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Berlin far-right supporters outnumbered by counter-protest Berlin far-right supporters outnumbered by counter-protest
Thousands of people gathered in Berlin on Sunday amid a heavy police presence for rival demonstrations, staged by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and by counter-protesters. Police said more than 5,000 people attended the AfD demonstration, while at least twice as many opposed them. Supporters of the anti-immigration AfD chanted "We are the people", and were met with chants ...
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Cyclone Mekunu kills girl of 12 in Oman Cyclone Mekunu kills girl of 12 in Oman
Cyclone Mekunu has hit southern Oman with high winds and rain, killing a 12-year-old girl and leaving three other people injured, officials say. The girl died after wind swept her against a wall, police say. State TV showed large areas of flooding in Dhofar and al-Wusta provinces, with dozens of vehicles submerged. The cyclone intensified in strength on Friday but has now been downgraded ...
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Saudi Arabia widens crackdown on women's rights activists Saudi Arabia widens crackdown on women's rights activists
Saudi Arabia has reportedly arrested three more women's rights activists in a crackdown launched just weeks before a ban on women driving will be lifted. Human rights groups said at least 11 people, most of them women who had long campaigned for the right to drive, had now been detained since last week. Officials have said they are suspected of "suspicious contact with foreign parties" and u...
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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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