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Myanmar coup: ‘Dozens killed’ in military crackdown in Bago

Reuters More than 80 people have been killed by Myanmar security forces in a crackdown on a protest in the city of Bago, activists say. The military is reported to have taken away the bodies of those killed, and the true number of deaths may never be accurately established. Witnesses told local media that soldiers […]

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Saint Vincent volcano: Island awakes to ash and sulphur smell

Inhabitants of the Caribbean island of St Vincent have woken up to “extremely heavy ash fall and sulphur smells” after Friday’s eruption of the La Soufrière volcano. Emergency management officials said the volcano’s emissions had advanced to the country’s capital Kingstown. Witnesses said the volcano was still rumbling and emitting dark clouds of ash thousands […]

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Alibaba: Chinese regulator slaps huge fine on tech giant

Getty Images The world’s biggest online retailer – China’s Alibaba – has been hit with a record fine equivalent to $2.75bn (just over £2bn). Regulators in China said the internet giant had abused its dominant market position for several years. In a statement the company said it accepted the ruling and would “ensure its compliance”. […]

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DMX, American rapper and actor, dies aged 50

EPA US rapper and actor DMX has died at the age of 50, five days after suffering a heart attack. The performer, whose real name was Earl Simmons, had been placed on life support and died with his family by his side. In a statement, his family said he had been “a warrior who fought […]

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Prince Philip: World leaders and royals send heartfelt sympathy

Reuters Monarchs, heads of state and PMs across the world, both past and present, have been sending heartfelt tributes following the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99. Spain’s king and queen telegrammed “Dear Aunt Lilibet” to mourn the passing of “Dear Uncle Philip”. Along with tributes from Europe’s royal […]

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Saint Vincent volcano: ‘Explosive’ Soufrière eruption sparks mass evacuation

UWF: Seismic Research Centre An “explosive” volcano eruption has blanketed the Caribbean island of St Vincent in ash and smoke. Volcanic activity on La Soufrière was first detected on Thursday, at which point Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves urged more than 16,000 residents in so-called red zones to urgently evacuate. The volcano has since spewed ash […]

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George Floyd died from lack of oxygen, not fentanyl, says expert

George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen during his arrest, a doctor at the trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis has said. Contradicting the defence, Dr Martin Tobin said fentanyl did not cause Mr Floyd’s death. He said even a “healthy person…would have died”. Mr Chauvin, 45, was filmed kneeling on Mr […]

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Ukraine conflict: Moscow could ‘defend’ Russia-backed rebels

Getty Images Russia might come to the rescue of the rebels it backs in eastern Ukraine, a senior Kremlin official has warned. “Everything depends on the scale of the conflagration,” Dmitry Kozak told a conference in Moscow, as tension builds in the region. Ukraine’s Donbas region has been a flashpoint since the separatists seized swathes […]

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Czech vaccines: European rights court backs mandatory pre-school jabs

Getty Images The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has backed the Czech Republic in its requirement for mandatory pre-school vaccinations. The case was brought by families who were fined or whose children were refused entry to pre-schools because they had not been vaccinated. In a landmark ruling, the court found that while the Czech […]

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US gun violence: Joe Biden to target ‘ghost guns’

Getty Images US President Joe Biden is to target homemade “ghost guns” as part of a new set of measures to tackle gun violence, a White House official has said. Ghost guns have no serial numbers, making them difficult to trace. They can be bought by minors and people who would not pass background checks. […]