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Argentines vote for next president

Argentina elections: Voters pick new president 25 October 2015 From the section Latin America & Caribbean Media captionWyre Davies: “Daniel Scioli is a strong favourite but faces tough choices if he is elected” Argentines are going to the polls to choose their next president in a general election that ends 12 years of rule under the Kirchners. President Cristina Fernandez ...

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EU talks on Balkans migrant crisis

Migrant crisis: Balkan leaders meet amid Juncker warnings 25 October 2015 From the section Europe Media captionThe BBC’s John Sweeney gives a tour of a refugee crossing point on the Serbia-Croatia border Leaders from Central Europe and the Balkans are due to hold an emergency summit to discuss the migrant crisis. A draft statement leaked ahead of the meeting calls ...

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Russia 'ready to help Syria rebels'

Syria war: Russia ‘is ready to assist FSA rebels’ 24 October 2015 From the section Europe Image copyright Reuters Image caption Western powers say most Russian air strikes have hit rebel groups including the FSA rather than IS positions Russia says it is ready to help US-backed rebels in Syria in their battle against militant organisations like the Islamic State ...

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Second Korean family reunion in North

Second Korean family reunion in North 24 October 2015 From the section Asia Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gu Sang-yeon, 98, travelled from South Korea to meet his daughters for the first time in over 60 years A group of mainly elderly South Koreans have met relatives in the North, in the second of two organised reunions for family ...

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Iraq minister faces corruption charges

Iraq trade minister faces arrest over corruption charges 18 October 2015 From the section Middle East Image copyright EPA Image caption The Iraqi PM has pledged a series of political reforms following street protests Iraq has issued arrest warrants for the trade minister and his brother on corruption charges, a judicial spokesman said. The statement did not say what accusations ...

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Pope Francis canonises French couple

Pope canonises French couple Louis and Zelie Martin 18 October 2015 From the section Europe Image copyright Sanctuaire D’Alencon Image caption Louis and Zelie Martin were the parents of Saint Theresa of Lisieux Pope Francis has conducted the first canonisation of a married couple in a ceremony in St Peter’s Square. Louis and Marie-Zelie Guerin Martin, who lived in France ...

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BJP 'rebukes politicians' in beef row

Head of India’s BJP ‘rebukes politicians’ in beef row 18 October 2015 From the section India Image copyright AP Image caption The issue has provoked heated protests from those outraged at the killings, as well as those who want tighter restrictions on beef consumption The head of India’s governing BJP party, Amit Shah, has reportedly rebuked four BJP politicians for ...

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Egyptian writer Gamal al-Ghitani dies

Egyptian writer Gamal al-Ghitani dies aged 70 18 October 2015 From the section Middle East Image copyright AFP Image caption Ghitani was born in the southern province of Sohag in 1945 Acclaimed Egyptian novelist and journalist Gamal al-Ghitani has died in Cairo, aged 70. He had been in a coma in hospital for two months after being admitted with respiratory ...

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Deal reached on Colombia's disappeared

Colombian government and Farc rebels reach deal on disappeared 18 October 2015 From the section Latin America & Caribbean Image copyright AFP Image caption Many thousands of people have gone missing during the 50-year conflict Colombia’s government and Farc rebels have agreed measures to find people who disappeared during the country’s decades-long civil war. The government estimates more than 50,000 ...

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Syria strikes 'kill 40 IS militants'

Syria conflict: Air strikes ‘kill 40 IS militants’ 18 October 2015 From the section Middle East Media captionWho’s fighting whom in Syria? Explained in 90 seconds At least 40 militants with the so-called Islamic State have been killed in air strikes in Syria, a British-based monitoring group reports. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a convoy of 16 vehicles ...

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