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Swiss voters ‘approve tighter gun control’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nearly 48% of households in Switzerland own a gun Voters in Switzerland have backed a tightening of gun laws to conform with European Union regulations, early projections suggest.The projections indicate that 67% of voters in Sunday’s referendum supported tougher restrictions on semi-automatic and automatic weapons.Switzerland is not an EU member,…

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India exit polls see Modi re-election

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many saw the election as a referendum on Prime Minister Modi India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on course to win the general election, exit polls suggest. The BJP and the main opposition Congress party battled it out with powerful regional rivals in a bruising…

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Explosion hits tourist bus in Egypt

An explosion targeting a tourist bus has injured at least 16 people near the Grand Egyptian Museum, next to the pyramids in Giza, security sources say.Most of those hurt are foreign tourists, Reuters news agency reports. A device went off close to the museum fence as the bus was passing. It is the second incident…

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Sprinter first openly gay Indian athlete

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dutee Chand says she was encouraged to speak out after India decriminalised gay sex in 2018 Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has revealed she is in a same-sex relationship, the first sportsperson in India to openly acknowledge being gay. The 23-year-old athlete says she has been seeing her partner, who…

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How Australia’s PM forged a ‘miracle’ win

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionScott Morrison: “I said I was going to burn for you, and I am”Australia’s ruling coalition was widely expected to be defeated in Saturday’s election after long trailing in opinion polls. But somehow, after just nine months as prime minister, Scott Morrison hailed a “miracle” victory.In doing…

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Eurovision 2019 from start to finish

Eurovision 2019 brought us Russia’s singing in the shower, Australians on bendy poles, Madonna’s moment, disappointment for the UK and triumph for the Netherlands.The contest was three hours long. Here are the highlights in under three minutes.

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Harry and Meghan share unseen wedding snaps

Image copyright @sussexroyal / Chris Allerton The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released new photos from their wedding to mark their first anniversary.Harry and Meghan posted a compilation of 14 images, including some unseen pictures, on Instagram.The photo montage is accompanied by the song This Little Light Of Mine, which played as they left…

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Bodies of ‘twins’ found in Kenya river

Image copyright GPS Image caption The bodies were buried near where they were discovered Kenya’s authorities say the bodies of two babies, thought to be twins, have been found during a clean-up of a river in the capital, Nairobi. This is the eighth such discovery in recent months.Officials believe the bodies are being dumped in…

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Trump breaks silence amid US abortion row

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDina had to give birth to her rapist’s child – under Alabama’s abortion ban women would have no choice.US President Donald Trump has outlined his “strongly pro-life” views on abortion amid controversy over strict new laws passed in several states.Mr Trump said he was against abortion except…

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Republican calls for Trump impeachment

Image copyright Ronald Grant Image caption Mr Amash also accused Attorney General William Barr of misleading the public Justin Amash has become the first Republican congressman to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. He claimed Mr Trump had “engaged in specific actions” that “meet the threshold for impeachment”.Mr Amash accused Attorney General William…

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Australian PM close to majority win

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionScott Morrison: “I said I was going to burn for you, and I am”Final results are being counted in Australia where Prime Minister Scott Morrison hopes his victory in Saturday’s election will give him a majority government.His conservative coalition has defied the polls and now needs to…

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PM plans ‘bold offer’ to get support for deal

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May says she intends to make a “bold offer” to MPs in a final attempt to get them to approve her Brexit deal in the next few weeks.Extra protections for workers are expected to be among the proposals, with Mrs May trying to win over the support of some Labour…

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Labour MP denies claims he was ‘Czech spy’

Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Geoffrey Robinson, Labour MP for Coventry, said the allegations “are a lie” Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson has denied claims that he was a Cold War spy who passed confidential government files to communist Czechoslovakia in the 1960s.The Mail on Sunday says the allegations are contained in files archived by…

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Madonna: ‘Music makes the people come together’

Madonna led the crowd in an enthusiastic chorus of Music Makes The People Come Together as she appeared at the Eurovision Song Contest.She spoke of visiting many different countries during her career, urging the audience to “never forget the power of music to bring people together”.

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Netherlands wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

Image copyright Getty Images The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence has won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with his song Arcade.He had been the bookmakers’ favourite to win, and came through to the top of the leaderboard with 492 after the public vote.The UK’s Michael Rice came bottom, after getting just three points from the public vote,…

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Modi on ballot as India wraps up election

Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Varanasi seat is up for grabs as Indians vote in the last phase of the general election. Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the main opposition Congress party are battling it out with powerful regional rivals in what analysts believe will be a close fight. Many…

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Schwarzenegger attacked in South Africa

Image copyright AFP Image caption Schwarzenegger urged fans to focus on the athletes at the event instead of the attack Video footage has shown Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger being attacked at an event in South Africa.The 71-year-old former California governor was interacting with fans during a skipping competition at his Arnold Classic Africa sporting event…

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Eurovision 2019: Latest updates

Posted at 18:3318:33Send us your Eurovision picturesWe love the pictures you send us each year of your wild and crazy Eurovision parties.We can publish them right here on this live page – send us your images of themed food, amazing costumes, Eurovision pets or anything else you can think of! We know it’s not just…

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Argentina ex-leader to run for VP role

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was expected to run as presidential candidate Former Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has announced that she will stand as a vice-presidential candidate in national elections later this year. It means that ex-cabinet chief Alberto Fernandez will run as the Justicialist party presidential candidate.Ms…

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India’s Modi has election spiritual break

Image copyright @BJP4India/Twitter Image caption Mr Modi meditated at a holy cave in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a spiritual break on the eve of the final day of voting in the country’s general election. In a series of tweeted images, Mr Modi, 68, is seen meditating while…

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‘There will be no war’, says Iran’s Zarif

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif says people around US President Trump are “pushing him towards war” Iran’s foreign minister has said he does not believe a war will break out in the region amid concerns over rising tensions with the US.Mohammad Javad Zarif told state news agency IRNA that Tehran did…

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The Game of Thrones finale is coming…

With only one final episode of the HBO series left, fans have plenty of theories about what might happen.We visited a pub in Exeter where fans gathered to watch the penultimate episode.

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Scandal-hit Austrian minister resigns

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Strache said he was the “victim of a targeted political attack” Austria’s Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache has resigned a day after secret video footage mired him in a corruption scandal. The video appeared to show Mr Strache discussing government contracts with an alleged Russian investor in return for campaign…

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Ohio State doctor ‘abused 177 athletes’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Students said the doctor’s actions were an “open secret” on campus An athletics team doctor sexually abused at least 177 male students from 1979 to 1997, an investigation by Ohio State University in the US says. Dr Richard Strauss, who died in 2005, is accused of groping and performing…

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William reveals mental health pressures

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Duke of Cambridge says he felt “pain like no other pain” after the loss of Princess DianaThe Duke of Cambridge has said he felt “pain like no other pain” after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Prince William made the disclosure in a BBC TV…

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Ex-CIA agent jailed for spying for China

Image copyright ALEXANDRIA SHERIFF’S OFFICE Image caption Kevin Mallory, 62, was convicted under the Espionage Act A former CIA officer has been jailed for 20 years for disclosing military secrets to a Chinese agent, the US justice department says.Kevin Mallory, 62, was found guilty of several spying offences following a two-week trial last June.The fluent…

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‘Rare’ Roman coin found during roadworks

Image copyright Highways England Image caption Only one other Ulpius Cornelius Laelianus coin has been discovered in England, archaeologists said An “incredibly rare” Roman coin minted for an ill-fated emperor has been found during work to upgrade an A road.It depicts Ulpius Cornelius Laelianus, who reigned for about two months in AD269 before he was…

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Germany to compensate Chile sect victims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Colonia Dignidad was built to resemble a Bavarian village but the reality was very different Germany will pay compensation of up to €10,000 (£8,700; $11,000) to victims of a notorious and abusive commune in southern Chile.Colonia Dignidad was founded by former Nazi soldier Paul Schäfer in 1961.The commune, which…

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Climate and taxes dominate as Australia votes

SummaryA record 16.4 million Australians are registered to vote in the national electionsThey’re choosing all the seats in the lower house and about half of senate seatsThe Liberal-National coalition is fighting to stay in power under nine-month PM Scott MorrisonThey’re facing strong competition from Bill Shorten’s Labor party with minor parties also doing well in…

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Gun-loving Swiss vote on tightening laws for EU

Image copyright Swiss Shooting Association Swiss voters go to the polls on Sunday to decide whether to tighten up their gun laws to conform with European Union regulations. Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but is part of the Schengen open-border treaty. After the 2015 Paris attacks in which 130 people died, the…

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Kentucky Derby: Maximum Security’s owner issues $20m challenge to rivals

Maximum Security was first past the post in the Kentucky DerbyThe owner of disqualified Kentucky Derby ‘winner’ Maximum Security has issued an extraordinary $20m (£15.7m) challenge to his rivals.Gary West is offering $5m (£3.9m) each to the owners of Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress if any of those horses finish…

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Rover test seeks Mars life clarity

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA delicate operation: The ALD is lowered into the body of the roverIs it possible? Is there life on Mars? Ever since the Mariner 4 probe made the first successful visit to the Red Planet – a flyby in July 1965 – we’ve sent a succession of…

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Should men have a say in abortion debate?

Image copyright http://www.alsenaterepublicans.com/ Most of the US states banning or severely restricting access to abortions have been voted on by male politicians. Should men have the right to rule on an issue that impacts women so intimately?The corridors leading up to the Alabama Senate are lined with black-and-white photographs of past legislative sessions – each…

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Rocketman, the Elton John biopic, fails on lift-off ★★★☆☆

The team behind Rocketman have pulled off the most astonishing feat. Against all the odds, they have managed to produce a two-hour greatest hits musical that turns one of the most flamboyant, gifted and charismatic performing artists of the modern era into a bit of a bore.A lot of words have been written and spoken…

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Five things we spotted on Archie’s birth certificate

Image copyright PA Until today, we knew very little about the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.Now snippets of information about the day have been revealed in his birth certificate.Here’s five things we learned from it. 1. Archie was not born at home Image copyright PA Despite earlier…

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Australians vote in ‘generational’ election

Image copyright Getty Images Australians will vote on Saturday in the first general election since brutal party infighting ousted the nation’s fourth leader in a decade. PM Scott Morrison says he has united his conservative government in the nine months since he replaced Malcolm Turnbull.Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten has pressed his case with stark…

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Dog rescues baby buried alive in field

Image copyright Khaosod Image caption The dog helped raise the alarm after discovering the baby A dog in northern Thailand has rescued a newborn baby after it was buried alive, allegedly by its teenage mother. The baby boy is said to have been abandoned by his mother, 15, to hide her pregnancy from her parents.…

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Trump delays tariffs on car imports

Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump has delayed a decision on whether to impose tariffs on imports of cars and car parts.The White House has put back the decision by six months to allow more time for trade talks with the European Union and Japan.Tariffs of up to 25% on imported cars and…

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US fighter jet crashes into warehouse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A warehouse employee recorded a video of the crash site aftermath An F-16 fighter jet has crashed into a warehouse near a base outside Los Angeles, leaving the pilot and workers on the ground with minor injuries.The pilot ejected before impact, and the small fire that broke out was…

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Minecraft’s answer to Pokemon Go

Minecraft Earth is the new augmented reality version of the famous building game coming later this year.Made famous by Pokemon Go, augmented reality games allow players to bring real and virtual worlds together. Newsbeat has been among the first to see the new title in action and has spoken to the team behind it. Is…

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Germany to return Namibia’s Stone Cross

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The Stone Cross was placed by the Portuguese in 1486 and features the country’s crest The German Historical Museum has announced it will return a 15th century monument to Namibia after it was taken during the colonial era.The Stone Cross is a Portuguese navigation landmark placed on the southwest African…

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WWE star Ashley Massaro dies aged 39

Image copyright Getty Images Former WWE star Ashley Massaro has died at the age of 39 after being taken to hospital from her home in Long Island.The wrestler and model, who competed in WWE between 2005 and 2008, died of “non-criminal causes”, Suffolk County Police say. WWE says it’s “saddened to learn of the tragic…

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US plan a ‘surrender act’ – Palestinian FM

Image caption Mr Malki said Trump’s plan amounted to a ‘consecration of [Palestinians’] century-old ordeal’ The Palestinian foreign minister has branded the anticipated US plan for ending the Israel-Palestinian conflict an unacceptable “surrender act”.Riad Malki said the plan that Donald Trump calls the “deal of the century” was in fact “the consecration of [Palestinians’] century-old…

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Strangers fund mum’s Nasa internship

Image copyright India Jackson When India Jackson was offered a truly out-of-this-world internship at space agency Nasa she was delighted.There was just one problem: India would have to fund her and her daughter’s travel and living expenses for the opportunity to work at Nasa’s Johnson Space Center in Houston for 10 weeks. The 32-year-old physics…

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Brazilian mining dam ‘at risk of collapse’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrazil’s mining dams: A disaster waiting to happen?Brazil’s mining firm Vale has warned that another dam is at risk of bursting months after the collapse of a similar structure killed more than 230 people.The dam in the south-eastern city of Barão de Cocais could burst next week…

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Internet legend Grumpy Cat dies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The owners of Tardar Sauce confirmed she died on Tuesday Grumpy Cat, the feline famous on the internet for her permanent scowl, has died aged seven, her owners say. A statement says she died on Tuesday following complications from a recent urinary tract infection. The cat from Arizona had…

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Trump ‘does not want war with Iran’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tensions have risen between Iran under President Hassan Rouhani and the US under President Donald Trump US President Donald Trump has said he does not want a war with Iran amid rising tensions between the two countries, according to senior officials.In a meeting on Wednesday the president told aides he…

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Poland to double jail terms for paedophiles

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Convicted paedophiles could face a maximum of 30 years in prison Poland has announced plans to double jail terms for paedophiles after a documentary on priest sex abuse sparked outrage in the country. Convicted paedophiles could now face a maximum sentence of 30 years. In the most serious cases,…

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‘Our girls are being killed senselessly’

Femicide – the killing of a female, on account of her gender – is a global issue. Activists in Kenya say there has been a spike in violence recently, with 40 women reported to have been killed this year alone. BBC Africa has visited the county of Busia in western Kenya which has been the…

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Keyhole surgery repairs baby spine in womb

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSherrie Sharp says her son Jaxson is a miracleIn a UK first, doctors have used keyhole surgery to repair the spine of a baby with spina bifida while it was still inside the womb.Surgeons at King’s College Hospital say the procedure is not a cure, but could…

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Colorado rubbish row officer resigns

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionColorado police confront man picking up trash on his lawnA police officer in Colorado has resigned after confronting a black student picking up rubbish outside his shared accommodation.John Smyly questioned and followed Naropa University student Zayd Atkinson near his home in Boulder. “I don’t have a weapon!…

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Facebook bans fake accounts targeting Africa

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has removed hundreds of social media accounts and banned an Israeli firm due to “co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour” mainly targeting Africa.The fake accounts often posted on political news, including on elections in various countries, the firm said.Facebook has faced rising criticism for failing to stamp out misinformation on its platform.It launched…

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Boeing completes 737 Max software upgrade

Image copyright Getty Images Boeing has completed development of a software update for its 737 Max plane which was grounded following two fatal crashes within five months.The US firm announced that it had flown the 737 Max with the updated software on 207 flights.It added it would provide data to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)…

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Taiwan legalises same-sex marriage

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Same-sex marriage supporters stood outside the parliament as the bill was debated Taiwan’s parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday.In 2017, the island’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry.Parliament was given a two-year deadline and…

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Beating burnout: How to hustle smart

Everyone seems to be talking about millennial burnout but how do you avoid it? Alvin, 22, juggles his business, a job, and university. He’s so busy that he runs between meetings to save time. He knows this isn’t healthy and has burnt out once before.Can Alvin change his ways, learn to hustle smart, and still…

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Trump vows ‘merit-based’ immigration rules

Image copyright AFP Image caption Currently many migrants coming legally into the US have family ties there US President Donald Trump has outlined plans for a new US immigration system designed to favour younger, better educated, English-speaking workers.In an address at the White House, he proposed moving away from the current system that favours applicants…

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Cross-party Brexit talks set to close

Image copyright EPA/Getty Images Brexit talks between the Conservatives and Labour are about to close without an agreement, the BBC has learned.Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will now move to a second phase, aimed at agreeing on a process for Parliamentary votes designed to find a consensus.It comes after Mrs May promised to set a…

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Gay in Belarus: ‘How are we different?’

Nikita and Radyion are a gay couple from Belarus. It is hard for them to express their feeling anywhere but online as there are very few openly gay people in the country. Although same sex relationships are not illegal in Belarus, the country remains one of the most homophobic in Europe according to the International…

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French doctor charged with 17 poisonings

Image copyright AFP Image caption Frédéric Péchier has already been charged with poisoning seven others, but denies any wrongdoing A criminal investigation has been launched against a French doctor over the poisoning of 17 people in France.Frédéric Péchier, an anaesthesiologist, has already been investigated for seven other cases of poisoning, in total leading to nine…

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Chelsea Manning ordered back to jail

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chelsea Manning told the judge she would “rather starve” than testify US former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been ordered back to prison after again refusing to testify before an inquiry into Wikileaks.Manning, 31, was remanded in custody for contempt of court after refusing to give evidence to a grand…

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Chinese-born architect I M Pei dies at 102

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption I M Pei was the man behind many iconic buildings around the world I M Pei, the architect behind buildings including the glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris, has died aged 102.Tributes have been pouring in, remembering him for a lifetime of designing iconic structures worldwide.Pei was born…

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Ultra-processed foods ‘make you eat more’

Image copyright Getty Images Ultra-processed foods lead people to eat more and put on weight, the first trial to assess their impact suggests. Volunteers had every morsel of food they ate monitored for a month. And when given ultra-processed food, they ate 500 calories a day more than when they were given unprocessed meals.The US…

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Game of Thrones petition demands remake

Image copyright Sky Atlantic Image caption Kit Harington plays Jon Snow in the hit TV series Winter has finally come for Game of Thrones – and its last series is getting a chilly reception.A petition calling on its makers, HBO, to redo season eight has been signed by more than 500,000 disgruntled fans.The latest series…

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Pentagon ‘wanted to pay Taliban expenses’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Taliban now control more territory in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001 The Trump administration wanted to reimburse the Taliban for their expenses attending recent peace talks, according to a congressional aide. The Pentagon’s request earlier this year was to cover costs like food and lodging, a…

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Five memories of Bob Hawke

Former Australian prime minister and Labor Party leader Bob Hawke, who dominated the country’s politics in the 1980s, has died at the age of 89.The charismatic politician, renowned for his love of beer and cricket, served from 1983 to 1991 and is credited with modernising the economy.He was the centre-left Labor Party’s longest-serving PM, achieving…

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Police asked teen: ‘Were you turned on?’

Image copyright Getty Images Canadian politicians have condemned an “appalling” police interrogation of a teenager who reported an alleged sexual assault. Videos obtained by aboriginal television network APTN show a police officer asking the girl whether she “was at all turned on” by the incident. The news organisation did not identify the teenager, who is…

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May agrees timetable to choose new PM

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May has promised to set a timetable for the election of her successor after the next Brexit vote in the first week of June. The agreement follows a meeting between the prime minister and senior Tory MPs who are demanding a date for her departure from Downing Street.If she loses…

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Russian bots rigged Voice Kids talent show result

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mikella’s mother Alsou (R), from Azerbaijan, is a successful pop star The result of a popular Russian TV talent show – The Voice Kids – has been cancelled after thousands of fraudulent votes were found to have handed victory to a millionaire’s young daughter.There were complaints after singer Mikella…

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China threatens US over Huawei sanctions

Image copyright AFP Image caption Huawei denies that its products post a security threat to foreign nations China has threatened to retaliate against US sanctions seen as an attempt to restrict international trade by the Chinese technology giant Huawei. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing opposed countries imposing unilateral sanctions on Chinese companies and…

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Missouri passes anti-abortion bill

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pro-choice and anti-abortion activists protest outside the US Supreme Court Missouri lawmakers have passed a controversial bill which would outlaw nearly all abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy in the US state.The bill was approved by Missouri’s Republican-led Senate by 24 votes to 10 on Thursday morning. Missouri’s House…

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Tide of plastic flip-flops engulfs island

Image copyright Silke Stuckenbrock Close to a million plastic shoes, mainly flip flops are among the torrent of debris washed up on an “unspoilt paradise” in the Indian Ocean. Scientists estimated that the beaches of Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands are strewn with around 414 million pieces of plastic pollution.They believe some 93% of it lies…

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Strangled US woman’s baby ‘cut from body’

Image copyright Getty Images A pregnant teenager has been found dead in Chicago three weeks after her baby was cut from her body, police say.Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was found strangled behind a house where she is alleged to have been lured to collect free baby clothes on 23 April. The baby boy, who is in…

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Belgian ex-king faces fine if refuses DNA test

Image copyright AFP Image caption Belgian artist Delphine Boël alleges King Albert II is her father A Belgian appeals court has ruled that former King Albert II is to be fined €5,000 (£4,370) a day if he refuses to undergo a DNA test.In February, he refused to undergo such a test in a case aimed…

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International cyber-crime gang busted

Image copyright Getty Images An international crime gang which used malware to steal $100m (£77m) from more than 40,000 victims has been dismantled.A complex police operation conducted investigations in the US, Bulgaria, Germany, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.The gang infected computers with GozNym malware, which captured online banking details to access bank accounts.The gang was put…

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Koons work breaks record for living artist

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Jeff Koons’ Rabbit was sold as part of Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art auction in New York A sculpture by US pop artist Jeff Koons has sold for $91.1m (£71m), breaking the record price for a work by a living artist.Christie’s in New York sold Rabbit – a 41in (104cm)…

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The rapes haunting a place that shuns the 21st Century

Image caption Mennonite women in Colonia Oriente, Bolivia In Manitoba, an insular Mennonite colony in Bolivia whose residents eschew modernity, nine men were rounded up in 2009. Later, they were convicted of the rape and sexual assault of 151 women and girls – including small children – within this small Christian community. So why are…

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New York Mayor de Blasio to run in 2020

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Polls suggest New Yorkers are not pleased about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to run New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his run for the presidency, the latest Democrat to enter the race.In a video released on Thursday, Mr de Blasio said it was “time we put working…

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EU fines banks €1bn for currency rigging

Image copyright PA Five banks have been fined €1.07bn (£935m) by the European Commission after traders clubbed together to rig the foreign exchange market.Four banks in the “Banana Split” cartel – Barclays, RBS, Citigroup and JP Morgan – were fined €811m in all.Three banks in the “Essex Express” cartel – Barclays and RBS again, plus…

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Australia’s former PM Bob Hawke dies at 89

Image copyright AFP Former Australian prime minister and Labor Party leader Bob Hawke, who dominated the country’s politics in the 1980s, has died at the age of 89.The charismatic politician led the country from 1983 to 1991 and is credited with reforms that modernised the economy.He remains the longest-serving prime minister of Australia’s centre-left Labor…

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Radioactive US school shut down

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A closed nuclear plant is located next to the school A US middle school has closed for the remainder of the school year after authorities found it was contaminated with radioactive chemicals.Officials say a nearby air monitor detected enriched uranium and neptunium-237 at Zahn’s Corner Middle School in Piketon,…

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Leader of Eta Basque rebels arrested in France

Image copyright EPA Image caption Josu Ternera has done time in French and Spanish jails The political leader of the Basque separatist group Eta has been arrested in the French Alps after 17 years on the run, officials say.In a joint French-Spanish police operation, Josu Ternera – whose real name is José Antonio Urrutikoetxea -…

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Philippines recalls Canada envoy over waste

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Illegal rubbish dumping has become a big problem in the Philippines The Philippines has recalled its ambassador to Canada in an escalating row over the disposal of waste wrongly labelled as recyclable. The Philippines’ foreign secretary said Canada missed a May 15 deadline to retrieve rubbish shipped out in…

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Alarm over severe drought in North Korea

Image copyright WFP Image caption North Koreans have been told to protect farm fields after crops were affected with record lows in rainfall North Korea has said it is suffering its worst drought in 37 years and called on its citizens to “battle” against the crop damage caused by it. It comes after the UN…

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Trump pardons disgraced mogul Conrad Black

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Conrad Black, who became Lord Black of Crossharbour, was known for his extravagant lifestyle US President Donald Trump has signed a full pardon for former media mogul Conrad Black.Black, 74, was convicted of fraud and obstructing justice in 2007 and jailed for more than three years in the US.A White…

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Fashion houses to only hire models over 18

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gucci, pictured at Milan Fashion Week in February, is one of the brands owned by Kering Fashion company Kering has announced that it will no longer use models who are under the age of 18.The French luxury group owns several major fashion houses, including Gucci, Saint Laurent and Alexander…

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Man killed by crossbow led ‘medieval cult’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The hotel is in a popular hiking location near Passau in Bavaria The man killed in a crossbow murder-suicide pact in Germany is believed to have led a cultish group devoted to medieval folklore and treated the women around him like slaves, reports say. The bodies of Torsten W and…

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Candidates spar on TV for top EU job

Image copyright AFP The candidates to take over from Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission have clashed in a televised debate broadcast across the EU.It was part of the spitzenkandidat – or “lead candidate” – process, where contenders for the role are put forward by the pan-European groups of like-minded political parties in…

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Niger soldiers ambushed and killed

Militants have killed 17 Nigerien soldiers in an ambush near the border with Mali, Niger government spokesman has told the BBC. Eleven soldiers are missing after the attack near the western village of Tongo Tongo, Abdourahaman Zakariyyah said.Militants killed four US soldiers at the same place in 2017. Niger and other countries in the Sahel…

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Sudan talks stall ‘over protest roadblocks’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Barricades have been set up across the capital, Khartoum, but the military says they hinder negotiations Sudan’s military rulers have suspended talks on moving towards civilian government until protesters clear roadblocks in the capital Khartoum, opposition leaders say.An opposition alliance said the Transitional Military Council (TMC) was demanding barricades be…

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Met museum to shun Sackler family money

Image copyright Spencer Platt/Getty Images Image caption The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced it will stop accepting gifts from the Sackler family, linked to OxyContin New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art said on Wednesday that it will shun gifts from the US Sackler family, made rich by the production of opioids. The billionaire family…

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Window cleaners rescued from swinging lift

Two window cleaners have been rescued from a metal basket which was swinging out of control near the top of a 50-storey building in Oklahoma.Reports said the crane at the Devon Tower was unstable and the incident took place in high winds.The basket smashed several windows before emergency responders stabilised the crane and lowered it…

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Alabama passes bill banning abortion

Alabama has become the latest US state to move to restrict abortions by passing a bill to outlaw the procedure in almost all cases.The law includes a ban on abortion in cases of rape or incest.Supporters say they expect the law to be blocked in court, but hope that the appeals process will bring it…

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Chinese rover ‘confirms’ Moon crater theory

Image copyright CLEP Image caption The Chang’e-4 rover has been exploring Von Kármán crater since January this year The Chinese Chang’e-4 rover may have confirmed a longstanding idea about the origin of a vast crater on the Moon’s far side.The rover’s landing site lies within a vast impact depression created by an asteroid strike billions…

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