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  • Swimmers leave Rio as Locte 'Watergate' scandal casts shadow over Olympics

    Swimmers leave Rio as Locte 'Watergate' scandal casts shadow over Olympics

    Two US swimmers left Brazil after testifying about the robbery claims made by their team-mate Ryan Lochte that have caused outrage in Rio. Brazilians chanted "liar" as Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger left the police building after a judge lifted an...

  • Qatar Airways plane makes emergency landing after bird strike

    Qatar Airways plane makes emergency landing after bird strike

    A Qatar Airways plane made an emergency landing at Istanbul's Ataturk airport after a possible bird strike.   Witnesses with cellphones recorded the drama as the  plane - its left engine on fire - prepared for the emergency landing. After several...

  • Enslaved in Libya: One woman's extraordinary escape from Islamic State

    Enslaved in Libya: One woman's extraordinary escape from Islamic State

    On the night of June 2, 2015, gunmen blocked a highway on Libya's northern coast and stopped a white truck speeding toward Tripoli, the capital. The men trained their assault rifles on the driver. Three climbed aboard to search the cargo. Ruta...

  • Water contamination in New Zealand leaves thousands ill

    Water contamination in New Zealand leaves thousands ill

    The New Zealand government has launched an inquiry into the contamination of a regional water supply that has left thousands of people sick with vomiting and diarrhoea. The outbreak of campylobacter bacteria, a form of gastroenteritis, has...

  • Brexit decision is irrevocable, says Merkel

    Brexit decision is irrevocable, says Merkel

    German chancellor Angela Merkel has reiterated that she considers Britain's decision to leave the European Union irrevocable. Britain voted narrowly to leave the EU in a referendum June 23 but Prime Minister Theresa May has yet to formally trigger...

  • Euro zone return to inflation confirmed as food prices surge

    Euro zone return to inflation confirmed as food prices surge

    A modest uptick in euro zone inflation in July was confirmed by data today which showed food prices surging over the year, although overall price indices still fell in 12 of the 19 member states. Euro zone prices rose 0.2 per cent year-on-year,...

  • Car bomb kills three, wounds more than 50 in eastern Turkey - sources

    Car bomb kills three, wounds more than 50 in eastern Turkey - sources

    At least three people were killed and more than 50 were wounded in a car bomb attack on a police station in the eastern Turkish city of Elazig, security sources said, hours after a similar bombing killed three people elsewhere in the...

  • Watch: Distressing moment child is pulled from Syria rubble

    Watch: Distressing moment child is pulled from Syria rubble

    Warning: Some viewers might find some of the images distressing A video has emerged showing a five-year-old boy appearing dazed and bloodied as he is put inside an ambulance after surviving an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. The child, Omran Daqneesh,...

  • More than 17,000 died in Syria jails during uprising, Amnesty says

    More than 17,000 people have died in Syrian government detention facilities since the start of the 2011 uprising against President Bashar Assad, Amnesty International has said. The international human rights group said in a new report that many...

  • More than 80,000 people warned to evacuate homes over California wildfire

    More than 80,000 people warned to evacuate homes over California wildfire

    Firefighters urged California residents threatened by a ferocious blaze to evacuate their homes when told to as it raged out of control. The wildfire started on Tuesday in a part of the state left bone dry by five years of drought, and within a...

  • North Korea says it has resumed plutonium production

    North Korea says it has resumed plutonium production by reprocessing spent fuel rods and has no plans to stop nuclear tests as long as perceived U.S. threats remain, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported. North Korea's Atomic Energy Institute, which...

  • World's largest aircraft takes to the skies

    World's largest aircraft takes to the skies

    The world's largest aircraft has taken to the skies for a successful maiden voyage - its first since being revamped in the UK. The 92-metre Airlander 10 - part plane, part helicopter, part airship - loomed overhead at Cardington airfield in...

  • Ferry on fire off Puerto Rico, 500 rescued

    Ferry on fire off Puerto Rico, 500 rescued

    Some 500 people have been rescued from a ferry which caught fire near San Juan, Puerto Rico. The US Coast Guard coordinated the rescue from AmericaCruiseFerries boat about one mile off the coast of San Juan. No deaths or injuries were immediately...

  • East European workers in the UK exceed one million

    The number of EU workers from eight eastern European countries in the UK has passed a million for the first time, new figures issued today show. Labour market data shows just over one million people from the group of states, including Poland and...

  • North Korean diplomat in UK defects, highest ranked ever to flee

    North Korean diplomat in UK defects, highest ranked ever to flee

    Officials in Seoul have confirmed that North Korea's deputy ambassador in London has defected to South Korea.  Deputy ambassador Thae Yong Ho has become the highest-ranking Pyongyang diplomat ever to flee the isolated regime. South Korea's...

  • Backpack ban and fence for Oktoberfest but 'no concrete danger' to Munich event

    Backpacks and other large bags will be banned from this year's Oktoberfest and a fence will be erected in an effort to increase security after recent attacks rattled Germany, Munich city officials said. Bags of more than three litres in capacity...

  • 12 dead in India after drinking tainted alcohol

    At least 12 people have died after drinking bootleg alcohol in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. The victims consumed the tainted alcohol on Monday evening and fell ill the following day, said police superintendent Niranjan Kumar. Five others are...

  • Turkey to release 38,000 prisoners to make room for coup plotters

    Turkey has issued a decree paving the way for the conditional release of 38,000 prisoners, the justice minister said - an apparent move to reduce its jail population to make space for thousands of people who have been arrested as part of an...

  • Search for missing fuel tanker and 10 crew amid hijack fears

    Malaysian and Indonesian maritime authorities are searching for a fuel tanker with 10 crew members on board that has disappeared in an apparent hijacking. Malaysia's Maritime Enforcement Agency chief Ahmad Puzi Kahar said on Wednesday the MT Vier...

  • Son of Mexican drug lorg El Chapo among those kidnapped at beach resort

    Son of Mexican drug lorg El Chapo among those kidnapped at beach resort

    One of the sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is among the half-dozen men abducted by gunmen at a restaurant in the Mexican beach resort of Puerto Vallarta. Jalisco state Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer said 29-year-old...