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France to create new space defence command in September France to create new space defence command in September
France will set up a new space defence command in September, President Emmanuel Macron has announced. Speaking a day before the annual Bastille Day celebrations, Mr Macron said that the command would help to "better protect our satellites, including in an active way". Analysts say this marks a switch from a defensive to an offensive posture. Mr Macron's proposal follows similar moves by t...
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Turbulence injures 35 on Air Canada flight to Sydney Turbulence injures 35 on Air Canada flight to Sydney
At least 35 people suffered minor injuries after an Air Canada flight hit a severe patch of turbulence. The plane - which had 284 people on board - was travelling from Vancouver to Sydney on Thursday but had to be diverted to Hawaii. Medical staff examined the injured after it landed at Honolulu's airport at 06:46 local time (16:46 GMT). The Boeing 777-200 jet "encountered sudden clear ai...
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Saudi princess on trial over Paris assault Saudi princess on trial over Paris assault
A Saudi princess accused of ordering her bodyguard to assault a workman has gone on trial in Paris in absentia. Princess Hassa bint Salman - Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's sister - faces charges of complicity to violence with a weapon and complicity to kidnap. Her bodyguard, who is alleged to have made the man kiss her feet as part of the 2016 attack, is also on trial. Both Princess H...
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Massive tornado kills 6 people, injures 190 in northeast China Massive tornado kills 6 people, injures 190 in northeast China
BEIJING A tornado blew through a city in northeast China, damaging factories and buildings, killing six people and injuring another 190, state media reported Thursday. The tornado hit Kaiyuan, a county-level city in Liaoning province, late Wednesday afternoon, local authorities said in a brief online statement. Footage from state broadcaster CCTV showed a stretch of collapsed low-rise buildin...
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Libyan migrants 'fired upon after fleeing air strikes' Libyan migrants 'fired upon after fleeing air strikes'
The UN says it has received reports that guards fired on migrants who tried to flee air strikes on a detention centre near Libya's capital Tripoli on Tuesday. The UN says it believes at least 53 migrants died and 130 were hurt in the air strikes on the Tajoura centre. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has said the air strikes could constitute a war crime. The governm...
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Iran summons UK ambassador in tanker seizure row Iran summons UK ambassador in tanker seizure row
Iran has summoned the British ambassador in Tehran to complain about what it says was the illegal seizure of an Iranian oil tanker. British Royal Marines helped the authorities in Gibraltar seize the ship because of evidence it was heading to Syria in breach of EU sanctions. Spain's acting foreign minister said the seizure of the ship - Grace 1 - was at the US's request. An Iranian foreig...
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Hong Kong protests: China tells UK not to interfere in 'domestic affairs' Hong Kong protests: China tells UK not to interfere in 'domestic affairs'
China has warned the UK not to "interfere in its domestic affairs" amid a growing diplomatic row over the recent protests in Hong Kong. Its UK ambassador said relations had been "damaged" by comments by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and others backing the demonstrators' actions. Liu Xiaoming said those who illegally occupied Hong Kong's Parliament should be "condemned as law breakers". Th...
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen nominated to lead EU Commission Germany's Ursula von der Leyen nominated to lead EU Commission
EU leaders have put forward their nominations for the bloc's top jobs, with a woman for the first time proposed as European Commission chief. The surprise choice of German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen to replace Jean-Claude Juncker came after the main front-runners were rejected. IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been nominated as the first woman to head the European Central Bank (ECB...
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Iran nuclear deal: Enriched uranium limit breached, IAEA confirms Iran nuclear deal: Enriched uranium limit breached, IAEA confirms
Iran has breached the limit on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium set under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, a watchdog has confirmed. The International Atomic Energy Agency said its inspectors had verified the 300kg (660lb) cap had been exceeded. Iran stepped up production of enriched uranium, used to make reactor fuel but also potentially nuclear bombs, in May. It said it was r...
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G20 summit: Trump and Xi agree to restart US-China trade talks G20 summit: Trump and Xi agree to restart US-China trade talks
The US and China have agreed to resume trade talks, easing a long row that has contributed to a global economic slowdown. US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping reached agreement at the G20 summit in Japan. Mr Trump also said he would allow US companies to continue to sell to the Chinese tech giant Huawei, in a move seen as a significant concession. Mr Trump had threat...
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