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Crans-Montana: Rescuers hunt for skiers in Swiss avalanche Crans-Montana: Rescuers hunt for skiers in Swiss avalanche
At least four people have been injured, one seriously, in an avalanche in a popular ski resort in the Swiss Alps. The avalanche was reported at a marked slope in Crans-Montana at about 14:20 local time (13:20 GMT). Officials have said that 240 rescuers are continuing to search the scene overnight. Police have said they cannot discount the possibility that others still may be affected, aft...
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Niger man deported by Israel marooned in Ethiopian airport Niger man deported by Israel marooned in Ethiopian airport
A Niger national who was expelled from Israel has been stuck at the international airport in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, since November after his home country refused to take him back. "I have been staying here at the airport under very bad conditions because there's nothing, nothing at all," 24-year-old Eissa Muhamad told the BBC. Mr Muhamad's series of misfortunes began last April whe...
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Australian political parties hit by 'state actor' hack, PM says Australian political parties hit by 'state actor' hack, PM says
Australian PM Scott Morrison says the country's major political parties and parliament were hit by a "malicious intrusion" on their computer networks. The activity was carried out by a "sophisticated state actor", he said. But he added there was "no evidence of any electoral interference". The nation will hold an election within months. Mr Morrison's comments follow an investigation into ...
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Spain PM Sánchez sets snap election for April Spain PM Sánchez sets snap election for April
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called a snap general election for 28 April, after Catalan nationalist MPs withdrew support for the Socialist government's budget. It is just eight months since Mr Sánchez took office, heading a minority government reliant on Catalan support. Opinion polls suggest that no single party would win a clear majority. But conservatives and the far-right Vox...
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Sweden recalls China envoy over 'deal' on detained bookseller Sweden recalls China envoy over 'deal' on detained bookseller
Sweden has recalled its ambassador to China over her involvement in a bizarre meeting involving the daughter of a detained Swedish-Chinese bookseller. The ambassador, Anna Lindstedt, left Beijing on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Swedish foreign ministry said. The incident began with an account of a meeting written by Angela Gui, whose father Gui Minhai, 54, was allegedly abducted by Chin...
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French cash delivery man arrested after a van with €3m vanishes French cash delivery man arrested after a van with €3m vanishes
Two cash delivery workers in France got a shock when they found their money-filled van had vanished - along with the third member of their team. The van was soon found nearby but there was no sign of the 28-year-old driver or €3.4m (Ł3m) in cash. He was eventually tracked down to a flat in Amiens, along with most of the missing money. The suspect, named as Adrien Derbez, was arrested in t...
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French media execs accused of cyber-bullying feminists French media execs accused of cyber-bullying feminists
Several French media executives have been suspended or fired for allegedly co-ordinating online harassment through a private Facebook group. The largely-male League du LOL (League of LOL) targeted women writers and feminist activists among others. Dozens of people have shared their experience of cyber-bullying by the group since it was uncovered by the French left-wing newspaper Libération. ...
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Spain Catalonia: Madrid mass protest over talks policy Spain Catalonia: Madrid mass protest over talks policy
Supporters of Spanish conservative and centrist parties have held a protest in Madrid against government plans to hold talks with Catalan separatists. The centre-right Popular Party (PP) and Ciudadanos (Citizens) say Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's plan to appoint an intermediary for the talks amounts to treason. The separatists have rejected the offer - they want a new independence vote. ...
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Nord Stream 2: EU agrees tighter rules for Russian pipeline Nord Stream 2: EU agrees tighter rules for Russian pipeline
EU ambassadors have agreed to toughen regulations on a controversial gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, but they have decided not to back plans that might threaten its completion. Work on the 1,225km (760-mile) Nord Stream 2 pipeline under the Baltic Sea is already well under way and is set to be finished by the end of 2019. The EU wants to bring pipelines coming into the bloc under its en...
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Istanbul rescuers search rubble for survivors after building collapse Istanbul rescuers search rubble for survivors after building collapse
Rescuers in the Turkish city of Istanbul have been working through the night to search the rubble of an eight-storey apartment block which collapsed. At least two people died and seven were injured but it is feared that others are trapped under the mound of debris in the city's Kartal district. The building was officially home to 43 people living in 14 flats, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya ...
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