Pope Francis urges end to Chile's Mapuche conflict

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pope Francis said that violence turns a “just cause into a lie” Pope Francis has used a public address in Chile to denounce violence and call for unity in one of the country’s longest-running conflicts. Speaking in southern Araucania region, the pontiff said “destructive violence” …

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France's baby milk scare: Police search Lactalis sites

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A government report previously said food safety inspectors failed to detect salmonella during a routine check French police are searching several sites run by dairy group Lactalis as part of an ongoing investigation into a baby milk scare. More than 12 million boxes of …

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Koreas to carry single Olympic flag

North and South Korea have agree to march together under a single “unified Korea” flag at next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. They also agreed to field a joint women’s ice hockey team after rare talks at the truce village of Panmunjom. These are the first high-level talks between …

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Merera Gudina, Ethiopia opposition leader, freed

Image copyright AFP Image caption Merera Gudina’s arrest came after he criticised Ethiopia’s state of emergency Jailed Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina has been freed after more than a year in detention. Prison authorities told his family that he was released on Wednesday morning and allowed to go back home. …

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Myanmar police kill seven Buddhist protesters in Rakhine

Image copyright AFP Image caption File photo of Myanmar police patrolling in Rakhine state Police in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state have opened fire on Buddhist protesters, killing at least seven. The violence occurred after more than 4,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists gathered in Mrauk U on Tuesday to protest a ban …

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Japanese train barks like a dog to prevent accidents

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Deer congregate on railway lines to lick the tracks Researchers in Japan have fitted a train with a speaker that barks like a dog and snorts like a deer in order to prevent collisions on the railway. Tokyo’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper reports that the …

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Japan warns over North Korean 'charm offensive'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea has recently moved towards talks with its Southern counterpart Japan has told an international meeting on North Korea that the world should not be blinded by Pyongyang’s recent “charm offensive”. Foreign Minister Taro Kono’s comments in Canada come as North and South …

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UK university could get EU funds post-Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There have been concerns from UK universities about losing access to European research projects A leading UK university has launched a close partnership with a top French research agency, in a relationship that could continue to provide UK academics with access to European research …

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