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Algeria military plane crash: 257 dead near Algiers

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage of the crash was broadcast on Algerian TVAn Algerian military plane has crashed near the capital killing 257 people on board, officials say.The aircraft came down just after taking off from Boufarik military airport, west of Algiers.An inquiry is under way into the cause of the crash - Algeria's worst-ever air disaster. The government has declared three days of national
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Dutch ‘singing road’ closed after neighbours’ complaints

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe sound was created when cars drove over strategically-laid strips on the roadIt was an idea to improve road safety: special strips on the asphalt would play a tune when cars drove over them at the correct speed.But residents of a nearby village in the Netherlands said the constant noise was driving them mad.One called it "psychological torture". Another said cars
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US House Speaker Paul Ryan ‘to stand down’

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election this year, US media report.Congress' most powerful lawmaker has told friends he will not stand for another term in his Wisconsin district this autumn, reports Axios.His exit would be a blow to the Republican party ahead of November's mid-term elections.Republicans are already facing a tough challenge from Democrats to retain control of Congress' lower
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Trump warns Russia on Syria missile threat

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The US and Russia have clashed over Syria US President Donald Trump has tweeted that Russia should "get ready" for missiles to be fired into Syria, in response to an alleged chemical attack at the weekend.Senior Russian figures had threatened to meet any US strikes with a response.Mr Trump previously promised a "forceful" response.President Bashar al-Assad's government - which receives military backing from Russia
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Syria war: WHO demands access to ‘chemical attack site’

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Photo/ HO/ Douma City Co-Ordination Committee Image caption Footage from Douma in the aftermath of the attack appeared to show people using water to counteract the effects The World Health Organization (WHO) has demanded "unhindered access" to Douma in Syria, to check reports from its partners that 500 people have been affected by a chemical attack there.The Syrian government denies being behind any use of chemical
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Commonwealth Games: Eight Cameroon athletes ‘desert’ team

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Weightlifter Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou is among the missing athletes, Cameroon officials say Eight Cameroonian athletes have gone missing from their accommodation at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, team officials have confirmed.Press attache Simon Molombe told the BBC officials viewed it as "desertion" and that the missing athletes had been reported to Australian police.The three weightlifters and five boxers were last seen at different
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How ancient DNA is transforming our view of the past

[ad_1] Image copyright MPI Evo Anthro Image caption Ancient DNA labs maintain strict protocols to prevent contamination of samples with modern genetic material Prof David Reich of Harvard Medical School is one of the leading lights in the field of ancient DNA. His team's work has cast a new perspective on human history, reconstructing the epic migrations and genetic exchanges that shaped the people of different regions worldwide. Here he
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Twenty dead in attempted breakout from Brazil prison

[ad_1] Inmates at a jail in the northern Brazilian city of Belem have attempted a mass breakout.They were aided by an armed group outside the jail which used explosives against one of the prison walls.The incident has left one guard and at least 19 prisoners and outside associates dead. Four other guards were injured, including one seriously, the Para state security service said in a statement.It said the incident, at
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Tanzania launches early-age cervical cancer vaccine

[ad_1] Image caption This girl was among the first to receive the HPV vaccine after its campaign launch in Tanzania More than 600,000 girls in Tanzania have started receiving vaccines to prevent cervical cancer.Girls aged between nine and 14 are being targeted to protect them from developing the illness at an early age."Prevention is better than cure, elongating lives and and reducing treatment costs," said Dr Daphrosa Lyimo, heading the