Extinction Rebellion stages 'die-in' under London's blue whale

Extinction Rebellion stages 'die-in' under London's blue whale

Dozens of people lie under the skeleton of a blue whale in London to raise awareness of what some scientists are calling an upcoming 'sixth mass extinction'. The Extinction Rebellion movement has been protesting and blocking sites around London fo...
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Several thousand CHP protesters rally after attack on leader

Several thousand CHP protesters rally after attack on leader

Several thousand CHP supporters gather in Istanbul one day after a mob attack on leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu. The attack came days after the opposition CHP won Ankara and Istanbul from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP, seen as a major setback fo...
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Egyptians vote on final day of referendum to extend Sisi's rule

Egyptians vote on final day of referendum to extend Sisi's rule

Polls open in Egypt for the third and final day of voting as Egyptians vote on constitutional changes that could keep President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in power until 2030. Sisi, who handily won to become president in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018 ...
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From comic to president, Zelensky wins Ukraine presidency

From comic to president, Zelensky wins Ukraine presidency

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, wins a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election and tells his supporters he will not let them down and encourages other-post Soviet countries to bring new leaders to power.
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Funeral held for 13 killed at Mexican party

Funeral held for 13 killed at Mexican party

Relatives and friends gather for the funeral of 13 people, including a child, who were shot by a group of unidentified gunmen at a party in the violence-wracked eastern Mexican state of Veracruz.
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Uruguayan rodeo finishes with two dead horses, sparking outrage

Uruguayan rodeo finishes with two dead horses, sparking outrage

Horse riders and supporters of the 'jineteada', a traditional sport in the gaucho culture of Uruguay where the riders must stay on a horse for a specific amount of time, attend the last day of this year’s event, as animal activist demonstrate outs...
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St Sebastian's church: A day after Sri Lanka explosions

St Sebastian's church: A day after Sri Lanka explosions

Authorities comb through St Sebastian's church in Sri Lanka's Negombo as the death toll from Sunday's bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in the country rose dramatically Monday to 290.
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Venezuelans burn effigies in Easter ritual

Venezuelans burn effigies in Easter ritual

In a traditional Easter Day ritual Venezuelans burn effigies representing President Nicolas Maduro, opposition leader Juan Guaido, Donald Trump and the blackout that recently plunged the country into darkness.
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Winter rains spark deadly mudslide in Colombia

Winter rains spark deadly mudslide in Colombia

At least 17 people were killed and 13 others were missing after a mudslide that buried eight houses early Sunday in southwestern Colombia, authorities said.
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Sri Lanka Easter attack toll hits 290

Sri Lanka Easter attack toll hits 290

Almost 300 people are now known to have died in a series of bomb blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, in the worst violence to hit the island since its devastating civil war ended a decade ago.
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'Terror': Sri Lankan newspapers front pages after Easter blasts

'Terror': Sri Lankan newspapers front pages after Easter blasts

Sri Lankan newspapers run reports on the deadly Easter attacks on the front page, as police say that the death toll in the eight blasts has risen to 290 a day after the attack.
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One-horse South African town still scarred by 'racist' murder

One-horse South African town still scarred by 'racist' murder

The fate of a small farming town in the north west of South Africa was changed irrevocably for R80 - or around five euros. It became the hotbed for racial tension in South Africa during 2017 when a black teenager was killed by two white men. Two y...
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Poachers threaten precious Madagascar forest and lemurs

Poachers threaten precious Madagascar forest and lemurs

Vohibola forest in eastern Madagascar is in the grip of widespread deforestation. One hotel owner has been funding local task-forces for several years in a bid to try and protect the forest and the diverse range of wildlife that calls it home.
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Brexit: Nearly three years on, has anything changed in Boston?

Brexit: Nearly three years on, has anything changed in Boston?

Nearly three years after the Brexit referendum, opinions have changed very little in Boston, the British town that voted most heavily in favour of leaving the European Union.
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Ukrain: celebrations at Zelensky's HQ after victory announcement

Ukrain: celebrations at Zelensky's HQ after victory announcement

Volodymyr Zelensky and members of his campaign team celebrate at their party's headquarters after exit polls showed he won a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday, trouncing incumbent Petro Poroshenko.
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London police arrest climate protesters blocking Waterloo Bridge

London police arrest climate protesters blocking Waterloo Bridge

Police arrest climate protesters from the " Extinction Rebellion" movement blocking Waterloo Bridge in central London.
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Care workers cross Europe's east-west divide

Care workers cross Europe's east-west divide

Every two weeks, Alena Konecna packs her bags to leave her own mother and daughter at home in Slovakia and travel some 400 kilometres (250 miles) across the border into Austria to take care of someone else's mother. As citizens across the continen...
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Zelensky and Poroshenko vote in Ukrainian presidential election

Zelensky and Poroshenko vote in Ukrainian presidential election

Ukrainian candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko cast their ballot in the second round of the country's presidential election. Forty-one-year-old Volodymyr Zelensky's bid to lead the country of 45 million people was...
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Blasts at Sri Lanka hotels and churches kill more than 160

Blasts at Sri Lanka hotels and churches kill more than 160

A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka, killing more than 160 people, including dozens of foreigners.
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Mexican party cut short after gunmen kill 13

Mexican party cut short after gunmen kill 13

A Mexican pinata, colourful banners and a table prepared with food and drink give testimony to the party that was taking place when a group of unidentified gunmen opened fire at a party in the gang-plagues state of Veracruz, killing 13 people incl...
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People wait at hospital after Batticaloa blast

People wait at hospital after Batticaloa blast

Hospital staff move bodies on stretchers in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka following a string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners.
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Police survey the scene after Batticaloa blast

Police survey the scene after Batticaloa blast

Police survey the scene at a church in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka after a string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners.
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Petro Poroshenko casts ballot in Ukrainian election runoff

Petro Poroshenko casts ballot in Ukrainian election runoff

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko casts his ballot in the second round of the presidential election. All opinion polls suggest Poroshenko is heading for defeat amid widespread anger over poverty, corruption and war.
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Ambulances arrive at hospital in Colombo as blasts hit Sri Lanka

Ambulances arrive at hospital in Colombo as blasts hit Sri Lanka

Ambulances arrive at a hospital in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo after a string of bomb blasts hit churches and hotels in the city and the death toll rises to 156, including 35 foreigners, say police.
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Police at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo as blasts hit Sri Lanka

Police at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo as blasts hit Sri Lanka

Police stand guard outside the Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo and a bomb disposal unit is on site as the death toll in a string of bomb blasts that hit churches and hotels in the city rises to rises to at least 137 according to po...
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Emergency response on scene as blasts hit Sri Lanka churches

Emergency response on scene as blasts hit Sri Lanka churches

Police stand guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo and a bomb disposal unit is on site as the death toll in a string of bomb blasts that hit churches and hotels in the city rises to at least 52 according to police.
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Polls open in second round of presidential election in Ukraine

Polls open in second round of presidential election in Ukraine

Ukrainians go to polls in the second round of an extraordinary vote with a comedian who plays a president on TV expected to win in a rebuke to the political establishment.
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Mali hopes to cotton on to added value

Mali hopes to cotton on to added value

Mali has reclaimed its place as the leading African country in terms of cotton production. The product makes up almost a quarter of Mali's exports, and some 40% of the income of the rural population. But very little of Mali's cotton is processed i...
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Kosovo takes back jihadists' wives and children from Syria

Kosovo takes back jihadists' wives and children from Syria

More than 100 women and children flew back to Kosovo from Syria's war zone, making it the largest group of IS affiliated individuals to return to European soil since the fall of the last bastion of the extremist group last month.
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13 killed as church roof collapses in South Africa

13 killed as church roof collapses in South Africa

The roof of a church collapsed during mass near the eastern South African city of Durban, killing 12 women and one boy and injuring at least 16.
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Handmade kites fly high in Vietnam's centuries-old festival

Handmade kites fly high in Vietnam's centuries-old festival

More than 130 participants show off their colourful designs during a centuries-old flute kites festival at the Ba Duong Noi village in Hanoi.
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'Yellow vests': police, protesters clash place de la République

'Yellow vests': police, protesters clash place de la République

Clashes between police and protesters broke out in Paris Saturday on place de la République as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets for a 23rd week of "yellow vests" anti-government marches.
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'Yellow vests': fires and tear gas in the East of Paris

'Yellow vests': fires and tear gas in the East of Paris

Fires and scuffles broke out between demonstrators and police on Saturday in the East of Paris as thousands of "yellow vest" protestors took to the streets for a 23rd week of anti-government marches.
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Thailand marijuana festival has visitors on a high

Thailand marijuana festival has visitors on a high

As Thailand became the first in Southeast Asia to legalise marijuana for medical use last year, many Thais are drawn to a northeastern town for its debut weed festival as excitement builds over a medical marijuana boom worth billions. The "Pan Bur...
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Fire lit and extinguished in Paris 'yellow vests' protests

Fire lit and extinguished in Paris 'yellow vests' protests

Paris firefighters extinguished a fire on the banks of the river Seine on Saturday, as 'yellow vests' protesters marched in the East of the French capital.
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"Yellow vests" stage 23rd weekend of Paris protests

"Yellow vests" stage 23rd weekend of Paris protests

'Yellow vest' movement protesters took to the streets for a 23rd consecutive Saturday in Paris.
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Swords, selfies: Game of Thrones fever boosts N. Ireland tourism

Swords, selfies: Game of Thrones fever boosts N. Ireland tourism

Since Game of Thrones began its meteoric rise in 2011 fans of the show have been flocking to Northern Ireland, where much of the series was shot. The once conflict-riven province has become a pilgrimage trail for diehard fans hoping to experience ...
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Poroshenko and Zelensky arrive for presidential debate

Poroshenko and Zelensky arrive for presidential debate

Ukrainian presidential candidates Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky arrive at Kiev's Olympic stadium for a debate ahead of the presidential runoff. Some 60,000 spectators are expected to attend the first and only policy head-to-head of the c...
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'Hero dogs' win prizes for rescue, detection exploits

'Hero dogs' win prizes for rescue, detection exploits

Jerry Leen, Eros, Ice... a dozen rescue dogs, search dogs and disease or gas-detecting dogs - mostly Belgian Malinois shepherds - attend the "Hero Dogs" awards in Paris to receive their prizes.
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Africa Weekly - a round up of news and features from Africa

Africa Weekly - a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Mali, where French and Malian troops say they have killed or captured 30 jihadists as part of the anti-insurgent offensive, Operation Barkhane. And we stay in Mali, which has reclaimed its place as the leadi...
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Mass is held in Madeira for German victims of bus crash

Mass is held in Madeira for German victims of bus crash

A mass is held for the 29 German tourists who died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the Portuguese island of Madeira.
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Thousands attend Good Friday procession near Notre-Dame

Thousands attend Good Friday procession near Notre-Dame

Several thousand people attend annual Good Friday Way of the Cross procession by Notre-Dame in Paris. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES
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Discovery of a new Pharoah tomb in southern Egypt

Discovery of a new Pharoah tomb in southern Egypt

Archaeologists display and work on artifacts from the newly-discovered tomb of Shedsu-Djehuty at the Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor's West Bank, 700 km south of Cairo. The tomb dates back to the 18th Dynasty and is considered one of the larges...
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Experts, firemen continue consolidation work on Notre-Dame

Experts, firemen continue consolidation work on Notre-Dame

Workers and firemen continue working on Notre-Dame, reinforcing fragile points of the building four days after the fire that ravaged the cathedral.
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Chocolate

Chocolate

The world's appreciation for cocoa is centuries-old: the ancient Maya were drinking hot chocolate in Central America as far back as 400 BC.
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Avalanches

Avalanches

Videographic illustrating how avalanches occur. Three world-renowned professional mountaineers -- two Austrians and an American -- were missing and presumed dead after an avalanche on a western Canadian summit.
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Extreme Easter: Flogging, crucifixions in Philippines

Extreme Easter: Flogging, crucifixions in Philippines

People in the Philippines mark Good Friday with ritual crucifixions and self-flagellation -- extreme affirmations of faith performed every Easter in Asia's Catholic outpost. Nearly 80 percent of people in the Philippines are Catholic, a legacy of ...
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Supporters bid farewell to former Peru's president Garcia

Supporters bid farewell to former Peru's president Garcia

Supporters wait in line to pay their respects to Peru’s ex-president Alan Garcia, during his wake at the headquarters of the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party in Lima. The former president killed himself as police were about to ...
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