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Diwali fireworks choke Delhi, angering Indians
Angry residents of the Indian capital, Delhi, are sharing images of smog, one day after Diwali celebrations saw huge quantities of fireworks set off. Levels of particulate matter in the air hazardous to health rose to nearly 10 times the safe limit of 100. Authorities had warned that Delhi faced a polluted Diwali because of factors like humidity and wind speed. Diwali, the most important Hindu festival in north India, celebrates the victory of good over evil. Fire crackers are regularly set ...
Italy quake: Thousands spend night in temporary accommodation
Thousands of people in central Italy have spent the night in cars, tents and temporary shelters following the fourth earthquake in the area in three months. The 6.6-magnitude quake - Italy's strongest in decades - struck close to the region where nearly 300 people were killed by a quake in August. This time no-one appears to have died in the tremor near the town of Norcia, but about 20 people were injured. Powerful aftershocks are still bringing down masonry. Several were felt overnight into...
Clinton emails: FBI chief may have broken law, says top Democrat
The Democratic leader in the US Senate says the head of the FBI may have broken the law by revealing the bureau was investigating emails possibly linked to Hillary Clinton. Harry Reid accused FBI director James Comey of violating an act which bars officials from influencing an election. News of the FBI inquiry comes less than two weeks before the US election. The bureau has meanwhile obtained a warrant to search a cache of emails belonging to a top Clinton aide. Emails from Huma Abedin are b...
Ceta: EU and Canada to sign long-delayed free trade deal
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is finally on his way to Belgium to sign a long-delayed landmark trade deal with the European Union. He will attend a summit in Brussels where a signing ceremony planned for Thursday was cancelled after a Belgian region vetoed the agreement. All 28 EU states approved the deal on Friday when consensus was reached. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, known as Ceta, required all EU member states to endorse it. The deal removes 99% of tariffs - ...
New York opera halted after 'human ashes' sprinkled into pit
New York's Metropolitan Opera halted an afternoon performance after an audience member sprinkled what is suspected to be cremated ashes on to the orchestra. The incident happened during an intermission of Guillaume Tell, prompting anti-terror units to enter the Lincoln Center venue. Several audience members said a man told them he was there to release the ashes of a friend, police said. The man has been identified and the authorities are trying to reach him. Cultural venues in New York are o...
Italy quake: Powerful tremor near Norcia destroys buildings
A strong earthquake has struck near Norcia in central Italy, destroying numerous buildings. The quakes come nearly two months after a major earthquake killed almost 300 people and destroyed several towns. Sunday's quake measured magnitude 6.6, larger than August's quake and aftershocks last week. It is thought to be Italy's most violent in decades. At least nine people have been hurt but no deaths are reported so far. Many locals left after last week's quakes. Nine people have been pulled al...
Mosul Iraq battle: Shia militias aim to take Tal Afar
Iraq's Shia militia groups say they have launched an attack against Islamic State militants west of Mosul, as the offensive to retake the city continues. The Hashid Shaabi groups say their aim is to oust IS from the town of Tal Afar, cutting jihadist supply routes to Mosul from Syria. Tal Afar had a Shia majority before IS overran it in 2014. Mosul is a Sunni city, and the Shia militias have pledged not to enter it. Iraq began the offensive last week. Iraqi, Kurdish and allied forces, backed...
US election 2016: Clinton demands details of new email probe
Hillary Clinton has urged the FBI to explain without delay why it is carrying out a new investigation into her use of emails. Americans "deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately," she said. The FBI says it has new emails linked to her use of a private server when she was secretary of state. Republican presidential rival Donald Trump said the move, announced 11 days before the election, was the "biggest political scandal since Watergate". The latest emails were discovered as par...
Calais 'Jungle' stragglers and minors spend another night at camp
At least 80 migrants including children have spent the night in shelters that remain in the now otherwise deserted Calais "Jungle" camp. France and the UK have traded accusations about the children's treatment. Two large fires broke out on Friday morning at the camp, from which almost 6,000 people have been evacuated. The evacuation is due to be completed on Friday and people refusing to leave would be arrested, Calais police said. Migrants fleeing war and poverty had used the sprawling site...
Philippines Duterte: God told me to stop swearing
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he has promised God he will clean up his famously vulgar language. Arriving in his home city of Davao after a trip to Japan, Mr Duterte said God gave him an ultimatum on the plane. "I heard a voice telling me to stop swearing or the plane will crash in mid-air, and so I promised to stop," he told reporters at the airport. Mr Duterte's blunt speaking, often directed at the West, has contributed to his popularity at home. He called Presi...
Oregon wildlife refuge occupiers in shock acquittal
Seven leaders of an armed militia who led a 41-day stand-off at a US federal wildlife refuge in Oregon have been cleared of the charges against them. The surprise verdict acquitted them of conspiracy and firearms offences. A lawyer for one of the leaders, Ammon Bundy, was tackled to the ground by US marshals after shouting at the judge. The militia occupied the refuge in early January, accusing the government of unlawful interference in the affairs of ranchers. One protester was shot dead by...
Sakharov prize: Yazidi women win EU freedom prize
Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq have won Europe's top human rights award, the Sakharov prize. Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar were among thousands of Yazidi girls and women abducted by IS militants and forced into sexual slavery in 2014. But both survived and now campaign for the Yazidi community. The freedom of thought prize is awarded annually in memory of Andrei Sakharov, a Soviet scientist and dissident. Guy Verhofstadt, who...
EU-Canada trade deal: Belgians break Ceta deadlock
Belgian political leaders have reached a consensus in support of the Ceta trade deal between the EU and Canada, Prime Minister Charles Michel has said. He said "an agreement" was found after the latest round of negotiations with Belgium's French-speaking communities who have held up the deal. A signing ceremony on Thursday was cancelled after the region of Wallonia vetoed the deal. A Belgian deal would still have to be approved by the other 27 EU members. Under Belgium's federal system, the ...
Venezuela anti-Maduro protests: Policeman shot dead
One policeman has been shot dead and dozens of people injured during anti-government protests in Venezuela. At least 20 people have been injured and 80 detained nationwide, a local rights group has said. Images circulated on social media of injured people on the ground. There are reports at least three were shot. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to protest against President Nicolas Maduro's government. In Miranda state, a police officer died and two others were injured, th...
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