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Syrian president's mother dies aged 86

February 6, 2016 - 6:25pm
The mother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Anisa, has died at the age of 86 in the capital Damascus, his office announces.
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Ecuador-Turkey row over speech scuffle

February 6, 2016 - 3:18pm
Ecuador protests to Turkey over an incident in which demonstrators were ejected during a speech by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Quito.
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Skiers killed in Austrian avalanche

February 6, 2016 - 1:21pm
Five Czech skiers have been killed in a huge avalanche in the Austrian Alps that buried 17 people, local police say.
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Syrian refugee numbers soar at border

February 6, 2016 - 1:18pm
The number of Syrians trying to cross into Turkey amid an upsurge of fighting has nearly doubled to 35,000, a Turkish official says.
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Somali airliner 'was holed by bomb'

February 6, 2016 - 12:20pm
A blast that punched a large hole in the fuselage of a passenger plane at Somalia's Mogadishu airport on Tuesday was caused by a bomb, officials say.
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'Further arrests' over UK pilot killing

February 6, 2016 - 11:00am
Five people have now been arrested in connection with the killing of a UK pilot whose helicopter was shot down by poachers in Tanzania, his employer says.
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Somali troops 'retake' key port city

February 6, 2016 - 10:44am
Somalia's military has retaken Merca from al-Shabab militants who entered the port city on Friday, residents there say.
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VIDEO: At the scene of the Taiwan earthquake

February 6, 2016 - 10:43am
The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from Tainan, where over 200 people have been rescued from buildings that collapsed after an earthquake
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Channel rescue for migrants in dinghy

February 6, 2016 - 10:34am
French coastguards rescue four migrants who were found trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable dinghy.
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Rescuers hunt for Taiwan quake missing

February 6, 2016 - 9:51am
Rescuers are searching the rubble of a high-rise apartment block in southern Taiwan, after an earthquake that kills at least 14 people.
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UN human rights chief in Sri Lanka probe

February 6, 2016 - 9:15am
The UN's top human rights official arrives in Sri Lanka amid concerns that the country's president is backtracking on promises to investigate war crimes.
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LA mayor's slow jam about road closure

February 6, 2016 - 7:13am
The mayor of Los Angeles comes up with novel way of warning residents about a major traffic closure: singing a slow jam.
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Sixth man on Moon Edgar Mitchell dies

February 6, 2016 - 6:24am
US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon and had an "epiphany" in space, dies at the age of 85.
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Russians sneak a peek at BBC's War and Peace

February 6, 2016 - 6:19am
Russians take a view on BBC's version of Tolstoy
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Bhutan's queen gives birth to heir

February 6, 2016 - 6:15am
Bhutan's King Jigme Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema have their first child, who becomes crown prince of the remote Himalayan kingdom.
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North Korea advances 'satellite' launch

February 6, 2016 - 6:11am
North Korea reportedly advances the date of its controversial "satellite" launch suspected to be a cover for weapons testing
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Deadly quake fells buildings in Taiwan

February 6, 2016 - 5:44am
Rescuers search for trapped survivors after an earthquake topples buildings in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing at least 11 people.
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VIDEO: Onlooker films New York crane collapse

February 6, 2016 - 5:37am
A large construction crane has collapsed in lower Manhattan in New York City, killing one person and injuring at least two others.
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VIDEO: Bollywood singer performs mid-flight

February 6, 2016 - 4:54am
An Indian airline has suspended five crew members who let a Bollywood star sing over its public address system.
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VIDEO: Drone films collapsed quake building

February 6, 2016 - 4:29am
An earthquake has toppled a number of buildings in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan, with rescue teams trying to reach people trapped in rubble.
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Fransini Giraldo is a Colombian girl who dances her own style of Salsa. In this video, she dances to the rhythm of Sonora Carruseles de Colombia, presumably in the Colombia countryside. Published July 16, 2013.

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