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Fire Engulfs Dubai's Torch Tower Skyscraper

A huge fire engulfed part of the Torch Tower in Dubai in the early hours of this morning, forcing hundreds of people to flee the 1,100ft skyscraper. Witnesses said the blaze appeared to have started at around 2am in the middle of the residential building, rapidly spreading across some 15...
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Death Toll Rises to 25 in Attack in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The death toll in an attack by suicide bombers at a hotel compound in Mogadishu on Friday rose to 25 people, with more than 40 people wounded, Somali officials said Saturday. The Shabab, a rebel group, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that the intended targets...
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Libya: three car bombs leave 40 dead and 70 injured

Three car bombs have ripped through the eastern Libyan city of Qubbah, killing 40 people and wounding 70, according to security officials and medics. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s explosions, but parliamentary speaker Aguila Saleh said the bombs appeared to have...
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Somalia's deputy prime minister hurt in deadly suicide bombing

Police say at least11 people have been killed and Somalia’s deputy prime minister injured in a suicide bomb attack on a hotel near the presidential palacel. One attacker rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the gate of the hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, and another suicide bomber then entered...
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Brussels makes moves to bring 'Europe's last dictator' in from the cold

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko’s hosting of Ukraine peace talks may be having a side effect – thawing relations between the European Union and a man the west calls “Europe’s last dictator”. A meeting in Minsk on Friday with the foreign minister of neighbouring Latvia, travelling in his...
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Battle persists for Ukraine railway hub, despite peace deal

LUHANSKE, Ukraine (AP) — Intense artillery exchanges between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists persisted Monday around a strategic town in eastern Ukraine — fighting that threatens to dash a cease- fire deal brokered by European leaders last week. Under a cease-fire...
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Ed Miliband pledges 80,000 extra apprenticeships a year in England

Ed Miliband has pledged that Labour would create an extra 80,000 high-quality apprenticeships a year in England, as he spelled out the party’s business policy. Labour proposed an apprenticeship guarantee, by which every school leaver who gets the grades would be able to begin a high-quality...
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The situation in Syria is only going to get worse ... and here's why

I vividly recall my conversations with refugees when the Syria conflict was just one year old. There were still fewer than a million people who had fled for safety to neighboring countries, I made my first visit to Lebanon’s Bekaa valley, where thousands were still trying to maintain a semblance...
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UK envoy: if Libya fails it could be Somalia on the Mediterranean

International efforts to resolve the crisis in Libya after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi must forge agreement between the warring parties to forestall the emergence of a failed state that could become a “Somalia- on-the-Mediterranean,” the UK government’s special envoy has urged. Jonathan Powell, a...
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Egypt Conducts Airstrikes on Islamic State Targets in Libya

CAIRO — The Egyptian military said on Monday that it had carried out airstrikes in Libya in retaliation for the beheading of more than a dozen Egyptian Christians by a branch of the Islamic State extremist group there. In a statement Monday morning, the Egyptian military said that it had conducted...
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