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Ivory Coast ex-President Gbagbo acquitted at ICC court in The Hague

Image copyright AFP Image caption Laurent Gbagbo had been charged with crimes against humanity The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has acquitted Ivory Coast ex-President Laurent Gbagbo. He had been charged with crimes against humanity in connection with violence following a disputed 2010 election that left 3,000 dead and 500,000 displaced. Mr Gbagbo was captured in 2011 in a presidential palace bunker by UN and French-backed forces supporting his rival, Alassane Ouattara. He was the first former head of state to go on trial at the ICC. What…

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German WW1 submarine emerges off French coast

Image copyright AFP Image caption The wreck is attracting curious visitors at low tide The wreck of a World War One German submarine is gradually resurfacing on a beach in northern French after decades of being buried in the sand. Shifting sand off Wissant, near Calais, is exposing the remains of the UC-61 which was stranded there in July 1917. The crew flooded the vessel and abandoned it and by the 1930s the submarine had largely been buried. It is now becoming a tourist attraction again, although the local mayor…

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Twelve adult male migrants detained off Dover coast

Image copyright PA Image caption Border Force officers were deployed to bring the migrants to Dover Twelve migrants travelling in two separate boats have been detained off the coast of Dover. At about 03:00 GMT HM Coastguard received reports of a dinghy containing four men approaching the coast. Six hours later the Maritime Intelligence Bureau was notified of a small boat carrying eight Iranian men. All of the migrants were taken to Dover and given a medical assessment before being transferred to immigration officials for interview. In the first boat,…

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Thirteen migrants rescued off coast of Walmer in Kent

Image copyright Google Image caption Lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter were involved in the rescue operation two miles from the shores of Walmer A boat carrying 13 people thought to be migrants has been picked up off the coast of Kent. Lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter were involved in the rescue operation two miles from Walmer. Those on board were not thought to be wearing life jackets when they were rescued. They were brought to shore at about 04:30 GMT, the BBC understands. HM Coastguard confirmed it was assisting Border…

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Russian cargo ship runs aground off Cornwall coast

Image copyright Neil Rankin Image caption The ship was spotted by a member of the public off Gyllyngvase Beach A 16,000-tonne Russian cargo ship has run aground off a beach in Cornwall. The massive vessel, believed to be the Kuzma Minin, grounded off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth at about 05:40 GMT. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the 590ft (180m) ship had dragged its anchor and has a list of about five degrees. There is no cargo on the vessel, which has 18 Russian crew on board. Tugs will…

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Toddler among nine rescued from boat off Dover coast

Image caption More than 100 suspected Iranian migrants have reached the Kent coastline this month An 18-month-old child is among nine people rescued from a boat in the English Channel, the BBC understands. A lifeboat was called at about 04:30 GMT after the 3m-long boat was spotted by a fishing boat off Dover. A Border Force boat picked up the suspected migrants and brought them to Dover at about 05:30 where they were handed over to immigration officials. The coastguard is advising ships in the Channel to look out for…

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Eight more ‘migrants’ found in dinghy off Kent coast

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe latest group of migrants arrives in Dover after crossing the English Channel in a small boat Eight suspected migrants claiming to be from Iran have been brought ashore after a dinghy was spotted off Kent. The men were located by the coastguard and Border Force officers at about 07:15 GMT and brought into Dover. A Home Office spokesman said they were checked by ambulance staff and found to be well. It brings the number of suspected Iranian migrants to have reached…

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Fourteen ‘migrants’ on dinghies rescued off Kent coast

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe second boat was spotted two-and-a-half miles off the Dover coast Fourteen suspected migrants have been rescued from two dinghies off the Kent coast. The first boat was intercepted by Border Force officers off the coast of Dover at about 01:30 GMT, the second was spotted hours later at about 08:25. Six men and one woman, believed to be Iranian, were passed to the immigration service and those from the second boat remain with Border Force officers. So far this month 86…

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Didier Drogba: Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend retires from playing

Drogba on ‘making history’ at Chelsea – full interview Football Focus, Saturday 12:00 GMT on BBC One Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has confirmed his retirement from playing, ending “an amazing 20 years”. The Ivory Coast striker, 40, had two spells at Chelsea, scoring 164 goals in 381 games and winning four Premier Leagues and the 2012 Champions League. He spent the last 18 months of his career with US side Phoenix Rising, the club he co-owns. “After 20 years, I have decided to put an end to my playing career,”…

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UFOs spotted off Irish coast under investigation

Image copyright GeorgeRudy/Getty Images Image caption The pilots spotted fast flying objects and bright lights in the sky The Irish Aviation Authority is investigating reports of bright lights and UFOs off the south-west coast of Ireland. It began at 06:47 local time on Friday 9 November when a British Airways pilot contacted Shannon air traffic control. She wanted to know if there were military exercises in the area because there was something “moving so fast”. The air traffic controller said there were no such exercises. The pilot, flying from the…

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