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Yemen crisis: Oxfam critical of UK-Saudi arms deals

The aid agency Oxfam has accused UK ministers of “denial and disarray” over an agreement to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, which could be used in Yemen. The Saudi-backed Yemeni government is fighting against Shia rebels. The UK government has faced repeated calls to ban weapons sales to Saudi Arabia amid concerns over international humanitarian law breaches in that war. ...

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Boy, 8, killed in grenade attack on apartment in Sweden

An eight-year-old boy has been killed after a grenade was thrown into a flat in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, police said. Yuusuf Warsame from Birmingham in the UK was sleeping in the living room of the flat in the Biskopsgarten area, where he was visiting relatives. Police said the “despicable” attack may have been linked to an underworld feud. ...

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Ramen noodles 'are most valuable US prison commodity', study finds

Ramen noodles have overtaken tobacco to become the most valuable commodity in US prisons, a new study says. The research said the shift was a response to a decline in the quantity and quality of food on offer. “Because it is cheap, tasty, and rich in calories, ramen has become so valuable that it is used to exchange for other ...

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Ryan Lochte: Speedo and Ralph Lauren among four to end sponsorship

Four sponsors have dropped disgraced US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, including swimwear manufacturer Speedo and fashion label Ralph Lauren. They were followed by announcements from skin care firm Syneron-Candela and Japanese mattress maker Airweave. It comes after Lochte lied about being robbed at gunpoint by a policeman after a night out during the Rio Olympics. Lochte, a 12-time Olympic gold ...

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Turkey strikes IS and Kurdish positions in Syria ahead of offensive

Turkey has bombarded so-called Islamic State (IS) targets in northern Syria amid reports Syrian rebels are to launch an offensive against the group. Artillery positions inside Turkey fired on IS as well as Kurdish YPG militia targets in the towns of Jarablus and Manbij. Some 1,500 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are thought to be in the Turkish town of Gaziantep waiting ...

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Thai teenagers charged with killing transgender woman

Two teenage boys have been arrested in Thailand for allegedly killing a transgender woman and hiding her body inside a bed frame in a hotel room in the seaside town of Pattaya. The body was found after a hotel maid noticed blood near the bed. Two hotel guests had complained of a smell in their room the previous day but ...

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto 'plagiarised thesis'

Journalists in Mexico have accused President Enrique Pena Nieto of plagiarism. A video on news website Aristegui Noticias alleges that almost 29% of his 1991 law thesis had been lifted from other authors without crediting them. A government spokesman said the president had committed “style errors” when he failed to acknowledge his sources but denied plagiarism. Mr Pena Nieto graduated ...

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Turkey suicide bomb victims 'mostly children'

Most of the victims of the bombing of a Kurdish wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Saturday were children, media reports say. Twenty-nine victims were under the age of 18, reports said, with one official saying 22 were under the age of 14. The death toll rose to 54 on Monday. The suicide bomber himself was a ...

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Mali rebel 'to admit' Timbuktu mausoleum destruction at ICC

An Islamist rebel has said he will plead guilty to destroying religious and cultural sites in the Malian city of Timbuktu, prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) say. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi made the admission at an earlier closed hearing, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told ICC judges after they ruled there was enough evidence to put him on trial. Mr Mahdi ...

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India floods: Several dead and thousands rescued

Large parts of India have been flooded after a number of rivers started flowing above danger level. At least 17 people have been reportedly killed in flood-related incidents in Madhya Pradesh state. And in eastern Bihar state, at least 15,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after a “flood-like situation” in a dozen districts. Floods are common in India ...

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