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Shimon Peres said to be "close to death"

The 93-year-old was taken into hospital after a major stroke two weeks ago. His condition was improving until he had a severe setback on Tuesday, according to Israeli media.

The 93-year-old was taken into hospital after a major stroke two weeks ago. His condition was improving until he had a severe setback on Tuesday, according to Israeli media.

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Azerbaijan votes to extend Aliyev's time in office

Officials in the Caucasus country say lengthening the president's term from five to seven years was backed by a 'vast majority' of voters.

Officials in the Caucasus country say lengthening the president's term from five to seven years was backed by a 'vast majority' of voters.

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Typhoon Megi slams into Taiwan

At least four people have died and 316 have been injured after the powerful storm hit the north-east of the country.

At least four people have died and 316 have been injured after the powerful storm hit the north-east of the country.

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Aleppo: four-front ground offensive

Pro-Syrian government forces attacked rebel-held areas of Aleppo on four fronts on Tuesday.

Pro-Syrian government forces attacked rebel-held areas of Aleppo on four fronts on Tuesday.

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Azerbaijan referendum to extend presidential term underway

Azerbaijan has been voting in a constitutional referendum to extend the chief of state’s term in office to seven years from five.

Azerbaijan has been voting in a constitutional referendum to extend the chief of state’s term in office to seven years from five.

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Iran's supreme leader tells Ahmadinejad not to run again for president

Iran’s supreme leader has told former hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to stand again in next year’s elections, state media reported on

Iran’s supreme leader has told former hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to stand again in next year’s elections, state media reported on

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Russia accused at UN of 'barbarism' and 'war crimes' in Syria

There was a bitter war of words on Sunday at a specially-convened meeting of the UN Security Council over Syria – as diplomatic efforts to broker peace give way to…

There was a bitter war of words on Sunday at a specially-convened meeting of the UN Security Council over Syria – as diplomatic efforts to broker peace give way to…

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China begins operating giant telescope to explore deep space

China has taken a big step forward in space exploration: a huge radio telescope – the largest in the world – has begun operating from its base in the southwest of the…

China has taken a big step forward in space exploration: a huge radio telescope – the largest in the world – has begun operating from its base in the southwest of the…

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Watermelon Carving Competition in China

A watermelon lamp carving competition kicked off in Pinghu City in China’s eastern Zhejiang Province on Saturday.

A watermelon lamp carving competition kicked off in Pinghu City in China’s eastern Zhejiang Province on Saturday.

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Syria: Assad forces tighten grip on Aleppo

Russian-backed Syrian forces seized strategic territory to the north of Aleppo on Saturday, marking the first major ground advance of an offensive to retake rebel-held zones and bring the entire city

Russian-backed Syrian forces seized strategic territory to the north of Aleppo on Saturday, marking the first major ground advance of an offensive to retake rebel-held zones and bring the entire city

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Toddler and a little girl rescued from rubble in Aleppo

Amateur video shows a baby boy and a little girl being rescued from the rubble in Aleppo, after the Syrian city is hit by a wave of heavy air strikes.

Amateur video shows a baby boy and a little girl being rescued from the rubble in Aleppo, after the Syrian city is hit by a wave of heavy air strikes.

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Russian aid reaches Aleppo

Following heavy airstrikes, which killed 90 people, reportedly involving Russian jets, Russian humanitarian aid is being distributed in parts of Aleppo.

Following heavy airstrikes, which killed 90 people, reportedly involving Russian jets, Russian humanitarian aid is being distributed in parts of Aleppo.

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Azeris asked to entrench Aliyev power in referendum vote

Monday sees Azeris going to a referendum vote on constitutional changes that have been criticised by the Council of Europe as posing a “serious risk to the balance of…

Monday sees Azeris going to a referendum vote on constitutional changes that have been criticised by the Council of Europe as posing a “serious risk to the balance of…

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Iraqi forces regain control of Shirqat

Analysts say it brings the military a step closer to a main push on Mosul later this year.

Analysts say it brings the military a step closer to a main push on Mosul later this year.

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Peace in Afghanistan - but at what price?

Afghan officials have signed a peace agreement with a party led by one of the country's most notorious Islamist warlords.

Afghan officials have signed a peace agreement with a party led by one of the country's most notorious Islamist warlords.

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Syria's Assad says US 'lacks will' to work with Russia to defeat terrorists

Embattled Syrian President Bashar al Assad has hit out at the US, saying it has no will to work with Russia to defeat ISIL and other groups seen as terrorist in…

Embattled Syrian President Bashar al Assad has hit out at the US, saying it has no will to work with Russia to defeat ISIL and other groups seen as terrorist in…

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Self-driving, self-parking cars

As part of its shift from home electronics to cars, Japanese giant Panasonic has been testing its new experimental self-driving vehicle.

As part of its shift from home electronics to cars, Japanese giant Panasonic has been testing its new experimental self-driving vehicle.