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Peruvian plane catches fire

A Peruvian Airlines plane with 141 passengers and crew on board has caught fire during an emergency landing at Jauja airport in the Andes. The company said all those on board were safely evacuated after the aircraft skidded off the runway. There were no injuries. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, and an investigation is now under […]

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Syria conflict: 'Deal reached' for four besieged areas

Image copyright AFP Image caption Relief agencies have been calling for more aid deliveries to Syria’s besieged areas A deal has been reached to allow the evacuation of four besieged areas in Syria, reports say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says residents of Foah and Kefraya, two government-held villages in the north-west, will […]

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Health and wealth

Image caption Dr Anne Stephenson (right) is one of the authors of a study that found that patients with cystic fibrosis lived 10 years longer in Canada than the US Canadians are outliving Americans, in some cases, by as much as a decade. Is public healthcare the secret to longevity? When Erick Bauer was first […]

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Loved and loathed

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yogi Adityanath is Uttar Pradesh’s new – and controversial – chief minister Yogi Adityanath has dominated headlines in India since his appointment as leader of the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh. A saffron-robed Hindu priest, he is a highly controversial figure who is loved and hated in equal measure, […]

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'Sexelance'

A second-hand ambulance has been converted into a place where sex workers can meet their clients in Copenhagen. The aim is to help people at risk of violence and exploitation and it is the latest in a long list of ideas by a Danish social entrepreneur. Michael Lodberg Olsen invites me into an old ambulance, […]

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Francois Fillon's wife Penelope under formal investigation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Fillon has said his enemies are trying to “take me down, through Penelope” The wife of French presidential candidate Fran├žois Fillon has been placed under formal investigation amid the continuing “fake jobs” inquiry. Penelope Fillon spent the day being questioned by magistrates. Her husband was placed under formal […]

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Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo acquitted

Image copyright AFP Image caption Simone Gbagbo is already serving a 20-year prison term A court in Ivory Coast has acquitted the country’s former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, of crimes against humanity. The charges related to the violence that followed the 2010 presidential poll when her husband, Laurent, refused to accept defeat to Alassane Ouattara. […]