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One billion people used Facebook on Monday

More than a billion people have used the social networking site Facebook in a single day for the first time in its history, the company said. In a post on his personal page on Thursday, the site’s co-founder and CEO … Continue reading

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Dozens of refugees die as boat sinks off Libyan coast

A boat reportedly packed with people from Africa and South Asia bound for Italy has sunk off the Libyan coast, raising fears that dozens have died. A security official in Zuwarah, a town in the North African nation’s west from … Continue reading

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Clashes force 5,000 to flee after beheading in CAR

Around 5,000 people have fled from their homes in Bambari following clashes between rival militias over the past few days, demonstrating how fragile the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) remains ahead of next month’s presidential election, the UN … Continue reading

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Austria: Arrests after 71 dead refugees found in truck

Austrian authorities say three people have been arrested in Hungary after the bodies of 71 refugees were found in a truck abandoned on a motorway. Police had originally put the death toll at between 20 and 50 after the truck was found … Continue reading

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Shanghai shares end wild week down 8%

Image caption Chinese shares were looking up in Friday trade Chinese shares ended the week almost 8% lower after volatile trading that started on Monday with shock losses and spread fear to global markets. On Friday, the mainland’s benchmark Shanghai … Continue reading

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‘Great Escape’ survivor dies at 101

Image caption Airman Paul Royle was a prisoner of war for almost five years One of the last survivors of World War Two’s most famous prison break, known as the Great Escape, has died aged 101. Australian Paul Royle was … Continue reading

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Vatican ex-envoy dies ahead of trial

Image caption The former archbishop had already been convicted by a church tribunal Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and Vatican envoy to the Dominican Republic, has died before he could be tried for child sex offences. He had been taken … Continue reading

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More than 70 dead in Austria lorry

Police in Austria say the bodies of 71 people, believed to be refugees, were discovered in an abandoned lorry found near the Hungarian border on Thursday. The victims included 59 men, eight women and four children who are thought to … Continue reading

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Nigeria marks 500 days since Chibok girls’ abduction

Relatives of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram mark 500 days since the abductions with hope dwindling for their rescue despite a renewed push to end the armed group’s rebellion. The landmark on Thursday comes amid a security … Continue reading

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Lebanon’s deepening crisis

Hezbollah ministers and their Christian allies boycotted a weekly cabinet meeting, further paralysing Prime Minister Tammam Salam’s unity government. They are reportedly in dispute with other members of the government over issues including decrees passed without their approval. This happened as … Continue reading

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