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Bulgarian train explosion kills four

Four people have been killed after a train derailed and exploded in Bulgaria, emergency services said. Several other people were injured in the incident, which damaged at least 20 buildings in the village of Hitrino. Locals were being evacuated as a precaution, a local police official told Reuters. “The explosion has also caused a fire. We do not expect a ...

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Paris attacks: State of emergency ‘to protect elections’

The state of emergency imposed in France after the Paris attacks must be extended to protect elections next year, PM Bernard Cazeneuve has said. He said he was seeking the extension until 15 July, covering presidential and parliamentary polls from April to June, and Bastille Day on 14 July. Parliament is expected to approve the measure on Tuesday. It will ...

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Colombia’s Juan Santos receives Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has accepted the Nobel Peace Prize of 2016 at a ceremony in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. “It is much more difficult to achieve peace than to wage war,” Santos said in a speech after receiving the prize. “The real prize is the peace in Colombia.” The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the prize to ...

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Russia intervened to help Trump win White House – CIA

The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, the Washington Post reported on Friday. Citing U.S. officials briefed on the matter, the Post said intelligence agencies had identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided ...

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First US Somali lawmaker gets ‘Islamophobic threats’ in taxi

The first Somali-American lawmaker in the US has said she was subjected to “hateful” anti-Muslim threats from a taxi driver in Washington DC. Minnesota Representative-elect Ilhan Omar said the cabbie threatened to remove her hijab during a confrontation on Tuesday. The 34-year-old said the incident occurred just after she attended policy training at the White House. Ms Omar, a Democrat, ...

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Tsunami warning: Solomons 7.7 quake prompts alert

The 7.7 magnitude quake struck about 70km (43 miles) off Kirakira, according to the US Geological Survey. It said it occurred at about 17:40 GMT (04:40 Friday local time), with a 5.5 magnitude aftershock about 25 minutes later. Places were being evacuated, with people moving to higher ground. Users on social media said there were some blackouts in the capital, ...

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South Korea’s President Park faces historic impeachment vote

President Park Geun-hye faces an impeachment vote in parliament on Friday over an influence peddling scandal that could lead to her becoming South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be removed from office in disgrace. There have been mass rallies every Saturday for the past six weeks calling for Park to quit, and opinion polls show overwhelming public support for ...

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UK minister accuses Saudis over ‘proxy wars’

Boris Johnson has accused Britain’s ally, Saudi Arabia, of engaging in “proxy wars” in the Middle East. The Guardian newspaper has published footage in which the foreign secretary talks of politicians “twisting and abusing religion” for political gain. He said Saudi Arabia and Iran were “puppeteering” because of a lack of strong leadership in the region. The Foreign Office said ...

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Russian oil giant in surprise $11bn deal

The Kremlin has announced that commodities trader Glencore and Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund are together buying a 19.5% stake in Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company. “It is the largest privatisation deal, the largest sale and acquisition in the global oil and gas sector in 2016,” President Vladimir Putin said. The surprise move sees Glencore and Qatar paying $11.3bn for the ...

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Iran minister says in U.S. interest to stay committed to nuclear treaty

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday it was in the interest of the United States to remain committed to a multilateral nuclear treaty. The U.S. Senate voted last week to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years, and Iran vowed to retaliate, saying it violated last year’s agreement with six major powers to curb its ...

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