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UK's ambassador to the EU Sir Ivan Rogers resigns UK's ambassador to the EU Sir Ivan Rogers resigns
The UK's ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, has resigned. Sir Ivan, appointed to the job by David Cameron in 2013, had been expected to play a key role in Brexit talks expected to start within months. The government said Sir Ivan had quit early so a successor could be in place before negotiations start. Last month the BBC revealed he had privately told ministers a UK-EU trade deal mig...
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Turkey nightclub attack: IS says it carried out shooting Turkey nightclub attack: IS says it carried out shooting
So-called Islamic State says it was behind the new year attack on a Turkish nightclub that killed 39 people. The group said in a statement it was carried out by "a heroic soldier". At least 600 revellers were celebrating in the early hours of Sunday at Istanbul's Reina nightclub when the gunman began firing indiscriminately, discharging some 180 bullets. The gunman is still at large and a...
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Manhunt after dozens killed in Istanbul Manhunt after dozens killed in Istanbul
Police in Istanbul are hunting for a gunman who opened fire at a well-known nightclub, killing at least 39 people. The attack happened at Reina nightclub early on Sunday, as hundreds of revellers marked the new year. Officials say at least 15 foreigners were killed, including citizens from Israel, Belgium, Lebanon, Jordan, France, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The attacker left his gun before...
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Berlin truck attack: Tunisian 'linked to Anis Amri' held Berlin truck attack: Tunisian 'linked to Anis Amri' held
A 40-year-old Tunisian man has been detained in Berlin in connection with last week's attack on a Christmas market, German state prosecutors say. They say his number was found on the phone of Anis Amri, who killed 12 people by hijacking a lorry and ramming it through the stalls. Police raided the home and workplace of the man in the Tempelhof area of Berlin, German media report. Officials...
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Russian plane crash: Experts begin examining flight recorder Russian plane crash: Experts begin examining flight recorder
Russian air experts have begun examining one of the flight recorders from a plane that crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday, killing 92 people. The flight data recorder was found underwater about a mile from the shore, and the authorities say it is in "satisfactory condition". At least 12 bodies have been also been recovered so far, along with numerous fragments of the plane. No cause has...
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Russia plane crash: Huge search for bodies in Black Sea Russia plane crash: Huge search for bodies in Black Sea
A huge search operation is continuing for a Russian military plane with 92 on board which crashed into the Black Sea. Some 3,000 people, including more than 100 divers, as well as ships, planes, helicopters and submersibles are involved in the operation near Sochi. Some fragments of the plane have been found, but initial reports that the fuselage was sighted have been denied. The Tu-154 p...
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Russian military plane crashes in Black Sea, killing 92 Russian military plane crashes in Black Sea, killing 92
A Russian military plane with 92 people on board has crashed into the Black Sea, Russia's defence ministry says. The plane disappeared from radar two minutes after taking off from Sochi at 05:25 (02:25 GMT), heading for Latakia in Syria. Debris and 10 bodies have been found, with no reports of survivors. The Tu-154 was carrying soldiers, reporters and 64 members of the famed Alexandrov mi...
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Turkey targets 10,000 social media users in 'terror' probe Turkey targets 10,000 social media users in 'terror' probe
Turkey is investigating 10,000 people on suspicion of using social media to support terrorism, its interior ministry has said. They are accused of insulting government officials online, or what the ministry called "terror-related activity" on the internet. The ministry said the fight against terrorism was being carried out "with determination" on social media. The authorities have held 3,...
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Berlin attack: Family urge suspect to surrender Berlin attack: Family urge suspect to surrender
The family of Anis Amri, the Tunisian man suspected of driving a lorry into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, have urged him to surrender. His brother, Abdelkader Amri, said he was sure Anis was innocent. If he was not, "it will be a dishonour for us". German officials have confirmed Amri's fingerprints were found inside the truck that was used to kill 12 people and wound 49 others on Mo...
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Russia bath lotion poisoning: Putin orders crackdown as death toll rises Russia bath lotion poisoning: Putin orders crackdown as death toll rises
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered stricter governmental measures to crack down on sales of surrogate alcohol, after dozens died from drinking a bath lotion. The death toll in the Siberian city of Irkutsk has risen to 62, with more than 30 people seriously ill. Mr Putin also wants new rules for compulsory labelling, plus tougher penalties for bootleggers. The deadly bath lotion ...
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