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Egypt's Mohamed Morsi has death sentence overturned

MorsiEgypt's Court of Cassation has overturned a death sentence against the country's deposed president Mohamed Morsi and ordered a retrial, according to reports.

The country's first democratically elected president, Morsi was overthrown by a military coup in July 2013 after having served just one year of a four-year term.

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52 dead in Pakistani shrine bombing

Pakoistani bomb at mosqueAt least 52 people are dead and some 100 were injured when a bomb detonated at a popular shrine in Pakistan's Balochistan province, officials said.

The bombing took place at the Shah Noorani shrine, located outside Karachi, where worshippers had gathered in honor of a local saint.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Iraqi army says Nimrud captured from ISIL

Nimrud captured from ISILIraqi soldiers have captured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city overrun by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) two years ago, a military statement said on Sunday.

"Troops from the Ninth Armoured Division liberated Nimrud town completely and raised the Iraqi flag above its buildings," the statement said.

The town of Nimrud lies 1 km west of the ruins of the 3,000-year-old city.

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Tsunami warning issued after quake strikes New Zealand

7.8 earthquake hits New ZealandA powerful magnitude 7.8-magnitude earthquake has rocked New Zealand, prompting a tsunami warning and knocking out power and phone services in many parts of the country.

Officials warned all people along the east coast of the country to get to higher ground as the first waves began to roll in.  

The US Geological Survey said the shallow temblor hit 90km from the South Island city of Christchurch, which was devastated five years ago by a 6.3 tremor.

That quake killed 185 people in one of New Zealand's deadliest disasters.

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Former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul banned from entering Russia

Michael McFaulA former U.S. ambassador to Russia has been placed on the Kremlin's sanctions list and banned from entering the country, a move he believes is retaliation for his "close affiliation with [U.S. President Barack] Obama."

Michael McFaul, now a professor at Stanford University in California and a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, took to social media to confirm the ban.

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Turkey halts operations of 370 civic groups, raids offices

Turkey arrests tens of thousandsTurkey's Interior Ministry has halted the operations of 370 civic associations on terrorism-related charges, with police raiding several offices and detaining members.

Some of the raids Friday met resistance, leading to detentions.

Nergis Aslan, the general secretary of the Progressive Lawyers' Association, told The Associated Press that the Turkish government gave no explanation for the decision to shut down his group. She says "there is serious suppression against any form of organization, association or any sort of opposition group."

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London police guilty of 'serious failings' over VIP child sex cases

London police guilty of ignoring VP child sex chargesLondon's police force was guilty of dozens of serious failings in investigations into alleged historical child sex abuse by high-profile figures based on claims that turned out not to be credible, a damning report said on Tuesday.

Detectives, including some very senior officers, made a series of mistakes in two inquiries into claims of sex offences and child murders with the suggestion that the crimes had been covered up by the establishment, the report by former High Court judge Richard Henriques found.

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