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Legendary New York journalist Jimmy Breslin dies at 88

Image copyright AP Image caption Legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin has died at home in Manhattan Jimmy Breslin, the journalist who spent decades chronicling New York City life, has died at home in Manhattan aged 88. He died of complications from pneumonia. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer’s career spanned from interviewing John Kennedy’s grave digger, to exchanging […]

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'Whatever he says is right'

Image copyright AP Image caption Turkey”s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Sakarya – his conservative heartland As the helicopter whirred overhead, the warm-up act boomed out: “Recep Tayyip Erdogan is arriving!” Hordes of adoring fans frantically waved their flags and chanted his name. Some elderly women fainted – from the excitement or […]

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Orly airport: France launches terror investigation

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police searched Belgacem’s home north of Paris for signs of any links with militants French anti-terror prosecutors are investigating an attack at Paris’s Orly airport by a gunman who was eventually shot dead by security forces. Ziyed Ben Belgacem, 39, was killed on Saturday after he put a gun to […]

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Killers in disguise

Image copyright EPA In the Afghan capital, Kabul, there’s still widespread shock and anger at the brutal militant attack last week on the city’s main military hospital. The authorities have acted swiftly, sacking the deputy interior minister and arresting 24 hospital and military officials, including an army general. But for many Kabul residents it feels […]

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Running for their lives

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkey is seen as a safe haven by civilians fleeing the fighting in Syria “They wait until the fog sets in, limiting the visibility of the Turkish border guards, and then they run for their lives.” Abdo, 31, is a people smuggler from a Syrian village near the northern city […]

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Hi-tech tribe

By Gemma Handy . Image copyright WWF Guianas Image caption The Wai-Wais have been trained to use technology to record eco data Eleazer Mawasha speaks haltingly. English is not his first language, and Skype not his preferred method of communication. An elder of Guyana’s Wai-Wai people, Mr Mawasha is more familiar with the sounds and […]

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Cursed name?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A movie star, oui… But still a Kevin What happens when you have a name that seems perfectly reasonable in your home country, but raises a sympathetic smile when you’re abroad? BBC Europe Correspondent Kevin Connolly has been finding out the hard way. There is a theory called nominative […]