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Beirut explosion: Donors pledge aid for Lebanon but want reform

World leaders promise an aid package after the huge Beirut blast, as clashes again erupt in the city.

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Belarus election: President Lukashenko set to claim landslide win

An exit poll for state TV shows a huge victory for Alexander Lukashenko but opposition cries foul.

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Coronavirus: Brazil passes 100,000 deaths as outbreak shows no sign of easing

The Covid-19 outbreak shows no sign of easing but cities have already reopened shops and restaurants.

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Coronavirus: Trump signs relief order after talks at Congress collapse

The measures include pay for millions of jobless but some are likely to face legal challenges.

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Mauritius oil spill: Locals scramble to contain environmental damage

The MV Wakashio, which ran aground on a coral reef on 25 July, is now leaking oil off the island.

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Niger attack: French aid workers among eight killed by gunmen

The attack happened in a region which draws visitors to the last giraffe herds in West Africa.

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Vijayawada: Fire at Covid facility in India kills at least 10

The fire in the state of Andhra Pradesh is the second such blaze at a Covid facility in days.

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Chad inquiry finds 44 prisoners died in hot, overcrowded cell

Prosecutors in Chad had suggested 44 prisoners killed themselves, but a new report says otherwise.

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Greece floods: At least five killed after Evia island storms

Officials say an eight-month-old baby was among those killed in flooding on the island of Evia.

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Afghan assembly approves Taliban prisoner release

The decision is intended to facilitate intra-Afghan peace talks but it has proven controversial.

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Spain’s ex-King Juan Carlos lands in Abu Dhabi: reports

A photograph appears to show Spain’s former monarch landing in Abu Dhabi after leaving his country.

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Beirut explosion: Video of church altar’s survival brings hope

This Greek Orthodox church’s altar survived the blast unscathed – even its oil lamp stayed lit.

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12 months, 12 lives: Kashmiris in limbo and lockdown

The BBC speaks to 12 Kashmiris from different walks of life about an unprecedented year for the region.

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Why the French are ‘European champions’ at abandoning pets

Tens of thousands of pets are abandoned every summer in France. What’s behind this sad phenomenon?

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Coronavirus: Fact-checking fake stories in Africa

We’ve taken a look into some of the most widely-shared false stories about the pandemic across Africa.

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US election 2020: What is the electoral college?

How does the US electoral college elect the president?

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Letter from Africa: ‘How I helped put Gambians on Google Maps’

A journalist is instrumental in the introduction of an address system which could help save lives.

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Coronavirus pandemic: Tracking the global outbreak

Key charts and maps explaining how the respiratory virus has spread around the world.

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Beirut explosion: Barber shop staff haunted by moment blast hit

Staff at a barber shop rocked by the Beirut explosion say they’re haunted by flashbacks.

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Beirut explosion: Anger boils over in Beirut protests

Police and protesters have clashed days after the explosion that rocked Beirut.

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MV Wakashio: Emergency declared as Mauritius tackles oil leak

Volunteers are scrambling to create cordons to keep oil leaking from a vessel away from the island.

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ICYMI: Dog pool party, and whales v surfers

Video stories, which might have passed you by, in our weekly feature: In Case You Missed It.

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Letter from Africa: How African generosity dried a teacher’s tears

Strangers helped a Nigerian teacher, left without money because of coronavirus, get back on his feet.

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Beirut explosion: Angry protesters storm government ministries

The prime minister is to ask for early elections amid the crisis over Tuesday’s devastating blast.

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Coronavirus: Masks made mandatory in parts of Paris as infections rise

People will be required to wear face masks outdoors in busy areas of the French capital from Monday.

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Kerala plane crash: ‘Black boxes’ from Air India jet found

The Air India plane skidded off the runway and broke apart during bad weather in Kerala state.

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Venezuela: Former American soldiers jailed over failed coup

Luke Denman and Airan Berry were arrested in May while entering Venezuela by sea from Colombia.

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Belarus: Opposition campaign manager ‘detained’ on eve of vote

A spokeswoman for the leading opposition candidate says her campaign manager has been arrested.

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Talking about Beyoncé’s Black Is King

A student, a professor and a film director react to Beyoncé’s visual album, Black Is King.

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Canada brewery apologises for beer named ‘pubic hair’ in Maori

The company said it used the Maori word “Huruhuru” to mean its beer was “as light as a feather”.