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Tens of thousands protest in Spain over gang rape acquittal

Tens of thousands of Spaniards took to the streets of Pamplona on Saturday to protest against the acquittal of five men accused of gang raping an 18-year-old woman at the city´s bull-running festival. Demonstrators have filled streets across the country since the court ruling on Thursday, leading Spain´s conservative government to say it will consider changing rape laws. The men …

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At least 15 migrants die after boat sinks off Algerian coast

At least 15 African migrants died on Sunday when their boat trying to reach Europe capsized off the Algerian coast, a coast guard official said. Coast guard and civil protection authorities rescued 19 of 34 people on board, state news agency APS said. The boat sank off the coast of Oran, a city some 450 km west of the capital …

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North Korea offers to shut nuclear test site in May

The reported pledge from the North’s leader Kim Jong Un follows weeks of whirlwind diplomacy that saw Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agree to pursue the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula during a historic summit on Friday. “Kim said, during the summit with President Moon, that he would carry out the closing of the nuclear test site in …

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3 killed, 8 injured in New York City house fire

Three people have been killed and eight others injured in a house fire in New York City. The blaze broke out late Saturday night at a two-story home in Queens. An 82-year-old woman, an 87-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman all were killed in the fire. Eight other people were taken to area hospitals. Three, including an 8-year-old girl, are listed in …

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Saudi king launches building of entertainment mega-park

The project is part of a sweeping reform and investment programme dubbed “Vision 2030”, the brainchild of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also attended the launch ceremony at the site on Saturday evening. Authorities have touted the 334-square kilometre (130 square miles) project in Qiddiya, southwest of the capital, as the kingdom’s answer to Disneyland. Its first phase, which …

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UN Security Council puts spotlight on Rohingya refugee crisis

COX S BAZAR (Reuters) – UN Security Council envoys began a four-day visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar on Saturday to see firsthand the aftermath of a Myanmar military crackdown that Britain, the United States and others have denounced as ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims. They are due to meet Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Myanmar s de facto leader …

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Thirty-five Taliban killed in US airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Balkh province

At least 35 Taliban militants were killed and 40 others wounded in US airstrikes in northern Balkh province, Afghanistan National Army (ANA) officials said on Saturday. The airstrikes were carried out in close cooperation with the Afghan commandos and lasted 40 minutes, TOLOnews reported, quoting an army official. The airstrikes targeted Arzankar village in Chahar Bolak district. Commandos then launched …

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Bill Gates to donate $12 million to fund research for universal flu vaccine

Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced on Friday his charity — the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — is offering $12 million for a “transformational” flu vaccine after warning that the world is not ready to deal with a modern-day pandemic. Gates warned of a threat, global flu outbreak poses, killing millions of people worldwide and crippling health …

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Next 18 royals in line for the British throne

Prince William and his wife Kate´s baby son Prince Louis, who was named Friday, is fifth in line to inherit the British throne. His arrival on Monday meant everyone below moved down a place, including William´s brother Prince Harry who dropped from fifth to sixth position. The immediate line of succession to the throne includes Queen Elizabeth II´s four children …

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