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13 Dead And 6 Injured After Blaze Breaks Out In French Bar

Fire in French bar kills 14A fire swept through a bar in the northern French city of Rouen overnight, killing 13 people and injuring six, after a birthday cake with candles and sparklers fell to the floor and set the carpet ablaze, police said.

The fire broke out in the basement of the popular Cuba Libre bar and quickly engulfed the room where some 20 people were celebrating, filling it with thick black smoke and poisonous fumes, a Rouen police officer told Reuters.

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Brazilian History and Culture Featured Prominently at Start of Olympic Opening Ceremony

Olympics begin in BrazilThe Olympic torch will end is 95-day worldwide journey tonight to light the cauldron in front of an estimated crowd of 70,000 at Maracana Stadium. Workers were seen on video using bolt cutters to open the gates because the keys to the locks were reportedly lost.

The opening ceremony features three key themes: reinvent, rejoice and replant. The event opened with several projected images of water and moved into significant events in Brazilian history, including a presentation of the "beginning of life," the "birth of the forest" and a tribute to the indigenous people who occupied Brazil in the past and present, according to the BBC. Acrobats then mimicked the movement of ships to symbolize when Europeans arrived to the continent in the 1500s.

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Afghanistan: Taliban claims attack on foreign tourists

Youris convoy hit in AfghanisstanForeign tourists being escorted by an army convoy in western Afghanistan have been ambushed by gunmen in an attack that left at least seven people wounded, Afghan officials say.

Twelve tourists from the UK, the US and Germany were attacked in the Chesht-e-Sharif district of Herat province on Thursday while on their way to Herat from Bamiyan and Ghor provinces.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement. Spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said the foreigners were killed - a claim the governor's office denied.

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Woman killed and five people injured in a 'terrorist knife attack in central London'

London knife attackPaul Hutchinson, a taxi driver, said he passed the incident shortly after it occurred.

He said: ‘I drove past Russell Square and the road wasn't shut but the pavement was all taped off by police, lots of armed police, lots of cars and the body was just lying on the floor. You could see the boots sticking out from under the cloth.

'Loads of armed police, cars with lights on and the body on the floor.'

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Latest North Korea missile launch lands near Japan waters, alarms Tokyo

N. Korea missile lands near JapanNorth Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The main body of the missile landed in Japan's economic exclusion zone, a Japanese defence official said, escalating regional tensions that were already high after a series of missile launches this year and the decision by the United States to place a sophisticated anti-missile system in South Korea.

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Palestinians decry impunity for Israeli settler attacks

Palestinians decry that attacks by settlers ignoredOn the evening of July 22, Palestinian youths from the Bethlehem-area village of Wadi Fukin ran to fields set ablaze by Israeli settlers.

Village resident Qais Manasra told Al Jazeera that three dunams (0.7 acres) of wheat on his property were burned that night, adding to about 200 olive trees destroyed on the outskirts of the village during arson attacks carried out by settlers since June.

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Syria's civil war: 'Chlorine gas dropped on Idlib town'

Syrian civil warA helicopter dropped containers of toxic gas overnight on a town in Syria's Idlib province, a rescue service operating in rebel-held territory said on Tuesday.

Raed Saleh, head of the Syrian Civil Defense group, told Al Jazeera that 33 civilians, including 18 women and 10 children, were brought to a local hospital after the attack.

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