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Chechen police kill four teenage attackers

Image copyright AFP Image caption Russian investigators released this photo of a car used by two assailants Police have shot dead four teenagers who launched three attacks in and around the Chechen capital Grozny, say officials in the Russian republic. A fifth teenager detonated a bomb he was carrying in a rucksack, but survived. He […]

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Korea reunion: Mother and son reunite after 67 years

Lee Keum-seom and her son became separated during the Korean war in the 1950s. He was only four years old at the time. Now 92, Ms Lee is seeing her son for the first time since the separation. She is one of dozens of South Koreans who made the trip to the North to reconnect […]

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Áurea Vázquez Rijos: Beauty queen on trial for husband's murder

Image copyright Ramón ‘Tonito’ Zayas / GFR MEDIA Image caption Áurea Vázquez Rijos in custody in Puerto Rico When a onetime beauty queen walks into a courtroom in Puerto Rico this week, it will bring to an end a long wait endured by relatives of her wealthy former husband, who was stabbed to death in […]

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Six held over 'drugs bus' which crashed in Ecuador

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hundreds of packets of drugs were found stashed underneath the floor of the bus Police in Colombia have arrested six men in connection with a scheme to smuggle large quantities of marijuana and cocaine in passenger buses. The arrests come days after police searching a bus which crashed in neighbouring […]

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Over 175 ex-US spy officials join Brennan clearance outcry

Image copyright Reuters/Getty Image caption President Trump has sparked a bi-partisan outcry for revoking ex-CIA chief John Brennan’s security clearance More than 175 former US intelligence leaders have backed ex-CIA chief John Brennan since the president revoked his security clearance. In the third bi-partisan letter of its kind, the former top security officials noted their […]

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Pope Francis condemns child sex abuse and Church cover-ups

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Pope’s letter addressed the “heart-wrenching pain” of abuse victims in Pennsylvania after the report was released Pope Francis has condemned the “atrocities” of child sex abuse and clerical cover-ups in an unprecedented letter released to the Roman Catholic community. In a letter addressed to “the People of God”, the […]

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Islamic State survivor Nadia Murad engaged to Yazidi activist

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nadia Murad’s story shone a spotlight on the abuses suffered by Yazidi women and girls Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who survived horrific abuse at the hands of the Islamic State (IS) militant group, has revealed she is engaged to a fellow Yazidi human rights activist. The 25-year-old said […]

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Venezuelans confused as Maduro's economic plan starts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Before the changes, one kilo (2 lb) of rice cost 2.5m Strong Bolivars A government plan to curb hyperinflation is coming into force in Venezuela amid confusion about how it will work. From Monday, new banknotes denominated in “sovereign bolivars” are legal tender, with five zeros taken off. The measures […]

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Venezuelan bolivar – what can it get you?

On Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will issue a new currency to manage the country’s runaway inflation, which the IMF predicts will hit 1,000,000% this year. The Venezuelan bolivar has become near-worthless, following a severe economic downturn. To show the extent to which hyperinflation has gripped the country, Reuters photographer Carlos Garcia Rawlins created images […]

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Zuma corruption claims: South Africa state capture inquiry opens

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ex-President Jacob Zuma is accused of allowing a wealthy business family to influence political decisions A public inquiry in South Africa has started investigating alleged corruption by ex-President Jacob Zuma. The inquiry is looking into “state capture”, where the wealthy Gupta family is accused of trying to influence political decisions, […]

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How Indians are using social media to help flood-hit Kerala

Image copyright AFP Image caption Residents have been hit by flooding across the southern state Indians from different parts of the country are using social media to help people stranded in the flood-hit southern state of Kerala. Hundreds have taken to social media platforms to co-ordinate search, rescue and food distribution efforts and also to […]