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Plane Hits Melbourne Mall, All On Board Presumed Dead

An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday, shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

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Explosions Rock District Courts In Charsadda

Suicide bombers attacked a court complex in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least six people, police said.

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UN Demands Action As Famine Looms In Three Countries

Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, the UN children's agency said.

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Red Crescent: 74 Dead Refugees Wash Ashore In Zawiya

Libya's Red Crescent has said that 74 bodies of refugees have washed ashore in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea.

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Indonesia: Widespread Flooding Hits Jakarta

Torrential downpours have caused widespread flooding across parts of Indonesia, including in the capital, Jakarta, where the floodwaters are chest-deep in places.

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Elor Azaria Gets 18 Months For Killing Palestinian

An Israeli soldier who shot and killed a wounded Palestinian, who was incapacitated having already been shot, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for manslaughter.

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Iran And Turkey Trade Barbs Over Syria And Iraq

Diplomatic tensions have escalated between Turkey and Iran as the two countries traded accusations over their roles in the Syria conflict and the Middle East.

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Troops Advance On Western Mosul As Mattis Holds Talks

Iraqi forces advanced into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive ISIL from the city's western half, as the visiting US defence secretary met officials to discuss the fight against the armed group.

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Heads Of Adoption Centre Arrested Over Trafficking

Indian police say they have arrested the heads of an adoption centre suspected of selling at least 17 children to foreign couples, the latest trafficking scandal to hit the country.

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Lenin Moreno, Guillermo Lasso To Contest April Runoff

Leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno and ex-banker Guillermo Lasso will contest an April runoff to become the new Ecuadorian president, according to electoral officials.

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