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Deadly bombing in southeastern Turkish city

Deadly bombing in southeastern Turkish city

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At least eight people have been killed and dozens wounded, including police officers, after a car bomb exploded close to a police station in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep. The powerful blast set fire to several vehicles, including a city bus carrying three of the victims, the city’s mayor…

Norway PM under pressure over Breivik report

Norway PM under pressure over Breivik report

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Jens Stoltenberg, Norway’s prime minister, has come under pressure to resign a day after the release of a report that criticised police for failing to prevent or interrupt last year’s killing spree by Anders Behring Breivik. Opposition leaders called in politicians from their summer break to discuss a report released…

Standard Chartered rejects laundering claims

Standard Chartered rejects laundering claims

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The British bank Standard Chartered has rejected a US regulator’s claim that it hid $250bn in transactions with Iranian banks in violation of US sanctions. The denial came on Tuesday, a day after New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) threatened to revoke the bank’s licence and impose fines, as…

Firefighter dies as wildfire rages in Spain

Firefighter dies as wildfire rages in Spain

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A military firefighter has been killed and three others injured in a crash as hundreds of firefighters backed by aircraft struggled to tame a wildfire in western Spain, emergency workers said. A Red Cross statement said a truck belonging to the army’s emergency services unit, which was assisting the firefighting…

Dutch cannot send back Westernized Somali asylum-seeker

Dutch cannot send back Westernized Somali asylum-seeker

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The Netherlands’ highest legal body has ruled that the Dutch government must take into consideration how Westernized asylum-seekers are when evaluating their asylum requests. It follows thus that if asylum-seekers are unable to readjust to their country of origin, they must be allowed to stay in the Netherlands. The Dutch…

Rome’s Colosseum too is leaning

Rome’s Colosseum too is leaning

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The ancient Colosseum of Rome, where gladiators fought for their lives, is slanting about 40cm lower on the south side than on the north, and authorities are investigating whether it needs urgent repairs. Experts first noticed the incline about a year ago and have been monitoring it for the past…

London Olympics declared open with grand show

London Olympics declared open with grand show

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has declared the London Olympics open following an extravagant celebration that included Bond, the Bard and a Beatle. London’s seven-year countdown to the Games came to a crescendo on Friday with a stunning, imaginative, whimsical and dramatic celebration of the host country. Steve Redgrave, who won…

Spain worries unnerve market

Spain worries unnerve market

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The financial pressure on recession-hit Spain has ratcheted up further to a level that saw other European countries need a financial bailout. The yield on Spain’s benchmark 10-year bond spiked 0.23 percentage points to 7.46 per cent,  well above the 7.0 per cent danger level for long-term funding. Any yield…

Norway marks one year since massacre

Norway marks one year since massacre

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Norwegians are marking the first anniversary of twin attacks that killed 77 people, the worst atrocity carried out in the country since World War II. Commemorative events are taking place across the country on Sunday, a year after 33-year-old Anders Behring Breivik set off a bomb near a government building…

Police struggle to identify Bulgaria bomber

Police struggle to identify Bulgaria bomber

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Bulgarian police, the FBI and Interpol are struggling to identify a suicide bomber who killed six people, including five Israelis, in an attack at the Black Sea airport of Burgas this week. Investigators have released CCTV footage of the person they believe carried out Wednesday’s attack on a bus carrying…

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