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Iran ‘seizes British-flagged oil tanker’

[ad_1] A British-flagged oil tanker has been seized in the Gulf by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Iran media say.The owners of the Stena Impero, which was bound for Saudi Arabia, say they have been unable to contact the vessel and it is "heading north towards Iran".The company says there are 23 personnel on board and it was approached by "unidentified small crafts and a helicopter" in the Strait of Hormuz.The
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Estonia ferry disaster: French court rejects compensation claim

[ad_1] Image caption An official report said there was a problem with the Estonia ferry's bow door locking system A Paris court has rejected a claim for compensation over the 1994 sinking of the Estonia ferry. More than 1,000 survivors and relatives of victims requested €40.8m (£36.6m;$45.8m) from the French agency that deemed the vessel seaworthy and the German shipbuilder.But the court said the claimants failed to prove "intentional fault".
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Kosovo PM Haradinaj resigns over war crimes summons

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ramush Haradinaj served as a commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the war with Serbia Kosovo's prime minister has resigned after a war crimes court in The Hague summoned him for questioning as a suspect.Ramush Haradinaj, 51, served as a rebel commander in the 1998-1999 Kosovo conflict, which eventually led to Kosovo declaring independence.He said he stepped down so he could attend
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Dangerous heatwave starts hitting US

[ad_1] 1.5 degrees Keeping the rise in global average temperature below 1.5 degrees Celsius will avoid the worst impacts of climate change, scientists say. That’s compared with ‘pre-industrial’ times. The world has already warmed about 1C since then. 2 degrees The original target for limiting the rise in global average temperature. Recent research points to 1.5 degrees being a far safer limit. 3 degrees The current likely rise in average
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Laquan McDonald: Chicago officers fired for alleged cover-up of shooting

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The Chicago Police Board has fired four officers for allegedly covering up the 2014 fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.Sgt Stephen Franko and officers Daphne Sebastian, Janet Mondragon and Ricardo Viramontes were dismissed on Thursday after a vote by the nine-member board.The board determined the officers had exaggerated the threat level of the 17-year-old to justify the shooting.Jason Van Dyke, who killed McDonald,
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India ‘cow vigilantes’ lynch three men

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Relatives of the victims mourned outside a hospital in Bihar A mob in eastern India has beaten to death three men suspected of trying to steal cattle, police say.They say the suspects were caught by villagers in the Bihar state as they were trying to load a buffalo and a calf onto a lorry on Friday morning.This is the latest in a spate of
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Guinea mother: I sat my exams 30 minutes after giving birth

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Fatoumata Kourouma says she was determined to complete her studies An 18-year-old student who was rushed to hospital from an exam hall tells the BBC she went back to complete her tests just 30 minutes after giving birth."I decided for myself that I wanted to complete my baccalaureate," Fatoumata Kourouma says.She had turned up to the exam hall, in the Guinean town of Mamou,
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Powerful earthquake shakes Athens – BBC News

[ad_1] A strong earthquake has shaken the Greek capital of Athens, knocking out telecoms and power in parts of the city.The earthquake was registered as a 5.1 magnitude with an epicentre about 22km (14 miles) from the capital. Witnesses said people were running out into the street and evacuating tall buildings. There are no immediate reports of damage or serious injuries. This breaking news story is being updated and more
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Eritrea Orthodox Church ex-leader expelled for heresy

[ad_1] Image copyright TEWAHDO Image caption Antonios has been known to criticise the Eritrean government In an unprecedented move, Eritrean bishops in the Orthodox church have excommunicated their former patriarch, Abune Antonios.Antonios, who was the head of the church until 2006, was accused of heresy in a statement signed by six bishops.He has for a long time been a critic of the government and was deposed and put under house