...
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Turbulence injures 35 on Air Canada flight to Sydney Turbulence injures 35 on Air Canada flight to Sydney
At least 35 people suffered minor injuries after an Air Canada flight hit a severe patch of turbulence. The plane - which had 284 people on board - was travelling from Vancouver to Sydney on Thursday but had to be diverted to Hawaii. Medical staff examined the injured after it landed at Honolulu's airport at 06:46 local time (16:46 GMT). The Boeing 777-200 jet "encountered sudden clear ai...
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Saudi princess on trial over Paris assault Saudi princess on trial over Paris assault
A Saudi princess accused of ordering her bodyguard to assault a workman has gone on trial in Paris in absentia. Princess Hassa bint Salman - Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's sister - faces charges of complicity to violence with a weapon and complicity to kidnap. Her bodyguard, who is alleged to have made the man kiss her feet as part of the 2016 attack, is also on trial. Both Princess H...
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Massive tornado kills 6 people, injures 190 in northeast China Massive tornado kills 6 people, injures 190 in northeast China
BEIJING — A tornado blew through a city in northeast China, damaging factories and buildings, killing six people and injuring another 190, state media reported Thursday. The tornado hit Kaiyuan, a county-level city in Liaoning province, late Wednesday afternoon, local authorities said in a brief online statement. Footage from state broadcaster CCTV showed a stretch of collapsed low-rise buildin...
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Libyan migrants 'fired upon after fleeing air strikes' Libyan migrants 'fired upon after fleeing air strikes'
The UN says it has received reports that guards fired on migrants who tried to flee air strikes on a detention centre near Libya's capital Tripoli on Tuesday. The UN says it believes at least 53 migrants died and 130 were hurt in the air strikes on the Tajoura centre. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has said the air strikes could constitute a war crime. The governm...
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