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Migrant crisis: ‘They couldn’t wait… they threw themselves into the water’

About 6,500 migrants have been rescued off Libya in 40 co-ordinated missions, the Italian coastguard has said. Video footage shows migrants, most said to be from Eritrea and Somalia, swimming towards rescue vessels. Laura Lanuza, from charity Proactiva Open Arms, described ...

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August 30th, 2016

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Early human ancestor Lucy ‘died falling out of a tree’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Lucy is one of the oldest and most complete fossils of any human ancestor New evidence suggests that the famous fossilised human ancestor dubbed “Lucy” by scientists died falling from a great height – ...

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August 30th, 2016

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Somalia truck bomb targets Mogadishu’s SYL Hotel

Image copyright Somali News Agency Image caption A security conference was reportedly scheduled to be taking place at the SYL Hotel A truck bomb has exploded outside a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, in a heavily secured area close to the gates of the ...

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August 30th, 2016

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‘Racist school hair rules’ suspended at SA’s Pretoria Girls High

Image caption Protests in solidarity with the pupils have taken place outside the school in South Africa’s capital Rules over how female students wear their hair at a South African high school have been suspended after anti-racism protests from black pupils, a local ...

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August 30th, 2016

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Bono and Africa’s richest man visit Nigeria camp

Bono and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, have visited a camp of 2.3 million displaced people in north-east Nigeria. Aid agencies have warned of a growing humanitarian crisis caused by war with Boko Haram.

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August 30th, 2016

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Nigeria crisis: The children who know only hunger

50,000 children could die from malnutrition unless they receive immediate help, the UN has warned. Aid agencies say the humanitarian crisis in north-eastern Nigeria is growing, with more than two million people displaced by the war with Boko Haram. The BBC’s Martin ...

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August 30th, 2016

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‘I didn’t know drinking would harm my child’

South Africa has the highest reported rate of babies born with foetal alcohol syndrome. Those born with the condition are often brain damaged and suffer developmental problems growing up. The majority are from the Western Cape where poverty and unemployment, coupled with a ...

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August 30th, 2016

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Nigeria crisis: The children who know only hunger

50,000 children could die from malnutrition unless they receive immediate help, the UN has warned. Aid agencies say the humanitarian crisis in north-eastern Nigeria is growing, with more than two million people displaced by the war with Boko Haram. The BBC’s Martin ...

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August 30th, 2016

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Heavy casualties as Libyan forces advance on IS in Sirte

Media captionPro-government fighters are trying to reclaim Sirte, which was seized by the so-called Islamic State group in February 2015 Militia loyal to Libya’s unity government have suffered heavy casualties as they push into the last two areas of Sirte held by the ...

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August 30th, 2016

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Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya

Media captionMigrants swim towards rescuers About 6,500 migrants have been rescued off Libya, the Italian coastguard says, in one of the biggest operations of its kind to date. Some 40 co-ordinated rescue missions took place about 20km (12 miles) off the Libyan town of ...

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August 30th, 2016

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