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Venezuelan helicopter pilot killed in police raid

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Venezuelan police have killed a former police officer who had been on the run after stealing a helicopter and attacking government buildings six months ago, according to officials. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol confirmed on Twitter on Tuesday that Oscar Perez was killed with six accomplices in a gun battle near the capital, Caracas, on Monday. Six members of Perez’s group, who Reverol called members of a ... Read More »

Qatar denies intercepting Emirati civilian aircraft

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Qatar has denied as “completely false” claims by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that its fighter jets intercepted two Emirati passenger planes. The allegations on Monday come amid rising tensions in the Gulf as a blockade imposed against Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain entered its eighth month. They also follow Qatar filing two complaints at the United Nations over alleged violations of its airspace by ... Read More »

Donald Trump takes on Dick Durbin over ‘racial slur’

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President Donald Trump has said he was “totally misrepresented” by those saying he used the term “shithole” to describe African nations last week. Mr Trump also said the allegation was hurting efforts to strike a deal to protect so-called Dreamer immigrants. The president was responding to a claim by Democratic Senator Dick Durbin that he used “vile and racist” language during a meeting on immigration ... Read More »

Huge oil spill left after burning tanker sinks off China

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Chinese ships are racing to clean up a giant oil spill after an Iranian tanker sank in the East China Sea. The 120 sq km (46 sq mile) oil slick is thought to be made up of heavy fuel that was used to power the vessel. The Sanchi oil tanker sank on Sunday and officials say all its crew members are dead. It was carrying ... Read More »

Sudan deploys more troops to Eritrea border

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Sudan says it has sent more troops to its eastern border with Eritrea as tension in the Red Sea region continues to rise. Early this month Khartoum closed its borders with Eritrea and sent troops to its border region of Kassala, following reports that Egypt has deployed troops in Asmara. “Sudan’s national army has sent part of its forces to this area to protect Sudan’s security ... Read More »

Zimbabwe aide: I feared Robert Mugabe lynching

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An aide to Zimbabwe’s former president, Robert Mugabe, has said he feared civilians could “drag out and lynch” the leader in a “Libyan scenario”. During Mr Mugabe’s last week in office, he was under house arrest as the military staged a takeover which would eventually oust him. “I started visualising an image of Muammar Gaddafi,” Mr Mugabe’s former spokesman George Charamba said. He was speaking ... Read More »

Hawaii Missile False Alarm Triggers Shock, Blame And Apologies

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Residents and visitors in Hawaii have been recalling the shock of a false missile alarm, with many saying they thought they were going to die. The alert of an incoming ballistic missile was sent wrongly on Saturday morning by an emergency system worker. Victims of the ordeal spoke of hysteria and panicked evacuations. The false alarm sparked recriminations, with state officials apologising and President Donald ... Read More »

Tunisia Protests: Reforms Announced Amid New Rallies

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The Tunisian government has announced a wave of social reforms, reacting to days of demonstrations by anti-austerity protesters. There were fresh protests on Sunday, the seventh anniversary of the ousting of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Emergency government meetings have been held in response to the protests, which have seen more than 800 arrests. President Beji Caid Essebsi visited a district of Tunis on Sunday, ... Read More »

Burning Oil Tanker Sinks Off China After One Week

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An oil tanker burning in the East China Sea for more than a week has finally sunk, Chinese media say. The Sanchi and a cargo ship collided 260km (160 miles) off Shanghai on 6 January, with the tanker then drifting south-east towards Japan. Iranian officials now say all 32 crew members – 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis – on the tanker are dead. The tanker ... Read More »

AU Ambassadors Demand Apology From Trump Over Racist Remarks

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African Union ambassadors to the UN demanded an apology from US President Donald Trump for his racist remark on the people of Africa. The group of over 50 nations in a statement said, “The AU expressed its disappointment and outrage over the unfortunate comment made by the President of the United States of America, Mr Donald Trump. “The remarks dishonour the celebrated American creed and ... Read More »

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