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Suicide bomber targets Baghdad interior ministry in deadly attack

ImageA suicide bomb attack in Baghdad has killed at least 11 people, in what looks like revenge after Friday's mass murder at a Sunni mosque. The attacks could hinder an already fragile political transition in Iraq.


Berlin has been spying on Turkey since 1976, report says

ImageGermany has been spying on Turkey for close to four decades, according to a report that could further raise tensions between the two nations. The allegations could embarrass Berlin - a vehement critic of US spying.

Ebola Virus

Hiding Ebola patients now a crime in Sierra Leone

ImageAnyone convicted of hiding Ebola victims in Sierra Leone will go to jail for two years, after parliament passed legislation making the act a crime. The government says it's trying to prevent the virus from spreading.

Palestinian Territories

Israeli aircraft bomb Gaza as Hamas backs ICC bid

The war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip has entered its 47th day, with Israeli air strikes countering Hamas rocket fire. Meanwhile, Hamas says it has backed a Palestinian bid to join the ICC.


Protesters greet Dalai Lama in Germany visit

At the beginning of a four-day trip to Germany, the Dalai Lama spoke out critically of Islamic State (IS) militants fighting in Iraq and Syria. His arrival was met by protests from a fundamentalist Buddhist group.


Galileo satellites on wrong orbit

Two European Galileo satellites have failed to reach their intended orbit. The two satellites are part of a program which aims provide a European version of the American GPS satellite navigation system.

Natural Phenomena

'Red alert' in Iceland as Bardarbunga volcano starts erupting

Iceland has raised its aviation alert for the Bardarbunga volcano to red. Scientists at the Scandinavian island nation's meteorological office said a sub-glacial eruption was already possibly underway.



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