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Irish govt apologises for 'mother and baby homes' scandal

Dublin - Irish prime minister Micheal Martin on Wednesday formally apologised for the treatment of unmarried women and their babies in state and church-run homes, where thousands of children died over decades.

9,000 died in Irish homes for 'illegitimate' infants: report

Dublin - Some 9,000 children died in Ireland's "mother and baby homes", where unmarried mothers were routinely separated from their infant offspring, according to an official report published Tuesday.

'No plausible way' Christchurch mosque shooter could have been detected

Wellington - New Zealand police and intelligence services made a string of errors ahead of last year's Christchurch mosques attack, but may not have been able to prevent the massacre of 51 Muslim worshippers, an inquiry found Tuesday.

Christchurch mosques attack could only have been prevented 'by chance': inquiry

Wellington - New Zealand security services did not focus enough on the threat from right-wing terror in the run-up to last year's Christchurch mosques attack, but could only have prevented the murders "by chance", an inquiry reported Tuesday.

Infiltration tactics of Britain's 'spy cops' on trial

London - In 2010, friends told Kate Wilson that her ex-boyfriend and confidant Mark Stone, whom she met at an anti-G8 meeting, never existed. He was in fact a British police officer, whose real name was Mark Kennedy.

Three teens charged in French teacher's beheading

Paris - Three teenagers were indicted Friday in the murder of French history teacher Samuel Paty, beheaded last month after showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed to his students during a free speech lesson, a judicial source told AFP.

Fresh probe of top Macron aide for alleged conflict of interest

Paris - Investigators have reopened a conflict of interest probe into President Emmanuel Macron's chief of staff, Alexis Kohler, over his links to Swiss-Italian shipping giant MSC, sources told AFP Wednesday.

Slain Maltese reporter lived in fear, family says

Valletta - The husband and son of a slain Maltese journalist said she had lived in fear as she investigated government corruption, at the start of a highly scrutinised inquiry into her death Friday.

London fire service criticised in high-rise tragedy report

London - The emergency response to a 2017 high-rise fire that killed 71 people in London had "serious shortcomings", British media said on Tuesday, quoting an official report into the tragedy.

UN to probe attacks on facilities in northwest Syria

New York - The United Nations will investigate several attacks on UN-supported facilities and other civilian sites in northwest Syria, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on Thursday, angering Russia.

Top Macron aide probed over 'false testimony' in bodyguard scandal

Paris - Paris prosecutors Monday opened a probe into alleged false testimony in the case of French President Emmanuel Macron's former bodyguard who was filmed hitting protesters at last year's May Day rally.

New Zealand orders top-level inquiry into mosque massacres

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday ordered an independent judicial inquiry into whether police and intelligence services could have prevented the Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15.

French prosecutors open inquiry into Macron campaign financing

Paris - Paris prosecutors have launched an inquiry into the origins of thousands of euros donated to President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign last year, a legal source told AFP on Tuesday.

Data firm suspends CEO over Facebook scandal

London - Facebook expressed outrage Tuesday over the misuse of its data as Cambridge Analytica, the British firm at the centre of a major scandal rocking the social media giant, suspended its chief executive.

France's Le Pen faces expanded EU funding probe: report

Paris - Judges are investigating whether French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and her party illegally took more EU parliament money to pay for France-based staff than previously thought, a report said Sunday.

Nigeria sets up probe into Boko Haram school kidnapping

Abuja - Nigeria's government on Tuesday said it had set up a committee to establish how Boko Haram jihadists managed to kidnap 110 girls from their school in the country's remote northeast.

Grenfell Tower fire inquiry promises 'answers'

London - An inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire disaster opened on Thursday with a minute's silence to remember the victims, as survivors demanded answers over the west London apartment block blaze that killed at least 80 people.

Malaysia probe targets resurgent ex-PM Mahathir: opposition

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia on Tuesday opened an inquiry into huge losses by the central bank more than two decades ago, a move the opposition says is aimed at derailing ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad's efforts to oust the government.

Britain to hold inquiry into contaminated blood scandal

London - Britain will launch a new inquiry into a contaminated blood scandal dating back decades which has left 2,400 people dead, officials said Tuesday after pressure from MPs to look into possible criminal activity.

Inquiry finds widespread child abuse in Northern Ireland homes

Belfast - A four-year inquiry into abuses in care homes in Northern Ireland found widespread mistreatment in its final report on Friday and concluded that hundreds of victims were entitled to financial compensation.

Poland asks Russia to return 2010 presidential jet wreckage

Varsovia - Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski on Wednesday demanded that Russia hand over the wreckage of a 2010 presidential plane crash that has stoked friction with Moscow and caused divisions at home.

Families divided as Poland begins exhuming 2010 crash victims

Varsovia - Polish justice officials began exhuming the remains of their country's former head of state on Monday, reviving a probe into a 2010 presidential plane crash that has stoked friction with Russia and caused divisions at home.

Body of Poland's late president to be exhumed in crash probe

Varsovia - The twin brother of Poland's former president Lech Kaczynski, who died in a 2010 plane crash in Russia, said Saturday he agrees with the decision to exhume the late leader's body as part of a new inquiry into the accident.

Body of Poland's late president to be exhumed in crash probe

Varsovia - The family of Poland's former president Lech Kaczynski, who died in a 2010 plane crash, has agreed to his exhumation as part of a new inquiry into the accident, his twin brother said Saturday.

South Africa inquiry clears officials of arms deal graft

Cape Town - A South African judicial inquiry has cleared all government officials of long-standing charges of corruption in a multi-billion dollar arms deal, President Jacob Zuma said Thursday.

British Litvinenko inquiry 'politically motivated,' not transparent: Russia

Moscow - Moscow on Thursday slammed the results of a British inquiry into the poisoning death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko after the findings said President Vladimir Putin "probably approved" the killing.

Police find car rented by wanted Paris attacks suspect

Paris - A car rented by Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam that may have been used in the preparation of the carnage was found Tuesday in a northern district of the capital, police sources told AFP.

Paris attacks: what we know so far

Paris - French investigators believe there were three teams involved in Friday's attacks on Paris and are probing possible links to the conflict in Syria in a joint inquiry with Belgium.

Google harms consumers and itself by promoting its own content

A new study has concluded that Google harms consumers by filtering search results so that listings for its own services are promoted to the tops of pages. It adds more fuel to the EU's recent accusation of Google engaging in anticompetitive practices.

Israel charges soldiers over looting during Gaza war

Jerusalem - Israeli military prosecutors have filed charges against three soldiers for alleged theft from Palestinians, and related offences, during last summer's Gaza war, the military said on Monday.
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