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Sydney Mardi Gras activists get apology

Gay rights activists who were beaten during Sydney’s inaugural Mardi Gras in 1978 have received a formal apology in the New South Wales parliament. Cheers rang out at the parliament following the apology in Sydney. The march, borne out of solidarity for New York’s Stonewall movement, called for sodomy laws to be abolished and an end to discrimination. But it ...

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Torture and killings rife in Libya – UN

Killings and torture are being committed with impunity by all sides in Libya, according to a UN report. Human rights violations carried out by armed groups battling for control of the country could amount to war crimes, the report says. Victims include detainees, journalists and human rights activists. Scores of people have been tortured and killed. Libya, fragmented since the ...

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Clashes over opium in Golden Triangle

Clashes have erupted in northern Myanmar between farmers and Christian anti-drug vigilantes attempting to destroy opium poppy fields. The vigilantes had earlier been locked in a stand-off with security forces, who have been monitoring the conflict. Activists from the Baptist church-connected Pat Jasan group said three were injured in an ambush, and farmers were holding about 30 others. Myanmar is ...

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Apple boss hits back at FBI conduct

Apple boss Tim Cook has hit back at the FBI over the handling of a court order to help unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino killer Syed Rizwan Farook. Mr Cook told ABC his company first learned of the controversial request when it was reported in the news media. “I don’t think that’s the way the railroad should be run,” ...

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Afghan boy bags real Messi shirt – finally

The Afghan boy who became an online hit after wearing a homemade shirt bearing Lionel Messi’s famous number 10 has finally received the real thing – from the Argentine footballer himself. BBC Trending helped to locate the child known as “Messi’s biggest fan”, five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, who comes from the Jaghori District, in the eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. Messi’s ...

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Greece recalls ambassador from Austria

Greece has recalled its ambassador to Austria amid sharp divisions among EU states over the migrant crisis. The move came after Austria hosted a meeting with Balkan states on the migrant issue, to which Greece was not invited. Greece called the move an “unfriendly act”. It said its ambassador was recalled for “consultations”. Ministers from EU and Balkan nations are ...

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Al-Shabab killed '180 Kenyan troops'

At least 180 Kenyan troops were killed when al-Shabab attacked their base last month, Somalia’s president has said. Kenya’s army said the number was untrue, but again refused to give its own casualty figures for the assault in the southern Somali base of el-Ade. The Islamist militant group said it had killed about 100 Kenyan troops. If it is confirmed ...

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Egypt author jailed over explicit novel

An Egyptian court has sentenced an author to two years in jail after sexually explicit extracts from his novel were published in state media. The case was filed by a private citizen who complained that the passage caused him distress and heart palpitations. The author, Ahmed Naji, was initially acquitted but prosecutors appealed, leading to this sentence. High-profile Egyptian writers ...

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France commemorates Battle of Verdun

France has been marking the centenary of the Battle of Verdun – one of the most savagely fought and highest casualty battles of World War One. About 300 people in period costume gathered at dawn at the site to march down the narrow lane where the fighting began exactly 100 years ago. The battle lasted 300 days and left an ...

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More troops killed in Kashmir stand-off

Another three soldiers have been killed in a stand-off with militants near Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir, military officials say. Two other soldiers and a civilian were killed in violence on Saturday. The stand-off began when up to four attackers ambushed a military convoy before taking refuge in a training institute. A new exchange of gunfire began on Sunday morning as ...

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