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Syria chemical 'attack': Russia faces fury at UN Security Council Syria chemical 'attack': Russia faces fury at UN Security Council
Russia has been sharply criticised by other world powers at the UN Security Council in New York over the chemical weapons deaths in northern Syria. Moscow's suggestions that civilians were poisoned by rebel weapons on the ground have been widely rejected. The UK's foreign secretary, a rebel commander and a weapons expert all said evidence pointed to an attack by the Syrian government, Russia...
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St Petersburg metro explosion kills 10 in Russia St Petersburg metro explosion kills 10 in Russia
Ten people have been killed in an explosion between two underground stations in St Petersburg. The head of Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee said the blast hit a train between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations. The committee said an explosive device was later found and made safe at another station nearby. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a Facebook po...
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Second Moscow opposition protest leads to arrests Second Moscow opposition protest leads to arrests
At least 29 people have been arrested during opposition protests in Moscow, the second Sunday in succession to see such demonstrations. Last week, at least 500 people were held during protests across Russia, reportedly the largest in five years. The opposition has called for the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over corruption allegations. A smaller group of about 100 people ...
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New South Africa finance minister Gigaba calls for radical reform New South Africa finance minister Gigaba calls for radical reform
South Africa needs to "radically transform" its economy, the country's new finance minister has said. The treasury has been seen for too long as belonging to "big business, powerful interests and international investors," Malusi Gigaba said. "This is a people's government," he told his first news conference since President Jacob Zuma fired his respected predecessor, Pravin Gordhan. Thursd...
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EU leaders react as UK PM Theresa May officially triggers Brexit EU leaders react as UK PM Theresa May officially triggers Brexit
"After nine months the UK has delivered," declared EU Council President Donald Tusk in a portentous tweet on receipt of the letter triggering Brexit from Prime Minister Theresa May. The tone of his speech in Brussels was full of regret. There was "no reason to pretend that this is a happy day" in Brussels or London, he added. "We already miss you." Looking on the bright side, he said there w...
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Solid gold coin worth $4m stolen from Berlin museum Solid gold coin worth $4m stolen from Berlin museum
A giant gold coin bearing the Queen's image, and worth $4m (3.2m), has been stolen from a museum in Germany. The Canadian coin, nicknamed the "big maple leaf", has a face value of $1m - but because it is 100kg (220lb) of pure 24-carat gold, its value is much higher at today's price for gold bullion. It was taken during the night from the Bode Museum in Berlin. It is not clear how the thi...
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Russia protests: Opposition leader Navalny and hundreds others arrested Russia protests: Opposition leader Navalny and hundreds others arrested
Russia's main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been arrested at an anti-corruption protest he organised in the capital, Moscow. Thousands of people joined rallies nationwide, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over corruption allegations. At least 500 other protesters were detained in the capital and across the country. Most of the marches were illegal, or...
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US and UK laptop bans on some Middle East flights come into effect US and UK laptop bans on some Middle East flights come into effect
A ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Turkey and some countries in the Middle East and North Africa to the US and UK has come into effect. Officials say devices "larger than a smartphone" must travel in the hold because of an increased risk that they could contain explosives. At least one airline is allowing devices to be used up until boarding. The US ban covers e...
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London attack: Khalid Masood identified as killer London attack: Khalid Masood identified as killer
he man believed to have carried out the terror attack in Westminster has been named by police as Khalid Masood. Kent-born Masood, who was shot dead by police, had not been the subject of any current police investigations, but had a range of previous convictions. The 52-year-old was believed to have been living in the West Midlands. The so-called Islamic State group has said it was behind ...
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London attack: French students injured on bridge London attack: French students injured on bridge
Three French schoolchildren were among those injured when a vehicle hit people on London's Westminster Bridge in a suspected terror attack, the French government has confirmed. The foreign ministry said they had been on a school trip to London. A newspaper in France's Brittany region, Le Telegramme, identified them as teenage pupils from a private high school in Concarneau. At least two o...
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