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Philippines: Churchgoers 'taken hostage' amid Marawi siege

A priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage by fighters in Marawi City, on the Philippine island of Mindanao, as thousands of residents fled ongoing unrest that prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the southern region.

As the violence continues, Duterte said on Wednesday that he …

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Trump tells Pope Francis: 'I won't forget what you said'

After a highly anticipated meeting, Pope Francis appears to have left his mark on President Donald Trump.

"Thank you. I won't forget what you said," Trump told Pope Francis, before leaving the Pope's private study after a half-hour private meeting.
Neither Trump nor the Pope revealed what their conversation entailed …

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Taiwan top court rules in favour of gay marriage

A top Taiwan court ruled in favour of gay marriage on Wednesday, a landmark ruling that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise same sex unions.

Chi Chia-wei, a 59-year-old gay rights campaigner who brought the case to the constitutional court, had …

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Macron seeks to extend state of emergency to November

France's new president is seeking to extend the country's state of emergency until at least November 1, according to a statement from the president's office.

Emmanuel Macron also asked his government to prepare draft legislation to reinforce security measures permanently beyond the state of emergency, the announcement on Wednesday said …

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Egypt detains ex-presidential candidate Khaled Ali

A prominent Egyptian opposition leader was detained on Tuesday for "offending public decency" amid what rights lawyers say is a wave of arrests of potential presidential candidates one year before an election.

Khaled Ali, a human rights lawyer who ran in Egypt's 2012 presidential vote, was questioned by the prosecution …

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'We are many. We are Manchester': City defiant after terror attack

Soon after the news of the arena attack broke, stories were emerging of small acts of kindness in the face of terrorism: Members of the public offering first aid, drivers providing free rides, local residents giving stranded concert goers a place to stay, restaurants handing out free food to emergency …

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Messi's Spanish jail sentence for tax fraud to stand

A 21-month jail term handed down last year to Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi has been confirmed by Spain's Supreme Court, but he is unlikely to go to prison. Messi and his father Jorge, who manages his finances, were both convicted in 2016 of defrauding Spain of €4.1m …

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🇰🇪Kenyan 👮Police Officers Killed in 🏴Al-Shabab 💣Bomb Attack

At least three Kenyan police officers have been killed when their vehicle hit a landmine near the country's eastern border with Somalia, according to a senior official. Somalia's al-Shabab armed group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The officers were part of a three-vehicle early morning patrol heading to the border …

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Italy Coast Guard 🔈: At Least 20 Migrants Die at Sea 🛳🌊

According to the Italian coast guard, at least 20 migrants have died after their vessel capsized some 30 miles off the coast of Libya.

The ship, with about 5000 people onboard, is believed to have capsized either after a wave hit or the migrants moved to one side, leaving around …

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Alien Megastructure Star is dimming its light again

The “Alien Megastructure” star is acting up again, and scientists around the world are puzzled. On Thursday morning, astronomer Matt Muterspaugh noticed something different with KIC 8462852, also known as Tabby’s Star or the Alien Megastructure star.

The Kepler data showed that the star experienced some extreme fluctuations in …

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