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Pope calls for peace for Jerusalem. Pope calls for peace for Jerusalem.
Pope Francis has used his traditional Christmas Day message to call for "peace for Jerusalem" and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Acknowledging "growing tensions" between them, he urged a "negotiated solution... that would allow the peaceful co-existence of two states". US President Donald Trump recently announced that America recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The...
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Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills more than 100 on Mindanao. Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills more than 100 on Mindanao.
More than 100 people are reported to have been killed as a tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines, with dozens more missing. Storm Tembin brought flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Mindanao island. Two towns badly hit were Tubod and Piagapo, where a number of homes were buried by boulders. Tembin, with winds of up to 80km/h (50 mph), has now passed across Mindanao and...
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North Korea: UN imposes fresh sanctions over missile tests. North Korea: UN imposes fresh sanctions over missile tests.
The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent ballistic missile tests. The US-drafted resolution includes measures to reduce the nation's petrol imports by up to 90%. China and Russia, North Korea's main trading partners, voted in favour of the resolution. The country is already subject to a raft of sanctions...
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Melbourne crash: Driver arrested after hitting pedestrians. Melbourne crash: Driver arrested after hitting pedestrians.
Australian police have arrested two people after a car drove into a crowd in Melbourne. The car "collided with a number of pedestrians" on Flinders Street, a busy junction in the centre of the city, said Victoria Police. Fourteen people have been injured, with several in a critical condition. Police have said it was a deliberate act but said it was too early to say whether it was terroris...
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Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport power cut strands thousands. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport power cut strands thousands.
Passengers at the world's busiest airport faced a second day of disruption on Monday after a power cut led to hundreds of cancellations. Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport lost power on Sunday, affecting tens of thousands of people. Passengers were left in darkened terminals or on board planes. Power was restored overnight and a handful of passenger flights resumed just after 06:00 loca...
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Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit. Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit.
Russia has begun withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday. President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal during an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday. Russian support has been crucial in turning the tide of Syria's civil war in favour of government forces, led by president Bashar al-Assad. Mr Putin made a similar withdrawal annou...
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Nobel Peace Prize winner Ican warns nuclear war 'a tantrum away'. Nobel Peace Prize winner Ican warns nuclear war 'a tantrum away'.
The world faces a "nuclear crisis" from a "bruised ego", the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) has warned in an apparent reference to US-North Korea tensions. Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on Sunday, Ican's executive director Beatrice Fihn said "the deaths of millions may be one tiny tantrum away". "We have a choice, the end of nuclear weapons or the end of us," she ...
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Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over. Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over.
Iraq has announced that its war against so-called Islamic State (IS) is over. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a conference in Baghdad that Iraqi troops were now in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border. The border zone contained the last few areas IS held, following its loss of the town of Rawa in November. The US state department welcomed the end of the "vile occupation" of IS ...
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'Samurai sword' homicide leaves three dead at Tokyo shrine. 'Samurai sword' homicide leaves three dead at Tokyo shrine.
Three people have been killed and another injured at a well-known Shinto shrine in Tokyo in what appeared to be a succession feud, local media said. The suspect is thought to have killed his sister the chief priestess, as she was stepping out of her car, Kyodo news agency said citing police. He later reportedly killed another woman, who was part of the ambush, before taking his own life. ...
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Russia election: Putin to run again for president. Russia election: Putin to run again for president.
Russia's Vladimir Putin has said he will seek another term as president in next year's election. He made the announcement in a speech to workers at a car factory in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod. "I will put forward my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian federation," he said. Mr Putin has been in power since 2000, either as president or prime minister. If he wins the Ma...
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