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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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Lebanon to elect its first new parliament since 2009 Lebanon to elect its first new parliament since 2009
Polls have opened in Lebanon for the first parliamentary elections for almost a decade. The last elections in the country were in 2009, for what was supposed to be a four-year term. But parliament extended its term twice due to instability in neighbouring Syria, and to reform the country's electoral laws. It changed the voting system, reduced the number of districts, and allowed expatriat...
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North Korea changes its time zone to match South North Korea changes its time zone to match South
North Korea is changing its time zone to match the South after last week's inter-Korean summit, according to its state media. The country will move its clocks forward by 30 minutes on Saturday, said the official KCNA news agency. The reset is "the first practical step" to "speed up the process for the North and the South to become one", it said. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump says h...
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Australia's Commonwealth Bank lost data of 20m accounts Australia's Commonwealth Bank lost data of 20m accounts
Australia's Commonwealth Bank has admitted losing the bank records of almost 20 million people. Names, addresses, account numbers and statements were stored on two magnetic tapes which were meant to be destroyed by a subcontractor in 2016. But despite not receiving evidence the tapes had actually been destroyed, the bank did not tell customers there was a potential problem. The breach is ...
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Brazil fire: São Paulo building collapses in huge blaze Brazil fire: São Paulo building collapses in huge blaze
A 26-storey building has collapsed after being engulfed in flames in Brazil's largest city, São Paulo, killing at least one person. More than 150 firefighters are battling the blaze which is thought to have been caused by a gas explosion. The high-rise had been occupied by squatters, and firefighters fear more people may have been trapped inside. Witnesses said flames spread quickly from ...
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North Korea nuclear test site to close in May, South Korea says North Korea nuclear test site to close in May, South Korea says
North Korea's nuclear test site will close in May, the South Korean president's office has said. A spokesman said the closure of the Punggye-ri site would be done in public and foreign experts from South Korea and the US would be invited to watch. Scientists have said the site may have partially collapsed in September. On Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea's President...
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Koreas make nuclear pledge after historic summit Koreas make nuclear pledge after historic summit
The leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons, after holding a historic summit. The announcement was made by the North's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea after talks at the border. The two also agreed to push towards turning the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953 into a peace treaty this year. The summit came just month...
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'Real bodies' exhibition causes controversy in Australia 'Real bodies' exhibition causes controversy in Australia
An exhibition of preserved human bodies has drawn controversy in Australia this week after an activist group raised questions about the origin of the specimens. The group of objectors - who include doctors, lawyers and scientists - have called for the exhibition in Sydney to be shut down. They assert that it may include the bodies of executed Chinese inmates, including political prisoners. ...
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