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Hundreds queue to pay O’Riordan respects

Image copyright PA Image caption The singer's remains are lying in repose in her home city of Limerick Hundreds of people have gathered to pay their respects to the late Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan in her home city of Limerick. Large crowds gathered for the event ahead of her funeral on Tuesday. Hundreds queued outside…

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UKIP leader given vote of ‘no confidence’

UKIP's ruling national executive committee (NEC) has unanimously backed a vote of no confidence in party leader Henry Bolton. Mr Bolton has faced repeated calls to quit over offensive texts sent by his former girlfriend. But he has said he will defy the committee and continue as leader, as a contest would finish the party.…

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German SPD backs Merkel coalition talks

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mr Schulz (C) had initially ruled out a new "grand coalition" Germany's Social Democrats (SDP) have voted for coalition negotiations with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, their former coalition partners. Earlier this month the two groupings agreed a blueprint for formal talks. Mrs Merkel's centre-right CDU and its Bavarian CSU ally…

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Gunmen ‘shot Afghan hotel diners’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGuests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconiesAn eyewitness has told the BBC of the terrifying moment gunmen burst into Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday. The man, who is not being named for security reasons, said he was spared after saying…

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Ethiopian police kill five at festival

At least five people have been killed in northern Ethiopia after security forces fired on a crowd at a religious festival who were reportedly shouting anti-government slogans. Many more were injured in the incident in the town of Waldiya. Angry protesters have blocked roads and businesses are closed. There have been nearly three years of…

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Iraq sentences German IS woman to death

Image copyright AFP Image caption The woman was captured during the battle for Mosul last year A court in Iraq has sentenced a German woman to death after finding her guilty of belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group. She was sentenced for providing logistical support and taking part in attacks on Iraqi security forces.…

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Climbers rescued from snow-covered ridge

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe climbers were winched to safety by a Coastguard helicopterTwo climbers were airlifted to safety after being discovered in a "precarious position" on a mountain ridge. The pair had survived a night without shelter in sub-zero temperatures after becoming stuck at 3,000 ft at Bidean Nam Bain…

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DR Congo police clash with protesters

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tear gas was fired at protesters in the capital, Kinshasa At least one person has been killed in widespread protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where police have used teargas to disperse protesters. They are demanding that President Joseph Kabila - whose expected term of office expired more than…

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Turkey says ground troops entered Syria

Image copyright AFP Turkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria as part of Ankara's campaign to rid the border area of Kurdish fighters, Turkey's PM says. Binali Yildirim said the aim was to establish a 30km (19-mile) "safe zone" inside Syria, Turkish media report. Turkey launched its operation against the Kurdish YPG militia in…

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