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China villagers launch Dutch court bid to retrieve mummy China villagers launch Dutch court bid to retrieve mummy
Chinese villagers are taking their fight to retrieve an allegedly stolen 1,000-year-old mummified monk to a Dutch court on Friday. The monk's remains, which are inside a Buddha statue, were taken from a temple in the small Chinese village of Yangchun in Fujian province in 1995. The villagers say a Dutch collector, whom they are suing, bought the statue in Hong Kong in 1996. The statue was...
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Liu Xiaobo: China's most prominent dissident dies Liu Xiaobo: China's most prominent dissident dies
Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was China's most prominent human rights and democracy advocate, has died aged 61. The activist had been serving an 11-year prison term for "subversion" and was recently moved to a hospital for treatment for terminal liver cancer. A university professor turned tireless rights campaigner, Mr Liu was branded a criminal by authorities. The Nobel Committee said t...
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Balearic Islands ask EU for alcohol limit on flights Balearic Islands ask EU for alcohol limit on flights
Local authorities in the Balearic Island have asked for a limit to be put on drinking alcohol on planes and in airports as they try to crack down on anti-social behaviour. Pilar Carbonell, head of tourism across the islands, including Mallorca and Ibiza, has pleaded with Spain and the European Commission for the limit. The proposal was raised in Brussels on Tuesday. It comes after a serie...
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Air Canada flight nearly lands on crowded San Francisco taxiway Air Canada flight nearly lands on crowded San Francisco taxiway
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating an apparent near-miss involving an Air Canada flight at San Francisco's airport. It says Flight AC759 from Toronto was cleared to land on a runway last Friday, but the pilot "inadvertently" lined up for a taxiway where four aircraft were waiting to depart. An air traffic controller became aware of the problem and ordered the pilot...
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Battle for Mosul: Iraq PM Abadi formally declares victory Battle for Mosul: Iraq PM Abadi formally declares victory
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has formally declared victory over so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. Mr Abadi waved a national flag with troops after announcing the "collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood". Earlier, clashes were reported in a small part of Old City where a few dozen IS militants were holding out. The battle for Mosul has taken almost nine months, left larg...
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Unesco declares Hebron's Old City Palestinian World Heritage site Unesco declares Hebron's Old City Palestinian World Heritage site
Unesco has designated Hebron's Old City and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the occupied West Bank a Palestinian World Heritage site despite Israeli protests. A resolution passed by a committee of the UN cultural agency also put them on a list of sites considered "in danger". The Tomb of the Patriarchs - also known as the Ibrahimi Mosque - is revered by Jews, Muslim and Christians as Abraham, ...
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Qatar crisis: Restrictions to continue, Saudi Arabia says Qatar crisis: Restrictions to continue, Saudi Arabia says
Restrictions on Qatar will continue after it rejected the ultimatum made by its Middle East neighbours, Saudi Arabia has said. The foreign ministers of four Arab countries, meeting in Cairo, said they regretted Qatar's "negative" response to their list of demands. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE severed ties with Qatar last month. They accuse it of supporting jihadi groups, and c...
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Macron seeks to cut number of France MPs by a third Macron seeks to cut number of France MPs by a third
French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed a radical overhaul of the country's government. Speaking at the historic Palace of Versailles, he said he planned to cut the number of lawmakers by a third. Doing so would produce a more efficient government and put France on a "radically new path", said Mr Macron. The French president says he has a broad mandate after sweeping wins in preside...
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Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon destroyed by fire Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon destroyed by fire
At least one person has died and a number of people wounded after a huge fire broke out at a camp for Syrian refugees in eastern Lebanon. The blaze took hold at the camp near Qab Elias town in the Bekaa Valley. Footage from the scene showed near total devastation. The UN refugee agency told Reuters the camp had housed 102 families. Lebanon has one million registered Syrian refugees, but b...
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Canada 150: Huge crowd celebrate nation's anniversary Canada 150: Huge crowd celebrate nation's anniversary
Revellers, police and some protesters have converged on Canada's national capital on Saturday for a party that has been years in the planning. Canada is marking its 150th anniversary as a country in towns, cities and at backyard barbecues nationwide. But the biggest bash is at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, where organisers expect hundreds of thousands of people. And by mid-morning, they had ...
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