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Seven inmates killed in US prison riot

Image copyright AFP Image caption The deadly riot broke out at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina Seven prisoners have been killed and at least 17 others injured in a riot at a maximum security prison in the US state of South Carolina, officials say. Violence erupted at the prison facility on Sunday evening…

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Protesters call for Starbucks boycott

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters converged on the Philadelphia Starbucks where two black men were arrested The arrest of two black men at a Starbucks in the US city of Philadelphia has sparked protests and boycott calls. The coffee chain's chief executive, Kevin Johnson, apologised for the arrests in a statement on Saturday.…

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Coachella 2018: Beyonce and other highlights

Image copyright Getty Images Hands up if your timeline was flooded with news from Coachella this weekend? You're not alone. Social media was buzzing with Beyonce's headline set, The Weeknd "crying" and a pregnant Cardi B twerking. Around 100,000 fans are expected in California for the two-week festival which runs until 22 April. If the…

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Nasa planet-hunter set for launch

Image copyright NASA Image caption Tess will search for temporary drops in brightness caused by planetary transits The US space agency is about to launch a telescope that should find thousands of planets beyond our Solar System. The Tess mission will go up on a Falcon rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida and survey nearly…

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Russia ‘not tampering’ with Syria site

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRussia's foreign minister says the only evidence of a chemical attack came from the mediaRussia has denied interfering with evidence at the site of a suspected Syrian government chemical weapons attack which led to Saturday's military intervention by Western states. In an interview for BBC's Hardtalk, Russian…

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Facebook expels alt-right figurehead

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A speech by Mr Spencer on the University of Florida's campus proved controversial in 2017 Facebook has banned the American white nationalist who popularised the term "alternative right". Richard Spencer's page on the social network was removed on Friday along with two other pages he controlled: that of his…

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Russian reporter dies after mystery fall

Image copyright Maxim Borodin/Facebook Image caption Maxim Borodin had contacted a friend two days before he was found seriously injured beneath his fifth-floor flat A Russian investigative journalist who wrote about the deaths of mercenaries in Syria has died in hospital after falling from his fifth-floor flat. Maxim Borodin was found badly injured by neighbours…

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US pastor goes on trial in Turkey

Image copyright AFP Image caption Andrew Brunson has been detained since October 2016 An American pastor has gone on trial in Turkey charged with aiding a terrorist organisation, in a case that has frayed relations between Turkey and the US. Andrew Brunson is accused of helping a group led by Fethullah Gulen, an exiled Muslim…

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