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Assault on closing IS Syria enclave begins

Assault on closing IS Syria enclave begins

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the US, are fighting to clear Baghuz of militants The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched another assault on the Islamic State group's last enclave in Syria. Head of the SDF media office, Mustafa Bali, tweeted their troops were in "direct violent clashes".…

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Algerian president ‘returns home on flight’

Algerian president 'returns home on flight'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlgeria protesters chant: "Peaceful! Peaceful!" A plane carrying Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has landed near Algiers, state media say. The 82-year-old leader spent two weeks in a hospital in Geneva. Since having a stroke in 2013 he has rarely been seen in public. The president's plane…

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Mass protests against Russia web invoice

Mass protests against Russia web invoice

Image copyright EPA Image caption The government says the bill will reduce Russia's reliance on foreign internet servers Thousands of people in Russia have protested against plans to introduce tighter restrictions on the internet. A mass rally in Moscow and similar demonstrations in two other cities were called after parliament backed the controversial bill last…

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Jaguar assaults selfie-taker at zoo

Jaguar assaults selfie-taker at zoo

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The zoo confirmed that the animal would not be punished (file photo) A woman who stepped over a barrier to take a selfie at a zoo in Arizona, US, has been attacked by a jaguar. It happened on Saturday and the woman's injuries were not life-threatening. When she crossed…

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Turkey expels three German journalists

Turkey expels three German journalists

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Heiko Maas said he would keep campaigning against restrictions on journalists' work Germany's foreign minister has spoken out against Turkey's decision to expel three German journalists. Heiko Maas said the decision was "unacceptable" and he would campaign against it. The reporters were given 10 days to leave the country. It…

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India announces celebrated election dates

India announces celebrated election dates

Image copyright AFP Image caption PM Narendra Modi remains his party's main vote-getter India's general election will take place in seven phases between April and May, the Election Commission says. Polls to elect a new Lok Sabha, or lower house of parliament, will be held from 11 April to 19 May. Votes will be counted…

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Ethiopian airliner crashes on contrivance to Kenya

Ethiopian airliner crashes on contrivance to Kenya

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC's Emmanuel Igunza, at the scene, said there was a huge hole at the point of impact An Ethiopian Airlines jet has crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all on board. The airline said 149 passengers and eight crew members were on flight ET302…

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UK ‘strips two extra IS brides’ citizenship’

UK 'strips two extra IS brides' citizenship'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionShamima Begum: "I got tricked and I was hoping someone would have sympathy with me" It was too dangerous to send British officials to rescue Shamima Begum's baby son in Syria, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. The child died in a refugee camp after his mother,…

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What it be admire to ‘vote’ in North Korea

What it be admire to 'vote' in North Korea

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dissent is not a choice North Koreans are voting to elect the country's rubber-stamp parliament, the second such election since Kim Jong-un took power. Voting for the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) is mandatory and there's no choice of candidates. Any kind of dissent is unheard of. Turnout is always…

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Tunisia minister resigns over toddler deaths

Tunisia minister resigns over toddler deaths

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tunisia's public healthcare had a reputation as one of the best in North Africa Tunisia's Health Minister Abderraouf Cherif has resigned following the deaths of 11 newborn babies at a hospital in the capital, Tunis. All of the babies died of septic shock at the Rabta maternity hospital between…

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