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Pakistan oil tanker inferno kills at least 123

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPeople smoking at the scene may have sparked the fire At least 123 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East, local officials say. A crowd had gathered reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the overturned vehicle […]

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Moveable feast

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Islam follows the lunar calendar, based on phases of the Moon The end of Ramadan is marked by the key religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr, in which Muslim families worldwide gather for the “feast of breaking the fast”. But for such a major global event, working out when it […]

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China landslide leaves 120 missing in Sichuan

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe rescue team has been searching for missing people The bodies of 15 people have been found after a landslide in Sichuan province in south-western China left more than 120 people missing, state media say. About 40 homes were destroyed in Xinmo village in Maoxian county, after […]

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Venezuelan dad makes plea to president

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Maduro used to be a bus driver in Caracas A man whose son was killed during an opposition protest in Venezuela’s capital Caracas has made a personal plea to President Nicol├ís Maduro. David Vallenilla’s 22-year-old son, also called David, was shot by military police on Thursday. Mr Vallenilla […]

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A mother's love

Image copyright Chris de Bode/Red Cross Image caption Six-year-old Aichadou, pictured with her heavily pregnant mother Amina and four-year-old brother Ibrahim, has been practising her French on the walls of the building they have made home The moment photographer Chris de Bode realised the young man was eating the contents of a nappy is one […]

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White House: Qatar Gulf row is a 'family issue'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Doha has been caught in the height of a diplomatic crisis for more than two weeks The US government has called the growing crisis between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours a “family issue”. White House press spokesman Sean Spicer made the comments during an off-camera briefing to journalists in Washington. […]

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Saudis 'foil suicide attack' on Mecca's Grand Mosque

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The building collapsed after a suicide bomber blew himself up, the Saudi interior ministry said Saudi Arabia says it has foiled a “terrorist action” against the Grand Mosque in Mecca – Islam’s holiest site. A suicide bomber blew himself up when security forces surrounded the building he was in, the […]

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Awkward questions

The holy Islamic fasting month of Ramadan is coming to an end this weekend. For many Muslims around the world, it’s the one time of the year that they return to their hometowns and gather with their extended family for a catch-up and feast. But as Christine Franciska of the BBC’s Indonesian Service explains, for […]