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Scores die in Indonesian earth quake


At least 91 people are now known to have died after a powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Lombok. Hundreds of people have been wounded by Sunday’s quake, officials say, mostly in the north of the island. The 6.9 magnitude tremor was fairly shallow, occurring only 30km (18 miles) ...

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Switzerland crash – Twenty dead in WW2 plane crash


Twenty people have died after a World War Two vintage aircraft crashed into a mountainside in eastern Switzerland, police say. The plane – a Junkers JU-52 HB-HOT – was carrying 17 passengers and three crew on a sightseeing flight when it took off on Saturday afternoon. Operator JU-Air said it ...

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Trump’s focus on China trade: Right target, wrong approach


In assailing China’s unfair trade practices, President Trump has aimed his fire at a potent political symbol. Both progressive supporters of Bernie Sanders and conservative stalwarts of President Trump believe China deserves blame for job losses and wage stagnation. Trump is on firm footing in arguing that China’s unfair policies ...

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Gaza clashes: Dozens killed as US opens Jerusalem embassy


At least 41 Palestinians have been killed and 1,800 wounded by Israeli troops in clashes on the Gaza border, Palestinian officials say. The violence came as the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem, a controversial move that has infuriated Palestinians. They see it as clear US backing for Israeli rule ...

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Winnie Mandela in six quotes- BBC


Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a firebrand activist who fought the apartheid regime in South Africa. She was far more militant than South Africa’s first black president, her ex-husband Nelson Mandela. She also becamea critic of the African National Congress (ANC), the party to which she was fiercely loyal throughout her political ...

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Syria war: Turkey-backed forces oust Kurds from heart of Afrin


Turkish-backed forces have taken full control of the centre of the Syrian-Kurdish city of Afrin. Fighters waved flags and tore down the statue of a legendary Kurdish figure after claiming the city centre on Sunday. The two-month Turkish-led operation aimed to rid the border region of a Kurdish militia that ...

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Gabon: Baby freed after hospital bill paid


A mother has spoken of her relief after a private clinic in Gabon finally released her baby, who was held for months over an unpaid medical bill. Baby Angel’s mother told the BBC her milk had run dry after being separated from the child for the first five months of ...

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