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Hamas says it is ready to hold first elections since 2006

The Palestinian militant group Hamas says it is ready to dissolve the committee that rules Gaza and hold a general election for the first time since 2006. It also said it was aiming for more talks with rivals Fatah as it aims to end their decade-long feud.

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Kurdish MPs say yes to independence referendum

The Iraqi Kurdish parliament has voted to back an independence referendum in the face of opposition from across the globe. The Kurdistan Regional Government, sitting for the first time in two years, backed the 25 September vote yesterday. Iraq's central government rejected the referendum as unconstitutional on Tuesday. Iran, Turkey and the US also object to the vote, fearing further instability.

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UK terror threat increased to critical after Tube bomb

The UK terror threat has been increased to its highest level as police continue the hunt for the person behind the Tube bombing in south-west London. The prime minister, Theresa May said the threat was now critical, meaning an attack is expected imminently, after a device was detonated at Parsons Green station.

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Actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91

Actor Harry Dean Stanton, known for his roles in many films and TV shows such as "Alien" , "The Godfather II", and "Repo Man", has died at the age of 91. The Kentucky born star had a career which spanned more than six decades, appearing in dozens of films. More recently, he appeared in the hit HBO show "Big Love", and this year's revival of the cult classic Twin Peaks. He died at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles yesterday.

North Korea 'fires missile from Pyongyang'.

North Korea has fired a missile over northern Japan, the South Korean and Japanese governments say. The missile is likely to have reached an altitude of about 770 kilometres and travelled some 3,700km, South Korea's military said. The missile flew over Japan's Hokkaido island before landing in the Pacific Ocean, officials say.

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Japan and India to deal with North Korea jointly

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in Gandhinagar at the end of his bilateral discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi that North Korea will have to roll back its missile and nuclear programmes. Addressing the media, Mr. Abe said that Japan and India will take firm steps against the challenges that have emanated from North Korea and will force North Korea to roll back its recent aggressive moves.

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Hillary Clinton releases new book titled "What Happened"

Hillary Clinton released a new book yesterday titled "What Happened", which gives reasons as well as takes responsibility for her defeat in the US Presidential Elections last year.

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Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power due to Irma disaster

Eight people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died.Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm.Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood.

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North Korea's recent nuclear weapons test fuels concerns over a potential high altitude Electromagnetic Pulse Attack

North Korea's recent nuclear weapons test is fueling concerns over a potential high altitude Electromagnetic Pulse Attack, which could cripple power supplies across a wide area. An Electromagnetic Pulse takes effect when a nuclear warhead explodes above the Earth's atmosphere releasing a burst of Gamma Rays, which consist of high energy electromagnetic radiation. Waves of radiation collide with Oxygen and Nitrogen atoms stripping away electrons.

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Europe steps up response to Hurricane Irma

European countries are boosting relief efforts in their Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma, amid criticism over the response. French President Emmanuel Macron, who is visiting French islands that took the full force of the storm, said a huge "airlift" was bringing more aid. UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is due in the region and the king of the Netherlands is touring Dutch islands. Irma killed at least 23 people in the three countries' overseas territories.

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