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Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site
Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria will be permitted to visit the site of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday, Russia has said. The international team has been in the country since Saturday, but has not been allowed to visit Douma. The attack on 7 April prompted military strikes on Syrian government targets by the US, UK, and France a week later. Syria and its ally Russia deny any c...
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Chinese man caught by facial recognition at pop concert Chinese man caught by facial recognition at pop concert
Chinese police have used facial recognition technology to locate and arrest a man who was among a crowd of 60,000 concert goers. The suspect, who has been identified only as Mr Ao, was attending a concert by pop star Jacky Cheung in Nanchang city last weekend when he was caught. Police said the 31-year-old, who was wanted for "economic crimes", was "shocked" when he was caught. China has ...
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Saudi Arabia hosts its first ever women's cycle race Saudi Arabia hosts its first ever women's cycle race
Female riders have taken part in Saudi Arabia's first women's cycling race, surprising many people in the conservative nation and across social media. Saudi women cyclists were able to compete in a race held in the city of Jeddah on Tuesday. Forty-seven women competed in the 10-kilometre race, which was organised by Be Active, a group bringing together women cyclists and local authorities. ...
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Algeria military plane crash: 257 dead near Algiers Algeria military plane crash: 257 dead near Algiers
An Algerian military plane has crashed near the capital killing 257 people on board, officials say. The aircraft came down just after taking off from Boufarik military airport, west of Algiers. An inquiry is under way into the cause of the crash - Algeria's worst-ever air disaster. The government has declared three days of national mourning. Most of the dead are army personnel and their f...
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Dubai to launch digital vehicle number plates Dubai to launch digital vehicle number plates
Drivers in Dubai may soon be using digital number plates under new plans. In a trial starting next month, vehicles will be fitted with smart plates with digital screens, GPS and transmitters. The new plates will be able to inform emergency services if a driver has an accident. Dubai has recently spearheaded a number of new transport initiatives as it seeks to become an international techn...
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Saudi cinema screens reopen on 18 April 'with Black Panther' Saudi cinema screens reopen on 18 April 'with Black Panther'
Saudi Arabia's first cinema in more than 35 years will open on 18 April, showing the action movie Black Panther. It is part of a deal done with the world's biggest cinema chain, AMC, to open up to 40 cinemas in some 15 Saudi cities over the next five years. The past year has seen the start of a huge drive to bring entertainment to Saudi Arabia as part of Vision 2030. That is the ambitious...
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German food bank to reopen membership to foreigners after row German food bank to reopen membership to foreigners after row
A major food bank in western Germany has said it will again allow foreigners to register for free food, reversing a decision that sparked a row. The charity Essener Tafel said the restriction had always been a temporary one, needed because of the high proportion of foreigners being served. It said it would now focus on single parents, families with children and the elderly, regardless of nat...
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Afghanistan air strike 'kills civilians' at religious school Afghanistan air strike 'kills civilians' at religious school
An Afghan military air strike targeting the Taliban in northern Kunduz province is reported to have killed civilians. Eyewitnesses said that helicopters targeted a gathering at a religious school in Dasht-e Archi district. The government says at least 25 Islamists were killed or injured, but a doctor in Kunduz city told the BBC that more than 50 severely injured people were brought to his ho...
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Moscow official says West is trying to deny Russia World Cup Moscow official says West is trying to deny Russia World Cup
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has accused the UK and US of seeking to stop her country hosting this summer's World Cup. Speaking in a lengthy interview with a Russian TV channel, she said their "main aim" was to "take the World Cup out of Russia". The UK has been seeking to punish Russia after accusing it of mounting a nerve agent attack in Britain. The Royal Family...
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Gaza-Israel border: Clashes 'leave 15 Palestinians dead and hundreds injured' Gaza-Israel border: Clashes 'leave 15 Palestinians dead and hundreds injured'
Palestinian officials say at least 15 people have been killed by Israeli forces and hundreds more wounded during protests at the Gaza-Israeli border. Thousands had marched to the border at the start of a six-week protest, dubbed the Great March of Return. The Israeli military said "rioting" had broken out at various places along the border and soldiers had opened fire "towards main instigato...
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