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Mexico earthquake: Rescue efforts continue as death toll rises. Mexico earthquake: Rescue efforts continue as death toll rises.
The race to rescue those trapped in the rubble continues, more than 24 hours after a powerful earthquake struck off Mexico's southern coast. The 8.1 magnitude quake left at least 61 people dead, according to officials. Another 200 people were injured, President Enrique Peña Nieto said, as he declared a national day of mourning. Meanwhile, the feared category one Hurricane Katia, which str...
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Rohingya crisis: Exodus swells 'as 270,000 flee Myanmar' Rohingya crisis: Exodus swells 'as 270,000 flee Myanmar'
About 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought shelter in Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar two weeks ago, the UN says. A spokeswoman said the jump - up from 164,000 on Thursday - was because new pockets of people had been found. She called the figure "so alarming" and said urgent action was needed to address the situation in Myanmar. Those fleeing say Myanmar's military are burnin...
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Hurricane Irma causes devastation in the Caribbean. Hurricane Irma causes devastation in the Caribbean.
Hurricane Irma has caused widespread destruction across the Caribbean, reducing buildings to rubble and leaving at least nine people dead. The small island of Barbuda is said to be "barely habitable". Officials warn that St Martin is almost destroyed, and the death toll is likely to rise. Irma is a category five hurricane, the highest possible level. It is currently north of the Dominican...
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North Korea nuclear crisis: Putin calls sanctions useless. North Korea nuclear crisis: Putin calls sanctions useless.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said pursuing further sanctions against North Korea is "useless", saying "they'd rather eat grass than give up their nuclear programme". The US said on Monday it would table a new UN resolution on tougher sanctions in the wake of the latest test of a nuclear bomb by the North on Sunday. Mr Putin also said that the ramping up of "military hysteria" could l...
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Myanmar conflict: Aung San Suu Kyi 'must step in'. Myanmar conflict: Aung San Suu Kyi 'must step in'.
Yanghee Lee said the situation in Rakhine was "really grave" and it was time for Ms Suu Kyi to "step in". Her comments came as the number of Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh reached 87,000, according to UN estimates. That is more than the exodus after the October 2016 violence in Rakhine. Both outpourings were sparked by attacks by Rohingya militants on police posts which triggered a crackd...
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IS conflict: Iraq declares 'liberation' of Nineveh province. IS conflict: Iraq declares 'liberation' of Nineveh province.
Iraq's prime minister says Nineveh province has been "fully liberated" from so-called Islamic State, after the district of Tal Afar was recaptured. Haider al-Abadi's announcement followed the defeat of the jihadist group in the town of Ayadiya, where the militants had fled to from Tal Afar. It leaves IS in control of just a few urban areas and some barren desert in central and western Iraq. ...
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Two million Muslims begin Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. Two million Muslims begin Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.
Some two million Muslims from across the world have begun the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Dressed in simple white clothes, the pilgrims started at sunset by circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest site. Iranians are once again participating this year after missing the last Hajj following a deadly stampede in 2015. But only a few dozen pilgrims a...
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Iran building missile factories in Syria and Lebanon - Netanyahu. Iran building missile factories in Syria and Lebanon - Netanyahu.
Israel's prime minister has said Iran is building sites in Syria and Lebanon to produce precision-guided missiles. Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of turning Syria into a "base of military entrenchment as part of its declared goal to eradicate Israel". Iran's forces are supporting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's war and it backs Lebanon's Hezbollah movement. Mr Netanyahu's comments c...
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Four hurt in baseball bat attack at Australian university. Four hurt in baseball bat attack at Australian university.
Four people have been injured by a student wielding a baseball bat in a classroom at an Australian university, according to police. The suspect, an 18-year-old man, had been seated when he rose and assaulted a lecturer at the Australian National University in Canberra, police said. He then allegedly attacked students who went to her aid, before being subdued. Police said it was too early ...
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Tal Afar battle: Iraqi forces 'breach IS defences to reach city centre'. Tal Afar battle: Iraqi forces 'breach IS defences to reach city centre'.
Iraqi forces say they have broken through the defences of so-called Islamic State (IS) and reached the centre of the city of Tal Afar. A spokesman said troops had also reached the neighbourhood around the old citadel. Tal Afar, near the Syrian border, is one of the jihadists' last remaining strongholds in Iraq after they were driven out of the city of Mosul. The Iraqi offensive on Tal Afa...
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