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French prosecutor says Paris attacks suspect transferred to France

PARIS — Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam — Europe’s most wanted fugitive until his capture in Belgium last month — has been returned to France and charged with a host of terror-related offences, his lawyer said Wednesday. After four months on the run and a month in Belgian custody, the …

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Threatening messages on Instagram posted by Chechen leader

MOSCOW — The leader of Russia’s Chechen republic has posted several pictures online that have been viewed as threats to the Russian opposition. Ramzan Kadyrov uploaded a photograph on Instagram Sunday that shows him in camouflage, toting a machine-gun in front of snow-capped peaks. The caption carries the title of …

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35 migrants die after 2 boats sink off Turkey’s coast

  More than 30 people died off Turkey’s coast attempting to reach Greece after two boats capsized. The deaths come as Turkey and Germany agreed to a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aimed at halting attacks against Syria’s largest city. Turkey’s …

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Germany throws switch on $435M fusion experiment

GREIFSWALD, Germany — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power. Following nine years of construction and testing, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald injected …

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French Minister Christiane Taubira resigns amid terror row

  Paris attacks French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has stepped down from her job, shortly before plans to strip people convicted of terrorism of their citizenship go before parliament. Ms Taubira was known to disagree with the controversial proposals. The citizenship plans were put forward after the 13 November Paris …

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Soviet founder Lenin placed ‘time bomb’ under state, Putin says

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin for placing a “time bomb” under the state, and denounced brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government. The harsh criticism of Lenin, who is still revered by communists and many others in Russia, is unusual for Putin, who in …

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Zika virus: Outbreak ‘likely to spread across Americas’ says WHO

The Zika virus is likely to spread across nearly all of the Americas, the World Health Organization has warned. The infection, which causes symptoms including mild fever, conjunctivitis and headache, has already been found in 21 countries in the Caribbean, North and South America. It has been linked to thousands …

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Christmas card addressed to “England” reaches destination

  We’ve all likely dealt with a Christmas card or package that never made it to its intended recipient. This story is just the opposite: a Christmas card addressed only to “England” was delivered to the right address on Wednesday. The letter was presented to Paul Biggs of Longlevens, Gloucester, …

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Global refugees and displaced to hit record, UN says

  The number of forcibly displaced people worldwide will “far surpass” a record 60 million this year, the UN says. The report by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said “one in every 122 humans is today someone who has been forced to flee their homes”. The figure includes 20.2 …

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Donald Trump ‘honoured’ by Vladimir Putin’s compliments

  US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said it is a “great honour” to receive a compliment from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The property tycoon hailed Mr Putin as a man “highly respected within his own country and beyond”. It comes after Mr Putin said Mr Trump was a “very …

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