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Indian man carries dead wife’s body for 12km

An impoverished man in India carried his wife’s body for 12km after the hospital where she died allegedly failed to provide an ambulance to carry the body back to their village. Dana Majhi’s wife Amang, 42, died from tuberculosis in the district hospital in Bhawanipatna town in Orissa state. Mr Majhi said his village was 60km (37 miles) away and he couldn’t afford to hire a vehicle. The hospital authorities have denied his charge. ‘No choice’ “The woman was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and died the same night. Her husband took away her body without informing any...

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Syria: Evacuation of rebels and families from Darayya underway

Aid workers have begun evacuating thousands of civilians from Darayya, a suburb of Damascus subjected to four years of siege and whose last remaining hospital was destroyed last week by an airstrike. The evacuation, which will leave behind none of Darayya’s original residents, began after opposition fighters and the regime of Bashar al-Assad agreed to a deal that would end the blockade and allow civilians and militants to leave for other parts of Damascus and northern Syria The UN and Red Crescent are overseeing the evacuation, which is taking place almost exactly four years after a massacre in the town...

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France’s highest court suspends ‘burkini’ ban

France’s highest administrative court has suspended a ban on full-body “burkini” swimsuits that was imposed in a town on the Mediterranean coast. The ban in Villeneuve-Loubet “seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms”, it found, including freedom of belief. The ruling could set a precedent for up to 30 other towns that imposed bans on their beaches, chiefly on the Riviera. The court will make a final decision on the legality of the bans later. Correspondents in France say the court’s decision means that all the bans on burkinis are likely now to be overturned but one mayor in...

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Turkey warns Syrian Kurds to withdraw east of Euphrates

Turkey has threatened further intervention in northern Syria unless Kurdish-led forces fully withdraw east of the River Euphrates within a week. On Wednesday, Turkish forces helped Syrian rebels take the border town of Jarablus from so-called Islamic State. Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Thursday the operation had two goals – to secure the border area and ensure the Kurds “are not there”. Ankara fears Kurdish gains in Syria will fuel an insurgency at home. As Mr Isik spoke, a column of some 10 Turkish tanks and a similar number of armoured vehicles reportedly crossed the border near...

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