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A female protester has died after being hit by a motorist as demonstrators angry at fuel tax hikes gridlocked parts of France on Saturday. Police said 47 other protesters had also been injured, three critically, as France's newest people's movement, the "gilets jaunes" (yellow vests), staged a day of action.
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Theresa May is speaking to senior ministers one-to-one ahead of a special cabinet on Wednesday.
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The previously undisclosed base contains networks of tunnels used to hide and fuel mobile missiles. Intelligence agencies believe there are some 20 similar bases scattered throughout North Korea.


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Ankara announced that it successfully tested an electromagnetic kinetic weapon, joining a club of developers alongside Russia, the US, China, and India.


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The U.S. military currently re-fuels about 20 percent of all Saudi aircraft that fly as part of the operation in Yemen.


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A Japanese medical university that acknowledged systematically discriminating against female applicants announced Wednesday plans to accept more than 60 who were unfairly rejected over the past two years.

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Greece and its powerful Orthodox Church tentatively agreed on Tuesday to remove some 10,000 priests and auxiliary staff from the state payroll, in a deal that could pave the way for a clearer distinction between church and state.


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Four bodies have been pulled out of the rubble of several buildings that collapsed on Monday in the French city of Marseille, according to the Marseille Naval Fire Battalion.


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French President Emmanuel Macron has urged the creation of a “true, European army” to protect the continent from Russia, China and the United States. "We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America," Macron told Europe 1 radio on Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reported.


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Iran greeted the reimposition of US sanctions on Monday with air defense drills and a statement from President Hassan Rouhani that the nation faces a "war situation",
raising Mideast tensions as America’s maximalist approach to the Islamic Republic takes hold.
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Julian Assange announced on Friday that he was suing the Ecuadorean government for “violating his fundamental rights,” claiming that his longtime hosts at the country’s embassy in London are limiting his contact with the outside world and censoring his speech.

His legal team in the matter, led by the former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, revealed the suit at a news conference in Quito, where the lawsuit was filed. The action aims to prevent strict new rules governing Mr. Assange’s visitors and online activity from taking effect.
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Saudi Arabia has admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, according to the kingdom's state media.

The official SPA press agency said on Saturday that preliminary results of investigations showed that the dissident writer died after a fight broke out inside the building
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More than 50 people reportedly were killed Friday when a train plowed through revelers who had gathered on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Amritsar for the Hindu celebration of Dussehra marking the triumph of good over evil.

Witnesses told media outlets that as crowds spilled onto the train tracks, the booming of fireworks and the general celebratory din may have masked the sound of the oncoming train.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has heard an alleged audio recording of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi's murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to a senior Turkish official.

Speaking exclusively and on condition of anonymity to ABC News, the official claimed the recording was played in meetings in Turkey on Wednesday, and that Pompeo was given a transcript of the recordings.
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This would be a significant step that would enable the Kremlin to surpass the U.S. and China. The U.S. is currently unable to defend against this breed of threat.
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Palestinians say decision to merge embassy and consulate legitimises Israeli occupation.
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The powerful police chief of Kandahar province in Afghanistan was killed Thursday in an attack following a security meeting with the top US commander in the city, three Afghan officials told CNN.
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Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, fostered a close relationship with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of a bid to help broker a Middle East peace deal.
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Canada is now the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland.

And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country's easternmost province a federal official told The Associated Press that Canada will pardon all those with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the now-legal threshold.
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At least 10 people have been killed after an unidentified explosive device detonated at a college in the Crimean city of Kerch on Wednesday, with at least 50 others injured, according to Russian authorities.
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A field of pink, cloud-like muhly grass flowers in a park in eastern China had to be cut down on Sunday (Oct 14) after it was trampled by selfie-seeking tourists, it was reported.

The flowers of pink muhly grass stay in bloom for about two months during autumn, but those in the Binjiang riverside park in the city of Hangzhou were completely destroyed two weeks after they started blooming around Oct 1, Shanghai-based news portal Thepaper.cn reported.
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The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Tuesday (Oct 16) called for more time to reach a deal with London, as fears grow about Britain crashing out of the union with no agreement in place.

Barnier said there were still several important differences between the two sides, notably on the thorny question of the Irish border.
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The Trump administration’s crackdown at the US-Mexico border — which culminated in widespread separation of families — started when President Donald Trump freaked out about a “caravan” of hundreds of Central American migrants crossing through Mexico to seek asylum.

As the caravan of asylum seekers made its way toward the US, the president raged at foreign governments and his own officials to do more to stop people from coming to the US without papers. By the time a few hundred caravan members finally arrived at the US-Mexico border at the San Ysidro port of entry, the administration had committed to restricting asylum by closing “loopholes” and to prosecuting everyone who entered the US illegally (without papers between official ports of entry) — the elements of a crackdown that’s affected tens of thousands of asylum seekers in recent months, even after the administration stopped separating families en masse in late June.
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A plan to avert an offensive by the Assad government against the last major rebel-held area in Syria stumbled Monday when the main extremist group failed to leave a proposed buffer zone as part of a plan to demilitarize the region.

However, Russia may still prevent Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad from launching an assault to retake Idlib, a province in northwestern Syria, as Moscow now appears eager to avoid a fight and instead find a political settlement to end the Syrian war and cement its growing role as a power broker in the Middle East.

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The announcement ended breathless speculation in the British tabloids since Friday, when Markle had the audacity to wear a coat and leave it partly unbuttoned. The baby is due in the spring.
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Twenty people were killed when torrential rains and flooding triggered mudslides that wiped out part of an elementary school in Indonesia's North Sumatra, officials said.

At least 11 of those who died in the flooding Friday were students, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the disaster mitigation agency. Some students are still missing. The flooding was in Mandailing Natal, North Sumatra.
Some of the students were buried under debris and mud after the Aek Saladi river overflowed, according to state media.
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Five South Korean climbers and their four Nepali guides have been killed after their basecamp in the Himalayas was ravaged by a storm, local police and hiking officials said on Sunday.

The disaster, which claimed the life of record-breaking Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, is the worst climbing accident to hit the Himalayan nation in two years.

Police official Bir Bahadur Budhamagar said rescuers helped by locals retrieved the bodies of the nine climbers on Sunday from near their basecamp at Mount Gurja, a 7,193 metre-high peak (23,600 feet), located roughly 216 km (135 miles) northwest of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.
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Hurricane Leslie has devastated Lisbon as it batters Portugal with 109mph winds.

Authorities urged people to stay indoors and to stay away from coastal areas as the storm brought heavy rain, strong winds and surging seas.

At least 27 people have suffered minor injuries, according to civil defence officials.

The storm was the most intense overnight bringing localised flooding and uprooting thousands of trees.

Civil defence commander Luis Belo Costa said after Saturday night that “the greatest danger has passed”.

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At least seven mountaineers were killed after their camp on a Himalayan peak in western Nepal was hit by a storm, police said on Saturday, in the country’s worst climbing disaster in two years.

Police official Bir Bahadur Budhamagar said villagers who reached the site at the base camp of Mount Gurja, a 23,600 feet-high peak, on Saturday spotted seven bodies in the mountain slopes. Nine climbers had been reported missing.
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Malaysia has freed 11 ethnic Uighurs detained last year after they broke out of prison in Thailand and crossed the border, despite a request from Beijing for the men to be returned to China.
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The death toll from Hurricane Michael's devastating march up the East Coast rose to 13 on Friday as the storm lashed Virginia and killed at least five people in the state.

Michael was making its way toward the Atlantic Ocean on Friday as a post-tropical cyclone, with winds gusting at 65 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane center said that the storm was headed offshore but that it still posed a risk, with damaging winds extending more than 200 miles from its center. North Carolina, where one man was killed, could see more storm surge. Meanwhile, parts of the Northeast could get up to 5 inches of rain, the hurricane center said.
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On the evening of July 1, police in Bavaria surrounded the rented van of an Iranian diplomat after he pulled over at a gas station on the autobahn. Fearing he might be transporting explosives, the authorities summoned the bomb squad.

The diplomat, based at Iran’s embassy in Vienna, had been under surveillance for some time and was suspected of involvement in a plot to bomb a rally of Iranian dissidents in Paris. Despite his diplomatic status, he was arrested and extradited to Belgium, where two others, suspected of planning to carry out the attack in France, were detained.

The foiled plot has sparked growing anxiety in France, Germany and several other countries, including the United States and Israel, that Iran is planning audacious terrorist attacks and has stepped up its intelligence operations around the world.
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Several US media organisations and business leaders have pulled out a major Saudi investment conference over the disappearance and suspected murder of Jamal Khashoggi, as global pressure for answers about the whereabouts of the prominent journalist mounts on the Gulf kingdom.

Khashoggi, a Saudi writer and critic, disappeared on October 2 after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul to obtain necessary documents for his upcoming marriage.

Turkish officials said police believed the Saudi journalist was killed inside the consulate, a claim denied by Saudi authorities.
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Hundreds of Bulgarians queued silently at a church in Ruse on Friday to pay their last respects to Viktoria Marinova, the television journalist whose brutal rape and murder shocked the country and triggered debates over freedom of the press.

The body of the 30-year-old Marinova, a host of a regional current affairs show at a local TV station, was found in a park near the Danube port of Ruse, her hometown, on Saturday. Police said she had been raped, beaten and strangled.

A Bulgarian man, Severin Krasimirov, 20, was arrested in Germany over the killing, and German authorities said he would be extradited to stand trial in Bulgaria soon.

Bulgarian prosecutors said no evidence indicated Marinova's death was related to her work. A random attack and sexual assault were the most likely motive, they said, although they were still investigating all possibilities.

In her last aired show, Marinova featured investigative journalists and pledged to engage in similar work, which stoked
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fears about retribution against journalists exposing corruption. She is the third journalist to be killed in the European Union within a year.

Marinova, who left a seven-year-old daughter, is to be buried later on Friday in Ruse Cemetery. More than 500 grieving Ruse citizens, carrying red and white carnations and funeral wreaths, flocked to the funeral service at the Sveta Troitsa (Holy Trinity) Cathedral.

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Prominent Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi disappeared last week in Istanbul and may have been murdered — and it’s looking increasingly likely that the highest levels of the Saudi government, who were the primary targets of his criticism, are behind it.
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A booster malfunctioned but US astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin landed safely.
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Judge Robert Altham jailed Simon Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Richard Loizou, 31, over their demonstration at a Cuadrilla site.

The trio, known as the “Fracking Three”, are believed to be the first environmental activists to be imprisoned for public nuisance since 1932.

Critics have claimed the punishment was “manifestly excessive”. Now the Daily Mirror can reveal the Altham family business supplies the Irish Sea oil and gas industry.

J.C. Altham and Sons is believed to be part of the supply chain for energy giant Centrica, which has invested tens of millions of pounds in fracking.
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A 19-year-old woman wearing a #NotHim, or #EleNão, T-shirt has been attacked by a group of men claiming to support far-right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the Baronesa do Gravataí, Cidade Baixa neighborhood in Porto Alegre Monday.

The victim, who has refused to comment publicly on the attack fearing further attackes, told the Civil Police she was disembarking a bus and about to walk home when she was approached by the group of attackers.

After physically assaulting her, one of the attackers, she said, took out a pocket knife and carved a sign, similar to a swastika, into her stomach. The swastika is well known around the world to be associated with the Nazi regime of the 1930s and 1940s and is associated with ideas of racism and anti-semitism.
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Police in Bahrain say four people have been killed and some 20 others were injured when a building collapsed in the island kingdom.

The Interior Ministry said that an "old building" collapsed Tuesday in Salmaniya, a neighborhood of Bahrain's capital, Manama.

The two-story residential building reportedly housed foreign labourers.
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Greece's government, now free of its bailout programme, is to renew its call for Germany to pay €279 billion in war reparations in compensation for the Nazi occupation during World War II, which could strain the already-fraught relations between the two countries.

Greek President, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, will raise this issue with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, this week during a meeting in Athens, Triandafyllos Mitafidis, president of the Greek parliamentary committee on war reparations, confirmed to Euronews.
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An official says 50 people have died after the bus they were traveling in left the road, rolled down a slope and crashed in the western Kenyan town of Kericho.

Rift Valley regional police boss Francis Munyambu said survivors from the bus that was headed from Nairobi to western town of Kakamega were receiving treatment at local hospitals. The accident happened around 4 a.m. on Wednesday.
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Japan has overtaken Singapore as the world's strongest passport, claiming top spot on the 2018 Henley Passport Index, Henley & Partners, a residence and citizenship advisory firm, announced in a press release on Tuesday (Oct 9).

After gaining visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month, Japan now enjoys visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations, compared to Singapore’s total of 189, pushing Singapore into second place on the index.

The two had been neck-and-neck since they both climbed to first place in February, said the release.
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Negotiators have moved within sight of a deal on terms of Britain’s divorce from the European Union, diplomats from the two sides say, narrowing differences over a key sticking point: How to avoid a physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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In her first one-on-one interview since her husband's disappearance, the wife of missing Interpol president Meng Hongwei claims her life was threatened.

Grace Meng told the Associated Press she received a threatening phone call one week after she last had contact with her husband.
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A Bulgarian journalist who reported on an investigation into alleged corruption involving European Union funds has been murdered in the Danube town of Ruse, authorities said Sunday.

Prosecutors in the Balkan country said that the body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova was found in a park in Ruse on Saturday. They identified her only by her initials.
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Five protesters were arrested as violence broke out at the Paris demo as images emerged of French armed police officers tackling protesters, injured people and police using tear gas to control the demonstrators.

One protester and one police officer were injured in the clashes on Tuesday, which are the first since June and are taking place in cities across France including Nice, Marseilles, Tours, Rennes and Bayonne.

Students, employees and pensioners have all been protesting against what they believe is the “destruction of the social model”.
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US President Donald Trump has accepted Nikki Haley's resignation as US ambassador to the United Nations, saying she would be leaving his administration at the end of the year.
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China said it is investigating the former head of Interpol for bribery and other crimes on Monday, just days after Meng Hongwei sent his wife an image of a knife before disappearing from his home in France.
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Right-wing Congressman Jair Bolsonaro took a commanding lead in Brazil's presidential election on Sunday, but the race headed for a second round of voting between him and leftist former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad, according to exit polls and partial results.

With 92 percent of votes counted, Bolsonaro received 47 percent of valid ballots, far ahead of Haddad's 28 percent but short of the outright majority needed to avoid an Oct. 28 runoff.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain who has praised Brazil's 1964-1985 dictatorship and vowed a brutal crackdown on crime and graft, had surged in recent opinion polls on a wave of antipathy toward Haddad's Workers Party, whose leader is in prison after a corruption conviction.

Bolsonaro's rise prompted a rally in recent days in Brazil's currency and stock market. Many investors want to avoid a return of the leftist Workers Party after the end of its 2003-2016 rule saw the world's eighth-largest economy tip into its worst recession in deca
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Turkish officials told reporters that Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. Saudi officials have denied the allegations, calling them "baseless".
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Khashoggi's alleged murder in Istanbul would ‘constitute a horrific, utterly deplorable, and absolutely unacceptable assault on press freedom,’ Reporters Without Borders said.
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Chinese companies are building infrastructure and dams along the vast river that runs through five Southeast Asian countries before emptying into the South China Sea.
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In the last days of Brazil’s splintered and divisive presidential race, most of the 13 candidates stumped across the country, sparring in debates and broadcasting attack ads in a last-ditch bid for votes.

But Jair Bolsonaro, the populist, far-right candidate leading the pack, spent much of the final stretch in a hospital bed, convalescing from a near-fatal stabbing, occasionally posting selfies and shaky videos in which he looked feeble and groggy. His near-disappearance from the political stage only increased his lead: polls suggest Mr. Bolsonaro will trounce opponents in the election on Sunday.
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Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi exchanged hugs as India signed a $5bn (£3.8bn) deal to buy a Russian air defence system, despite the threat of sanctions being slapped on New Delhi.

The Russian president and the Indian prime minister discussed nuclear energy, space and economics as Mr Putin visited the Indian capital to close the deal.

Russia and India also made agreements relating to railways, fertilisers and space.
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Nearly a week since a huge earthquake and tsunami, rescuer and relief workers are fighting to overcome delays and despair in Indonesia. Meanwhile, the death toll has grown to more than 1,500 people.
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BREXIT supporter and Labour Party councillor Brendan Chilton said he thought the UK would end up walking away from EU negotiations with no deal, before adding it would be “no problem”.
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Soldiers have been ordered to fire on people caught looting on the quake and tsunami-struck island of Sulawesi.

Over the last week, desperate survivors have been raiding shops for food and water but as aid now starts to trickle in, the authorities have vowed to end it.

This morning, local military colonel Ida Dewa Agung Hadisaputra revealed soldiers had now been given orders to shoot people spotted stealing from shops.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/04/soldiers-ordered-to-shoot-looters-on-sight-after-earthquake-that-killed-over-1400-8005114
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South Korea is proposing that the United States hold off on a demand for an inventory of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and accept the verified closure of a key North Korean nuclear facility as a next step in the negotiations, Seoul’s top diplomat said in an interview with The Washington Post.

The plan is designed to break the impasse between North Korea and the United States as President Trump comes under mounting pressure to demonstrate progress on the denuclearization talks. It will be one of the options available to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he arrives in North Korea on Sunday to restart negotiations.
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The Russian president to ink defence deal worth $5bn as Moscow plans to cement ties amid opposition from the US.
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A volcano erupted Wednesday on the same island in Indonesia where an earthquake and tsunami last week killed at least 1,400 people.
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Dozens of migrants were feared dead after waiting for more than 36 hours to be rescued from a semi-sunken boat in waters off Morocco, according to a Spanish nonprofit group.

The Moroccan Interior Ministry said Tuesday 11 bodies were recovered and the boat's teenage skipper had been detained.
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France publicly linked Iran’s intelligence services to a foiled bomb plot that targeted a June meeting near Paris of an Iranian opposition group, and announced that it would freeze the assets of the Iranian spy ministry.

A plot of “such extreme seriousness on French territory could not be let go without a response,” France’s ministers of foreign affairs, interior and finance said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
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A senior scientist who said physics "was invented and built by men" has been suspended with immediate effect from working with the European nuclear research centre Cern.

Prof Alessandro Strumia, of Pisa University, made the comments during a presentation organised by the group.

He said, in comments first reported by the BBC's Pallab Ghosh, that physics was "becoming sexist against men".

Cern said on Monday it was suspending Prof Strumia pending an investigation.
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Police say around 180,000 protesters gathered in Barcelona pushing for independence from Spain.
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"There are multiple theaters where escalations could result, and something bigger than anybody really wants to see," one expert warned.
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Over 840 people are now confirmed to have died in Friday’s Indonesian earthquake and tsunami, and nearly 50,000 more have been displaced in the disaster’s aftermath. The death toll is expected to rise as many coastal towns remain inaccessible and rescuers have been unable to assess the damage. The 7.5-magnitude quake hit Friday night, creating a tsunami that swept terrifying 20-feet waves onto parts of the coastline. Many buildings collapsed and rescuers are still working to free survivors. President Joko Widodo urged a “day and night” effort to rescue them. Volunteers have begun burying victims in a mass grave.

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Seoul said on Monday that the rival Koreas had begun removing mines and other explosives at two sites inside their heavily armed border as part of their recent tension-reduction steps. They will likely end up pulling out a very small portion of an estimated 2 million mines littered inside and near the 155-mile-long, 2.5-mile-wide Demilitarized Zone.

But it would be the two countries' first joint demining work in more than a decade and comes amid international diplomacy aimed at ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to hold a new round of direct talks with his North Korean counterparts soon, and he's kept the prospect of a declaration officially ending the Korean War on the table.
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Rescuers struggled to reach victims in several large coastal towns in Indonesia that were hit by an earthquake and tsunami. On Sunday, authorities feared that the death toll of more than 800 confirmed dead would rise.

With the area largely cut off by damaged roads and downed communications lines, military and commercial aircraft were delivering aid and supplies to the hard-hit city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi, and others in the region.
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Catalan police intervene as rival demonstrations by separatists and Spanish police take place in central Barcelona.
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Local boats helped rescue all 47 passengers and crew after the plane hit the water while trying to land at the Chuuk Island airport in the Micronesia archipelago.
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A powerful and rare storm is set to hit the eastern Mediterranean this weekend.

The hybrid storm, often called a "Medicane" (Mediterranean + hurricane) has features similar to hurricanes and typhoons.

According to a study published in 2011, only about 1-2 "Medicanes" occur per year. These powerful storms usually happen during the months of September and October, when sea surface temperatures in the Mediterranean are still quite warm, although they can occur at any time of year.

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The UN Human Rights Council voted to set up a body to prepare evidence of human rights abuses in Myanmar - including possible genocide against the Muslim Rohingya - for any future prosecution.

The 47-member council voted by 35 votes to three, with seven abstentions, on Thursday in favour of a resolution brought by the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

China, the Philippines, and Burundi voted against the move.
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If you go to a chain restaurant, you normally expect the food to be at least OK.

A woman was shocked when she went to Pizza Express and ordered a vegan pizza off the menu - only to be confronted with a 'shameful' excuse for a meal.


Mary Nesbitt-Larking was at the branch in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, last month when she was told the kitchen had run out of vegan cheese.

She received what has been branded as a 'monstrosity' of a pizza - and uploaded a snap of the sorry looking meal to Facebook, where her friends were stunned.
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An Instagram user has uploaded video that shows a seal swimming up from the depths, armed with an octopus, which it flings across the face of an unsuspecting kayaker.
Geo-tagged off the coast of Kaikoura on New Zealand's South Island, paddler Kyle Mulinder, along with a number of other kayakers, is seen on the footage watching a seal swim underwater, hunting the octopus.
As they chat about the seal, it can be seen surfacing next to Mulinder's kayak, before launching out of the water, prey in mouth, to deliver an almighty slap to the Kiwi.
Mulinder is momentarily taken aback by the attack before shouting out in surprise.
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China and Russia called on Thursday (Sep 27) for an easing of sanctions against North Korea, rejecting a US call at the UN Security Council to press on with vigorous enforcement despite a dip in tensions.

Led by the United States, the Security Council adopted three sanctions resolutions last year aimed at depriving North Korea of revenue for its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a council meeting that the thaw in relations between North and South Korea - combined with warmer US-North Korean ties - should lead to sanctions relief.

"Given the positive developments," Wang said the council should consider a provision to "modify the sanctions measures in light of the DPRK's compliance."

Russia backed China's call to consider a sanctions review.
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By 2020, many European countries are trying to reduce greenhouse gases and lower climate change in accordance to the Paris Agreement. Here are some of the EU countries leading the way with renewable energy sources.

According to Eurostat: Austria, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark and Latvia, are doing a good job - with more than half of their electricity consumed in 2016 being generated from renewable sources. Meanwhile, in contrast, there were four countries where less than 10 percent of the electricity consumed in the same year came from renewable sources (Malta, Luxembourg, Hungary and Cyprus.)

In 2016, electricity generation from renewable sources contributed to more than one quarter, or 30 percent, of total gross electricity consumption in the EU, according to Eurostat.
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that the United States is finding NAFTA talks tough because Canadians are tough negotiators. Trudeau’s comments comes a day after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had rejected the Canadian prime minister’s request for a one-on-one meeting, though Trudeau’s spokeswoman said no meeting was requested. “The Americans are finding that the negotiations are tough because Canadians are tough negotiators, as we should be,” Trudeau told reporters on …
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China has accused US President Donald Trump of "slander" after he accused Beijing of trying to meddle in upcoming US congressional elections.

Trump told a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Wednesday that Beijing was interfering in the November 6 mid-term elections because it opposes his tough stance on trade.

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Russia sought to dismiss a report identifying one of the suspects in the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the British town of Salisbury as a highly decorated special service operative.

On Wednesday, two investigative online news organizations reported that one of the men who allegedly smeared poison onto the door handle of defected Russian spy Sergei Skripal was Col. Anatoliy Chepiga, a high-ranking member of the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova Thursday dismissed the report in a Facebook post, saying “there is no proof” and that the release was aimed to coincide with an address at the United Nations Security Council by British Prime Minister Theresa May. A spokeswoman for the U.K. Home Office declined to comment on the report, citing an ongoing probe into the matter.
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Three men accused of torturing and killing kangaroos are being hunted by police in Australia, just days after a man was arrested for intentionally mowing down emus in another high-profile animal cruelty case.

Police in Western Australia on Wednesday released images of the men wanted for questioning over separate incidents in June and May during which "two kangaroos were tortured and killed".

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Advertising authorities in Sweden have criticized a major internet service provider for using a viral meme which “objectifies” women as “interchangeable objects” in one of its recruitment ads on social media.

Sweden’s Advertising Ombudsman (RO) criticized internet service provider Bahnhof for using the popular ‘Distracted boyfriend’ meme in a recruitment advertisement, describing it as sexist. The meme shows a couple walking in hand in hand, but the man has wandering eyes for another lady in the frame. It began going viral in the summer of 2017.
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French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday responded to U.S. President Donald Trump's criticism of high oil prices, saying that if had not reimposed sanctions on Tehran, prices would not have risen as much.
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The first paying guests to the ground-floor studio flat newly posted on Airbnb were innocuous enough: A family, come to experience the joys of Paris, like many millions of others.

Franck Briand, who lives in the apartment directly above, now looks back on that moment as the start of what he calls his Airbnb “nightmare.” The ensuing four years, he says, have been an incessant carousel of late-night parties, drunken revelers and the rattle of newly arrived groups, sometimes 15 at a time, dragging wheeled suitcases across the cobbled courtyard.
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China and Sweden are locked in an escalating diplomatic feud after a minor dispute over tourists outstaying their welcome in a hostel devolved into broad accusations of racism and official travel warnings.

The crisis has drawn attention to several grievances between Stockholm and Beijing in recent years, including the arrest and detention of Swedish citizen Gui Minhai by Chinese police and a recent visit to Sweden by the Dalai Lama.

In the latest escalation, Chinese authorities and media slammed a Swedish television show that attempted to poke fun at a group of Chinese tourists who were forcibly removed from their hostel earlier this month as "racist and xenophobic."

The Chinese Foreign Ministry reacted furiously to the segment, aired last Friday on "Swedish News," a comedy program on the SVT station, in which the recent incident was satirized using negative stereotypes about Chinese people.
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Britain's opposition Labour party was voting Tuesday on a policy that would put a new public vote on the table if Theresa May's government failed to get an eventual Brexit deal through the UK Parliament.
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Five countries that are signatories to the Iran nuclear deal announced Monday night that they will create a financial mechanism to allow them to continue trade with Iran, including importing oil, as U.S. sanctions kick in this November.
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President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that Russia would supply the Syrian military with a sophisticated air defense system, a move that reflects Russia’s increasing tensions with Israel and that could heighten the risks of the air war over Syria.
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Pirates have kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss cargo ship carrying wheat off the coast of Nigeria. The gang boarded the MV Glarus vessel using ladders and cut through protective razor wire on deck, according to reports. After destroying much of the ship's communications equipment, the pirates left with 12 of the 19 crew. Kidnapping for ransom is a common problem in parts of Nigeria and foreigners are frequently targeted.
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The deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned U.S. and Israeli leaders on Monday to expect a "devastating" response from Tehran, accusing them of involvement in an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz.
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The Indonesian drifted thousands of kilometres, until he was finally rescued by a passing ship near Guam.
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Fire crews dealing with the clean-up operation after Hurricane Florence are having to move thousands of dead fish from roadways after storm surges and flooded rivers brought shoals far inland. A team was deployed to interstate 40 where a large number of fish were hosed off the highway after the hurricane dropped eight trillion gallons of water on North Carolina.
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A new high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China launched Sunday, a multi-billion-dollar project that critics say gives away part of the city's territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing. Chinese security have been stationed in semi-autonomous Hong Kong for the first time at the
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Initial projections suggest Swiss voters have rejected two proposals on ethical and sustainable food.

Initial projections suggest the two initiatives have been defeated by no votes of over 60%.

The proposals were aimed at boosting local farming and promoting more sustainable agriculture.

But opponents, including business leaders and the government - which advised people to vote no - had warned of higher food prices and less choice.

The size of the defeat will be a big disappointment to farmers' groups and ethical food campaigners, says the BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva.
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About 150,000 Hydro Ottawa customers alone remain without power after a twister ripped through the area Friday — and the mayor warns it could take "days" to restore service to those affected by the storm.

Speaking to reporters Saturday, Jim Watson said the tornado has plunged large swaths of the city into darkness after the Hydro One-owned Merivale substation was badly damaged by high winds, disconnecting parts of the city from the provincial grid. Several people were also injured in the storm.
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Britain said on Saturday it would not capitulate in Brexit talks and again urged its EU partners to engage with its proposals, as ministers in Paris and Berlin suggested the next move in the negotiations should come from London.
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The Lebanese military says 38 refugees were rescued while attempting to reach Cyprus.
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Top female diplomats from around the world have gathered in Montreal for a first-of-its-kind meeting. Foreign ministers from almost 20 countries will discuss topics including security and gender-based violence.
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Stories of unreported rapes and assaults from women young and old.

Thousands of women, and some men, started sharing their stories in hopes of enlightening the president under the hashtag, #WhyIDidntReport, which became a No. 1 trending topic on Twitter on Friday, with more than 275,000 tweets. Women recounted stories from when they were under 10, and often from people they knew well and trusted, and why it took them decades to come forward.
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Gunmen killed at least 24 people and wounded 53 others on Saturday in an attack on a military parade in Iran, state media reported, in a restive province that is home to most of the country’s Arab minority.

The Islamic Republic News Agency reported the casualty figures at the parade in Ahvaz, in Southwestern Iran, and said that, with many of the wounded in critical condition, the death toll was expected to rise.

The dead and injured were a mix of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps soldiers and civilian onlookers, multiple semiofficial news agencies reported. They said there were four gunmen, wearing military uniforms, and that security forces had killed two and captured the other two.
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Minnesota Republican state Rep. Jim Knoblach abruptly dropped his re-election bid Friday, after Minnesota Public Radio reported that his grown daughter is accusing him of sexual abuse. Knoblach’s 23-year-old daughter Laura told MPR that Knoblach had touched her inappropriately for most of her life, with her first memories of the abuse beginning at age nine. She says she told authority figures at her school and at her church for years.