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#BREAKING US asks UN rights council to debate China rights abuses in Xinjiang region Image
#UPDATE The United States on Monday called on the UN Human Rights Council to organise a debate on rights violations in China's #Xinjiang region, following a report warning of possible crimes against humanity Image
A damning UN report warning of possible crimes against humanity in China's Xinjiang region, and concerns over an intensifying crackdown inside Russia as its war rages in Ukraine, have led to massive pressure on the West and its allies to act.
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Map showing the situation in Ukraine, as of September 23 at 0800 GMT
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#UPDATE Moscow-held regions of Ukraine are voting on whether to become part of Russia, in referendums that Kyiv and its allies have condemned as an unlawful land grab.
Map showing regions of Ukraine where votes on becoming part of Russia are being organised by Moscow .
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#BREAKING Three security personnel among nine dead in Iran protests: official toll
#UPDATE Nine people, three of them security personnel, have been killed in growing protests over the death of a young woman in morality police custody, Iranian news agencies reported.
#BREAKING 17 dead in Iran protests: new state TV toll
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#BREAKING Ukraine allies must 'hold our line' against Russia's 'blackmail': Macron
#UPDATE Ukraine's allies must stand firm against Russian President Vladimir Putin's "blackmail" of suggesting that nuclear weapons could be used in the war against Kyiv, French President Emmanuel Macron told BFM television
Map showing the situation in Ukraine, as of September 22 at 0800 GMT
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#BREAKING Court upholds Khmer Rouge leader's genocide conviction, life sentence
#UPDATE Cambodia's UN-backed Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal upholds the genocide conviction and life sentence imposed on former head of state Khieu Samphan.

The court said the 91-year-old was also guilty of multiple crimes against humanity for his role in the genocidal regime
The "killing fields" of the Khmer Rouge

#AFPGraphics showing the extensive network of detention centres and "killing fields" established by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge in the 1970s
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#BREAKING About 200 whales perish on Australian beach: rescuers
#UPDATE About 200 pilot whales have perished after being stranded on an exposed, surf-swept beach on the rugged west coast of Tasmania, Australian rescuers say.

Just 35 of the approximately 230 whales discovered on the beach a day ago are still alive
Pilot whale strandings.

About 200 pilot whales have perished after becoming stranded on the rugged west coast of Tasmania.

Two years ago nearby Macquarie Harbour was the scene of the country's largest-ever mass stranding, involving almost 500 pilot whales. More than 300 died
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#BREAKING Russia will use 'all available means' to protect its territory: Putin
#BREAKING Ukraine accuses Russia of again shelling Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant
#BREAKING Putin accuses West of trying to 'destroy' Russia
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14 young male sperm whales die in a mass stranding on remote beach in Tasmania.

In 2020, Tasmania experienced Australia's largest-ever mass stranding when 470 whales became stuck and over 300 died
#BREAKING 230 whales stranded in Tasmania, 'about half' dead: official
#UPDATE Hundreds of pilot whales are stranded on the rugged west coast of Tasmania, with Australian officials saying only half appear to be alive.

"A pod of approximately 230 whales has stranded near Macquarie Harbour," the Department of Natural Resources and Environment says
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#BREAKING Kremlin says claims that mass graves were found in Ukraine's Izyum are 'lies' ImageImage
#UPDATE The Kremlin says claims mass graves were found in the formerly Russian-controlled city of Izyum in eastern Ukraine are fabrications. Image
Map showing the situation in Ukraine, as of September 19 at 0800 GMT
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VIDEO: In the last official homage to Queen Elizabeth II before her funeral on Monday, Britain observes a minute of silence in her memory
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, as her coffin Lies in State inside Westminster Hall in London Image
Funeral of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


Royal funerals: pomp, pageantry and sometimes privacy: Image
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#BREAKING Biden says 'remains to be seen' if he'll seek second term Image
#BREAKING Biden says Covid pandemic in US 'is over' Image
#BREAKING Biden says 'yes,' US forces would help defend Taiwan against China Image
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#BREAKING China says US bill on Taiwan sends 'wrong signals' on independence
#UPDATE China said that a US bill that would send direct military aid to Taiwan "sent serious wrong signals to Taiwan independence and separatist forces".
Graphic comparing China and Taiwan on defence budget, troops and major hardware, based on data from Military Balance+ (International Institute for Strategic Studies)
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Queen Elizabeth II: timeline of a changing world

#AFPGraphics timeline on the life of British monarch Elizabeth II, and historical events during the same period.
The queen will lie in state in Westminster Hall from Wednesday until a few hours before her funeral on Monday
Fit for a queen.

@AFP topshots of Queen Elizabeth II lying in state in Westminster Hall. Standing watch are the Yeomen of the Guard and other military regiments. On her coffin sits the Imperial State Crown, Orb and Sceptre – crown jewels used at her coronation
Like father, like daughter.

Photo combination reflects the tradition of British monarchs lying in state in Westminster Hall – built in 1097 and the place where palace meets parliament.

King George VI, father of the queen, lies in state in 1952 and Queen Elizabeth II today
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Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of violating a truce, after the worst clashes since a 2020 war put in doubt a halting peace process between the arch foes.
Map of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, disputed by Armenia and Azerbaijan.
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#BREAKING Germany urges Azerbaijan, Armenia to halt actions that could threaten regional security
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🇷🇺🇺🇦 L'armée russe a annoncé des "frappes massives" sur tous les fronts en réaction à la contre-offensive fulgurante des troupes ukrainiennes #AFP #AFPgraphics 1/5 ImageImage
🇫🇷 Après les gigantesques feux de l'été, les flammes continuent de faire des ravages en Gironde où un nouvel incendie, potentiellement d'origine criminelle, a parcouru plus de 3000 hectares depuis lundi et provoqué l'évacuation de centaines de personnes #AFP 2/5 ImageImageImageImage
Au moins une centaine de soldats arméniens et azerbaïdjanais ont été tués dans les combats les plus violents depuis la guerre entre les deux pays en 2020, la communauté internationale appelant à un règlement pacifique du conflit #AFP #AFPGraphics 3/5 Image
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#BREAKING Azerbaijan military 'trying to advance into Armenia': Yerevan
#BREAKING Armenia PM says phoned Macron, Putin, Blinken over 'Azerbaijan's aggressive acts'
#BREAKING Armenia, Russia agree 'joint steps to stabilise situation' on border: Yerevan
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Map of Ukraine showing the Kharkiv region where Ukraine has reclaimed a large swathe of territory
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#BREAKING Russian military says carrying out strikes on areas retaken by Ukraine Image
#UPDATE Russia says its forces are carrying out strikes in parts of Ukraine's Kharkiv region retaken by Kyiv's forces in recent days Image
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Death of Queen Elizabeth II: what happens next?

#AFPGraphics chronology showing the planned main events up to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London Image
VIDEO: Thousands gather to place flowers, messages and balloons in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor
VIDEO: Britain's Sunday newspaper front pages focus on the 'Windsor walkabout' by Prince William and his wife Kate with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan. 'Reunited for granny' says the Sunday Mirror, and 'All 4 One' says The Sun on Sunday
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#BREAKING Ukraine says it has recaptured over 3,000 sq km this month from Russian forces
#UPDATE Around Kharkiv, we have begun to advance not only in the south and east, but also to the north. We are 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the border," Ukrainian general Valeriy Zaluzhny said in a statement.
The speed of Ukraine's fight back against Russia's invasion has apparently caught Moscow's military off-guard, bringing swathes of territory Russia had controlled for months back into Ukraine's fold.
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#BREAKING Ceremonial gun salutes fired in memory of Queen Elizabeth II Image
#UPDATE Cannon fire rang out across all four corners of the United Kingdom and beyond in a ceremonial "death gun salute" in memory of Queen Elizabeth II. Ninety-six shots were fired - one for every year of her life.

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As queen, Elizabeth II's family life was far from traditional - she was often away for long stretches, was frequently occupied by work and had at times complicated relationships with her four children.
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Farewell to a queen.

King Charles III is due to address his subjects, as Britain is plunged into mourning by the death of Queen Elizabeth II, ending a history making 70-year reign ImageImageImageImage
VIDEO: Countries around the world pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II: timeline of a changing world.

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Longest reigns since the 17th century.

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#BREAKING Queen Elizabeth's death 'great loss' for the world: Japan PM Image
Tributes paid to Queen Elizabeth around the world.

- Memorial at Wellington Cathedral, New Zealand.
- Australian and Aboriginal flags fly at half-mast on Sydney's Harbour Bridge.
- Union Jack at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris and Tel Aviv Municipality building ImageImageImageImage
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#BREAKING Russia says 'not expecting changes' in relations with new Britain PM Truss
#BREAKING Outgoing UK PM Johnson vows to support successor Truss 'every step of the way'
#UPDATE Russia is not expecting any changes to its frosty relations with Britain under new PM Liz Truss, Kremlin says.

"Judging by statements made by Madame Truss when she was still foreign minister... one can say with much certainty that no changes for the better are expected"
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#BREAKING Arrest warrants issued in Canada mass stabbing: police
#BREAKING Canada's Trudeau calls mass violence 'too commonplace' after stabbing spree
#BREAKING One of two Canada mass stabbing suspects found dead: police
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