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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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Nepal quake death toll could reach 10,000

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala warns that number of people confirmed dead could soar as remote villages are reached. Nepal’s prime minister has warned that the number of people killed in the country’s worst earthquake in decades could reach 10,000. Sushil Koirala’s comment on Tuesday came as rescuers in Nepal were …

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Powerful earthquake kills hundreds in Nepal

Magnitude 7.9 quake east of Pokhara was felt as far away as Delhi and Dhaka, killing at least 876 people. The government of Nepal has declared a state of emergency after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck the country and killed hundreds of people, and touched off a deadly avalanche on …

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Clean-up begins after storms lash New South Wales

A clean-up operation has begun in New South Wales in the wake of violent storms that battered the Australian state. Police have confirmed the deaths of four people. Three were killed in Dungog, where homes have been washed away by flooding. An 86-year-old woman died in the Central Hunter region …

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Ukraine truce: US accuses Russia of violating deal

The US has accused Russia of deploying more air defence systems in eastern Ukraine in breach of a ceasefire deal. The state department also said Russia was involved in training separatist forces in the area and building up its forces along the border. The Kremlin has not yet responded to …

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Mediterranean migrants crisis: EU to hold emergency summit

EU leaders are due to hold an emergency summit on ways to stem the number of migrants risking the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. BBC Europe editor Katya Adler says draft proposals include a push for a military mandate to destroy boats used by people traffickers. More than 800 people …

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Aid group: 400 feared dead after migrant boat capsizes

Italy’s coastguard rescued 144 from ship off Libya, but survivors tell Save the Children that hundreds were on board. Survivors of a capsized migrant boat off Libya have told the aid group Save the Children that an estimated 400 people are believed to have drowned. The coastguard had helped rescue …

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What really happened in Tikrit after ISIL fled

Tribal rivalries in Tikrit motivated the recent wave of looting and reprisals, Iraqi officials say. Baghdad – Arson and looting incidents in Tikrit after the Iraqi army recaptured the city last week from fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have highlighted the deep divisions between …

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