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Knife attacker shot by police near Barcelona

[ad_1] A man wielding a knife and shouting in Arabic was shot dead as he entered a police station at Cornellà de Llobregat, south of Barcelona, Spanish authorities said on Monday.The attacker, said to be 29 and of Algerian origin, had gone into the building at 05:52 (03:52 GMT) and was shot by a guard.Catalan police said the attacker had targeted officers.He had shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), reports
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PepsiCo buys Sodastream for $3.2bn

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters PepsiCo has announced it is buying Sodastream for $3.2bn (£2.5bn).Israel-based Sodastream makes a machine and refillable cylinders allowing users to make their own carbonated drinks.The deal gives Pepsi a new way of reaching customers in their homes at a time when its signature sugary drinks are becoming less popular.It is also the company's first big acquisition since chief executive Indra Nooyi disclosed she would step down
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Asian Games: Japan basketball players sent home for ‘paying women for sex’

[ad_1] "I deeply apologise to the Japanese people," Japan's chef de mission saidFour Japanese basketball players have been sent home from the Asian Games for allegedly paying women for sex. The players went out for dinner in Jakarta wearing their team uniforms and were solicited by touts to go to a hotel with women, according to Japanese news agency Kyodo News.The Asian Games opened in the Indonesian capital on Saturday
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Afghan Taliban kidnap dozens of bus passengers near Kunduz

[ad_1] More than 100 people are reported to have been kidnapped after Taliban militants launched an ambush on three buses in northern Afghanistan.Security forces sent to the area near Kunduz are said to be involved in fierce clashes with the militants.It comes a day after the government offered a conditional ceasefire.President Ashraf Ghani said it would come into effect on Monday if the Taliban accepted, but the militants have not
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Malcolm Turnbull: Under-pressure Australia PM drops climate policy

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Malcolm Turnbull is facing pressure over his leadership Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says his government has abandoned plans to set an emissions reduction target in legislation.Mr Turnbull's U-turn alters a key plank of his signature energy policy, and follows a revolt by conservative MPs within his government.It comes amid media reports that Mr Turnbull could face a leadership challenge if the issue is
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Nigeria unrest: Deadly attack on village in Borno state

[ad_1] Image copyright Boko Haram Image caption Boko Haram, pictured here in a propaganda video, has carried out many attacks in Borno state Suspected Islamist militants have stormed a village in north-east Nigeria, killing several people.Reports on the death toll in Mailari, Borno state, differed. A local militia leader said six people had died but a survivor said up to 19 were killed.The militants ransacked and looted the village for
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Crazy Rich Asians tops US box office in weekend debut

[ad_1] Image copyright Warner Brothers Image caption 'Crazy Rich Asians' is seen as a turning point for Asian representation in Hollywood Crazy Rich Asians beat expectations to take the top spot at the US box office on its opening weekend. The Warner Brothers film starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding is the first romantic comedy in three years to take the top spot. Since it opened five days ago, the
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California wildfires: Ferguson Fire near Yosemite contained

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Smoke from the Ferguson Fire has been drifting over Yosemite National Park A huge, deadly wildfire that burned for weeks and threatened the Yosemite National Park in California has finally been contained.The Ferguson Fire has burned through nearly 97,000 acres (39,250 hectares) of land to the south-west of the park since 13 July.More than 3,000 firefighters have battled the blaze. Two have been
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Kerala floods: Relief teams rescue 22,000 as rains ease

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Relief supplies were taken to stranded residents in Chengannur About 22,000 people were rescued from the flood-hit Indian state of Kerala on Sunday, officials say, after monsoon rains finally eased.Military teams as well as disaster response forces and local fishermen reached some of the worst hit areas.Helicopters also brought much-needed supplies to communities cut-off by two weeks of incessant rain.More than 350 people
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North Korea to host emotional family reunions

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Lee Chun-ja shows a picture of her wedding which she intends to give to her relatives in North Korea A group of 89 elderly South Koreans are travelling into North Korea to see relatives they have not seen since the Korean War of 1950-1953.The war left the Korean peninsula divided and people who lived on the northern side were unable to leave. The two