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Top EU court upholds Hamas terror listing

The European Court of Justice has upheld a decision by the European Council to list the Islamic militant group Hamas on its list of terrorist organisations. The European Union first included Hamas on its terrorist list in late 2001, which resulted in the freezing of assets. The movement has had …

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Thousands flee wildfires in French Riviera

Thousands of campers and residents have been forced to flee in the middle of the night after a wildfire broke out on France’s tourist-thronged Riviera coast. The blaze was the latest of several wind-whipped fires that are ravaging forest and scrubland on the hills and slopes that spill into the …

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Oil bounce, results keep stocks on high

Oil’s rise back above $US50 a barrel has helped prod share markets higher and company results and economic data continue to soothe worries the world economy might be ripe for a another slowdown. European stock markets were mainly higher on Wednesday, led by energy and commodity-linked companies after Brent crude …

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UK to ban petrol, diesel cars from 2040

Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040 as part of a plan to get them off the roads altogether 10 years later, environment minister Michael Gove says. “The Conservatives had a manifesto promise to ensure that by 2050 there would be no diesel or …

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India battles to contain flood fury

Floods and relentless rain in western India have killed at least 75 people and displaced more than 25,000 in the past three weeks, officials say. Monsoon rains have lashed most of the country, leaving several states fighting to contain the flood fury that has affected thousands and killed hundreds. The …

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Militants kidnap oil team in Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have kidnapped 10 members of a geological research team in northeastern Nigeria. A spokesman for the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, which contracted the workers, said the contractors were kidnapped near Jibi village in Borno state on Tuesday afternoon. “About 10 members of the University of Maiduguri …

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Two dead, house ablaze in NZ stand-off

A man is “very unlikely” to have survived a stand-off at a rural New Zealand property after two rental inspectors were shot dead and the house went up in flames. A major police operation began late on Wednesday morning near Whangarei in the North Island after officers found the women …

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Simpsons creator making new Netflix series

The Simpsons creator Matt Groening is swapping Springfield for a medieval kingdom in a new animated adult comedy series titled Disenchantment for Netflix. Disenchantment will follow a princess named Bean, voiced by Broad City actress Abbi Jacobson, her friend Elfo (Nat Faxon) and her demon Luci (Eric Andre) in the …

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Trump warns Iran to obey nuclear deal

US President Donald Trump has issued a veiled threat against Iran, warning Tehran to adhere to the terms of a nuclear deal with world powers or else face “big, big problems”. A week after certifying Iran as complying with the 2015 agreement negotiated by Democratic president Barack Obama, Trump made …

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Retract school bomb threat, Duterte told

Human rights groups have asked the Philippine president to retract a threat to order air strikes against tribal schools he accused of teaching students to become communist rebels, warning such an attack would constitute a war crime. US-based Human Rights Watch said international humanitarian law “prohibits attacks on schools and …

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