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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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Murder inquiry over Russian's London death. Murder inquiry over Russian's London death.
UK police have launched a murder investigation after the death of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov in south-west London. Mr Glushkov was found dead at his home in New Malden on 12 March. A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Glushkov, who was 68, died from "compression to the neck". There is, at this stage, no evidence linking the death to the attempted murder of a former Russian spy ...
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Libya migrants: Smuggling network arrest warrants issued. Libya migrants: Smuggling network arrest warrants issued.
Libya has issued 205 arrest warrants for Libyans and foreigners suspected of being involved in a smuggling network for migrants heading to Europe. They include accusations of human trafficking, torture, murder and rape. The Libyan attorney general's office said the network included members of the security services, migrant detention camp leaders, and officials from African embassies in Libya...
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Physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76 Physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76
Physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, his family has said. The Briton was known for his groundbreaking work with black holes and relativity, and was the author of several popular science books including A Brief History of Time. His children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. "He was a great scientist and an extrao...
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Nepal plane crash: 49 dead as plane veers off Kathmandu runway. Nepal plane crash: 49 dead as plane veers off Kathmandu runway.
A plane carrying 71 passengers and crew has crashed on landing at Nepal's Kathmandu airport, killing 49 people, according to police. Rescuers pulled bodies from the charred wreckage of the plane, operated by Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla, after a raging fire was put out. The airline has blamed air traffic control, but the Nepali authorities say the plane made an "unusual" landing. Flight ...
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China's Xi allowed to remain 'president for life' as term limits removed. China's Xi allowed to remain 'president for life' as term limits removed.
China has approved the removal of term limits for its leader, in a move that effectively allows Xi Jinping to remain as president for life. The constitutional changes were passed by China's annual sitting of the National People's Congress on Sunday. The vote was widely regarded as a rubber-stamping exercise. Two delegates voted against the change and three abstained, out of 2,964 votes. C...
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Syria war: UN aid convoy re-enters Eastern Ghouta amid 'calm'. Syria war: UN aid convoy re-enters Eastern Ghouta amid 'calm'.
A UN aid convoy has managed to enter the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta in Syria which has been under intense bombardment, officials say. For the first time since Monday, food supplies got into the town of Douma, the Red Cross said. It follows a pause in Syrian government air strikes overnight, with the situation in the besieged enclave on Friday described as "calm". A previous deliver...
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Australia and East Timor sign historic maritime border deal. Australia and East Timor sign historic maritime border deal.
Australia and East Timor have signed a historic treaty on a permanent maritime border in the Timor Sea. The deal ends a decade-long dispute between the neighbours over rights to the sea's rich oil and gas reserves. East Timor, one of the world's poorest nations, will now gain the majority of any future revenue. The countries signed the deal at the UN headquarters in New York, after negoti...
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