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US special counsel to speak about Russia inquiry

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Mueller report – in 60 seconds US Special Counsel Robert Mueller is to make a statement on the Russia investigation, his first public comments since the inquiry started in 2017, the justice department says.The statement will be at 11:00 (15:00 GMT) and he will take no…

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Hells Angels bikers banned by Dutch court

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is unclear whether the Hells Angels will appeal against the court verdict A court in the Netherlands has banned the Hells Angels biker club because of its culture of violence. The court in the city of Utrecht ruled that the group was a danger to public order and…

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Seaside bench for gangsta rapper Eazy-E

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption (L-R) Rappers MC Ren, DJ Yella, Eazy-E and Dr Dre were in the rap group NWA A British seaside town has unveiled a memorial bench honouring “Godfather of Gangsta Rap” Eazy-E – despite the two having no connection whatsoever.Hip hop fan Guy Stevens suggested the seat be installed near…

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Johnson to appear in court over £350m claim

Image copyright PA Image caption Boris Johnson at a campaign rally outside the Vote Leave bus Boris Johnson has been ordered to appear in court over claims he lied by saying the UK gave the EU £350m a week.The Tory leadership candidate has been accused of misconduct in public office after making the claim during…

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Bangladesh charges 16 for burning girl alive

Image copyright family handout Image caption Nusrat was doused with kerosene and set on fire on a rooftop Sixteen people have been charged in Bangladesh over the shocking murder of a teenager who was burned to death after reporting sexual harassment.Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, was doused with kerosene and set on fire on the roof…

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Tankers almost certainly hit by Iranian mines – US

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Norwegian vessel Andrea Victory was one of four oil tankers damaged on 12 May US National Security Adviser John Bolton has said “naval mines almost certainly from Iran” were to blame for the damage to oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier this month.Mr Bolton provided no evidence…

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Ellen opens up about sexual abuse

Image copyright Getty Images Chat show host Ellen DeGeneres has spoken about how she was sexually assaulted as a teen by her stepfather.DeGeneres said the abuse took place when she was 15 or 16, after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.”He told me… he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel…

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Niki Lauda: F1 stars attend Mass for racing legend

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Niki Lauda’s crash helmet has been put on the driver’s coffin at St Stephen’s cathedral Thousands of people, including Formula 1 stars, are paying their last respects to racing legend Niki Lauda, whose body is lying in state in Vienna, Austria.His coffin, topped with his red crash helmet, was…

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NZ party denies hacking Treasury to steal budget

Image copyright AFP Image caption New Zealand’s Treasury has reporting the hack to police New Zealand’s main opposition party has denied hacking into the government’s computer systems to steal documents relating to the country’s budget.The National Party, which leaked details of the budget two days ahead of schedule on Tuesday, said it got the information…

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Huawei: US ban sets ‘dangerous precedent’

Image copyright Getty Images A move by the US to put Chinese telecoms giant Huawei on a trade blacklist “sets a dangerous precedent,” the firm’s top legal officer said. Speaking at a press conference, Song Liuping said other companies and industries may be targeted next.The US recently added Huawei to a list of companies that…

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‘Egg Boy’ gives donations to NZ attack survivors

Image copyright EPA Image caption Will Connolly won support online for breaking an egg on Australian lawmaker Fraser Anning An Australian teenager who broke an egg on a controversial far-right senator’s head says he has given almost A$100,000 (£55,000; $69,000) to survivors of the Christchurch mosque attacks.Will Connolly, 17, egged Fraser Anning in March -…

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Real Madrid ‘most valuable club in Europe’

Image copyright Rob Foldy/Getty Real Madrid has overtaken Manchester United and been named most valuable European football club, being worth about €3.22bn (£2.91bn) says KPMG.The Spanish club tops KPMG’s study of top sides’ “enterprise value”.The report, based on the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, studied profitability, broadcasting rights, popularity, sporting potential and stadium value.Champions League finalists…

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Belgian ex-king submits DNA in paternity case

Image copyright AFP Image caption Belgian artist Delphine Boël (L) alleges Albert II is her father Former Belgian King Albert II has submitted a DNA sample to avoid fines of €5,000 (£4,370) a day over claims he fathered a love-child in the 1960s.The 84-year-old, who has been fighting the paternity claim of Belgian artist Delphine…

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Growing crops in the shadow of Fukushima

After more than eight years as nuclear exiles, people are being allowed to return to the small town of Okuma in Fukushima, Japan. The town is the site of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant which suffered a triple meltdown after it was hit by a huge tsunami in 2011, and lost all cooling. Now…

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Malaysia to send back imported waste

Malaysia has ordered several thousand tonnes of imported plastic waste to be sent back to the countries it came from. The country’s government says it has become a dumping ground for wealthier nations and that much of the refuse was imported illegally.

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What surprise US court ruling means for abortion

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe abortion battle explained in three minutesIn a surprise move, the Supreme Court has issued a pair of decisions on an Indiana law restricting abortions, offering clues on how the nine-member court – with two new justices appointed by Donald Trump – could view the contentious issue…

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Biden team says Trump taunts undignified

Image copyright Drew Angerer/Getty Image caption Former US Vice-President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign kickoff rally, May 18, 2019 in Philadelphia Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden’s campaign has hit back at President Donald Trump’s attacks on him while he was in Japan over the weekend.During a press conference in…

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Trump supporters build US-Mexico barrier

Image copyright Facebook, courtesy We Build the Wall Image caption The private group says it has begun construction on a US-Mexico border wall in New Mexico A group of Trump supporters has begun building the first privately constructed US-Mexico border wall after a crowd-funding campaign.US military veteran Brian Kolfage posted a picture of the steel…

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Pakistan Hindu vet charged with blasphemy

Image caption The clinic and other Hindu-owned shops were targeted by the mob, witnesses said A Hindu veterinary doctor in south-east Pakistan has been charged under the country’s strict blasphemy laws after allegedly selling medicine wrapped in paper bearing Islamic religious text. An angry crowd set fire to his clinic near Mirpur Khas, Sindh province,…

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Johnson & Johnson in billion-dollar opioid trial

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Prosecutors say the firm created a public nuisance in Oklahoma costing billions of dollars, a claim which Johnson & Johnson denies Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s largest drug manufacturers, has gone on trial in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit by the US state of Oklahoma.Prosecutors accuse the firm of…

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MacKenzie Bezos to give away half of fortune

Image copyright Getty Images MacKenzie Bezos, the ex-wife of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, has promised to give half her fortune to charity.She joins billionaires such as investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates in the Giving Pledge.The pledge was started by Mr Buffett and Mr Gates and calls for the richest to give away…

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Alastair Campbell expelled from Labour

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption”I voted Liberal Democrat” says Alastair CampbellTony Blair’s former spin doctor says he has been expelled from the Labour Party after voting for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections.Alastair Campbell, a lead campaigner for another Brexit referendum, said he was “sad and disappointed”.He said he voted…

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Amnesty bosses leave after ‘toxic culture’ report

Image copyright Amnesty International Image caption Amnesty International’s secretary-general Kumi Naidoo has overseen the restructure Amnesty International is to lose most of its senior leadership team after a report said it had a “toxic” workplace.The human rights organisation’s secretary-general, Kumi Naidoo, ordered an independent review after two employees killed themselves last year.In the review one…

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Man smuggled 4,700 leeches in carry-on bag

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption A file image of medicinal leeches. Those found were Hirudo verbana A man has been fined C$15,000 ($11,000; £8,800) for trying to smuggle thousands of leeches in his carry-on luggage on a flight from Russia to Canada.Ippolit Bodounov was detained at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport last October.Some 4,788…

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North Koreans are ‘trapped in cycle of corruption’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFour defectors talk about what life is like in North KoreaNorth Koreans face a daily struggle to make ends meet due to a “vicious cycle of deprivation, corruption and repression”, a new report says.The United Nations human rights report also accuses Kim Jong-un’s government of economic mismanagement,…

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Europe’s leaders launch fight for EU top jobs

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Macron (C) hosted Spain’s socialist PM Pedro Sánchez in Paris on Monday EU leaders are heading to Brussels to assess the post-election political landscape and consider rival candidates for the EU’s top jobs.The haggling over jobs – including a replacement for EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker – is likely…

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Millions without power as tornadoes hit Ohio

Image copyright Derek Myers Image caption The tornadoes overturned cars and destroyed buildings Multiple tornadoes have struck the US state of Ohio, causing injuries and extensive damage. Some five million people have been left without power due to the tornadoes, which began late on Monday night.Injuries were reported around the cities of Dayton and Celina,…

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What does a $75 cup of coffee taste like?

Klatch Coffee in San Francisco is offering a $75 cup of coffee made from award-winning beans grown in Panama.The beans – called Elida Geisha Natural – sold for $803 per pound and hold the record for the most expensive coffee in the world.Video Journalist: Cody Melissa Godwin

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‘War crimes’ being committed in Sinai – report

Image copyright Egypt ministry of defence Image caption Egypt has been battling militants in Northern Sinai for years Egyptian forces and militants in the Sinai might both be responsible for crimes against humanity, human rights campaigners say.Human Rights Watch (HRW) accuses the government of carrying out enforced disappearances, killings, torture and other illegal acts.It says…

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Australian jailed for UK backpacker’s rape ordeal

Image copyright Seven Network Australia Image caption Elisha Greer was held for a month by Marcus Allyn Keith Martin An Australian man who raped a British backpacker during a month-long kidnapping ordeal in outback Queensland has been jailed for 10 years.Marcus Allyn Keith Martin, 25, had pleaded guilty to charges of rape and deprivation of…

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‘Holy Spirit’ saves driver from speeding fine

Image copyright Viersen District Police Image caption Divine intervention? Police urged the driver to recognise the “hint from above” A speeding driver in Germany was saved from a €105 (£93) fine when a snow-white dove interceded on his behalf.The driver was caught on speed cameras – but his identity was hidden by the bird’s wings…

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Iggy Azalea ‘violated’ by nude photo leak

Image caption Iggy Azalea’s hits include Work, Fancy and Trouble Iggy Azalea has deactivated her social media accounts, after her topless photos were leaked online.The pictures were taken during a photoshoot for GQ magazine in 2016, but never intended for publication.The Australian rapper said she felt “blindsided, embarrassed, violated [and] angry” by the leak.But it…

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Papua New Guinea PM tries to block own resignation

Image copyright AFP Image caption Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has been in power since 2011 Papua New Guinea’s embattled prime minister appears to be attempting to stall his own resignation, days after he announced he was stepping down.Peter O’Neill told reporters on Sunday he was going to hand power over in the interest of “political…

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Bolsonaro attacker is ‘mentally ill’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMoment Jair Bolsonaro is stabbed at rallyA man who stabbed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during his campaign last September suffers from mental health issues, a federal judge has concluded.Judge Bruno Savino ruled on Monday that Adélio Bispo de Oliveira was not fully aware of his actions at…

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Hunt warns against no-deal Brexit ‘suicide’

Image copyright Getty Images Tory leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt has warned that his party will be committing “political suicide” if it tries to push through a no-deal Brexit.The foreign secretary is one of 10 people seeking to replace Theresa May. Michael Gove has begun his pitch by pledging to allow EU nationals in the UK…

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Knifeman stabs children in Japanese park

A knifeman has stabbed at least 15 children in a park near Japan’s capital, Tokyo, officials say.It is not yet clear what was behind the attack on Tuesday morning, which has reportedly left at least two children and one adult unconscious. A suspect has been arrested in relation to the incident, which occurred in Kawasaki…

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Male beauty quest ‘damages fertility’

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists have uncovered an evolutionary paradox where men damage their ability to have children during efforts to make themselves look more attractive. Taking steroids to get a buff physique or anti-baldness pills to keep a full head of hair can damage fertility. It has been named the Mossman-Pacey paradox after the…

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Jailed for a comedy show in Myanmar

Seven young theatre performers in Myanmar are in prison after taking part in a traditional festival.The civilian government under the Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has made very few changes to the country’s draconian laws which they inherited after five decades of military dictatorship.Democracy activists say this is allowing the still-powerful Burmese…

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Boat sinks on DR Congo lake: 45 dead, 200 missing

Image copyright Blaise Mabala Image caption People look on as the rescue effort continues on Lake Mai-Ndombe At least 45 people have died after a boat sank on Lake Mai-Ndombe in western Democratic Republic of Congo.The provincial governor, Antoine Masamba, said the vessel was carrying more than 400 people, with reports that about 200 passengers…

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Queen Victoria as you’ve never seen her before

High-quality film of Queen Victoria on her last trip to Ireland has been rediscovered. The footage was taken a year before she died.The monarch can be seen smiling and nodding. We can even see that she’s wearing sunglasses.The British Film Institute has a free library of Victorian film, and you can see more of MoMA’s…

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Man dies on plane after ingesting 246 cocaine bags

A Japanese man has died on a flight from Mexico City after ingesting 246 bags of cocaine. The flight, bound for Japan’s Narita International Airport, had to make an emergency landing in Mexico’s Sonora state after he began to have seizures. Authorities said the man, identified as Udo N, died of a cerebral edema caused…

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Photographer ‘overwhelmed’ by eagle photo response

Image copyright Steve Biro Image caption Bruce the bald eagle stares down photographer Steve Biro A Canadian amateur photographer says he is “overwhelmed” by the worldwide response to a photograph he took of a bald eagle. Steve Biro snapped the image of Bruce the bald eagle at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy and first posted it…

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Romania’s most powerful politician jailed

Image copyright EPA The head of Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, has been jailed for corruption after his attempts to appeal an earlier conviction failed.Romania’s Supreme Court upheld on Monday a three-and-a-half year prison sentence against Dragnea. The politician, 56, was found guilty last year of having two party members paid by…

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Ethiopia apologises for map that erases Somalia

Image copyright Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Image caption The Ethiopian foreign ministry said it was unsure how the map had “crept in on the website” Ethiopia’s foreign ministry has apologised after a map of Africa on its website incorporated neighbouring Somalia within its own borders. “We sincerely regret any confusion and misunderstanding this…

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Myanmar massacre soldiers ‘released early’

Image copyright HANDOUT Image caption These are the men whose deaths the Reuters journalists were investigating Seven soldiers jailed in Myanmar for killing 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys have been released early from prison.The soldiers were sentenced in 2018 to 10 years in prison for the Inn Din village killings, but they “are no…

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Austrian leader faces removal in confidence vote

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe so-called “Ibiza-gate” video led to the collapse of Mr Kurz’s coalitionAustria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz faces being removed from office in a no-confidence vote on Monday afternoon.His previous coalition ally, the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), said it would support the motion being brought by the opposition Social…

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Aladdin casts box office spell

Image copyright Disney Image caption Aladdin stars Naomi Scott and Mena Massou Aladdin still has the magic according to cinema-goers who turned out in their droves for the first weekend of Disney’s live-action remake.Guy Ritchie’s take on the 1992 movie brought in more than $86m (£68m) in its first three days in North America.The film,…

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Boy who died after detention at US border buried

Image copyright Reuters The funeral has been held for Wilmer Josué Ramírez, a migrant boy aged two and a half, who died after being held in US custody with his mother. Doctors said he died of pneumonia.He is the youngest of six children to have died since December either while in US detention or shortly…

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French police arrest Lyon bomb suspect

Image copyright AFP Image caption The device, reportedly full of screws, nuts and bolts, went off in Lyon city centre last week French police have arrested two men after a suspected parcel bomb exploded in Lyon last week, injuring 13 people.The device, packed with screws and ball bearings, detonated outside a bakery on Friday afternoon.…

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Four things to expect from the week ahead

It’s Monday, it’s a new week, and while we won’t pretend to know everything that’s going to happen over the next seven days, we have some sense of what’s coming up.Here’s your briefing on some of the most important and interesting stories happening in the week ahead.1) The Kurz of the secret stingAustria’s Chancellor Sebastian…

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The hackers taking the bugs to the bank

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Argentinean teenager Santiago Lopez was one of the first to make $1m from bug bountiesThese days, when an unexpected email turns up offering lots of cash, most people just assume it is a scam and delete it. But Mark Litchfield opened one such a message and…

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Brazil prison clashes leave 15 dead

Image copyright AFP Image caption Brazil’s overcrowded prisons are often the scenes of violence and breakout attempts Fighting at a prison in northern Brazil has left 15 inmates dead, according to local officials.The clashes reportedly broke out on Sunday during visiting hours at Anísio Jobim Penitentiary Complex, in Manaus.Some of the victims were stabbed with…

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Fiat Chrysler proposes merger with Renault

Image copyright Reuters Fiat Chrysler has made a “transformative” merger proposal for French carmaker Renault, the Italian firm said on Monday. The combined business would be 50% owned by Fiat shareholders and 50% by Renault stockholders.The carmaker said the merger would create a global automotive leader, with 8.7 million vehicle sales.Carmakers have faced pressure to…

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Boulders ‘the size of a building’ hit US road

Image copyright Colorado Department of Transportation A section of highway in the US state of Colorado has been totally destroyed by two boulders “the size of a building”, officials say.The road was hit by a slide “consisting of dirt, rock and two huge boulders”, the Colorado Department of Transportation said. Photos posted on its Facebook…

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Homeless woman’s killing horrifies Australia

Image copyright VICTORIA POLICE Image caption Courtney Herron was killed in a Melbourne park, police say The brutal killing of a young, homeless woman has renewed discussion in Australia about violence against women.The body of Courtney Herron, 25, was found in a Melbourne park by walkers on Saturday, police said.”She died as a result of…

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Australia’s bruised opposition elects new leader

Image copyright EPA Image caption Labor has elected Anthony Albanese to lead the party Australia’s Labor opposition has chosen Anthony Albanese as its new leader after the party suffered an upset in the nation’s general election.Previous leader Bill Shorten resigned on 18 May, immediately after conceding the election to incumbent Prime Minister Scott Morrison.Mr Albanese,…

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Tories on election ‘final warning’ – Johnson

Image copyright Reuters Boris Johnson, the front-runner in the Tory leadership race, has said the party risks being “dismissed” if it does not deliver Brexit.Writing in In the Daily Telegraph, he said voters in the EU election issued a “crushing rebuke” to the Conservatives.Fellow candidate, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said the party faces an “existential…

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Vet helps woman give birth on roadside

A veterinarian in Thailand stepped in to help a woman giving birth prematurely on the side of the road in Bangkok.Waree Limrungsukho said she had “never done this for a human baby before”.

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Europe’s biggest blocs lose grip on power

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Supporters of France’s far-right National Rally party react to EU elections exit polls The big centre-right and centre-left blocs in the European Parliament have lost their combined majority amid an increase in support for liberals, Greens and nationalists.The centre-right European People’s Party remains the largest bloc, and is expected…

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Long watch: Night shift on malaria’s frontline

It’s night-time at Ola During Children’s Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone and doctors Nehlama Barrie and Winstina Gbondo are on shift. Most nights here see children die of Malaria complications but a free health programme has given them a fighting chance of saving lives.Filmmakers: Paul Myles and Zoe JewellProducer: Abdul Samba Brima Editor: Brad Hayward

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European elections 2019

Polls are now closed everywhere across Europe.The projected results for the new European Parliament show significant losses for the two main groups, the centre-right European People’s Party and the centre-left Socialists and Democrats, although they remain the largest groups.The Greens and Liberal groups have made gains, as well as the right-wing nationalist and populist groups.…

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Fatal Oklahoma tornado aftermath

At least two people have died after a tornado struck in El Reno, Oklahoma on Saturday night.It destroyed a hotel and damaged a mobile home park.The incident on Saturday follows a week of tornadoes, severe rain and flooding in states in the Southern Plains and Midwest regions.The recent spate of extreme weather has been blamed…

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Ex-head of notorious Ethiopia jail arrested

Image copyright Google Earth Image caption Activists say the jail, in the Somali region of Ethiopia, was the site of particularly brutal torture The former head of a notorious Ethiopian prison has been arrested and is expected to face trial. Hassan Ismail Ibrahim, also known as Hassan Dhere, was arrested in neighbouring Somalia in a…

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Bart Starr: Former Green Bay Packers quarterback dies at 85

Bart Starr spent his entire playing and coaching career with the Green Bay Packers, winning five championshipsFormer Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr has died at the age of 85.Starr, who suffered a major stroke in 2014, played for the Packers from 1956-71 and led them to five championships.That included the first two Super Bowls,…

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Build-up and reaction to European election results

Posted at 17:2917:29The European Union’s top job is up for grabs…What’s a Spitzenkandidat?A reminder that these elections will also have an impact on who will become the next European Commission president.Throughout the past few weeks, candidates from the main parties, known as Spitzenkandidaten, have been campaigning across Europe.Our Brussels reporter Adam Fleming explains the process…

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Monaco GP: Lewis Hamilton beats Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton held off Max Verstappen, and survived a late collision with the Red Bull driver, to win a nail-biting Monaco Grand Prix.The world champion was left struggling with the tyres on his Mercedes after fitting softer rubber than the Dutchman at pit stops during an early safety-car period.Britain’s Hamilton repeatedly complained that he was…

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Everest queues not sole cause of deaths, says Nepal

Image copyright AFP/Project Possible Image caption This photo showing a long queue up to the summit of Everest has gone viral in recent days Nepal’s tourism authority has denied accusations that the rise in Mount Everest deaths is solely due to overcrowding. The department’s director general Dandu Raj Ghimire said other factors including adverse weather…

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Living off-grid for almost 80 years

Margaret Gallagher has lived in an off-grid cottage near the Irish border in County Fermanagh since 1942.Visitors often expect to find her “sitting in the corner wearing a long black dress and a white apron” but Margaret, 77, refuses to be stereotyped.”I am my own person, I have my own identity,” she said.”I am doing…

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Oklahoma tornado kills two in El Reno

Image copyright Gale Vancampen via REUTERS Image caption Search and rescue efforts are continuing following the deadly tornado At least two people have been killed after a tornado tore through the city of El Reno in Oklahoma, destroying a hotel and damaging a mobile home park, officials said.The tornado struck the south-east of El Reno…

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Blasts kill three in Nepali capital Kathmandu

Image copyright Reuters Image caption One of the blasts struck a shop At least three people have died in two explosions in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, officials say.Five other people were injured in the blasts – one in the city centre and the other in the outskirts, KTV reported.The causes of the blasts are not…

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Briton dies following yacht collision

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The collision happened off the coast of the French Riviera resort A 29-year-old Briton died following a collision between two yachts in Cannes, in France on Saturday.The region’s maritime prefecture said the vessels, Vision and Minx, collided at around 21:00 local time (20:00 BST).According to the statement, the man was…

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Key things to watch out for in European vote

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption With 751 seats up for grabs, the big picture is set to be shaped by key battles Voting is already under way as 28 European states vote over four days in EU elections.To avoid accidentally influencing the vote elsewhere, any results and exit polls are top secret until Sunday…

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Iraq court sentences French IS accused to death

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The three men were found guilty of joining Islamic State (IS) (stock image) Three French men have been sentenced to death by an Iraqi court after being found guilty of joining the Islamic State (IS) militant group.The men – named as Kevin Gonot, Leonard Lopez and Salim Machou by news…

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Influential former Thai prime minister dies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Prem Tinsulanonda was Thailand’s 16th prime minister Thailand’s former prime minister and royal confidante Prem Tinsulanonda, one of the most influential figures in modern Thai politics, has died aged 98.The former army general, who served as prime minister from 1980 to 1988, died in a Bangkok hospital on Sunday.The most…

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Final voting under way in European elections

Image copyright EPA Image caption Voting has taken place over four days and the first results will be revealed on Sunday evening Voting is under way on the final day of elections for the European Parliament, with nationalists mounting a challenge to pro-EU parties.In total, 400 million people are eligible to take part. Voting has…

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Venezuela crisis: Talks to resume in Oslo

Image copyright AFP Image caption Previous attempts at mediation between the two Venezuelan sides have failed Representatives of Venezuela’s government and opposition are returning to Norway’s capital, Oslo, for talks on how to address the political crisis.The meeting, scheduled for next week, was confirmed by Norway’s government, which reiterated its commitment to helping to find…

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Gove to challenge Johnson for leadership

Image copyright Reuters Michael Gove is due to enter the race for Tory leader, challenging his former Vote Leave ally Boris Johnson.It means the two figureheads of the official Leave campaign will battle for the right to steer the Brexit process to a conclusion.They previously clashed during the 2016 leadership contest, won by Theresa May.So…

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Papua New Guinea prime minister resigns

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Peter O’Neill became prime minister in 2012 following a prolonged power struggle Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has resigned following a series of high-level defections from his government to the opposition.Mr O’Neill, who has been in office for seven years, has faced calls for his resignation for weeks…

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Trump downplays North Korea missile test

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played a round of golf with US President Donald Trump US President Donald Trump has dismissed concerns about recent North Korean missile tests, appearing to contradict his own national security adviser.In a tweet issued shortly after his arrival in Japan on Sunday, Mr Trump called…

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German Jews advised to not wear kippahs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Skullcaps – or kippahs – are traditionally worn by Jewish men The German government’s anti-Semitism commissioner has urged Jews to avoid wearing skullcaps in public.Felix Klein warned Jews against donning the kippa in parts of the country, following a rise in anti-Semitism.Mr Klein said his opinion on the matter…

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Dominic Raab and Andrea Leadsom join race

Former cabinet members Dominic Raab and Andrea Leadsom are the latest Tory MPs to announce they will run for party leader. They become the sixth and seventh candidates to enter the race after Theresa May said she would resign as party leader on 7 June.Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Raab said the UK…

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Rescued hiker: ‘I chose life’

A hiker found alive more than two weeks after she went missing on Maui, Hawaii, has spoken from her hospital bed. Amanda Eller said she faced a choice between “life and death”.MS Eller, 35, was last seen on 8 May. Family and friends had launched an intense search effort and offered a cash reward for…

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Ireland votes to liberalise divorce laws

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Divorce was only made legal in Ireland in 1995 following a tight referendum vote People in the Republic of Ireland have voted overwhelmingly in favour of liberalising divorce laws, in a referendum held on Saturday.The constitution currently states that spouses must be separated for four of the previous five…

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Israelis protest Netanyahu immunity move

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands of protesters gathered outside the Tel Aviv Museum Thousands of Israelis gathered on Saturday for a mass rally against moves to grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution. Protesters amassed outside a museum in Tel Aviv for “pro-democracy” demonstrations organised by Israeli opposition parties.They are accusing Mr…

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The Saudi women runners pushing boundaries

Women have been taking to the streets of Saudi Arabia’s cities in increasing numbers – to go running.Jeddah Running Community was founded in 2013, challenging cultural norms under which it has long been widely considered inappropriate for women to participate in sport in public.It was one of the first groups to hold mixed training sessions…

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‘Inconsiderate’ Moby apologises to Natalie Portman

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Moby and Portman pictured at an event in 2001, with members of the hip-hop group The Roots Musician Moby has apologised to the actress Natalie Portman after a row over his depiction of their alleged romantic involvement 20 years ago.The DJ and producer wrote on Instagram that many criticisms…

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S Africa’s Ramaphosa sworn in

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has been inaugurated at a stadium in the capital Pretoria.The African National Congress (ANC) leader vowed to tackle corruption and rejuvenate the struggling economy.More than 30,000 people gathered to witness the ceremony which included a flypast and military parade. Mr Ramaphosa was elected earlier this month with a majority of…

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Indian students trapped in tuition centre blaze

At least 20 people have died in a fire that ripped through a building housing a tuition centre in western India.Young students fell or jumped as they tried to escape flames engulfing the top floors of the building in the city of Surat, in Gujarat state.Police say they have charged three people over the fire…

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Russia ordered to release Ukraine sailors

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIn November 2018, Jonah Fisher talked to a commander of the Ukrainian Navy about the tensions in the Azov SeaAn international tribunal has ordered Russia to “immediately” release 24 Ukrainian sailors and three naval ships it seized off Crimea in November.Moscow says the sailors violated its maritime…

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Sound at Spice Girls Dublin gig-a-big-nah

Image copyright PA/Andrew Timms Image caption Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm of the Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin Spice Girls singer Mel B has said she hopes the sound will be “much better” on their tour after complaints following their opening reunion concert in Dublin.More than 70,000…

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Flights resume after Bali volcano disruption

Image copyright Wayan Kartika/via REUTERS Image caption The eruption caused a number of flights to be cancelled Flights have returned to normal in Bali, after an volcanic eruption caused some delays and cancellations on Friday night.Mount Agung spewed lava and rocks over about 3km (2 mile) distance, officials said. Some villages experienced ash fall, but…

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Hawaii hiker found alive after two weeks

Image copyright Javier Cantellops Image caption The yoga instructor was found slightly injured, in a deep ravine, by volunteers A woman has been found alive more than two weeks after she went missing on Maui, Hawaii.Amanda Eller, 35, was last seen on 8 May. Family and friends had launched an intense search effort and offered…

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Austria lawyer says he was part of far-right sting

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe video, from, 2017, was recorded in a villa in IbizaA Vienna lawyer says he was involved in the video sting that brought down far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache.The lawyer – named by Germany’s Bild newspaper as Ramin Mirfakhrai – said it was a “civil society-driven project in…

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UK man latest to die in rising Everest toll

Image copyright AFP Image caption The recent death toll has already eclipsed the total for 2018 Officials say a British man died on Saturday on Mount Everest – bringing to 10 the total death toll this season on the world’s largest peak. Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, reportedly fell ill while descending from the summit. An…

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US judge blocks funds for Trump border wall plan

Image copyright AFP Image caption The border wall – or barrier – was President Trump’s major campaign promise during the 2016 elections A US federal judge has temporarily blocked the use of defence department funds to build a border wall between the US and Mexico. The judge granted the injunction to block the use of…

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Race to be new prime minister begins

Image caption Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Rory Stewart and Esther McVey have already said they will run for the leadership The race to become the next Conservative Party leader has begun, following Theresa May’s announcement that she will step down next month. The contest will not only result in a new party leader, but also…

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