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Trump plays down fears of US recession

Donald Trump has tried to reassure markets about the risk of the US falling into a recession by saying the economy is doing “tremendously well”. The US president said he did not see a recession – usually defined as when an economy shrinks for two consecutive quarters. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow also said […]

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Sudan’s ex-President Omar al-Bashir arrives for trial

Sudan’s former President Omar al-Bashir has arrived at court to face corruption charges, which his lawyers say are baseless. Mr Bashir was ousted in April after months of protests bringing an end to his nearly 30 years in power. In June, prosecutors said a large hoard of foreign currency had been found in grain sacks […]

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Iran tanker row: Detained ship sets sail from Gibraltar

Media playback is unsupported on your device An Iranian ship held by Gibraltar since July on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria has left port. Marine tracking shows the tanker moving east into the Mediterranean and lists Kalamata in Greece as the destination. Gibraltar earlier rejected a request by the US to again seize the […]

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Hong Kong protests: Tens of thousands gather for major rally

Tens of thousands of people are holding another day of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, amid increasingly severe warnings by the Beijing authorities. A march on Saturday was peaceful, but demonstrators and police have clashed frequently over the past 10 weeks. The protests were sparked by an extradition bill, which has since been suspended by […]

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Afghanistan: Bomb kills 63 at wedding in Kabul

A bomb has exploded in a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing 63 people and wounding more than 180. Witnesses told the BBC a suicide bomber detonated explosives during a wedding ceremony. The explosion happened at around 22:40 local time (18.10 GMT) in an area in the west of the city mostly populated […]

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Football derby leads to deadly rioting

Three people have been killed and about 10 injured in rioting between fans of rival football clubs in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. The violence broke out ahead of a planned game between the Motagua and Olimpia clubs on Saturday evening. It began when crowds threw stones at the Motagua team bus, injuring three players with […]

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Peter Fonda, star of Easy Rider, dies aged 79

Peter Fonda, star of Easy Rider, dies aged 79 Peter Fonda, the star, co-writer and producer of the 1969 cult classic Easy Rider, has died at the age of 79. In a statement, his family said he suffered respiratory failure due to lung cancer, and died peacefully at home in Los Angeles. His older sister […]

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Sudan conflict: Senior commander Hemeti vows to stick with deal

A key military leader in Sudan has promised to abide by a power-sharing agreement with the opposition. Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo – widely regarded as Sudan’s most powerful man – made the pledge in a BBC interview as the two sides prepared to sign the landmark deal later on Saturday. Its aim is to end […]

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Iran tanker: US issues warrant to seize Grace 1 supertanker

The US justice department has issued a warrant to seize a detained Iranian oil tanker, a day after a judge in Gibraltar ordered it to be released. The Grace 1 supertanker, which is carrying 2.1m barrels of oil, was detained on 4 July on suspicion of illegally transporting oil to Syria. A last-minute legal attempt […]

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Rashida Tlaib rejects Israel’s offer of ‘humanitarian’ visit

US congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has rejected Israel’s offer to allow her to make a “humanitarian” visit to her grandmother in the occupied West Bank. Ms Tlaib said that she could not comply with the “oppressive conditions” being imposed. A critic of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, she had been blocked by Israel from making an […]