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Olympic torch handed over to Brazilians

Last edited 28th April 2016

With 100 days to go before the Olympic Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic flame has been handed over in Athens to the Brazilian authorities.The torch will arrive in Brazil next week and then will travel around the country ahead of the games in August.Rio mayor Eduardo Paes says the Olympic park is almost ready but there are concerns about delays to some projects.

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Lebanon Releases Australian TV Crew Held in Kidnapping Case

Last edited 21st April 2016

The authorities in Lebanon have freed on bail an Australian mother and a TV crew accused of kidnapping two children involved in a custody dispute.


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‘What We’re Talking About is Killing People’

Last edited 19th April 2016

"It's very hard to call a choice truly free and truly dignified unless it is made from a position of equality. So that means you have to have the best aged care, the best palliative care that a civilised country can afford, that the quality of pain relief is not going to depend on your level of income and that's not the case in Australia right now. We need to make sure we do a lot more to make sure that is the case so that people aren't making this choice in a situation where perhaps what they really need is better mental health treatment..."

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UN Reopens Syria Peace Talks

Last edited 13th April 2016

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has opened a new round of peace talks seeking renewed pledges to uphold a truce he said had been shaken by serious incidents but "not a bushfire".


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Australia TV Crew Face Kidnap Charges in Lebanon

Last edited 12th April 2016

Prosecutors in Lebanon have filed charges against an Australian TV crew held over an attempt to abduct two children in a custody dispute.


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Auschwitz Guard Ernst Tremmel Dies a Week Before Trial

Last edited 7th April 2016

A 93-year-old former guard at Auschwitz has died a week before he was due to stand trial in Germany.


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Bones of Saint ‘Found in Ruins of Monastery Destroyed by ISIS’

Last edited 5th April 2016

St Elian monastery, in the recaptured town of Qaryatain, was bulldozed by the terrorist group last summer


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Nagorno-Karabakh Violence: Worst Clashes in Decades Kill Dozens

Last edited 4th April 2016

Dozens of people have been killed in clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia said 18 ethnic-Armenian troops died in the fighting early on Saturday, among the worst in two decades.Azerbaijan said it had lost 12 troops and there were unconfirmed reports of civilian deaths on both sides.Nagorno-Karabakh has been in the hands of ethnic-Armenian separatists since a war that ended in 1994.There was more firing across the frontline overnight into Sunday, the two countries said, but no deaths were reported.

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“We will not be able to overcome the hatred without a willingness for reconciliation”

Last edited 1st April 2016

•Jews and Christians, Israelis and Palestinians want to break through the spiral of violence – Aid to the Church in Need is supporting a reconciliation project By Oliver Maksan The Holy Land is being rocked by violence. Since the autumn of 2015, scarcely a week has passed without violence and counter violence breaking out between Israelis and Palestinians.


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Pakistan Explosion Leaves many Dead at Lahore Park

Last edited 28th March 2016

At least 69 people have been killed and scores injured in an explosion at a public park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, officials say.


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