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Italy president names novice Giuseppe Conte as populist PM Italy president names novice Giuseppe Conte as populist PM
Italy's President Sergio Mattarella has accepted a political novice as prime minister, paving the way for the two populist parties to form a government. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and right-wing League chose law professor Giuseppe Conte in a bid to end 11 weeks of political deadlock. The 64 year old has faced claims that he embellished his CV, which he denies. Concerns rema...
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F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation
The US-made F-35 stealth fighter has seen its first ever combat action, flying in an operation for the Israeli air force. The air force chief showed an image of jets over Beirut, Lebanon, and said the planes had "already attacked twice on two different fronts". Israel recently carried out scores of air strikes in Syria. The F-35, from the world's priciest military programme, has been crit...
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French Muslim student Maryam Pougetoux hits back over headscarf claims French Muslim student Maryam Pougetoux hits back over headscarf claims
A French student union leader who has been accused by ministers of using her headscarf for political gain has hit back, calling the claims "pathetic". France's interior minister has personally criticised Maryam Pougetoux, who is Muslim, for being interviewed while wearing her headscarf. "It's my faith," the student told Buzzfeed News, adding: "[My hijab] has no political function." Ms Pou...
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Syria war: IS militants 'leave Damascus suburbs' Syria war: IS militants 'leave Damascus suburbs'
Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group have been evacuated from an enclave in the southern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a temporary ceasefire had come into effect following heavy bombardment by the Syrian military. But Syrian officials denied there was any ceasefire, and have made no mention of the reported ...
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Saudi Arabia detains seven activists ahead of lifting of driving ban Saudi Arabia detains seven activists ahead of lifting of driving ban
Saudi authorities have arrested seven women's rights advocates, weeks before the kingdom is due to lift its ban on women driving, rights groups say. The reasons for the arrests were not clear, but activists say authorities are attempting to silence the women. The kingdom's state news channel reported that they had been arrested for contacts with a foreign power. Saudi Arabia has strict la...
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Cuba plane: More than 100 die in Havana air crash Cuba plane: More than 100 die in Havana air crash
More than 100 people have died after a Boeing 737 airliner crashed and exploded near Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuban state media says. Three people have survived but are in critical condition in hospital, Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma reported. The plane came down shortly after take-off, crashing in a field. It was carrying 104 passengers and nine foreign crew, ...
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DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city
The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control. Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a city of a million about 130km (80 miles) from where the first cases were confirmed. The city is a major transportation hub with routes to the capital Kinshasa. At least 44 peopl...
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Gaza violence: Israelis and Palestinians in fierce exchanges at UN Gaza violence: Israelis and Palestinians in fierce exchanges at UN
There have been angry exchanges between Israeli and Palestinian envoys at the UN, as the diplomatic fallout over deadly violence in Gaza gathered pace. Some 58 Palestinians were killed when Israeli troops fired on protesters on Monday, with funerals held on Tuesday. The Palestinian envoy spoke of a "crime against humanity", while Israel accused the rulers of Gaza, Hamas, of taking their own ...
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Surabaya: Suicide bombers attack Indonesia police headquarters Surabaya: Suicide bombers attack Indonesia police headquarters
Attackers on motorbikes carried out a suicide bombing at a police headquarters in Surabaya, a day after a wave of deadly blasts in the Indonesian city. Authorities said a young girl who was with the group, survived the attack, which wounded at least 10 people. It comes after another family carried out bomb attacks on three churches on Sunday. The Islamic State group has said it was behind...
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Syria blames Israel for missile strike near Damascus Syria blames Israel for missile strike near Damascus
Israel is reported to have carried out a missile strike on a military outpost south of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Syria's state news agency Sana said two missiles were shot down in the Kiswah area on Tuesday night, and that two civilians were killed in an explosion. But a monitoring group said the missiles hit an Iranian weapons depot, killing 15 pro-government fighters. Israel decline...
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