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Osama Bin Laden: Mother Alia Ghanem remembers 'good child' Osama Bin Laden: Mother Alia Ghanem remembers 'good child'
The mother of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has spoken publicly about her son for the first time, seven years on from his 2011 death. Alia Ghanem gave an interview to British newspaper the Guardian from the family's home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She told the publication her son had been a shy and "good child" growing up, but was "brainwashed" at university. The family say they last saw ...
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Zimbabwe election: Army patrols 'ghost town' Harare Zimbabwe election: Army patrols 'ghost town' Harare
Businesses have shut in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, as the nation awaits the results from the heavily disputed presidential election. Armed soldiers and police are on patrol, ordering people to "behave". Three people were killed in the city on Wednesday in clashes between the security forces and supporters of opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. He says Monday's elections were being rigged t...
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Slovakia alarmed by pro-Putin Night Wolves bikers' base Slovakia alarmed by pro-Putin Night Wolves bikers' base
The Slovak foreign ministry says it is "disturbing" that the Night Wolves - a Russian nationalist biker gang close to President Vladimir Putin - now have a base in Slovakia. The base has old military vehicles and lies in Dolna Krupa, a village 70km (44 miles) from the capital Bratislava. The Russian government calls it the Night Wolves' "European headquarters". The bikers are under US san...
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Taliban sources confirm Qatar meeting with senior US diplomat Taliban sources confirm Qatar meeting with senior US diplomat
Taliban officials met secretly with a senior US diplomat in Qatar last week, sources in the group have told the BBC. The face-to-face talks in Doha with Alice Wells, a state department deputy assistant secretary, were "very important", one Taliban official said. News of the meeting follows a directive from the Trump administration for US diplomats to talk directly with the Afghan militant gr...
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Indonesia earthquake: 14 dead on tourist island of Lombok Indonesia earthquake: 14 dead on tourist island of Lombok
A powerful earthquake has struck a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, killing at least 14 people. The 6.4 magnitude quake hit the central island of Lombok just before 07:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Sunday. The island attracts tourists from around the world due to its beaches and hiking trails, and is located about 40km (25 miles) east of Bali. More than 160 people are injured and ...
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Thousands rally over plan to raise pension age Thousands rally over plan to raise pension age
Thousands of people have taken part in protests in cities across Russia to express their anger at government proposals to raise the pension age. Demonstrators in the capital, Moscow, carried banners reading: "We want to live on our pensions, not die at work." The government says it wants to raise the pension age from 60 to 65 for men, and from 55 to 63 for women, to help cope with a shrinkin...
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Survivors and NGOs query official toll Survivors and NGOs query official toll
The death toll from the dam collapse in Laos could be much higher than the official figure of 27, local people and aid agencies have told the BBC. Few details of the rescue operation are being released by the Laotian authorities - but a BBC team managed to gain brief access to the site and survivors, despite a ban on foreign media. At the main hospital in Attapeau, the town closest to the di...
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France jailbreak gangster narrowly evades police France jailbreak gangster narrowly evades police
A French armed robber narrowly avoided capture more than three weeks after escaping from prison, police say. Convicted gangster Rédoine Faïd was spotted by patrol officers near Paris on Tuesday afternoon, police sources told AFP news agency. He fled the scene and abandoned a car with explosives and fake number plates in a shopping centre car park. On 1 July Faïd, 46, broke out of a prison...
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Toronto shooting: Gunman kills woman and child in Greektown Toronto shooting: Gunman kills woman and child in Greektown
A 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman have died after a gunman opened fire on a busy avenue in Canada's largest city, police say. Thirteen other people, ranging in age between 10 and 59, were injured in the attack in the Greektown district of Toronto, police chief Mark Saunders told reporters. The suspect, 29, had an exchange of gunfire with police officers before being found dead near...
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Syria conflict: White Helmets evacuated by Israel Syria conflict: White Helmets evacuated by Israel
Israel says it has carried out an evacuation of members of Syria's White Helmets civil defence group from a war zone in south-western Syria. Some 422 volunteers and family members were taken to Jordan via the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights overnight. The UK, one of the nations requesting Israel's help, hailed the operation and will assist with resettlement. The White Helmets describe them...
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