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MPs from Greece’s far-right party say cases against them are ‘built on rumours’

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Three MPs from Greece's extremist right-wing Golden Dawn party have been freed from custody pending trial in criminal investigation triggered by the murder of a left-wing rapper.

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Italy Crisis: Berlusconi backs down on confidence vote

Ex-Prime Minister says he will now support the government having failed to gain the backing of his own party

A reporter films while a bout of heavy gunfire takes place shortly after dawn at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya Westgate siege: Government knew attack was possible before Nairobi massacre, say reports

Ministers were reportedly briefed on 'increasing threat of terrorism and of plans to launch simultaneous attacks'

Photo released by the Kenyan Presidential office, showing the remains of cars and other debris photographed from the rooftop of the car park outside the Westgate Mall
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Kenya shopping mall attack: Nairobi hostages were tortured before they were killed, says police doctor

Rumours of rapes, disfigurement and beheadings are rife in Kenya’s capital

Theresa May pledges to help Pakistan in 'fight against terror and violent extremism'

Home Secretary Theresa May has pledged support to Pakistan in its “fight against terror and violent extremism” on her third visit to the country.

Death toll rises to 123 in Mexico following Tropical Storm Ingrid and Hurricane Manuel

59,000 people believed to have been evacuated from their homes

At least 18 Afghan police officers killed in a single remote Taliban ambush

Country's interior minister releases statement announcing 'deeply saddening' incident which also wounded 13 others

Francois Hollande comes under pressure to allow French Syria vote

President François Hollande came under pressure yesterday to follow Barack Obama and David Cameron and allow a French parliamentary vote on punitive air strikes on Syria.

Egyptian violence was a massacre, not a ‘post-revolution transition’

Sisi realises Egypt’s relations with Israel are far more important than any coup

Francisco José Garzon emerges from the wreckage of the Galicia train crash

Francisco José Garzon - driver in Spain train crash - suspected of negligent homicide

The 52-year-old had been in hospital since the crash under police guard

French MP Gilles Bourdouleix under fire over Nazi Roma remark

Mayor alleges comments have been distorted and threatens to sue newspaper

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