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Syria war: IS militants 'leave Damascus suburbs' Syria war: IS militants 'leave Damascus suburbs'
Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group have been evacuated from an enclave in the southern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a temporary ceasefire had come into effect following heavy bombardment by the Syrian military. But Syrian officials denied there was any ceasefire, and have made no mention of the reported ...
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Saudi Arabia detains seven activists ahead of lifting of driving ban Saudi Arabia detains seven activists ahead of lifting of driving ban
Saudi authorities have arrested seven women's rights advocates, weeks before the kingdom is due to lift its ban on women driving, rights groups say. The reasons for the arrests were not clear, but activists say authorities are attempting to silence the women. The kingdom's state news channel reported that they had been arrested for contacts with a foreign power. Saudi Arabia has strict la...
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Cuba plane: More than 100 die in Havana air crash Cuba plane: More than 100 die in Havana air crash
More than 100 people have died after a Boeing 737 airliner crashed and exploded near Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuban state media says. Three people have survived but are in critical condition in hospital, Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma reported. The plane came down shortly after take-off, crashing in a field. It was carrying 104 passengers and nine foreign crew, ...
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DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city
The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control. Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million about 130km (80 miles) from where the first cases were confirmed. The city is a major transportation hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa. At least 44 peopl...
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Gaza violence: Israelis and Palestinians in fierce exchanges at UN Gaza violence: Israelis and Palestinians in fierce exchanges at UN
There have been angry exchanges between Israeli and Palestinian envoys at the UN, as the diplomatic fallout over deadly violence in Gaza gathered pace. Some 58 Palestinians were killed when Israeli troops fired on protesters on Monday, with funerals held on Tuesday. The Palestinian envoy spoke of a "crime against humanity", while Israel accused the rulers of Gaza, Hamas, of taking their own ...
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Surabaya: Suicide bombers attack Indonesia police headquarters Surabaya: Suicide bombers attack Indonesia police headquarters
Attackers on motorbikes carried out a suicide bombing at a police headquarters in Surabaya, a day after a wave of deadly blasts in the Indonesian city. Authorities said a young girl who was with the group, survived the attack, which wounded at least 10 people. It comes after another family carried out bomb attacks on three churches on Sunday. The Islamic State group has said it was behind...
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Syria blames Israel for missile strike near Damascus Syria blames Israel for missile strike near Damascus
Israel is reported to have carried out a missile strike on a military outpost south of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Syria's state news agency Sana said two missiles were shot down in the Kiswah area on Tuesday night, and that two civilians were killed in an explosion. But a monitoring group said the missiles hit an Iranian weapons depot, killing 15 pro-government fighters. Israel decline...
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Lebanon to elect its first new parliament since 2009 Lebanon to elect its first new parliament since 2009
Polls have opened in Lebanon for the first parliamentary elections for almost a decade. The last elections in the country were in 2009, for what was supposed to be a four-year term. But parliament extended its term twice due to instability in neighbouring Syria, and to reform the country's electoral laws. It changed the voting system, reduced the number of districts, and allowed expatriat...
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North Korea changes its time zone to match South North Korea changes its time zone to match South
North Korea is changing its time zone to match the South after last week's inter-Korean summit, according to its state media. The country will move its clocks forward by 30 minutes on Saturday, said the official KCNA news agency. The reset is "the first practical step" to "speed up the process for the North and the South to become one", it said. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump says h...
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Australia's Commonwealth Bank lost data of 20m accounts Australia's Commonwealth Bank lost data of 20m accounts
Australia's Commonwealth Bank has admitted losing the bank records of almost 20 million people. Names, addresses, account numbers and statements were stored on two magnetic tapes which were meant to be destroyed by a subcontractor in 2016. But despite not receiving evidence the tapes had actually been destroyed, the bank did not tell customers there was a potential problem. The breach is ...
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