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Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu blast Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu blast
A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say. Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007. It is not clear who staged the bo...
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Macron's public sector reforms spark nationwide strikes Macron's public sector reforms spark nationwide strikes
Millions of public sector workers in France are taking part in a nationwide one-day strike in protest at President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms. The action has closed schools and disrupted train services and about a third of flights have been cancelled. The French government plans to cut 120,000 public sector jobs in France over the next five years. Last month, thousands of people d...
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Suicide 'shepherd' bomber kills several people near Kabul mosque Suicide 'shepherd' bomber kills several people near Kabul mosque
A suicide bomber has killed at least five people near a Shia mosque in Kabul ahead of the major religious commemoration of Ashura. The attacker disguised himself as a shepherd in order to approach the mosque, Kabul police's criminal investigative director told. "The bomber was grazing a herd of sheep and before reaching his target he detonated," General Salim Almas said. So-called Islamic...
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Man survives 25km ride hanging on to side of German train Man survives 25km ride hanging on to side of German train
A man has survived a 160km/h (99mph) ride holding on to the side of a high-speed train in Germany, officials say. Deutsche Bahn said he grabbed plastic bellows connecting two carriages of the Bielefeld-Hannover express on Thursday, using just a small ledge to stand on. The 59-year-old man acted after the ICE train with his luggage inside had started moving away from the station. Rail offi...
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'Mass Hindu grave' found in Myanmar's Rakhine state 'Mass Hindu grave' found in Myanmar's Rakhine state
The Myanmar authorities have accused Muslim Rohingya militants of killing 28 Hindu villagers whose bodies were allegedly found in a mass grave. The army says the bodies of 20 women and eight men and boys were found in two pits in northern Rakhine state. The state has been in turmoil since 25 August when Rohingya militants launched deadly attacks on police posts. Over 400,000 Rohingya have...
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Hong Kong gay rights: British lesbian wins spousal visa case Hong Kong gay rights: British lesbian wins spousal visa case
Hong Kong's court of appeal has ruled that a British lesbian who moved to the territory with her partner should be granted a dependent visa. The visa, usually given to the husbands and wives of foreigners working in Hong Kong, was denied because she was not considered a spouse, the woman said. Same-sex marriage is banned in the territory although discrimination based on sexual orientation is...
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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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North Korea fires three missiles into sea North Korea fires three missiles into sea
North Korea has fired three short-range ballistic missiles, the US military says. They were launched from a site in the North Korean province of Gangwon and flew for about 250km (150 miles), officials in South Korea said. Since firing an intercontinental ballistic weapon last month, Pyongyang has threatened to aim missiles at the US Pacific territory of Guam. But this latest test did not ...
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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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