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Afrin: Syria 'sending fighters to help Kurds against Turkey'. Afrin: Syria 'sending fighters to help Kurds against Turkey'.
Syrian pro-government forces will help Syrian Kurds fighting against a Turkish offensive in north-west Syria, Syria's state news agency reports. It comes after Syrian Kurdish officials said the government in Damascus had agreed to send troops. Turkey regards the Kurdish fighters, just across its border in Afrin, as terrorists. It launched a major offensive against them last month. In a...
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Iran plane crash: All 66 people on board feared dead. Iran plane crash: All 66 people on board feared dead.
Sixty-six people are feared to have been killed in a passenger plane crash in the Zagros mountains in Iran. The Aseman Airlines plane, en route from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuj, came down near the city of Semirom in Isfahan province. The Red Crescent deployed search and rescue teams to the site. The airline has retracted a statement saying definitively that all aboard were dead...
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Lunar New Year: Chinese TV gala includes 'racist blackface' sketch. Lunar New Year: Chinese TV gala includes 'racist blackface' sketch.
A skit on China's biggest Lunar New Year TV show has sparked widespread criticism and accusations of racism. In a comedy routine celebrating Chinese-African ties an Asian actress appears in blackface and with exaggerated buttocks. Using make-up to lampoon black people - a practice known as blackface - is seen by many as deeply offensive. The annual state media variety show is hugely popul...
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South Africa's Jacob Zuma resigns after pressure from party. South Africa's Jacob Zuma resigns after pressure from party.
South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned after intense pressure from his own party. In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party's decision. The ANC had told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament. The 75-year-old has been facing calls to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphos...
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Russian court rejects mother's adoption bid after breast surgery. Russian court rejects mother's adoption bid after breast surgery.
A Russian court has ruled that a woman who chose to have her breasts removed cannot look after two adopted boys since she identifies herself as a man. The long-running case of Yulia Savinovskikh affects two mentally disabled boys who were removed from her care last August. She appealed against the decision, but now the court in Yekaterinburg, in Russia's Urals region, has said they must rema...
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Egypt army says it killed 16 jihadists in Sinai. Egypt army says it killed 16 jihadists in Sinai.
Egypt says it has killed 16 Islamist militants in an operation in Sinai in the north-east of the country. Dozens of targets including weapons dumps, motorbikes and cars were also destroyed, a statement from the military says. Four militants and 30 suspects were arrested, it adds. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered the military to defeat Islamists in the region by the end of this m...
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Ugandans suspended over 'refugee scam'. Ugandans suspended over 'refugee scam'.
Four Ugandan government officials have been suspended amid allegations of inflating refugee figures. Uganda's Commissioner for Refugees Apollo Kazungu and three of his senior staff are being investigated. Investigations will also consider whether officials from UN aid agencies were involved. Uganda is said to host some 1.4 million refugees - welcoming more than any other country in 2016 -...
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Syria war: Assad's government accuses US of massacre. Syria war: Assad's government accuses US of massacre.
Syria has accused the US of carrying out a "brutal massacre" with a bombing attack in Deir al-Zour province. The overnight air strikes killed an estimated 100 pro-government fighters near the Euphrates river, according to the US. The Syrian foreign ministry said it had written to the United Nations, demanding international condemnation. The US claimed a right to self-defence, saying it wa...
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Maldives ex-President Nasheed seeks help from India and US. Maldives ex-President Nasheed seeks help from India and US.
The ex-president of the Maldives has called from exile for other countries to intervene in a political crisis engulfing the island nation. Mohamed Nasheed asked India to help release prisoners and the US to curb leaders' financial transactions. Turmoil began when current President Abdulla Yameen refused to release political dissidents, defying a court order and sparking protests. "We must...
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Russian fighter jet shot down in Syria's Idlib province. Russian fighter jet shot down in Syria's Idlib province.
A Russian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet has been shot down in a rebel-held area in Syria's north-western province of Idlib. The Russian defence ministry said the pilot had ejected into an area believed to be controlled by the jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance. Although he survived the crash he was killed in a ground fight, Moscow said. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham - formerly linked to al-Qaeda - sai...
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