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US and UK laptop bans on some Middle East flights come into effect

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Kuwaiti activist Thamer Bourashed stows his laptop in hold baggage before boarding A ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Turkey and some countries in the Middle East and North Africa to the US and UK has come into effect. Officials say devices “larger than a […]

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Mass graves

Image copyright AFP Image caption DR Congo’s security forces are battling many militia groups in different areas Ten mass graves have been found in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s central Kasai region, with limbs sticking out of the soil at some of the sites, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) says. Government troops and a […]

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Thousands flee Mosul over fear of airstrikes

Thousands of Iraqi civilians are trying to flee west Mosul as the fight against so-called Islamic State continues. However, eyewitnesses say that many Iraqi civilians have been caught up and killed in the airstrikes. Read more Freed from IS tyranny, Mosul Sunnis fear for the future Source link

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EU summit: Leaders meet for Rome anniversary

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption EU leaders with Pope Francis (centre) on the eve of the anniversary summit Leaders of 27 European Union countries, not including the UK, are meeting in the Italian capital to celebrate 60 years since the Treaty of Rome was signed. The countries will sign a new declaration […]

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Trump blames Democrats for failed healthcare bill

Media captionIn his own words, Mr Trump explains his doomed effort to repeal Obamacare US President Donald Trump has blamed Democrats for the failure of his healthcare bill. The bill was withdrawn on Friday because it did not have enough support to pass in Congress. Speaking to the Washington Post, Mr Trump said “We couldn’t […]

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Singapore teen blogger Amos Yee granted US asylum

Image copyright Reuters Singapore teen blogger Amos Yee, who was jailed twice in his homeland for posting political and religious criticism online, has been granted asylum in the United States. Mr Yee, 18, has been detained in the US since he arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare airport in December. He came into the country on a […]

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Venezuela asks the UN to help boost supply of medicines

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The opposition says Mr Maduro’s mismanagement is to blame for the economic crisis. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has asked for help from the United Nations to boost the country’s supplies of medicines. Mr Maduro said the UN had the expertise to normalise the supply and distribution of drugs in the […]

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Cardboard cribs

Image copyright Alamy It’s been claimed that Finland’s baby boxes, given to every newborn in the country, help reduce cot deaths. But what evidence is there that they lower infant mortality rates, asks Elizabeth Cassin. In June 2013, the BBC News website published an article entitled Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes. It’s been […]

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Curse of the diamonds

Image copyright Fellipe Abreu “Our land is our spirit,” says one of the spiritual and political leaders of the Cinta Larga. “An indigenous person without land is an indigenous person without soul,” he says about the challenges facing this indigenous group in Brazil. Image copyright Fellipe Abreu The group lives in the Roosevelt Indigenous Area […]

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South African astrologer fights to legalise 'magic' mushrooms

Psiciliscybin mushrooms, also known as “magic” mushrooms, are banned in many countries around the world due to their hallucinogenic qualities. But one 72-year-old-woman in South Africa is fighting through the courts to legalise their use for spiritual ceremonies. Monica Cromhout faces a possible jail sentence for dealing in illegal substances. Source link

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The little boy who lost his legs while playing at home

Emad was just four years old when a missile landed on his house. He lost both of his legs and is suffering psychologically from the effects of an ongoing war. Aden, where Emad lives, has witnessed some of the most intense fighting in Yemen’s two-year conflict. More than 150 children there have lost limbs, and […]