Kerch blast: Crimea college ‘bomb’ kills 10 – BBC News

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in an explosion at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea. Officials said an “unidentified explosive device” detonated at the technical college in Kerch, where Russia has built a bridge between the peninsula and Russia. Initial reports had suggested that the blast was some sort of gas explosion. But a Russian national guard official said the incident was a deliberate “terrorist act”. Sergei Melikov told Tass news agency the explosion had been caused by an improvised explosive device. A Kremlin spokesman…

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Meet Europe’s new koala clan – BBC News

Five southern koalas have been flown half way round the world as part of plans to create a back-up population of the species away from their native Australia. Although not an endangered species, they are considered to be vulnerable. Scientists in the UK will be looking for ways to help them thrive, away from the threats of diseases such as chlamydia. They’re now settling in to their new home, at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire. Video Journalist: Laura Foster Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog

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Should Canada’s pot convicts get amnesty? – BBC News

As Canada legalises recreational cannabis, what happens to the 500,000 people with existing criminal records for pot possession? Video by Dan Lytwyn Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog The first recreational cannabis to be legally bought in Canada was purchased at midnight on Wednesday (02:30 GMT) on the eastern island of Newfoundland amid queues of hundreds of people. Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis. Medical marijuana has been legal in the country since 2001. But concerns remain, including about the readiness for…

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Syrian refugee who lives in a historic manor – BBC News

Tamer fled Syria seven years ago because teenage boys in his region were being forced to join the government army. His parents were worried about him and his brother so they arranged for them to leave. After several years he arrived in the UK and successfully applied for asylum. As he was struggling to find accommodation, the trustees of Southside House, a historic home in south-west London, offered him a roof over his head. Tamer showed BBC News around his unusual living quarters and spoke about his longing to be…

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How is North Korea evading sanctions? – BBC News

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, currently holding talks with European leaders, says “North Korea’s economy is in huge difficulty due to international sanctions.” UN sanctions have been imposed to pressure Kim Jong-un’s government over its nuclear weapons programme. Reality Check investigates how North Korea tries to evade these sanctions. Motion graphics by Jacqueline Galvin. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog

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🇧🇩 Bangladesh: Scores of Rohingya children expelled from schools | Al Jazeera English

Almost one million Rohingya refugees are living in camps in Bangladesh. For years, government-run schools have quietly welcomed Rohingya refugee children. But recently, scores of children have been expelled. Al Jazeera’s Tanvir Chowdhury reports from Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera – Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/ #RohingyaCrisis #Bangladesh #Education

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🇮🇩 Jakarta on alert as protests after election loss turn violent | Al Jazeera English

Parts of the Indonesian capital are on lockdown after a night of violent protests. Six people have been killed and hundreds injured. Protesters are angry at the results of last month’s presidential election. On Tuesday, the General Elections Commission declared incumbent Joko Widodo the winner, giving him a second term in office. Indonesia’s security minister says social media was being blocked partially to avoid the spread of rumours. Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi reports from Jakarta. Greg Fealy – a specialist in Indonesian politics – joins her from the Australian National…

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🇱🇧 Stateless in Lebanon | Al Jazeera World

In Lebanon, there are thousands of stateless people like the Abu Eid tribe. They cannot access free public services like education and healthcare, have no freedom of movement, cannot own property, marry or work legally because of their lack of legal status. They can’t vote or run for public office. One of Lebanon’s many political challenges is overdue reform of its citizenship laws, to address the problems faced by its many vulnerable communities. Not doing so might cause more problems than it solves.

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Venezuela crisis: Where families buy rotten meat to eat – BBC News

Millions of Venezuelans have left the country in the last two years, fleeing the oil-rich nation’s economic collapse. Shortages of food and basic goods, years of recession, soaring inflation and regular power shortages have left the country almost on its knees. The government says those against the socialist President Nicolas Maduro are waging an “economic war” – but many within and outside the country blame his policies, combined with corruption and mismanagement. One of the most affected areas is the state of Zulia, long known as the centre of the…

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