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Cyclone Debbie: Australia activates disaster response plan

[ad_1] Media captionThe powerful storm is expected to last for hours Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has activated a disaster response plan after a powerful cyclone pummelled the north-east coast. Cyclone Debbie caused major damage, torrential rain and power cuts to tens of thousands of homes. Defence force helicopters and naval vessels carrying aid are […]

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Turkey 'spied' on pro-Gulen opponents in Germany

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Turks in Germany have begun voting in a crucial referendum on boosting the powers of President Erdogan German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere has said Turkey will not be allowed to spy on Turks living in Germany. Reports say the head of Turkey’s intelligence service handed a list of […]

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Iceland's pagans enjoy dramatic rise

[ad_1] Iceland’s pagans enjoy dramatic rise By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright Wikimedia/LenkaKovarova Image caption An Asatru procession near Reykjavik Iceland has seen a dramatic increase in the followers of its indigenous pagan movement in recent years, making Odin worshippers the country’s fastest-growing religion. National Statistics Bureau figures show that […]

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Three teenage burglars shot dead in US

[ad_1] Image copyright ABC Image caption Police believe the teens broke in to steal Three teenagers who broke into a home in Oklahoma were killed by the homeowner’s son firing an assault-style AR-15, say police. “They were dressed in black, all had masks on, and all had gloves on,” Deputy Nick Mahoney told reporters. The […]

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Iranian centenarian stands in local elections

[ad_1] Image copyright khabarone.ir A man surprised election officials in northwestern Iran when he turned up to register as a local council candidate and announced that he is 107 years old. Feizollah Fathi told the Divandarreh County election board that he wants to run for the three-member council in his home village of Panjeh Sofla […]

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Name calling

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption The rules for giving babies a surname vary state to state, and country to country When the state of Georgia told Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk they couldn’t give their daughter ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina the surname “Allah”, the couple decided to take their fight to court. In their eyes, […]