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7.2-magnitude quake on Iran-Iraq border kills 200, injures 1,700

More than 200 people were killed and 1,600 more injured after a massive earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border, toppling stone buildings Sunday, Iranian officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the shallow 7.3-magnitude tremor around 9:30 p.m. local time and tracked its epicenter to 20 miles outside ...

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Borth zoo lynx killing defended by Ceredigion council

Image copyright Borth Wild Animal Kingdom Image caption Lilleth went missing some time in the last three weeks A council which ordered an escaped Eurasian lynx to be shot dead by a marksman has defended its decision. Ceredigion council said it sought expert advice before ordering Lilleth be ‘humanely destroyed’ ...

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Hundreds join pride march in India, where gay sex is illegal

NEW DELHI — Hundreds of gay rights activists and supporters, many wearing colorful costumes and holding balloons, marched through India’s capital on Sunday in celebration but also defiance in a nation that continues to outlaw homosexual acts. As people chanted and marched to the beat of drums ...

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Police chief ‘was told of Damian Green pornography claims’

Image copyright PA Image caption Former Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said the allegations against Mr Green showed “no criminality” A former Scotland Yard chief was aware pornography had allegedly been found on Damian Green’s office computer during a 2008-9 police probe, he has said. Sir Paul Stephenson, the Metropolitan ...

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Colombian elephant gets tusk-saving surgery

Image copyright Jorge_Chavez Image caption Tantor was sedated for three hours – a dangerous procedure for an animal of his age The zoo in the Colombian city of Barranquilla successfully performed surgery on a five-tonne African elephant found on a ranch owned by drug traffickers. Thirty people were involved as ...

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Turkish government refutes reports offering $15M to Flynn

The Turkish government has denied offering $15 million to ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn in a plot to kidnap an exiled cleric based in Pennsylvania. The Turkish Embassy in Washington strongly pushed back on a Friday report that it was scheming with Flynn and his son to ...

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Egypt drugs case: Briton to face criminal trial

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Laura Plummer said the prescription pills were for her partner Omar Caboo A British woman held in Egypt on drug smuggling charges has been referred to a criminal court for trial. Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested last month accused of entering the country with 300 ...

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