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Iran’s parliament backs nuclear deal

Iran’s parliament has approved a deal on its nuclear programme agreed with six world powers, state media say. The deal was passed with 161 votes in favour, 59 against and 13 abstentions, the official IRNA news agency said. However, parliament insisted that international inspectors would have only limited access to military sites. The agreement, struck in July, authorises the lifting ...

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Three Israelis killed in Jerusalem attacks

Three Israelis have been killed and more than 20 injured in shooting and stabbing attacks in Jerusalem and central Israel, Israeli police say. Two were killed when two assailants, who were identified as Arabs, shot and stabbed passengers on a bus in Jerusalem before being shot by police. Another Israeli died after being run down and stabbed elsewhere in the ...

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Paris attacks: Coulibaly ‘given orders by email’

Amedy Coulibaly, the Paris gunman who murdered five people in two attacks in January, was sent instructions on the day of his first shooting, reports say. An email was found on his computer ordering him to “work alone” and “start again several times”, says BFMTV. Coulibaly shot dead a policewoman and then murdered four Jewish customers at a kosher supermarket ...

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Migrant crisis: Germany considers ‘transit zones’ on borders

Germany is considering setting up “transit zones” on its borders, where migrants would be kept while their asylum claims are assessed. But Chancellor Angela Merkel said the proposal would only work in certain cases, and would “not help for thousands and thousands of refugees”. Her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners oppose the idea. Thousands of protesters in the anti-immigration Pegida ...

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Myanmar vote could be delayed, say officials and parties

Next month’s historic general election in Myanmar could be delayed, electoral officials and political parties say. A spokesman for the National League for Democracy told the BBC that parties met officials on Tuesday to discuss postponing the 8 November poll. The head of the election commission confirmed voting might be delayed because of “landslides and flooding”, but gave no further ...

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MH17 Ukraine disaster: Relatives briefed on Dutch report

Relatives of some of the 298 people who died on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 have been briefed on a report by the Dutch Safety Board. The report finds the plane was hit by a Russian-made Buk missile, relatives told the BBC. Victims would have lost consciousness almost immediately, they report. The West and Ukraine say Russian-backed ...

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Iran tests new long-range missile

Iran announced Sunday it had successfully tested a new domestically produced long-range missile, which it said was the first that could be guided all the way to targets. The defence ministry posted pictures of the launch of the missile, named Imad, on its website but no details were given about its maximum range or other capabilities. “This is Iran’s first ...

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Nepal’s parliament to choose new prime minister

Nepal’s parliament is set Sunday to vote for a new prime minister tasked with unifying the impoverished country after the adoption of a new constitution triggered street protests and a border blockade. The parliament will choose between current premier Sushil Koirala and KP Sharma Oli of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) for the top post, with voting ...

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Ankara bomb blasts kill 86 at peace rally; 186 wounded

Two bomb explosions targeted a peace rally Saturday by leftist and Kurdish activists in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing 86 people and wounding 186, the country’s health minister said. The explosions occurred seconds apart outside Ankara’s main train station as hundreds were gathering for the rally, organized by Turkey’s public sector workers’ union and other civic society groups. The ...

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India, Pak should be good neighbours, resolve Kashmir issue: Sharif

Pakistan and India should live like “good neighbours” and resolve all issues including Kashmir through dialogue, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday. “I raised the issue of Kashmir in the UN with courage and spoke out my heart (over the issue). I also gave a proposal to India to improve ties with Pakistan. “We (Indian and Pakistan) should live ...

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