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U.N. Security Council considers lifting Eritrea sanctions next week

The U.N. Security Council is considering lifting sanctions on Eritrea next week after a rapprochement with Ethiopia, although some members want to maintain some diplomatic pressure to ensure a dispute with Djibouti is resolved, diplomats said on Monday. A British-drafted resolution, seen by Reuters, proposes the immediate removal of an …

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Former German spy chief sacked again

German spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen, who was controversially removed and placed in another role in September, has been fired from his new job. Mr Maassen has been “placed in early retirement” over a speech he gave criticising government parties. He lost his top job as director of the domestic intelligence …

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Nurse, 30, dies on holiday in Dubai

A 30-year-old “well-loved” nurse has died after being taken ill while travelling to Dubai for a holiday. Charlotte Carter, from Swansea, who worked for the NHS in north-west London, began to feel unwell while on a flight, friends said. Her condition worsened on the taxi journey to the hotel and …

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Delhi panic over toxic air ahead of Indian festival Diwali

Panic gripped the Indian capital Delhi on Monday as residents woke up to a blanket of thick grey smog ahead of Diwali, the festival of lights. Visibility is poor as pollution levels reached 20 times the World Health Organisation’s recommended limit. The air quality is expected to worsen in the …

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