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Burundi expels Rwandan diplomat as tensions rise

Burundi expels Rwandan diplomat as tensions rise

Burundi has expelled a senior Rwandan diplomat, officials said on Wednesday, the latest sign of tension between the central African neighbors that share a history of ethnic conflict. Burundi was plunged into crisis six months ago, when President Pierre Nkurunziza’s announcement he would seek a third term ignited weeks of protests and a failed coup. Nkurunziza went on to win […]

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Former Italian missionary kidnapped in southern Philippines

Former Italian missionary kidnapped in southern Philippines

An Italian man, who was a former missionary priest, has been abducted by armed men from his restaurant in the southern Philippines, security officials said on Thursday, the latest in a string of abductions targeting foreigners in the south. Small Islamist and communist rebel factions, as well as criminal gangs, operate in the southern Mindanao region and often snatch people […]

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Deutsche Bank flags 6 billion euro loss, may skip dividend

Deutsche Bank flags 6 billion euro loss, may skip dividend

Deutsche Bank will report a record pre-tax loss of 6 billion euros ($6.7 billion) in the third quarter and will cut or skip dividend payments for 2015, it said late on Wednesday. CEO John Cryan took control in July with a promise to cut costs. He is accelerating plans to shed assets and exit countries to shrink the bank and […]

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Japanese climber with no fingers abandons bid to scale Everest

Japanese climber with no fingers abandons bid to scale Everest

A Japanese climber who lost all his fingertips to frostbite and was trying to become the first person to conquer Mount Everest since its worst disaster has abandoned his bid to reach the summit because of poor weather.Nobukazu Kuriki, 33, gave up his attempt about 700 metres (2,300 feet) below the summit of the 8,850-metre (29,035-feet) mountain. “I tried my […]

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Austrian chancellor casts doubt on EU migrant ‘hotspot’ plans

Austrian chancellor casts doubt on EU migrant ‘hotspot’ plans

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann cast doubt on the work ability of the so-called migrant hotspots European leaders plan to create by the end of next month in Greece and Italy to help manage large numbers of refugees. Of the more than half a million refugees and migrants to arrive in Europe across the Mediterranean this year, almost 400,000 have come […]

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Talks between Lebanese political rivals postponed on final day

Talks between Lebanese political rivals postponed on final day

Lebanon’s parliament speaker cancelled the last day of this week’s meeting aimed at discussing ways out of a political crisis after politicians made no progress on issues including high-level security appointments, the National News Agency said. The three-day “national dialogue” called by Nabih Berri started on Tuesday and was aimed at finding solutions to a stalemate that has paralysed government […]

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Great British Bake Off winner crowned

Great British Bake Off winner crowned

Nadiya Hussain has risen to the occasion to be crowned the winner of this year’s Great British Bake Off. Nadiya, 30, from Leeds, baked a “big fat British wedding cake” adorned with jewels from her own wedding day as the showstopper in Wednesday’s final. Ian Cumming faltered when he forgot to add sugar to the dough of his spiced buns […]

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Dortmund’s Hummels backs ‘fantastic’ Klopp for Liverpool job

Dortmund’s Hummels backs ‘fantastic’ Klopp for Liverpool job

Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels has backed Juergen Klopp to succeed at Liverpool, hailing his former manager as a “fantastic coach” who “eats, lives, breathes and thinks football”. Two-times Bundesliga title winner Klopp is reportedly close to replacing Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool’s manager, with the 48-year-old expected to be unveiled by the Merseyside club by Friday. Asked about Klopp’s prospects […]

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Merkel slams east Europeans on refugees in private talk – Politico

Merkel slams east Europeans on refugees in private talk – Politico

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rounded on east European governments that refuse to take in refugees, accusing them of yielding to prejudice and ignoring their own history, the Politico website reported on Thursday. Merkel made the comments at a closed-door meeting with lawmakers of the centre-right European People’s Party before she and French President Francois Hollande jointly addressed the European Parliament […]

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Thai military’s plan for ‘Great Firewall’ risks Internet competition

Thai military’s plan for ‘Great Firewall’ risks Internet competition

A proposal by Thailand’s junta for a single Internet gateway to allow authorities to monitor content would destroy competition and was reminiscent of the most authoritarian measures to stifle free speech, a former information minister said on Thursday. The plan to create a single gateway for all Internet traffic was approved by the military government in August but details remain […]

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