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Nepal floods: Elephants deployed in rescue efforts Nepal floods: Elephants deployed in rescue efforts
Dozens of elephants and rafts have been deployed to rescue nearly 500 people trapped by floods in a popular resort in southern Nepal, officials say. Several hotels in Sauraha, in Chitwan district, have been inundated, trapping the tourists, many of them foreigners. The floods and landslides caused by torrential rains have killed at least 49 people across the country. The Red Cross says 10...
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Kabul convoy attack: Nato soldier killed in suicide blast Kabul convoy attack: Nato soldier killed in suicide blast
A suicide bomber has attacked a military convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing a Nato soldier and wounding several others, officials say. Five soldiers and an interpreter were injured, a Nato statement said. Local media reports say three civilians were also killed in the incident in the city's Qarabagh district. The bombing is the latest violence to have hit Afghanistan this month ...
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Dozens injured in Barcelona train crash Dozens injured in Barcelona train crash
More than 50 people have been injured in a train crash at a major railway station in Barcelona, emergency services said Friday. The Catalan Emergency Services revised the number hurt to 54 after earlier giving numbers ranging from 40 to 48. The crash, which it described as an accident, happened during rush hour Friday morning at the Estacion de Francia, a major railway station in the western S...
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One dead in knife attack in Hamburg supermarket, motive unclear One dead in knife attack in Hamburg supermarket, motive unclear
Berlin: One person was killed and several were injured in an attack by a lone knifeman in a supermarket in the northern German city of Hamburg on Friday, police said. The police said the man had suddenly started attacking customers in the shop before fleeing, pursued by witnesses. Officers detained him near the site. There was no immediate indication of any political or religious motive for ...
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Japan defence minister once tipped to be first female PM resigns Japan defence minister once tipped to be first female PM resigns
The woman once seen as on track to becoming Japan's first female prime minister has resigned as defence minister. Tomomi Inada, a close ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, stepped down over an alleged cover-up of documents on a controversial peacekeeping deployment. She was seen as an Abe protégé, sharing his staunchly nationalist views. Her resignation comes as the prime minister sees a sha...
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British Museum 'loses' £750,000 Cartier diamond ring British Museum 'loses' £750,000 Cartier diamond ring
A £750,000 diamond ring, missing from the British Museum for six years, has only now been registered as lost. Thought to have been bequeathed to the museum by an anonymous donor, the Cartier ring was reported missing to the police in 2011. The loss was revealed with the publication of museum's annual accounts where its cost has been written off. A spokesperson said it was museum procedure to re...
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Third Australian politician hit by dual citizenship row Third Australian politician hit by dual citizenship row
Matthew Canavan has quit as Australia's Minister for Resources and Northern Australia in a row over dual citizenship - the country's third politician to do so in recent weeks. The 36-year-old said he was unaware his mother had applied for him to get Italian citizenship when he was 25. But he said he would not be resigning as senator until he had legal advice. Under Australia's constitution, a p...
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Acrobat death fall at Mad Cool festival in Madrid Acrobat death fall at Mad Cool festival in Madrid
An acrobat from Brighton has died after reportedly falling 100ft (30m) during a stunt at a rock festival in Spain. Specialist in aerial dance Pedro Aunión Monroy, was suspended in a cage during the Mad Cool festival in Madrid, on Friday night. While near the main stage, in-between the performances by alt-J and Green Day, he fell. Paramedics spent 30 minutes trying to revive him, but were unable...
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Merkel: We must guard Helmut Kohl's legacy Merkel: We must guard Helmut Kohl's legacy
World leaders have paid tribute to former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, who oversaw German reunification. Mr Kohl, who died last month, was a major driving force behind closer European integration. Speaking next to his coffin, which was draped in the EU flag, Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was up to this generation to preserve his legacy. His remains are now travelling down the Rhine river t...
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Queen's Speech unveils Brexit-focused agenda at troubled time Queen's Speech unveils Brexit-focused agenda at troubled time
A somber Queen's Speech laid out a Brexit-heavy policy agenda and dropped key pledges made by embattled Prime Minister Theresa May, who on Wednesday officially began the challenge of leading a minority government. Queen Elizabeth II read out a list of the government's intentions -- as is tradition before parliament begins a new session -- at a tumultuous time for Britain and as May's leadership...
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