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Saad Hariri: France offers visit, 'not exile'. Saad Hariri: France offers visit, 'not exile'.
French President Emmanuel Macron has invited Lebanese PM Saad Hariri and his family to France, but said he was not offering political exile. French officials say Mr Hariri will arrive "in the coming days". Mr Hariri resigned unexpectedly during a visit to Saudi Arabia on 4 November, sparking a political crisis. The Saudi government has denied holding him against his will or pressing him t...
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Zimbabwe crisis: Army says it is 'targeting criminals', not Mugabe. Zimbabwe crisis: Army says it is 'targeting criminals', not Mugabe.
Zimbabwe's military has read out a statement after taking over the national broadcaster, ZBC, saying it has taken action to "target criminals". However, it said this was not "a military takeover of government" and President Robert Mugabe was safe. Heavy gunfire and artillery were heard in northern suburbs of the capital, Harare, early on Wednesday. Zimbabwe's envoy to South Africa, Isaac ...
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British doctor 'punches shark' in Australia surfing scare. British doctor 'punches shark' in Australia surfing scare.
A UK doctor says he escaped a shark by punching it in the face after the animal injured him in Australia. Charlie Fry, 25, was at a beach north of Sydney on Monday when the shark "jumped out of the water and hit him in the right shoulder", police said. Mr Fry said he punched the shark while in the water before climbing back on his board and surfing to shore. He said he had been inspired b...
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Brussels riot after Morocco World Cup qualifier win. Brussels riot after Morocco World Cup qualifier win.
More than 20 police officers were injured in Brussels when celebrations over Morocco's qualification for football's World Cup turned violent. The Moroccan national side qualified for the 2018 tournament in Russia with a 2-0 victory away to Ivory Coast on Saturday, topping their group. Fans hit the streets after the game and burned at least one car, smashed glass and looted shops, police said...
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Iran building permanent military base in Syria - claim Iran building permanent military base in Syria - claim
Iran is establishing a permanent military base inside Syria, a Western intelligence source has told the BBC. The Iranian military is said to have established a compound at a site used by the Syrian army outside El-Kiswah, 14 km (8 miles) south of Damascus. The report comes amid growing tensions over Iranian influence in Syria and across the region. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu recently w...
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Catalonia crisis: Spain could allow referendums, says FM. Catalonia crisis: Spain could allow referendums, says FM.
Spain is considering constitutional changes that could allow its regions to hold referendums on independence in the future, the foreign minister says. Alfonso Dastis has told the BBC a nationwide vote on the issue could be held. The move is in recognition of the events in Catalonia, where the regional government was deposed after a unilateral declaration of independence. Protests were hel...
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Saudis accuse Iran of 'direct aggression' over Yemen missile. Saudis accuse Iran of 'direct aggression' over Yemen missile.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accused Iran of an act of "direct military aggression" by supplying missiles to rebels in Yemen. This "may be considered an act of war", state media quoted the prince as telling UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in a telephone conversation. On Saturday, a ballistic missile was intercepted near the Saudi capital. Iran denies arming the H...
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Paradise Papers: Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed Paradise Papers: Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed
A huge new leak of financial documents has revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen's private estate, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens. Donald Trump's commerce secretary is shown to have a stake in a firm dealing with Russians sanctioned by the US. The leak, dubbed the Paradise Papers, contains 13.4m documents, mostly from one leading firm i...
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Lebanese PM Hariri resigns, saying he fears assassination plot. Lebanese PM Hariri resigns, saying he fears assassination plot.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned, saying in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia that he feared for his life, while also fiercely criticising Iran. He accused Iran of sowing "fear and destruction" in several countries, including Lebanon. Mr Hariri's father, former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005. The Hariri family is close to Saudi Arabia, Ir...
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Catalan independence: Spain high court summons dismissed leader Catalan independence: Spain high court summons dismissed leader
Spain's high court has summoned sacked Catalan leader Carles Puidgemont and 13 other members of his dismissed government to appear later this week. It also gave them three days to pay a deposit of 6.2m ($7.2m) to cover potential liabilities. The summons comes after Spain's chief prosecutor on Monday said he would press charges including rebellion. Mr Puigdemont is in Belgium with several...
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