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Blast rocks sports center in Belgium’s Chimay, injuries reported

A powerful explosion went off at a sports facility in the Belgian city of Chimay, partially destroying the building and injuring an unknown number of people, local media report.

3 killed in ‘crossbow attack’ in Toronto’s residential district

Three people have been killed in an attack in a residential area in Scarborough’s east end, Toronto, local media report.

Photo of French police enforcing burkini ban goes viral, politician threatens legal action

A French politician is threatening legal action against social media users for sharing a photo of police enforcing a ban on the burkini.

Armed man arrested after attempting to infiltrate Merkel motorcade in Prague

Czech police had to use the threat of gunfire to halt a man in a black 4x4 Mercedes who was attempting to join German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s motorcade during her visit to the Czech capital.

Japanese media accuse police of ‘violating press freedom’ at anti-US military protest

Two Okinawa newspapers have accused the Japanese riot police of using force to remove their journalists from a protest against the construction of US military helipads in the area last week.

Militants stage car bomb attack on restaurant in Somali capital, gunfire ongoing – reports

Militants from Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, have attacked a restaurant in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

Tata, tobacco! Denmark aims for 1st smoke-free generation by 2030

Smoking bans in restaurants and bars have become commonplace in many countries, but Denmark isn’t stopping there.

‘Betrayal of trust'? WhatsApp to start sharing user data with Facebook, corporations

The world’s most popular messenger, the Facebook-owned WhatsApp, will give its users’ personal information to its parent company and plans to make it easier for businesses to contact subscribers.

Russia urges ‘caution’ on UN’s Syria chemical weapons report, will talk to US

Russia’s UN envoy has called on the international community not to draw “hasty conclusions” from a year-long UN investigation that blames the Syrian government for carrying out two chemical weapons attacks in the past two years, and Islamic State for one.

Japan holds live-fire drills near Mount Fuji day after N. Korean missile test (VIDEO)

Tanks, artillery and hundreds of troops took part in Japanese Self Defense Forces (SDF) live-fire drills near Mount Fuji on Thursday.

‘It’s not a leak, it’s theft’: Indian submarine docs were stolen, French govt source says

Documents containing detailed descriptions of key features of India’s naval submarines were stolen from the French contractor that built them, a French government source says.

Colombia & FARC shake on historic peace deal after 52 years of CIA-funded war

The CIA may need to find another enemy in Colombia now that the South American country's government has reached a historic peace deal with the ‘People’s Army’ known as FARC.

'French first, Muslim second': Riviera mayor backs burkini ban

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Ruins & rubble: Drone VIDEO captures scale of devastation of Italian quake

Houses in ruins, piles of rubble – a drone video captured what the small village of Pescara del Tronto has been reduced to by a devastating earthquake that hit central Italy on Wednesday.

Muslim intern refuses to remove headscarf, German mayor fires her on 1st day

The mayor of a German town fired a Muslim intern on her first day of work because she refused to take off her headscarf, local media reported.

‘Dogs flew 20 or 30 meters’: Rare twister wreaks havoc in Russia (VIDEO)

A rare tornado has ripped through the suburbs of Syktyvkar, a provincial capital in northern Russia, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes #1 cause of civilian deaths in Yemen – UN body

Airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen are responsible for the majority of civilians killed in the country’s ongoing conflict, the UN has found, while calling for an international investigation into the coalition’s violations there.

Coma patient ‘regains full consciousness’ following novel ultrasound procedure

A device developed at UCLA may have been responsible for a barely-conscious patient recovering from a coma and becoming fully able to comprehend language just three days after being the first subject of a novel brain treatment, a new study has found.

High alert: Russia tests army’s readiness in massive snap exercise in west & south

Russian Army units as well as the Air Force, Airborne Troops and the Navy’s Northern Fleet have been put on high alert as part of a large-scale snap exercise which the Defense Ministry says will check troops’ readiness to tackle emerging crises.

Turkey sends more tanks to Syria, town of Jarablus ‘being cleansed’ of ISIS

More Turkish tanks have crossed the border into Syria in a military operation ostensibly aimed at taking the border town of Jarablus from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).