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Starved Syrians flee Damascus suburb

Lyse Doucet watched as the last few citizens of the besieged Damascus suburb of Muadhamiya were taken to safety. Thousands of Syrian civilians have finally been allowed to leave the besieged Damascus suburb of Muadhamiya. The BBC’s Lyse Doucet, who was at the scene, describes a tide of desperate people leaving the area, which has been closed off since March. ...

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Major US surveillance review ordered

  President Obama says he wants to ”review” the NSA’s operations The US Senate’s intelligence committee has announced a major review of the country’s surveillance operations. The committee’s chair, Diane Feinstein, said eavesdropping on leaders of friendly nations was wrong. She said the White House had told her such surveillance would stop, but a senior administration official told the BBC ...

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Soldiers jailed for Westgate looting

Security camera footage which emerged shows Kenyan soldiers taking away white shopping bags, as the BBC’s Rebecca Donovan reports Two Kenyan soldiers have been sacked and jailed for looting during last month’s attack on the Westgate shopping centre, the army chief has said. Julius Karangi told reporters that a third soldier was under investigation. However, he denied there had been ...

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Captain's lover on Concordia bridge

Domnica Cemortan told the court she boarded Costa Concordia as a non-paying passenger A Moldovan dancer who was on the bridge of the ill-fated Costa Concordia with Captain Francesco Schettino has admitted she was his lover at his trial. Domnica Cemortan testified that she was in a romantic relationship with the captain and was with him when the cruise ship ...

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Turkey tunnel links Europe and Asia

The tunnel in Istanbul links the Asian and European shores of the city A railway tunnel underneath the Bosphorus Strait has been opened in Turkey, creating a new link between the Asian and European shores of Istanbul. The Marmaray tunnel is the world’s first connecting two continents, and is designed to withstand earthquakes. It was inaugurated on the 90th anniversary ...

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Syrian soldiers 'killed in blast'

At least 16 Syrian soldiers have been killed in a suicide bombing and fighting that followed in a Damascus suburb, activists say. The blast triggered clashes at a checkpoint near the mainly-Christian area of Jaramana, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. State media blamed “terrorists” for the explosion but did not give details. Earlier, the US urged the Syrian ...

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Roma girl 'can return to France'

Student groups have staged protests in Paris and elsewhere against the deportation French President Francois Hollande has said a Roma girl who was removed from her school bus and deported can return to finish her studies, but that her family cannot. Leonarda Dibrani, 15, was expelled along with her parents and five siblings earlier this month after they lost their ...

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Deadly Somali bomb targets soldiers

At least 16 people have been killed and more than 30 injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded restaurant in the central Somali town of Beledweyne. The Islamist militant group al-Shabab has said it carried out the attack. The Somali government, backed by troops from several African countries, is fighting al-Shabab for control of the country. ...

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Greek police appeal over blonde girl

Police say ‘Maria’ was likely to have been kidnapped in 2009, as Mark Lowen reports Greek police are trying to discover the identity of a young blonde girl who was found living on a Roma settlement with a family she did not resemble. DNA tests revealed the child, called Maria and aged about four, was not related to the couple ...

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