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    Fierce Fighting Halts Aleppo Evacuation

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    A deal to evacuate rebel fighters and civilians from eastern Aleppo appears to have stalled, with heavy shelling reported in the Syrian city. A ceasefire was declared in Aleppo on Tuesday and buses brought in to ferry people out of the devastated enclave. But fighting resumed on Wednesday. Syrian activists also say air strikes over…

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    Migrant Crisis: 239 Dead In Shipwrecks Off Libya

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    More than 239 migrants are believed drowned in two shipwrecks off the coast of Libya, migration officials say. The UNHCR refugee agency was told the news by survivors brought ashore on the Italian island of Lampedusa, spokeswoman Carlotta Sami said. No bodies have so far been recovered. More than 4,200 migrants have died making the…

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    Mosul Battle: Iraqi Special Forces Enter City Limits

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    Iraqi forces have for the first time entered the eastern outskirts of Mosul, as they attempt to drive Islamic State (IS) militants from the northern city. A BBC correspondent travelling with the Counter-Terrorism Service troops says they are facing very stiff resistance. Rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire are being directed at them. Iraqi Prime…

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    Canadian Nurse Charged With Eight Murders

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    A 49-year-old nursing home worker in Ontario has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder spanning several years. Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer of Woodstock, Ontario, appeared in court on Tuesday morning. The victims were residents in two long-term care facilities where Ms Wettlaufer worked and were between 75 and 96 years old. Police said…

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    ‘Al-Shabab Attack’ On Kenyan Town Mandera Kills 12

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    At least 12 people have been killed in an attack in Kenya claimed by Somalia-based militant Islamist group al-Shabab. The target was a guesthouse hosting members of a theatre group who were performing plays in schools in the north-eastern town of Mandera. Kenyan authorities deny that al-Shabab carried out the attack. In Somalia, the militants…

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