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France weather: Red alert as flash floods kill 13 in south-west France weather: Red alert as flash floods kill 13 in south-west
At least 13 people have been killed by flash floods in the Aude region of south-western France. Local authorities say several months' worth of rain fell in just a few hours overnight, leaving roads blocked in some areas. A nun was swept away by the River Aude, local broadcaster BFMTV reports. Separately, a policewoman attending to a weather-related traffic accident in the town of Albi was...
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Germany protest: Tens of thousands march against far right Germany protest: Tens of thousands march against far right
More than 100,000 people have been marching in the German capital Berlin to protest against xenophobia and the increasing influence of the far right. Rights groups organised the rally, as marchers held placards reading "Indivisible" and "United against racism". The BBC's Jenny Hill in Berlin says even the organisers seemed surprised by the turnout. Support for the anti-immigration AfD par...
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Investigation starts into dramatic Soyuz rocket breakdown Investigation starts into dramatic Soyuz rocket breakdown
Russian officials are investigating the cause of a booster problem that forced a Soyuz rocket capsule to make an emergency landing just after launch. The two crew members, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague, are in good health, officials say. They were heading for a six-month mission on the International Space Station when their flight was aborted. Their c...
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Drew Barrymore: EgyptAir's magazine sorry for 'surreal' article Drew Barrymore: EgyptAir's magazine sorry for 'surreal' article
EgyptAir's in-flight magazine has apologised over an interview with actress Drew Barrymore that was slated on social media after being published. The article went viral after being posted online, with many questioning whether the interview was real. Barrymore's representatives said she "did not participate" in the interview, which was notable for a number of grammatical and spelling errors. ...
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Eduardo Vela: 'Stolen babies' doctor escapes punishment in Spain Eduardo Vela: 'Stolen babies' doctor escapes punishment in Spain
A Madrid court has let off a former doctor over stealing newborn babies from their mothers and supplying them to infertile couples. The court found gynaecologist Eduardo Vela, 85, had committed the crimes but could not legally be convicted because too much time had elapsed. He was the first person to go on trial for illegal adoptions that took place during and after the fascist dictatorship ...
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Meng Hongwei: China confirms detention of Interpol chief Meng Hongwei: China confirms detention of Interpol chief
China has confirmed it is holding the missing head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei. Beijing said he was under investigation by the country's anti-corruption body for unspecified breaches of the law. Mr Meng, also a vice-minister of public security in China, was reported missing after travelling from the city of Lyon in France, where Interpol is based, to China on 25 September. Interpol said it ...
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Hong Kong rejects visa for FT editor Victor Mallet Hong Kong rejects visa for FT editor Victor Mallet
Hong Kong has refused to renew a work visa for the Asia news editor of the Financial Times, sparking concerns from the UK government. Victor Mallet is also vice-president of the city's Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC), which upset local and Chinese authorities by hosting a separatist speaker in August. Hong Kong did not explain its visa decision. China is highly sensitive about the terr...
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Six rescue divers drown trying to save teen in Malaysia Six rescue divers drown trying to save teen in Malaysia
Six rescue divers have drowned while trying to save a teenager from a disused mining pool in Malaysia. They were searching for a 17-year-old boy who is thought to have fallen into the body of water while fishing with his friends on Wednesday. Authorities said the divers became caught in a "whirlpool" and sudden strong currents caused some of their equipment to come off. The search for the...
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Indonesia tsunami: Frustration in remote areas waiting for aid Indonesia tsunami: Frustration in remote areas waiting for aid
Rescuers in Indonesia are still trying to reach remote areas in Sulawesi cut off by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of the island and killed more than 1,400 people. Efforts have largely been focused on the city of Palu, where most of the confirmed dead have been counted. This has angered people elsewhere, who say they have not received help. The UN has warned that large p...
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First woman Physics Nobel winner in 55 years First woman Physics Nobel winner in 55 years
The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a woman for the first time in 55 years. Donna Strickland, from Canada, is only the third woman winner of the award, along with Marie Curie, who won in 1903, and Maria Goeppert-Mayer, who was awarded the prize in 1963. Dr Strickland shares this year's prize with Arthur Ashkin, from the US, and Gerard Mourou, from France. It recognises their di...
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