Fire breaks out in DR Congo election commission building

A fire breaks out in an electoral commission building in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo,10 days ahead of presidential elections that have been foreshadowed by violence.

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Russia’s young creators search for the thread of history

They are young designers but the techniques they use to create their fabrics come from Russia’s distant past. In her small workshop in the rooftops of Moscow, Maria Andrianova focuses on making a sewing point learned from grandmothers in Karelia, in northwestern Russia. Youkhan Nikadimus decided to devote himself to the creation of “kokochniki”, traditional headdresses from Russian folklore. These young Russian creators are trying “to bring pieces of history back to the modern world.”

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Britain’s May confirms to stand down before next election

British Prime Minister Theresa May confirms, during her arrival at an EU summit in Brussels, that she would step down before the 2022 general election. SOUNDBITE

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The man on a mission to save trees in Bangladesh

Ohid Sarder is a self-professed tree hugger: the 53-year-old rides his bicycle across Bangladesh in a grassroots effort to free trees from nails used to pin up signs and billboards.

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Israeli forces kill Palestinian murder suspect: officials

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian suspected of murdering two Israelis in the occupied West Bank, following a two-month manhunt.

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One week ahead of Madagascar’s second round of elections

With less than one week to go before Madagascar’s highly contested elections, candidates are trying to gather as much support as possible. The second round of elections will see two former presidents, Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina, come head to head for the presidency. IMAGES

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Fentanyl surpasses heroin as deadliest drug in US

The synthetic drug, fentanyl, has surpassed heroin as the deadliest drug in the United States, taking more than 18,000 lives in 2016, federal health officials say.

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Migrants keep crossing Strait of Gibraltar despite bad weather

30 years ago, a migrant’s body washed up on the coasts of Andalusia in southern Spain for the first time. Now, its popular beaches are regularly the scene of death and drama. So far this year, close to 53,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Spain, with nearly 700 losing their lives. And that figure continues to rise as the arrival of seasonal bad weather fail to deter those desperate to reach Europe.

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Chinese fishing deal makes waves for Madagascar’s fishermen

In Anakao, a traditional fishing community in southwest Madagascar, the community known as Vezo — meaning — “rowing strength” — have fished for generations. But the arrival last year of six fishing trawlers off the coast has complicated their livelihood.

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Pilgrims arrive at Virgin of Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims complete their annual trip to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico to celebrate the date that, according to Roman-Catholic tradition, the Virgin appeared to San Juan Diego at the mountain of Tepeyac.

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