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Grenfell fire casts harsh light on London's dwindling low-income housing

The tragedy at Grenfell has shone a spotlight on London's housing policy and raised questions over who benefits from the city’s real-estate boom – and who falls through the cracks.

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Boko Haram militants ramp up attacks on refugee shelters in northeast Nigeria

Suicide bombers have killed and wounded dozens of people in recent months in a spate of attacks on camps and areas sheltering the displaced that bear the hallmarks of Boko Haram.

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Erdogan urges German Turks to vote against major parties

President Erdogan of Turkey called German Chancellor Angel Merkel and her Christian Democratic supporters enemies of his country. The comments are some of Erdogan's harshest yet against Ms. Merkel and her Christian Democrats.

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Spanish police thwart second vehicle attack south of Barcelona

Five would-be attackers are shot dead after attempting to drive through tourists in the seaside town of Cambrils hours after a van killed 13 people in Barcelona. Spanish police are on the hunt for the driver of the vehicle, who remains at large.

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Facing elections in Venezuela’s new normal, opposition asks: Do we want in?

As Venezuelan politicians prepare for long-delayed gubernatorial elections, some opposition members have argued that their participation would validate the increasingly undemocratic government. But memories of a backfiring boycott in 2005 have hung over the decision.

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Driven from US shores, neo-Nazi website finds no haven in Russia either

Kremlin watchdog Roskomnadzors' decision to shut down The Daily Stormer hate site underscores the very one-sided nature of the 'alt-right's' love affair with Russia.

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ISIS claims credit for Barcelona van attack

In the deadliest attack in Spain since March 2004, more than 12 people were killed and dozens injured when a van sped down a pedestrian walkway in one of Barcelona's busiest tourist hubs on Thursday.

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Student leaders of 2014 Hong Kong protest receive prison sentence

Youth protestors who organized a 2014 pro-democracy 'Umbrella' protest in Hong Kong will be imprisoned for eight months, a high court ruled on Thursday. 

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More casualties in Philippines president's anti-drug, anti-crime campaign

There was a second night of heavy bloodshed this week in an intensification of President Rodrigo Duterte's fierce war on drugs and crime. Although the violence has been criticized by much of the international community, Filipinos largely support the campaign.

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Netanyahu faces growing pressure to condemn Trump's Charlottesville response

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been lambasted by critics for failing to explicitly call out President Trump's ambivalent response to race-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Va. 

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Massive harvests of corn, soybeans pose storage problem in Brazil

From Iowa to China, years of bumper crops and low prices have overwhelmed storage capacity for corn, wheat, and other basic foodstuffs.

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Finding Somaliland's ancient cave art is hard. Protecting it could be harder.

Five-thousand-year-old rock art is tucked into an outcropping 40 miles northeast of Hargeisa, the capital of this breakaway region of Somalia. But its ambiguous political status has made protecting the site especially challenging.

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Thirty-two slain in Philippine president's war on drugs

Killings mark the single deadliest day since President Rodrigo Duterte launched his relentless war on his nation's drug trade.

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Zambian political opposition leader released from prison

Hakainde Hichilema, president of the opposition party United Party for National Development, was freed after spending 100 days in prison. 

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UK government voices opposition to Irish border posts

Britain said there must be no border posts or electronic checks between Northern Ireland and the Irish republic after Brexit, and it committed itself to maintaining the longstanding, border-free Common Travel Area covering the UK and Ireland.

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In call to cancel debt, Cambodia asks: When war is over, who cleans up the mess?

About 130 square miles of Cambodia are thought to be contaminated with unexploded ordnance dropped by US forces during the Vietnam War – one reason the prime minister says the country should not have to repay a wartime debt of $500 million.

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After Thatcher, New Labour, and austerity, has Britain decided to turn left again?

Not long ago, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s calls for economic redistribution were seen by many within his own party as a liability. But today a decisive shift to the left seems possible, even probable in a bastion of Anglo-Saxon capitalism.

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Korean leaders, US signal tentative shift toward diplomacy

Early signs of deescalation follow rising combative rhetoric between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump over the Hermit Kingdom's threats to launch missiles into the waters near Guam.

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In Charlottesville aftermath, Europe sees widening divide with US

The lack of a quick, clear response to the weekend events in Charlottesville from the White House left Europe – which has had a long struggle with racism and white supremacy – deeply concerned about Trump's values.

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Syrian rebels, refugees leave enclave in Lebanon

The departure of rebels from a group called Saraya Ahl al-Sham will leave an Islamic State enclave as the last militant stronghold straddling the border near the Lebanese town of Arsal, which is home to tens of thousands of refugees.

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