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Hostages no more

Image copyright Handout FBI Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman were rescued this month after being held captive for five years by a Taliban-linked insurgent group. But what were two Western backpackers doing in Afghanistan in the first place? “Looking back, I think it was two years before we saw any proof they were […]

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What golden age?

Image caption Isabel (L) and Caris are cheerful but say the crisis has ruined their retirement plans Isabel Dubuc is a youthful 87 years old. She’s a petite woman but has a big smile and an even bigger voice. She launches into song, performing ‘Te Quiero, Dijiste’ by Mexican musician Maria Grever with gusto. Her […]

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Driven out

A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has seized control of the city of Raqqa, ending three years of rule by so-called Islamic State (IS). The defeat of IS in the de facto capital of its self-styled “caliphate” is being seen as another significant victory in the battle to force the […]

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Mugabe named as goodwill ambassador by WHO

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Critics say health services have collapsed under Mr Mugabe’s rule The World Health Organization (WHO) has appointed President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe as a “goodwill ambassador” to help tackle non-communicable diseases. New WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health. But critics say that […]

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Positive noises

Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May has been meeting with EU leaders in Brussels EU leaders refused to comment on the Brexit tensions inside Theresa May’s Conservative Party, but some might say this was the elephant in the room at the Brussels summit. For decades the UK’s disputes with the EU have mainly centred […]

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Mogadishu truck bombing death toll jumps to 358

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBulldozers clear the site of the Mogadishu truck bomb The death toll from last Saturday’s huge truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu has risen to 358, the information minister says. Some 56 people are also still missing, Abdirahman Osman says. Officials have blamed the Islamist al-Shabab […]