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Islamophobic tweets 'peaked in July'

Almost 7,000 “Islamophobic” tweets were sent, in English, every day in July worldwide, data seen by the BBC suggests. This compared to 2,500 in April, with peaks recorded following the Nice lorry attack and the attempted military coup in Turkey. Forty-nine words and hashtags were used as indicators of anti-Islamic tweets, by the think tank Demos. Twitter has not yet ...

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Vietnam allows Australia's Long Tan war ceremony

Vietnam has granted Australians restricted access to a battle site in order to mark the 50th anniversary of a bloody incident in the Vietnam War. More than 1,000 Australian veterans and their families travelled to Vietnam to commemorate the battle of Long Tan. A commemoration ceremony, gala dinner and concert remain cancelled. Eighteen Australian soldiers and hundreds of North Vietnamese ...

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California wildfires: Ferocious fires evict thousands

Firefighters are continuing to tackle a huge blaze in southern California, with several of them describing it as the most ferocious they have ever seen. An evacuation order has been issued for an area home to more than 82,000 people, just east of Los Angeles. The Blue Cut fire, as it has been named, has destroyed homes and disrupted transport ...

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More than 500 evacuated aboard Puerto Rican ferry after fire

[unable to retrieve full-text content] More than 500 people are evacuated from a ferry off the coast of Puerto Rico after it catches fire but no fatalities are reported and no one is missing. BBC News – World

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Olympic official Patrick Hickey steps down amid tickets row

Patrick Hickey, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, has temporarily stood down from all his roles after his arrest in Rio over allegations of illegal ticket sales. The Irishman, 71, was taken to hospital following his arrest, after requesting medical attention. Brazilian police claim he was involved in a scheme to resell Olympic tickets at higher than their ...

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Dozens hurt in France rail crash

Dozens of people were hurt, eight of them seriously, when a regional train hit a tree uprooted during a hailstorm in the south of France. Witnesses said one passenger had been thrown out of the train by the force of the crash, at Saint-Aunes in the Herault region. Emergency services said one person was critically injured and airlifted to hospital. ...

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Ryan Lochte and James Feigen ordered to stay in Brazil

A judge in Brazil has issued an order preventing US swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen from leaving the country after police queried their evidence in a robbery case. Lochte, Feigen and two other members of the US swimming team said they had been robbed at gunpoint in a taxi in Rio. But police say their account of when they ...

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Russia attack: Gunmen killed 'attacking police' near Moscow

Two gunmen have attacked traffic police on a road east of Moscow, injuring at least two officers before being killed by security forces, Russian media say. The attack took place on the Shchelkovskoye highway in Balashikha, 20km (12 miles) from Moscow. Police were investigating whether the men were from the North Caucasus area. Russia has battled an insurgency in the ...

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Olympic pole vault penis claim denied by Japan athlete Hiroki Ogita

Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita has described his bewilderment after reports his penis had prevented him from progressing in the Rio Olympics went viral. A video of the athlete hitting the bar with what looked to some like his penis under his shorts quickly spread online. His leg had already made contact with the bar but his arm finished the ...

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Freed Nigeria Chibok schoolgirl 'misses militant husband'

The first Nigerian schoolgirl from Chibok to be rescued from Boko Haram says she misses the father of her baby, a suspected Islamist militant. In her first interview since being found with her baby in May, Amina Ali Nkeki told Reuters she also wanted to go home to Chibok, a town in the north. She and her child are being ...

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