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Dubai says plans world's first 3D printed office building

30 June 2015, 15:35

Dubai said it would construct a small office building using a 3D printer for the first time, in a drive to develop technology that would cut costs and save time as the city grows.

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London police hone response to militant attack in huge exercise

30 June 2015, 14:31

Police and emergency services took part in the biggest counter-terrorism drill held in London to date on, with about 1,000 officers testing their response to a potential militant attack on the British capital.

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UN slams fighting by Syria and rebels in Golan Heights

30 June 2015, 13:18

The UN Security Council is condemning the fighting and use of heavy weapons by Syrian armed forces and opposition fighters in the area that has separated Syrian and Israel forces since 1974.

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Votes counted in Burundi polls as ruling party eyes win

30 June 2015, 13:18

Burundi election officials have finished vote-counting, a day after internationally condemned polls boycotted by the opposition, with the ruling party expected to win a sweeping victory.

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Murder of Lesotho's ex-army chief triggers alarm

30 June 2015, 13:23

Southern African countries have condemned the murder of Lesotho’s former army chief, saying an "explosive security situation" threatens to derail efforts to bring stability to the mountain kingdom.

Tunisia sees losses of $515m for tourism this year after attack

30 June 2015, 13:23

Tunisia expects to lose at least $515m this year, or about a quarter of its estimated annual tourism earnings, following last week’s attack on a beach hotel that killed 39 people, mostly British holidaymakers.

Smoking ban sparks riot at Australian prison

30 June 2015, 12:31

Hundreds of inmates at a maximum security prison in Melbourne rioted on Tuesday and prison staff were evacuated after, according to media reports, a protest against a smoking ban at the facility spun out of control.

Small volcanic eruption closes parts of resort near Tokyo

30 June 2015, 12:31

A small volcanic eruption at a Japanese hot springs resort not far from Tokyo prompted authorities on Tuesday to further limit access to the area, warn that more eruptions were possible and urge a handful of people to evacuate.

South Sudan army raped then burnt girls alive: UN

30 June 2015, 11:41

South Sudan's army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign notable for its "new brutality and intensity", a UN rights report said Tuesday.

Liberia announces fresh Ebola death

30 June 2015, 11:41

A Liberian has died of Ebola in the first recorded case since the country at the heart of an epidemic was declared free of the virus on May 9, Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said on Tuesday.

Suicide truck bomb kills two, wounds 40 in Afghanistan: officials

30 June 2015, 10:47

A suicide truck bomb in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed two civilians and wounded more than 40, officials said, in the latest attack since the Taliban began their annual offensive.

In 'first', IS beheads two women in Syria

30 June 2015, 10:47

The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of "sorcery," the first such execution of women in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

28 dead in attack on Shi'ites in Yemen

30 June 2015, 10:02

ISIS has claimed an attack on two Huthi rebel leaders in Sanaa that medics say had killed at least 28 people, including eight women.

ICC asks Security Council for help to ensure Bashir's arrest

30 June 2015, 09:12

A top ICC prosecutor has called for the UN Security Council to ensure Sudan’s compliance with a court order for the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir.

Voting in Burundi 'slow' in several districts

30 June 2015, 08:41

Voting in Burundi’s parliamentary elections appeared slow in several districts after the opposition boycotted the polls protesting against President Pierre Nkurunziza's attempt to win a third term in office.

Amnesty slams Egypt over arrests of young activists

30 June 2015, 08:41

Amnesty International has accused the Egyptian authorities of jailing young activists to quell unrest under one of the toughest crackdowns in the country's history.

Japan: 2 feared dead in bullet train suicide

30 June 2015, 07:56

Two people are feared dead after an apparent suicide attempt on board a moving shinkansen bullet train in Japan, a spokesperson for the operator says.

Former Zambian president acquitted over oil deal with Nigeria

30 June 2015, 07:56

Former Zambian president Rupiah Banda was acquitted on Monday after a court case in which he was alleged to have personally benefited from a $2.5 million oil deal with Nigeria.

Chadian dictator's trial to feature 4 000 victims - lawyers

30 June 2015, 07:56

More than 4 000 victims have been registered in the trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre for atrocities committed during his presidency, their lawyers say.

Kenya in court after botched abortion injures raped 15-year-old

29 June 2015, 22:43

The mother of a 15-year-old rape survivor, who needs a kidney transplant following a botched backstreet abortion, filed a case against Kenya's government for denying women and girls safe access to terminations.

2 Uber managers detained in France over low-cost service

29 June 2015, 22:23

The spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor says two Uber managers have been taken into custody for questioning over "illicit activity" linked to the ride-hailing company's low-cost service.

Nepal tells UN to destroy low quality food meant for quake survivors

29 June 2015, 22:08

The United Nations must destroy hundreds of tonnes of substandard food it imported for distribution to survivors of the recent earthquakes in Nepal, a senior Nepali government official said

Egypt's state prosecutor wounded in bomb attack in Cairo

29 June 2015, 21:05

A strong explosion ripped through the convoy of Egypt's prosecutor general morning in a busy upscale Cairo suburb, seriously wounding him and seven other people.

Grenade blasts and boycott in Burundi's controversial polls

29 June 2015, 19:51

Burundians voted in controversial elections amid an opposition boycott and a string of grenade attacks, with the election commission claiming a "massive" turnout despite many stations being quiet.

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