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Latest update : 2012-12-20

More polio aid workers shot dead by the Taliban

Another three health workers have been shot dead in Pakistan, bringing the total number killed this week to nine. Militants are targeting volunteers with the UN's polio vaccination campaign, believing it's un-Islamic and part of a Western bid to weaken Muslims. Unicef and the World Health Organisation have decided to temporarily suspend the programme.

By Kate WILLIAMS , Marie NORMAND , Siobhán SILKE

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2016-05-06 Philippines

Philippines: Son of late dictator Marcos leads opinion polls

On Monday, Filipinos head to the polls in a general election. And thanks to the country's split-ticket system, voters get to elect a vice president directly. One name on the...

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2016-05-05 Turkey

On the trail of US-exiled cleric Gulen, arch enemy of Erdogan

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2016-05-04 United Arab Emirates

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2016-05-03 Austria

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2016-05-02 Hezbollah

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