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Powerful second quake rocks Nepal

Dozens dead as magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes near Everest base camp, two weeks after a quake killed more than 8,000. A deadly magnitude 7.3 earthquake has struck Nepal and sent aftershocks through neighbouring India, two weeks after a devastating quake killed more than 8,000 people in the Himalayan nation. At …

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Yemen humanitarian pause comes into effect

Unclear if two sides honouring ceasefire, which began shortly after arms-depot blasts near Sanaa killed at least 69. A five-day humanitarian ceasefire has begun in Yemen, just hours after Arab coalition fighter jets struck against Houthi fighters and their allies. It was not immediately clear if the two sides were …

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Election 2015: Millions begin casting their votes

Millions of people have begun casting their votes in the United Kingdom general election. Polls opened at 07:00 BST at around 50,000 polling stations across the UK, which will remain open until 22:00. A total of 650 Westminster MPs will be elected, with about 50 million people registered to vote. …

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Japan’s renewable revolution at risk

Could Japan survive without nuclear power? The short answer to that question is yes. Japan has been surviving surprisingly well without nuclear power for the last four years. Following the Fukushima disaster in March 2011 all of Japan’s 48 other nuclear reactors were shut down. The predicted blackouts did not …

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MH17 crash: Russian challenge to rebel Buk missile theory

“It was a Buk-M1,” announced Novaya Gazeta, considered one of the few independent media publications left in Russia. The newspaper behind the sensational headline says it obtained a confidential, anonymous report by a group of Russian military specialists, including those working for the top secret company that produces surface-to-air missiles …

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Interview: Why I played the cello at a Baghdad bombsite

When a bomb exploded in a neighbourhood he knew well, Karim Wasfi went there and performed. He tells us why. Bombs are, sadly, not unusual in Baghdad. But when a car packed with explosives detonated in the busy Mansour district this week, killing at least 10 people and injuring 27, …

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Thousands protest in US over police ‘injustices’

Demonstrators rally in major cities along the US East Coast demanding an end to what they say is police brutality. Thousands of people have demonstrated in major cities along the US East Coast demanding an end to what they say is police brutality. The protests on Wednesday came after a …

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Nepal earthquake: Frustration mounts over relief effort

Frustration is growing in parts of rural Nepal over the pace of relief efforts, with some badly-affected villages yet to receive any assistance. Survivors in some areas told the BBC that they were angry that neither food nor medicine has reached them. The UN has appealed for $415m (£270m) to …

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