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Australian aid worker Kerry Wilson freed in Afghanistan

An Australian aid worker who was abducted in Afghanistan earlier this year has been released. Kerry Jane Wilson, 60, was working with an NGO when she was taken from the company’s office in Jalalabad by armed men in military-style uniforms. She is now “safe and well”, according to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who gave no further details. Jalalabad is ...

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Curfew lifted in parts of Indian-administered Kashmir

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have lifted a curfew in many parts of the Muslim-majority valley after more than 50 days. Curfew was imposed after an upsurge of violence since 9 July. The protests were sparked by the killing of a popular militant leader Burhan Wani. More than 60 people, mostly young men, have been since killed in clashes between protesters ...

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Los Angeles airport evacuation sparked by 'loud noises'

Unconfirmed reports of gunshots, later described by police as just “loud noises”, have sparked evacuations at Los Angeles airport. People fled the airport on Sunday night amid the shooting reports, with scenes of abandoned luggage on pavements. Traffic to the terminal was closed and no flights were allowed to land, but operations are now resuming. LA police tweeted that no ...

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Bomb blast at Brussels police building

A bomb has gone off outside the Brussels criminology institute, without causing casualties, Belgian media report This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then ...

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Female genital mutilation: Egypt to toughen penalties

Egyptian authorities are to increase the penalty for those who force women into genital mutilation (FGM). The statutory prison term recommended for offenders had ranged from between three months and three years. The cabinet has approved plans to impose jail terms of between five and seven years, with harsher sentences if the procedure leads to death or deformity. FGM has ...

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Calais chief wants migrant deal with UK

The president of the French region that includes Calais has suggested migrants seeking asylum in the UK be allowed to lodge their claim in France. Xavier Bertrand said 9,000 migrants, many trying to get to the UK, were in a Calais camp known as the Jungle. Mr Bertrand said he wanted a new deal in which migrants hoping to claim ...

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Heavy casualties as Libyan forces advance on IS in Sirte

Militia loyal to Libya’s unity government have suffered heavy casualties as they push into the last two areas of Sirte held by the so-called Islamic State group (IS). Hospital sources told reporters that 34 government soldiers had been killed and 150 wounded in fierce fighting. The coastal city was seized by the militant group in February 2015. Forces aligned to ...

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Nasa ends year-long Mars simulation on Hawaii

A team of six people have completed a Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in near isolation for a year. Since 29 August 2015, the group lived in close quarters in a dome, without fresh air, fresh food or privacy. Experts estimate that a human mission to the Red Planet could take between one and three years. The Nasa-funded ...

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Man 'put acid' in Australian sex club lubricant

A 62-year-old man was arrested after allegedly filling a lubricant dispenser with hydrochloric acid at a sex club in Australia. No serious injuries were reported in the incident at “gay and bi social club” Aarows in northwest Sydney. Items in the room had been fitted with anti-tampering alarms after they had been interfered with in the past. The suspect was ...

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Mexican singer Juan Gabriel dies at 66 of heart attack

The Mexican singer and song-writer Alberto Aguilera Valadez, known by his stage name Juan Gabriel or “El Divo de Juarez”, has died in California. He was 66 and suffered a heart attack two days after performing at a concert in Los Angeles. Juan Gabriel was considered one of Mexico’s leading commercial artists, writing and performing in many diverse styles. He ...

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