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Britain goes to the polls

07 May 2015, 06:59

Britain will go to the polls in the closest general election for a generation - but voters may have to wait days for a new government as politicians battle to take power.

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Libya coastguard battles to save migrants with one boat

07 May 2015, 06:59

In their struggle to cope with the surge in illegal migrants bound for Europe, the coastguard in the Libyan port of Zuwarah has just one boat, and even that often breaks down.

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Astronomers find most distant galaxy ever measured

06 May 2015, 21:40

Astronomers have located the most distant galaxy ever measured in the universe, and it looks like a bright blue mass of stars some 13.1 billion light-years from Earth.

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Militants rob bank to raise fund in Bangladesh

06 May 2015, 21:00

A gang of Islamist militants staged a bank robbery in Bangladesh last month in which nine people were killed in order to fund their operations, police said.

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Teen turns body into fireball during drinking game

06 May 2015, 18:48

An 18-year-old teen has been hospitalised after he burned his body by spraying himself with deodorant and methylated spirits, which his friends assisted by setting him alight.

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Frisky couple arrested for sex on the beach

06 May 2015, 18:51

A middle aged couple has been arrested after they were found having sex on a beach in Florida.

Shabaab militants shoot government official dead in Mogadishu

06 May 2015, 17:12

Al-Shabaab Islamist militants have shot dead a government official in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and a spokesperson for the group says.

Egypt cop killed in clashes with Morsi backers

06 May 2015, 16:07

One policeman has been killed and five other wounded in clashes with supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in a Nile Delta city, police say.

Texas Muslims on edge amid protests after Dallas attack

06 May 2015, 14:50

When an outspoken opponent of radical Islam sought to mock Muhammad in Texas, one of the nation's largest Islamic communities, local Muslims however have been encouraged to ignore her.

Burundi govt, opposition hold talks on political crisis

06 May 2015, 13:38

The government and opposition in Burundi have met in a bid to defuse tensions after days of deadly demonstrations against a third term bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza, sources say.

11 dead after Mali separatists launch central region attack

06 May 2015, 12:35

Members of a coalition of separatist groups have attacked a town in central Mali, killing 11 people and moving violence farther south after a cease-fire was broken last week, a spokesperson says.

Nepal devastation a 'wake-up call' for region

06 May 2015, 12:35

Nepal's earthquake should act as a wake-up call to neighbouring countries which have failed to learn lessons from their own disasters, experts say.

Outcry over Australian 'poverty porn' documentary

06 May 2015, 11:37

An Australian mayor has accused public broadcaster SBS of promoting "poverty porn" in a controversial new documentary about working class Sydney residents, as a picket line of garbage trucks protested the programme Wednesday.

Australia PM brushes off gay ambassador flap

06 May 2015, 10:16

Australian PM Tony Abbott says he was unaware the gay partner of his ambassador to France was asked to "wait in the car" during a recent tarmac greeting, insisting he didn’t concern himself with "trivia".

2 Tanzanian UN peacekeepers killed in DRC ambush

06 May 2015, 10:17

Two UN peacekeepers from Tanzania have been killed in eastern DRC after their patrol was ambushed in an area where government forces are fighting Ugandan rebels, the country’s UN mission says.

Video shows peacekeepers shooting protesters in Mali – sources

06 May 2015, 10:17

Secret footage shows a Rwandan policeman in the blue helmet of a UN peacekeeper in Mali earlier this year carefully take aim at a civilian protester, squeeze the trigger and shoot, according to sources.

US offers $18m reward for ISIS leaders

06 May 2015, 09:31

The Obama administration is offering rewards of up to $18m for information leading to the whereabouts of four top leaders of ISIS.

Zim court blocks traditional chief from a widow's property

06 May 2015, 09:31

A Zimbabwean High Court has stopped a traditional chief from distributing attached property of a widow who was fined one cow and nine goats by the chief for allegedly unveiling the tombstone of her late husband without consulting her husband’s relatives.

Chad, Niger forgotten by aid donors - UN

06 May 2015, 08:46

Two of the world’s poorest countries, Chad and Niger, are getting little attention from donors as they struggle to cope with refugees, a food crisis and grinding poverty, a UN official says.

Ebola end in sight as weekly infections drop to single figures

06 May 2015, 08:46

The two African countries still battling Ebola have both recorded weekly infections in single figures for the first time since the peak of the epidemic, the UN says.

Kerry Somali visit opens old wounds

06 May 2015, 07:56

The visit to Somalia by US Secretary of State John Kerry revives memories of a botched special forces operation in October 1993 that killed hundreds of people.

Doubts raised over ISIS claim in Texas attack

06 May 2015, 07:56

Counterterrorism experts have expressed their doubts over whether the assault on a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad was carried out by ISIS.

At least 265 dead in Niger meningitis epidemic

06 May 2015, 07:57

At least 265 people have died so far this year in a meningitis epidemic in Niger amid a shortage of vaccines needed to prevent the disease's spread, the country’s health minister says.

Spy claims expose cracks in Merkel's coalition

05 May 2015, 22:46

A widening scandal over claims Germany helped the US spy on European targets triggered tensions in Angela Merkel's coalition.

Mugabe a tribalist, says former aide Dabengwa

05 May 2015, 21:05

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s former aide Dumiso Dabengwa has reportedly labelled the veteran leader a "tribalist" following his recent Kalanga tribal jibe.

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