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Spain Melilla migrants: On a hill, in sight of Europe

The migrants live in a forest

Thousands of migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa are living on a hill in Morocco, within touching distance of Europe. The border fence around the Spanish territory of Melilla is all that separates them from access to Europe. In recent weeks, the authorities there say a human “avalanche” of migrants has seen hundreds scale the now fortified border fences. Softly spoken 19-year-old ...

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S Korea ferry: Desperate search for survivors continues

Military and civilian ships and helicopters have been searching for survivors

Emergency services are continuing to search for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry carrying more than 470 people sank off South Korea. Officials say 179 people have been rescued. Most of the passengers were students from the same high school. Bad weather and strong currents have hampered military divers’ efforts to enter the ship, where it is thought many ...

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Nigeria unrest: Huge search for abducted schoolgirls

The school is located not far from where the Islamist militant group Boko Haram have been carrying out attacks, as the BBC's Will Ross reports

The Nigerian military is joining the search for at least 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote northeast. It is thought that Islamist militant group Boko Haram took them to a forest near the Cameroonian border. The air force, army, police and local volunteers are all involved in the search, officials say. For years, Boko Haram has ...

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Nigeria unrest: Huge search for abducted schoolgirls

The school is located not far from where the Islamist militant group Boko Haram have been carrying out attacks, as the BBC's Will Ross reports

The Nigerian military is joining the search for at least 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote northeast. It is thought that Islamist militant group Boko Haram took them to a forest near the Cameroonian border. The air force, army, police and local volunteers are all involved in the search, officials say. For years, Boko Haram has ...

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Remittance fees hurt Africans – Comic Relief

Western Union is one of the main money transfer companies in the area

Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being “hurt” by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief has said. Restricted competition has helped push up charges, according to research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Money transfer company Western Union said that fees were set according to factors such as local taxes. The company “delivered much-needed services to individuals”, ...

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South Korea ferry: Scores missing as ship sinks

SINKING

Several hundred people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 476 people capsized and sank off South Korea. The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, in the north-west, to the southern resort island of Jeju. A major rescue effort is under way, using dozens of ships and helicopters. Several hours after the disaster, at ...

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Nigeria unrest: ‘Attackers abduct 200 schoolgirls’

Scores of girls have been abducted in an attack on a school in north-east Nigeria, parents say. Gunmen reportedly arrived at the school in Chibok, Borno state, late last night, and ordered the hostel’s teenage residents on to lorries. Parents told the BBC’s Hausa service that at least 200 girls had been abducted. The attackers are thought to be from ...

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Italy ex-PM Berlusconi to do community service

Silvio Berlusconi

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi must perform a year’s community service in a home for the elderly, a Milan court has ruled. The sentence followed his conviction last year for tax fraud in connection with the purchase of TV rights by his firm, Mediaset, in the 1990s. Berlusconi’s lawyers said they were “satisfied” that the ruling would allow him ...

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Ukraine crisis: Obama urges Putin to rein in separatists

A police station in the city of Horlivka is just one of the buildings stormed by pro-Russia protesters

US President Barack Obama has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to use his influence to make separatists in eastern Ukraine stand down. The phone call between the two leaders came as pro-Russian activists continued to occupy buildings in eastern towns. For his part, Mr Putin rejected accusations of Russian interference, calling the reports “unreliable”. EU foreign ministers said on ...

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More than 70 killed in Abuja bus blast

NAIJA BLAST

More than 70 people have been killed in a bomb blast at a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, officials say. The explosion happened as commuters were about to board buses and taxis to go to work in central Abuja, the BBC’s Haruna Tangaza reports. Eyewitnesses said there were dead bodies scattered around the area. Suspicion ...

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