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Johan Gustafsson: Swede held by al-Qaeda in Mali freed

A Swede who had been held hostage by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011 has been freed, the Swedish government has announced. Johan Gustafsson returned home and was reunited with his family, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom told reporters late on Monday as … Continue reading

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NHRC: Gulf blockade violates Qatari students' rights

A human rights body in Qatar says it has monitored several serious violations against Qatari students in three neighbouring countries amid a major regional fallout, according to a report on state media. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and … Continue reading

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Remains found of kidnapped journalist Salvador Adame

A Mexican journalist who was kidnapped in May in the western state of Michoacan has been found dead, the sixth reporter killed this year in the country, officials announced. A body discovered on June 14 was identified with DNA tests as … Continue reading

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Can the US push for dialogue on the Gulf crisis?

There’s a week to go for Qatar to meet a list of 13 demands imposed on it by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.  It includes shutting down the Al Jazeera network and aligning Qatar’s foreign policy … Continue reading

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22m to lose health cover in US Senate bill

Some 22 million Americans could lose their health insurance over the next decade under a Senate bill to replace Obamacare, a congressional report says. The draft legislation, unveiled by Senate Republicans last week, is unlikely to be approved by Democrats, … Continue reading

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Have Brexit couples' anxieties been put to rest?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May has announced plans designed to put “anxiety at rest” among EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in Europe. In the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the … Continue reading

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Usain Bolt says 'mind not made up' over retirement date

Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt says he may carry on running after the 2017 World Championships – but this will definitely be his final season. The 30-year-old Jamaican had been expected to run his final race at the London Stadium … Continue reading

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U.S. top court backs church in major religious rights case

By Lawrence Hurley | WASHINGTON Churches and other religious entities cannot be flatly denied public money even in states where constitutions explicitly ban such funding, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a major religious rights case that narrows … Continue reading

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Welsh singer Charlotte Church loses unborn baby

Singer Charlotte Church has lost her unborn baby, she has announced. The 31-year-old had publicly revealed she was expecting her third child during a concert in May. A statement on her Twitter account on Monday said: “Charlotte and Jonny are … Continue reading

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US: Bob Corker to block GCC arms sales over Qatar row

An influential Republican senator has announced he will withhold approval of US weapons sales to members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), until there is a clear path for settling a major diplomatic crisis with Qatar. Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, chairman … Continue reading

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