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Migrants refuse to disembark in Libya after being rescued at sea

The 94 passengers were rescued by a passing container ship last week as they were en route to Italy. After being returned to Libya they have refused to get off the ship. Continue reading

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Brexit: Theresa May secures Cabinet support for draft deal

British Prime Minister May said her Cabinet ministers agreed to a draft deal on the UK’s exit from the European Union. But she could face the ultimate test as junior coalition partners hint at fresh elections. Continue reading

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Dutch court blocks bid to ban blackface Black Pete character

Activists wanted the court to block broadcasters from showing the character’s "racist characteristics." One broadcaster justified airing images of Black Pete because he goes "down the chimney a lot." Continue reading

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Massive Italian anti-mafia operation results in scores of arrests

Italy’s anti-mafia police have struck a major blow to the Italian mob in an international sting. Rival groups were said to have worked together to make billions through online gambling. Continue reading

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European Parliament caps cost of phone calls in the EU

European lawmakers have approved an overhaul of the bloc’s telecom rules. To Europeans’ delight, phone call and text message costs will be capped and measures will be taken to make 5G networks widely available by 2020. Continue reading

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6 cities that rejected the Olympics

Becoming an Olympic host city was long considered a crowning achievement. That is no longer the case as voters reject shouldering the considerable expense involved. Most recently, voters in Calgary, Canada, said no. Continue reading

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Alexei Navalny allowed to leave Russia to attend ECHR case

The Russian opposition leader was given permission to leave Russia for Europe after being barred. He is planning to attend the European Court of Human Rights for a hearing. Continue reading

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Melbourne car attack driver found guilty of all 33 charges

A Melbourne driver has been convicted six-fold for murdering shopping-mall pedestrians he struck with a stolen car in January last year. Authorities say the incident was not terror-related but "drug-induced." Continue reading

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Amazon delivers news of HQs in New York and Washington DC

After months of speculation, Amazon, the online retail giant, has announced the locations of two new headquarters. The sites are Long Island City in New York and Arlington, Virginia just outside Washington DC: Continue reading

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Gaza-Israel tensions flare after night of violence threatening ceasefire hopes

The Hamas group which administers Gaza announced a unilateral ceasefire after the worst cross-border violence in many months. Egypt is reported to have mediated the agreement. Continue reading

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