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Dhaka fire: Blaze kills dozens in building

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The blaze broke out in residential building also used as a chemical warehouse A fire in the old town of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka has killed at least 60 people. The blaze broke out Wednesday evening in a residential building partly used as a chemical warehouse. According to local media, the fire also spread to nearby buildings. Authorities have told the BBC on Thursday morning
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US Coast Guard officer Hasson ‘planned terror attack’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Guns and ammunition were found at the home in Silver Spring, Maryland A US Coast Guard officer has been arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack, court documents show.Police found a cache of weapons and ammunition at the Maryland home of Christopher Paul Hasson.The self-proclaimed white nationalist had drawn up a list of targets including prominent Democratic politicians, according to prosecutors.He is said
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India Catholic Cardinal Oswald Gracias ‘failed abuse victims’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cardinal Oswald Gracias told the BBC it pained him to hear accusations that he had neglected victims of alleged abuse One of the Catholic Church's most senior cardinals has admitted that he could have better handled sexual abuse allegations that were brought to him.Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Mumbai is one of four men organising a major Vatican conference on child abuse this
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First Vatican summit on child sex abuse

[ad_1] Catholic bishops are meeting to discuss the Roman Catholic church's response to the sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy for the first time. The Vatican says it wants four days of reflection and discussion with survivors and it is likely to be a defining moment for Pope Francis. The BBC spoke to Brigitte, who is a survivor of child sex abuse, and to David Gibson, from
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Hoda Muthana: Trump says IS woman barred from US return

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump says a woman who left the US to become a propagandist for the Islamic State (IS) group will not be allowed to return.On Twitter, he said he had instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the country".Mr Pompeo had earlier stated that the 24-year-old was not a US citizen and would not be admitted.However, her family
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Jussie Smollett is suspected of filing a false report – police

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption The actor is known for paying Jamal Lyon in Fox's drama Empire Chicago Police say that US actor Jussie Smollett is suspected of filing a false police report.The Empire star had said that he was subjected to a homophobic and racist physical attack by two men in January.Afterward, doubt was cast on his account after US media reports that police believed he may have
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Ana Brnabic: Gay partner of Serbian PM gives birth

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ana Brnabic has been criticised by LGBT activists for not doing enough to defend gay rights in the country. Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic's gay partner has given birth in what her office said was a first for a world leader.A statement said the the birth mother, Milica Djurdjic, and baby, reportedly a boy named Igor, were "doing fine".Ms Brnabic, 43, became both
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Airport worker killed by exploding tyre in southern California

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The John Wayne Airport is about 35 miles south of Los Angeles An airport worker in southern California has been killed after a tyre exploded during maintenance work, officials said on Wednesday.The accident happened in a workshop at the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana around 23:30 local time (07:30 GMT) on Tuesday, an airport spokeswoman said. The worker has yet to be
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Egypt executes nine over 2015 killing of public prosecutor

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Several of the accused said at their trial that they had been tortured by security forces Egypt has executed nine men convicted of killing the country's top public prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, in 2015.The men were among 28 sentenced to death for their alleged involvement in the car bomb attack that targeted Barakat's convoy in the capital, Cairo.Amnesty International said they were convicted after a