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Al-Shabab attack at Mogadishu port kills dozens

An al-Shabab suicide car bomber has struck the entrance of Mogadishu's largest port and an adjacent police complex, killing at least 29 people and wounding nearly 48 others, according to police sources.

Initial reports had put the toll at 12 dead and 14 injured, but more bodies were discovered in …

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Cyclone Vardah: Two dead as storm lashes south India coast

At least two people have been killed and thousands evacuated from coastal areas in two southern Indian states, as Cyclone Vardah lashed Chennai (Madras).

Schools and businesses were shut and airport services suspended, as the cyclone made landfall with heavy rain and winds of up to 120km/h (75mph). Teams …

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France robbery: Thieves steal 70kg of gold on motorway

Armed thieves are on the run in France after stealing 70kg (154lbs) of gold in a motorway heist on Monday.

The gang of four swooped on a security van in two cars, using one to block the road's exit, near the city of Lyon.

The robbers then put the powdered …

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Jailed journalist Mohamed Tamalt dies in coma

A British-Algerian journalist has died after being on hunger strike in protest against his arrest and two-year jail term, which put him in a coma, according to his lawyer. Mohamed Tamalt was convicted in an Algerian court of "defaming a public authority" and "offending" Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in a …

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Romania polls: Centre-left PSD stages sweeping comeback

Romania's Social Democratic Party (PSD) has comfortably won the parliamentary elections, according to preliminary results, a year after a major anti-corruption drive forced the left-leaning party from power. Election authorities said on Monday that with 99 percent of the votes from Sunday's elections counted, the PSD held about 46 percent …

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Russia says no safe exit for Aleppo rebels proposed

Moscow has not reached an agreement with the US on safe exit for Aleppo fighters, the Russian deputy foreign minister said after rebel officials claimed a proposal had been presented by the two countries.

Syrian regime forces, aided by Russian aerial onslaught, have taken more than 80 percent of rebel-held …

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The Malaysian comedian crowned 'World's Funniest Person' in 2016

Harith Iskander beat four other finalists to be named the funniest person in the world by US comedy club chain Laugh Factory, which has hosted comedy greats like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle as well as American talk show host Jay Leno.

Iskander has been part of the country's stand-up …

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Trump on China: Beijing 'seriously concerned' over policy

China says it is "seriously concerned" after President-elect Donald Trump expressed doubts about continuing to abide by the "One China" policy.

In the interview, broadcast by Fox News on Sunday, Mr Trump said: "I don't know why we have to be bound by a One China policy unless we make …

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Turkey detains pro-Kurdish party officials after attack

Police have detained 199 people in raids across Turkey, targeting officials from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) over allegations of links to an outlawed Kurdish armed group, the state-run Anadolu agency said.

Monday's operations were launched a day after Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), an armed group believed to be …

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Gambia election chief stands by Yahya Jammeh defeat

The Gambia's elections commission head has dismissed President Yahya Jammeh's call to annul the election he was declared to have lost.

Mr Jammeh said on state television on Saturday that he rejected the result and his party announced they will file a petition to the Supreme Court.

According to the …

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Cairo cathedral bombing: President Sisi names attacker, as funeral held

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has attended a state funeral for victims of an attack at Cairo's Coptic Christian cathedral, naming the suicide bomber he said was responsible.

Egypt has seen a wave of attacks by militants since 2013 when the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi, an elected leader who …

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Bill Gates, Jack Ma and John Doerr are pouring $1 billion into a clean energy fund

Bill Gates is spearheading a tech industry-led effort to invest more than $1 billion in clean energy companies.

Breakthrough Energy Ventures, to be officially announced Monday, has backing from 20 investors, including Gates, Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma, Khosla Ventures’ Vinod Khosla, and SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner.

“Too often, we let …

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Cooperate, Be Transparent - Akufo-Addo Tells Transition Team

President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has entreated members of the Transition Team to let cooperation and openness guide their work. He believes with transparency and cooperation from members of President John Mahama and his team, a thorough job would be done. He was speaking at the inauguration of the Team …

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Blasts kill dozens near Istanbul's Besiktas stadium

Turkey declared one day of mourning after the twin blasts ripped through the heart of Istanbul killing 38 and wounding more than 160, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Sunday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the blasts were timed to cause maximum loss of life: "A 'terrorist' attack …

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