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Afghanistan: US aims to complete evacuations by deadline

image sourceReuters The US aims to complete evacuations from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan by a 31 August withdrawal deadline – as calls grow from allies to extend it. The Pentagon said it was not yet at the…

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The Angolan soldier who became a London pub legend

image sourceJEFF OVERS / BBC After the bullet burst through his mouth and neck, Cesar Kimbirima laid in the long grass, thought of his family, and waited to die. He had been shot before, of…

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Climate change: Europe’s extreme rains made more likely by humans

To really see the influence of rising temperatures, the researchers had to broaden their analysis and look at a larger section of Western Europe, including eastern France, western Germany, eastern Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and…

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VR helps Indians and Pakistanis visit their lost homes

India’s violent and devastating partition in 1947 displaced some 15 million people and left at least a million dead. So many families fled for their lives, never to return to the villages, towns and cities…

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Pentagon to order Covid-19 vaccination for troops

image sourceGetty Images Pfizer’s two-dose Covid-19 vaccine has received full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – the first jab to be licensed in the nation. The vaccine had initially been given…

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‘Hours not weeks for UK Afghan evacuation’

The UK has “hours now, not weeks” to evacuate people from Afghanistan, the defence secretary has said. Ben Wallace said troops would leave Kabul’s airport when the US withdrew, which is due to happen on…

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Proud Boys leader sentenced for burning Black Lives Matter flag

image sourceGetty Images The leader of the far-right Proud Boys group has been sentenced to nearly six months in jail for burning a stolen Black Lives Matters flag in December. Enrique Tarrio, 37, pleaded guilty…

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Israeli strikes on Gaza high-rises may be war crimes – Human Rights Watch

“The apparently unlawful Israeli strikes on four high-rise towers in Gaza City caused serious, lasting harm for countless Palestinians who lived, worked, shopped, or benefitted from businesses based there,” said Richard Weir, HRW’s crisis and…

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Mozambique ‘tuna bond’ scandal: Ex-President Guebuza’s son on trial

image sourceReuters The son of Mozambique’s ex-president and 18 others have gone on trial over the $2bn (£1.5bn) “tuna bonds” affair. Ndambi Guebuza, son of former President Armando Guebuza, and the others face charges of…

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Tokyo Paralympics: A ‘different’ Games but Paralympians still hope to shine

Venue: Tokyo, Japan Dates: 24 August-5 September Time in Tokyo: BST +8Coverage: Follow on Radio 5 Live and on the BBC Sport website Delayed by a year because of the pandemic and with supporters unable…

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