• Phantom of the Opera 'curse' hits as fire menaces Paris debut

    The curse of the "The Phantom of the Opera" appears to have struck again with a fire at a Paris theatre on Sunday which is threatening to derail the musical's debut in France next month. The global sensation composed by Britain's Andrew Lloyd Webber was due to open at the Mogador theatre

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  • Spain's Basques, Galicians vote in key regional polls

    Spain's Basque country and Galicia went to the polls Sunday in regional elections that may help unblock the long-lasting national political paralysis. The country is stuck in limbo, run by a government without full powers following two inconclusive elections which the conservative Popular Party

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  • African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

    The number of African elephants has dropped by around 111,000 in the past decade, a new report released Saturday at the Johannesburg conference on the wildlife trade said, blaming the plummeting figures on poaching. The revelation, the worst drop in 25 years, came amid disagreement on the second day

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  • UN holds urgent talks as air strikes pound Syria's Aleppo

    The UN Security Council met for urgent talks on Sunday as Syrian and Russian warplanes pounded rebel-held east Aleppo in the worst surge of bombing to hit the devastated city in years. Britain, France and the United States called the emergency meeting to turn up pressure on Russia and press demands

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  • France at UN says war crimes committed in Syria's Aleppo

    France's envoy to the United Nations asserted Sunday that war crimes were being committed in Syria's battered city of Aleppo, as the Security Council met for urgent talks on the escalating military campaign. "War crimes are being committed here in Aleppo," French Ambassador Francois

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  • Jordan writer in anti-Islam case shot dead at court

    A prominent Jordanian writer was shot dead Sunday on the steps of a court where he was facing charges for sharing an anti-Islam cartoon on Facebook. Nahed Hattar was struck by three bullets before the alleged assassin was arrested at the scene of the shooting in Amman's central Abdali district,

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  • Swiss voters back new surveillance law

    Swiss voters approved a new surveillance law on Sunday, in a victory for the government which argued the security services needed enhanced powers in an increasingly volatile world. The proposed law won 65.5 percent support across the wealthy alpine nation, final results showed. Switzerland's police

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  • Charlotte police release video of black man's fatal shooting

    Charlotte authorities have released footage of the deadly police shooting of a black man, but the images were inconclusive on the question of whether he was carrying a gun and peaceful protests soon resumed in the restive southern city. Protesters marched through downtown Charlotte to police headquarters

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  • Bosnian Serbs vote in disputed 'Republic Day' poll

    Serbs in Bosnia vote on whether to keep celebrating their January statehood day, which is tied to the divided nation's 1990s war and remains contentious for its other ethnic communities.

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  • Motorcycling: Aragon Grand Prix results

    Collated results from the Aragon motorcycling Grand Prix on Sunday:

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  • Bosnian Serbs vote in disputed 'Republic Day' poll

    Serbs in Bosnia voted Sunday on whether to keep celebrating their January statehood day, which is tied to the divided nation's 1990s war and remains contentious for its other ethnic communities. The vote is the brainchild of Milorad Dodik, nationalist leader of the Bosnian Serb-run entity Republika

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  • Embattled Boko Haram leader Shekau resurfaces in video

    The embattled leader of jihadist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, resurfaced in a video posted online Sunday, rejecting assertions by the Nigerian army that he had been seriously wounded. "You have been spreading in the social media that you injured or killed me," Shekau said in the 40-minute

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  • World's largest radio telescope starts operating in China

    The world's largest radio telescope began operating in southwestern China Sunday, a project Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life. The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), nestled between hills in the mountainous region of Guizhou, began working around noon

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  • Two injured in suspected Hungary bomb blast

    A large explosion "of unknown origin" rocked a building in downtown Budapest late on Saturday, injuring two passing police officers, authorities said. Two police officers who were on patrol were injured and taken to hospital, said the statement. The cause of the blast remains unconfirmed,

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  • Boko Haram leaves Nigeria a lifetime of mental trauma

    At least 20,000 people have been killed since the start of an insurgency in northwest Nigeria in 2009 but doctors at the hospital in the town of Maiduguri say they've treated nearly three times as many for its psychological effects and they are struggling to cope.

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  • Action vowed for refugees in concert led by Metallica, Rihanna

    Top names in music including Metallica and Rihanna joined leaders Saturday in a concert that brought promises of action to support refugees and improve sanitation in the developing world. The Global Citizen Festival, broadcast live from the vast lawn of New York's Central Park, distributes tickets

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  • Suspected gunman arrested in US mall shooting that killed five

    Police named the suspect as Arcan Cetin, a 20-year-old resident of the nearby town of Oak Harbor, saying he was arrested late Saturday about 24 hours after the killings. The FBI office in Seattle said it had no evidence the shooting was terror-related. The gunman opened fire with a rifle in the makeup

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  • Netanyahu sorry after comments on soldier accused of manslaughter

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologised Sunday after facing criticism for comments in which he seemed to compare a soldier currently on trial for manslaughter with troops killed in combat. In an interview broadcast on Saturday night, Netanyahu was asked if he regretted telephoning the father

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  • Bosnian Serbs vote on 'national holiday,' in challenge to Sarajevo

    Serbs in Bosnia headed to the polls on Sunday to decide whether to mark their "national holiday", in a referendum that has placed the country's fragile institutions under pressure. The vote is the brainchild of Milorad Dodik, nationalist leader of the Bosnian Serb-run entity Republika

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  • Boko Haram leaves Nigeria a lifetime of mental trauma

    The soldier said he was caught up in a Boko Haram ambush and colleagues were killed. Instead, he saw the inside of beer bottles, the smoke of cannabis joints, then the drug dependency ward of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Maiduguri.

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  • French fighter jet deal: an Indian saga

    The less-than-supersonic sale of French Rafale fighter jets to India has highlighted the obstacles facing foreign arms firms seeking to do business with the world's biggest weapons importer. India has signed a series of key defence deals under Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of a $100 billion

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  • Probe your own brother, ousted Thai PM tells junta chief

    Thailand's first female prime minister on Sunday told the man who ousted her government two years ago to investigate his own brother over corruption allegations, in an unusually strong broadside against the junta. Yingluck Shinawatra was booted from office shortly before army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha

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  • Shy pangolins need world spotlight to survive

    Reclusive, gentle and quick to roll up into a ball, pangolins keep a low profile. Demand for pangolin meat and body parts has fuelled a bloodbath, and driven the scale-covered, ant-eating mammal towards extinction. More than a million pangolins are believed to have been poached from the wild in the

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  • Asia scoops top honours at San Sebastian film festival

    Asian cinema dominated awards at the San Sebastian film festival, with veteran Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's "I am not Madame Bovary" taking the top Golden Shell prize while Fan Bingbing won the best actress gong for her role in the same film. In the satirical comedy, Chinese star Fan

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  • Timbuktu ready to forgive as jihadist faces justice

    Timbuktu's residents still recall with horror the sight of jihadists waging a campaign of destruction against the fabled Malian city, but now some say they are ready to forgive an extremist whose trial in The Hague they see as a rare moment of justice. On Tuesday, Ahmad Al-Faqi Al-Mahdi will be

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