French police clash with eco-activists in woods near Nantes

French police are trying to evict environmental activists from a wooded site in western France where a new airport was to have been built. Police used tear gas at the Notre-Dames-des-Landes site against hundreds of activists, who built makeshift barricades and set some ablaze. In January the government scrapped the controversial project to build a
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The Syrian government and its ally Russia have blamed Israel for a deadly attack on a Syrian military airport. Monday’s attack hit the Tiyas airbase, known as T4, near the city of Homs. Observers say 14 people were killed. Israel, which has previously hit Syrian targets, has not commented. Syria initially blamed the US for
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France has offered to mediate in the conflict in northern Syria, where Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish fighters in January. Ankara is battling to drive out the Kurdish YPG militia, which it sees as an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). President Emmanuel Macron met members of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic
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A Palestinian farmer has been killed by Israeli artillery fire in Gaza, Palestinian officials say, hours before a major protest by Palestinians along the border is due to start. The strike happened near the town of Khan Yunis, in southern Gaza. The Israeli military said a tank had fired at two suspects after suspicious activity
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An Indian journalist has been charged with people smuggling after he allegedly helped eight people enter Australia using fake media credentials. The group told officials at Brisbane airport that they had arrived to cover the Commonwealth Games. If convicted of human trafficking, the journalist, who had a valid media pass, faces up to 20 years
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The recent kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls from Nigeria shows that Boko Haram is still a dangerous force in Nigeria – despite President Muhammadu Buhari claiming that the group had been technically defeated. BBC Africa security correspondent Tomi Oladipo looks at the strength of the militant Islamists, and their links to the Islamic State group. Was
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For oncologists worldwide, India can look like a puzzling outlier when it comes to cancer. For one, despite reporting more than 1.5 million new cases every year, India’s cancer rate remains lower than, say, the economically advanced US. That’s about 100 cases per 100,000 people compared with 300 in the US. This may be easier
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“Enough is enough,” Jewish groups have said in a letter accusing Jeremy Corbyn of failing to tackle anti-Semitism. The Labour leader has said he is “sincerely sorry” for the pain caused by “pockets of anti-Semitism” in the Labour Party. Mr Corbyn said he would be meeting representatives of the Jewish community to “rebuild” confidence in
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Earthquake early warning detection is more effective for minor quakes than major ones. This is according to a new study from the United States Geological Survey. Seismologists modelled ground shaking along California’s San Andreas Fault, where an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 or more is expected within 30 years. They found that warning time could be increased for
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More than 100 Nigerian schoolgirls, most of those recently kidnapped by Boko Haram, have gone home to their families, four days after being freed. The jihadist group abducted the girls from the town of Dapchi in February. After their release from captivity and a brief emotional meeting with their parents, the schoolgirls were flown to
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