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In 1980, Detroit, the United States, gave Saddam Hussein a key to the city out of recognition of donations he made to local churches.

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IMAGE: Satellite images of growing vegetation in the arid lands of north-west Saudi Arabia. (Source: NASA)

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Uzbekistan shuts down the entire country's internet and SMS service for five hours every year to prevent students from cheating during a key college exam.

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IMAGE: Snow in the Sahara Desert, 1979

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France leads world in: - Wine production - Perfume exports - Tourist visits - Smoked salmon consumption - Time zones (overseas territories)

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BREAKING: Sudan's military and civilian opposition sign major power-sharing deal

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EUROPE TODAY - Highest temperature ever recorded in Germany - Highest temperature ever recorded in the Netherlands - Highest temperature ever recorded in Belgium - Highest temperature ever recorded in Paris - Highest temperature ever recorded in Edinburgh

US mass shootings. Las Vegas, 2017: 50+ killed Orlando, 2016: 50 killed Virginia Tech, 2007: 32 killed Sandy Hook, 2012: 27 killed San Ysirdo, 1984: 21 killed San Bernadino, 2015: 14 killed Edmond, 1986: 14 killed Fort Hood, 2009: 13 killed Columbine, 1999: 13 killed

IMAGE: Passengers on a United Airlines flight today

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VIDEO: Three professional Japanese footballers play against one hundred children.

Syria 270,000 killed 7 million internally displaced 4.2 million external refugees 13 million in need of assistance

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VIDEO: Samsung artificial intelligence lab develops talking head models from just one photo.

LAS VEGAS - 50 dead, over 200 wounded - Worst mass shooting in US history - Gunman is 64 year old Stephen Paddock - He was shooting from 32nd floor of hotel - Gunman was shot dead - Police have found gunman's female companion, Marilou Danley

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