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Auschwitz 70th anniversary: Survivors mark camp liberation

Some 300 Auschwitz survivors have returned to the site of the Nazi death camp in southern Poland to mark 70 years since its liberation. Some 1.1 million people, the vast majority Jews, were killed there between 1940 and 1945, when advancing Soviet troops liberated it. Ceremonies are under way at the site in the presence of foreign dignitaries. It is ...

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Winter storm Juno shuts down New York: City travel network shut down as freeze hits

A brutal snowstorm which forecasters are calling ‘the worst in history’ has shut down New York. Three feet of snow is expected amid 85mph gusts and blizzard conditions, and a highly unusual road curfew has been put in place. Drivers face fines of $300 (£200) or arrested for non-emergency journeys if caught. The entire New York City transit system stopped ...

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Australia asylum: Abbott says Manus Island blockade ‘broken’

Australian leader Tony Abbott says an asylum-seeker protest at an offshore detention camp has been “broken”. His comments came after guards at the Manus Island camp in Papua New Guinea (PNG) entered a compound where hunger-striking detainees had barricaded themselves in. Some asylum seekers were reportedly arrested in the operation, which came amid an intensifying week-long protest. But a campaigner ...

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India’s tiger population sees 30% increase

India says it now has almost a third more tigers than it did four years ago. Presenting the findings of the latest tiger census, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the tiger population had risen from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014. He said a number of government initiatives to streamline tiger conservation were behind the increase. India is estimated ...

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Ban on Indian mango imports to EU to be lifted

A ban on Indian mango imports into the European Union is to be lifted, clearing the way for them to return to the UK and other member states. However, other foodstuffs such as Indian aubergines, two types of squash, and a type of leaf used in cooking will remain restricted. Indian mango shipments to the EU were suspended in May ...

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Syrian women and children struggle in Lebanon

“When I bid goodbye to him, tears brimming in my eyes, I thought it would be a matter of months before we saw each other,” Fatima told Al Jazeera. “Now, more than two years later, I have learned how to cope with the indefinite wait.” Fatima, who did not provide a last name, was married for less than a year ...

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AirAsia flight QZ8501 ‘climbed too fast’

The AirAsia flight that crashed in the Java Sea, killing 162 people, climbed too fast before stalling, Indonesia’s transport minister has said. Ignasius Jonan told a parliamentary hearing in Jakarta that flight QZ8501 had ascended at a speed of 6,000ft (1,828m) per minute. No passenger or fighter jet would attempt to climb so fast, he said. There were no survivors ...

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Pope: Catholics don’t have to breed like rabbits

Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should instead practice “responsible parenting.” Speaking to reporters en route home from the Philippines, Francis said there are plenty of church-approved ways to regulate births. But he said most importantly, no outside institution should impose its views on regulating ...

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AirAsia cockpit voice recorder found – Indonesian officials

Divers in the Java Sea have retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501, say officials. The retrieval comes a day after the first piece of the so-called black box, the flight data recorder, was also found and brought to shore. The aircraft with 162 people on board disappeared between Surabaya in Indonesia and Singapore on 28 ...

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