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Alan Kurdi's father in plea for migrants a year after tragedy

The father of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy who drowned a year ago as his family fled Syria, has urged Europe to keep its doors open to migrants. Abdullah Kurdi told the BBC he still hoped that world leaders could stop the war in Syria. Haunting images of Alan’s body lying on a Turkish beach a year ago focused world ...

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Powerful quake off north-east New Zealand coast

Residents of a small community on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island have been told they can return to their homes, after a severe earthquake at sea sparked a tsunami warning. The 7.1 quake struck 169km (105 miles) north-east of Gisborne on Friday morning local time. Authorities asked people in the Tolaga Bay area to leave their homes. ...

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Gabon violence: Hundreds arrested after disputed election

Security forces in Gabon have arrested more than 1,000 people during a second day of violent protests following disputed presidential elections. Reports say three people have been killed in the capital, Libreville. Opposition supporters took to the streets after it was announced that President Ali Bongo had been narrowly re-elected in Wednesday’s vote. Opposition leader Jean Ping, who is in ...

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Florida storm upgraded to hurricane

Tropical Storm Hermine has strengthened into a hurricane, threatening to bring a dangerous storm surge to Florida. Hermine is expected to make landfall in Florida around midnight on Thursday night, the first hurricane to hit the state since 2005. Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 51 counties as residents braced for the dangerous storm. Wind gusts reached ...

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Melania Trump sues Daily Mail and US blogger for $150m over sex worker claims

Melania Trump is suing a British newspaper and a US blogger for $ 150m (£114m) over allegations she was a sex worker in the 1990s, her lawyer says. The Daily Mail suggested Mrs Trump may have worked as a part-time escort in New York, and met husband Donald Trump, who is now running for the White House, earlier than previously ...

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Venezuela: Hundreds of thousands take part in rival marches

Hundreds of thousands of people have marched through the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, in rival demonstrations. Opposition supporters, staging their largest rally for two years, called for President Nicolas Maduro’s removal. They blame him for Venezuela’s economic crisis and accuse the electoral commission of delaying a referendum that could shorten his stay in power. Mr Maduro, whose supporters also rallied in ...

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Gabon presidential guard 'bombed Jean Ping's party HQ'

Gabon’s opposition leader Jean Ping has told the BBC a presidential guard helicopter bombed his headquarters and killed two people. A government spokesman said the operation was to root out “criminals” who had set fire to parliament. Protestors took to the streets on Wednesday claiming fraud after it was announced that President Ali Bongo had been narrowly re-elected. There has ...

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Australia ex-judge Jim Macken offers swap with refugee

A retired judge in Australia has offered to swap places with a refugee and live the rest of his life in one of the country’s offshore detention camps. Jim Macken, who is 88, said he had written to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to offer a “body swap”. “I understand this is an unusual request but I offer it in complete ...

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Apple chief Tim Cook says tax ruling 'maddening'

Apple chief executive Tim Cook says the European Commission ruling that Apple should pay billions of euros in back taxes to the Republic of Ireland is “maddening” and “political”. He told Irish broadcaster RTE that Apple had not been given preferential tax breaks in Ireland. The EU ruling said Apple had been given €13bn of “illegal” tax benefits. Mr Cook ...

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British Airways to resume direct flights to Iran

British Airways will resume direct flights from London to Tehran later, after suspending them four years ago. It will be the first direct flight by a UK carrier to Iran since 2012, when the route became commercially unviable because relations had broken down. It follows the lifting of some sanctions against Iran in January and the re-opening of the British ...

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