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Nepal capital on strike as police arrest activists

Police have arrested dozens of activists taking part in a strike aimed at crippling Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. Opposition parties called the strike to protest at the government’s decision to draw up a draft constitution by next week without their agreement. ...

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Merkel to join German Muslim tolerance rally

Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to join a Muslim community rally to promote tolerance, condemn the attacks in Paris and send a rebuke to Germany’s growing anti-Islam movement. President Joachim Gauck will address the vigil starting at 17:00 GMT at ...

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AirAsia cockpit voice recorder found – Indonesian officials

Divers in the Java Sea have retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501, say officials. The retrieval comes a day after the first piece of the so-called black box, the flight data recorder, was also found ...

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Media urged to highlight Jeddah heritage festival

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, governor of Jeddah and chairman of the Supreme Committee for the Jeddah Historical Festival, visited Bashan House, the media and cultural center for the Jeddah Historical Festival on Saturday. The festival, which kicks off Wednesday, will ...

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Ebola nurse no longer critically ill

Pauline Cafferkey was diagnosed with Ebola in December after volunteering work in Sierra Leone UK nurse Pauline Cafferkey is no longer critically ill with Ebola, London’s Royal Free Hospital says. In a statement, the hospital said she was “showing signs ...

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Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or award again

Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts as he receives the FIFA Ballon d’Or award from FIFA President Joseph Blatter (R) during the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 soccer awards ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich January 12, 2015. Portugal ...

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France mobilises 10,000 troops

France will have more than 10,000 soldiers mobilised on home soil by Tuesday after 17 were killed in attacks carried out by Islamist militants in Paris last week, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday. Speaking a day after ...

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Black box of AirAsia plane found

Indonesian divers on Sunday found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said. But they failed to retrieve it immediately from ...

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World leaders join mass Paris march

Dozens of world leaders including Muslim and Jewish statesmen linked arms leading hundreds of thousands of French citizens in an unprecedented march under high security to pay tribute to victims of Islamist militant attacks. President Francois Hollande and leaders from ...

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Sri Lanka’s new president prepares to be sworn in after poll results

Maithripala Sirisena ends dynastic rule of Mahinda Rajapaksa, with election described as most significant for decades Sri Lanka’s newly elected president Maithripala Sirisena leaves the opposition leader’s office. Photograph: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images Sri Lanka’s new president, Maithripala Sirisena, is expected ...

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