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Severn Bridge shut as drone flown from the top

Police arrested a man, aged in his 20s, who had climbed to the top of the bridge to fly a drone.

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Russian security agency arrests 'US spy' in Moscow

The FSB security agency says a US man named Paul Whelan has been charged with spying.

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Brexit: US ambassador to UK Johnson warns on trade deal

Donald Trump's pledge on trade cannot happen if the PM's Brexit deal goes through, says Johnson.

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Mother of the Hubble: Tributes paid to Nasa scientist

Dr Nancy Grace Roman, the first woman to hold a senior leadership position at NASA, has died at 93.

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Mass grave discovered in Iraq's northern Kirkuk province Announcement comes a month after the UN documented the existence of 202 mass graves across northern Iraq.

Announcement comes a month after the UN documented the existence of 202 mass graves across northern Iraq.

from Al Jazeera English December 31, 2018 at 01:38AM

Angela Merkel: Germany will take on more global responsibility In New Year address, Merkel says Germany will push for global solutions to climate change, migration, and 'terrorism'.

In New Year address, Merkel says Germany will push for global solutions to climate change, migration, and 'terrorism'.

from Al Jazeera English December 31, 2018 at 01:20AM

Philippines deadly storm and landslides kill more than 60

An official says people did not take precautions as the storm was not classed as a typhoon.

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Sudanese parliament approves 2019 budget amid protests The ruling side says the new budget will reduce inflation, but many doubt it'll deliver on that promise.

The ruling side says the new budget will reduce inflation, but many doubt it'll deliver on that promise.

from Al Jazeera English December 31, 2018 at 12:33AM

Lindsey Graham: Trump 'slowing' US pullout from Syria Senior Republican senator says president will make sure that withdrawal will ensure ISIL is 'permanently destroyed'.

Senior Republican senator says president will make sure that withdrawal will ensure ISIL is 'permanently destroyed'.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 11:59PM

Bahrain's Nabeel Rajab loses final appeal in 'insult' case Prominent activist loses appeal against 5-year term for criticising alleged prison torture and Saudi air raids in Yemen.

Prominent activist loses appeal against 5-year term for criticising alleged prison torture and Saudi air raids in Yemen.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 11:57PM

Harmanpreet named ICC World T20 team captain, Smriti and Poonam in T20 and ODI teams

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Harmanpreet has been rewarded for spearheading India to the semifinals of the ICC Women's World T20 2018 in the West Indies in November.

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Harmanpreet has been rewarded for spearheading India to the semifinals of the ICC Women's World T20 2018 in the West Indies in November.

'Don't call me brave or heroic for being disabled'

A woman says she is fed up at disabled people like her being described as "superheroes".

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Michael Simpson murder: Grandparents vow to keep siblings together

The parents of a man killed by his Chinese wife abroad are to bring one grandchild to the UK.

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Sheikh Hasina is Bangladesh PM as Awami League secures 4th consecutive term with landslide win; Opposition calls victory 'farcical'

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured a fourth term with a landslide victory in polls the opposition slammed as "farcical" over claims of vote-rigging, and clashes between rival supporters that killed at least 17 people.

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In Bangladesh, some voters allege being barred from polling booths

By Zeba Siddiqui and Ruma Paul DHAKA (Reuters) - At least three voters in southeast Bangladesh, including a journalist, told Reuters on Sunday that they were barred from entering polling booths or were told their ballot papers had already been filled in, hours after voting began in the nation's general election. The journalist, who declined to be identified for fear of reprisals, said activists of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Awami League party in Chittagong, Bangladesh's second-largest city, warned him and other voters at the polling centre not to go inside. "They said we didn't need to go inside as our votes had already been cast," the journalist told Reuters by phone, adding that there were five other voters around him at the time at the polling centre set up at the national primary school in Chittagong's Kotwali area

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Venezuela offers help probing alleged planned attack on Colombia president

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government is willing to help investigate a plot to assassinate Colombian President Ivan Duque, in which three Venezuelan nationals arrested in Colombia may be suspects, foreign minister Jorge Arreaza said. The alleged assassination attempt comes amid tense relations between the two neighboring South American countries.

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Senior U.S. senator says he will ask Trump to rethink Syria pullout

By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Republican senator said he would try to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump at a White House lunch on Sunday to reconsider his order for a total U.S.

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Delays blight Congo's presidential vote as opposition cries foul

By Giulia Paravicini and Fiston Mahamba KINSHASA (Reuters) - Long queues, broken-down machines and torrential rain in the capital disrupted voting in Democratic Republic of Congo's long-anticipated presidential poll on Sunday, as the opposition alleged widespread irregularities. Polling stations remained open after the scheduled 5 p.m.

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U.S. CBP chief says agents did everything they could to save immigrant children

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Sunday defended his agents' handling of two sick children who died in their custody, saying they did everything they could to get medical help for them in difficult circumstances. The deaths have intensified the debate over U.S

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Hardline cleric Larijani named to head powerful Iran body

DUBAI (Reuters) - Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani - the chief of Iran's hardline judiciary who has been blacklisted by Washington - was named on Sunday as the new head of the powerful Expediency Council, state television reported. The council is intended to resolve disputes between parliament and a watchdog body, the Guardian Council.

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Bangladesh PM takes big lead as opposition rejects poll alleging vote rigging

By Serajul Quadir, Krishna N.

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Bangladesh opposition rejects poll results, demands fresh vote

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Bangladesh's opposition alliance said on Sunday it rejected the results of the country's general election, alleging rigging and demanding a fresh vote under a neutral government. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling party has taken a big lead over the opposition in the election, early results and trends showed, which has been marred by violence that killed 17 people and allegations of vote rigging

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Israel protests after Jordanian spokeswoman steps on its flag

JERUSALEM/AMMAN (Reuters) - Israel protested to Jordan on Sunday after the spokeswoman for the government in Amman was photographed stepping on the Israeli flag during a meeting with trade unionists. Jumana Ghunaimat, Jordan's minister for media affairs and communications and the government spokeswoman, on Thursday walked over an Israeli flag painted on the floor of the headquarters of Jordan's professional unions in Amman. She was on her way to attend a meeting between Jordanian Prime Minister Omar al Razzaz and union representatives.

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Congo police officer and civilian killed in fight over alleged voting fraud

KINSHASA (Reuters) - A police officer and civilian were killed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in a dispute over alleged voting fraud in Sunday's presidential and legislative elections, a witness and a politician from the area said. Vital Kamerhe, a politician from South Kivu province, and a witness, who wished to remain anonymous, said an altercation broke out at a polling place in the town of Walungu after voters accused an election official of fraud

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Bangladesh election: Sheikh Hasina's Awami League heads for landslide win; Opposition alleges vote-rigging

Hasina's ruling Awami League party crossed the 151 seats required to form a majority government in Bangladesh, according to local TV station Channel 24.

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Bangladesh election: Voting ends as per schedule; 13 killed in violence, Sheikh Hasina says she is 'confident of victory'

While Hasina is seeking re-election for a fourth term as the prime minister, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khalida Zia faces an uncertain future.

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Indonesia's latest tsunami raises global questions over disaster preparedness, highlights need for much research

The Indonesia tsunami should be a wake-up call to step up research on tsunami triggers and preparedness, several experts said.

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In New Year letters, Vladimir Putin says Russia open for dialogue with US, pledges continued support to Syria

Russian president Vladimir Putin, in a New Year letter to his US counterpart Donald Trump, said on Sunday that Moscow was ready for dialogue on a "wide-ranging agenda", the Kremlin said in a statement.

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Toll in Bangladesh election day violence rises to 10: Six die in Awami League-BNP clashes, three in police firing; cop killed by activists

The election-day deaths brought to 14 the official police toll for Bangladesh election violence since the ballot was announced on 8 November. Voting is being held under tight security until 4 pm (1000 GMT) and polls have predicted a record fourth term for Sheikh Hasina.

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Five killed in election violence in Bangladesh: Two shot dead by police, three die in clashes between Awami League, BNP activists

Five people were killed in election-related violence in Bangladesh on Sunday as voters went to the polls following a campaign marred by deadly clashes and a crackdown on the Opposition by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government.

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Death toll in Philippines floods, landslides rises to 68 Authorities warn number of victims to increase as thousands are forced from their homes by the bad weather.

Authorities warn number of victims to increase as thousands are forced from their homes by the bad weather.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 10:39PM

Hasina wins Bangladesh elections as opposition rejects polls Officials declare massive victory for alliance led by PM Sheikh Hasina's party, while opposition dubs polls 'farcical'.

Officials declare massive victory for alliance led by PM Sheikh Hasina's party, while opposition dubs polls 'farcical'.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 09:13PM

Video shows bags believed to contain Khashoggi's remains: report Footage shows Saudi hit team carrying bags believed to contain body parts of murdered journalist, Turkish reports say.

Footage shows Saudi hit team carrying bags believed to contain body parts of murdered journalist, Turkish reports say.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 08:48PM

2018: A year of living dangerously A multitude of man-made disasters marked year 2018 on the Christian calendar.

A multitude of man-made disasters marked year 2018 on the Christian calendar.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 08:48PM

Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates Here are the latest developments related to the Saudi journalist's murder inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

Here are the latest developments related to the Saudi journalist's murder inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 08:39PM

Number of journalists killed on the job in 2018 rises IFJ says 94 journalists and media workers died in targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents this year.

IFJ says 94 journalists and media workers died in targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents this year.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 06:56PM

Nukes, economy, Trump summit: What's on Kim Jong-un's 2019 agenda North Korean leader expected to give annual address on Tuesday laying out country's top priorities for year ahead.

North Korean leader expected to give annual address on Tuesday laying out country's top priorities for year ahead.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 06:07PM

Vietnam seeks to curb Beijing's South China Sea actions: report Code of conduct negotiating draft seen by Reuters shows Hanoi wants Beijing's blockades and island building outlawed.

Code of conduct negotiating draft seen by Reuters shows Hanoi wants Beijing's blockades and island building outlawed.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 05:34PM

Israel protests against Jordan minister stepping on Israeli flag Minister Jumana Ghuneimat was pictured last week stepping on Israeli flag when entering trade union complex in Amman.

Minister Jumana Ghuneimat was pictured last week stepping on Israeli flag when entering trade union complex in Amman.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 02:49PM

Delays mark tense DR Congo election Voting in three cities delayed by electoral commission until March 2019 over Ebola outbreak and ethnic violence.

Voting in three cities delayed by electoral commission until March 2019 over Ebola outbreak and ethnic violence.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 01:17PM

Gowher Rizvi Q&A: Bangladesh opposition claims exaggerated Gowher Rizvi, adviser to PM Sheikh Hasina, says opposition claims of intimidation and arrests need to be corroborated.

Gowher Rizvi, adviser to PM Sheikh Hasina, says opposition claims of intimidation and arrests need to be corroborated.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 01:04PM

Afghan presidential elections postponed until July 20: official The delay is to allow time to fix problems that surfaced in October's parliamentary polls, electoral official says.

The delay is to allow time to fix problems that surfaced in October's parliamentary polls, electoral official says.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 12:43PM

Why are Bangladesh's elections so contentious? PM Sheikh Hasina has been accused of silencing her critics, and now her decade in power is being put to the test.

PM Sheikh Hasina has been accused of silencing her critics, and now her decade in power is being put to the test.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 12:25PM

Profile: Who is Sheikh Hasina? Hasina, who has promised to turn Bangladesh into a middle-income nation by 2021, is set to be PM for the fourth term.

Hasina, who has promised to turn Bangladesh into a middle-income nation by 2021, is set to be PM for the fourth term.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 12:18PM

Morocco: 15 suspects face judge over Scandinavian hiker murders Prosecution asks for 'terrorism' probe of suspects linked to beheading of two female tourists in Atlas Mountains.

Prosecution asks for 'terrorism' probe of suspects linked to beheading of two female tourists in Atlas Mountains.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 11:29AM

Khashoggi murder: Book reveals 'new details' about killing Written by Turkish journalists, the book purports to shed light on events that led to Khashoggi's murder and aftermath.

Written by Turkish journalists, the book purports to shed light on events that led to Khashoggi's murder and aftermath.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 11:15AM

Damascus allows Iraq to hit ISIL targets in Syria: State media Syrian state media says Iraqi forces can now attack ISIL targets inside Syria without getting approval from Damascus.

Syrian state media says Iraqi forces can now attack ISIL targets inside Syria without getting approval from Damascus.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 10:11AM

Netanyahu: Brazil to move embassy to Jerusalem Israeli leader claims Brazilian president told him that embassy relocation from Tel Aviv is a matter of 'when, not if'.

Israeli leader claims Brazilian president told him that embassy relocation from Tel Aviv is a matter of 'when, not if'.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 09:30AM

Greece child protection services 'disjointed and inadequate' Successive governments are structurally unable to organise coherent system of child protection, experts say.

Successive governments are structurally unable to organise coherent system of child protection, experts say.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 08:50AM

Cyber attack disrupts newspaper distribution across US Hacking attack appeared to originate outside the US, experts said, but it was unclear if a state actor was involved.

Hacking attack appeared to originate outside the US, experts said, but it was unclear if a state actor was involved.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 08:21AM

Colombia condemns 'plot' to kill president, arrests Venezuelans Minister says 'internal and external actors' were responsible for threats to President Ivan Duque's life.

Minister says 'internal and external actors' were responsible for threats to President Ivan Duque's life.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 08:12AM

Israel's Bennett and Shaked announce 'New Right' political party Hayemin Hehadash, or 'New Right', will be a partnership between right-wing secular and religious politicians.

Hayemin Hehadash, or 'New Right', will be a partnership between right-wing secular and religious politicians.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 07:21AM

Six Iranians cross English Channel in inflatable boat from France Number of migrants making the risky crossing from France to UK in small boats since October continues to rise.

Number of migrants making the risky crossing from France to UK in small boats since October continues to rise.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 07:06AM

Sudan's al-Bashir tells police to limit force against protesters UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appeals 'for calm and restraint' while calling for government probe into deaths.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appeals 'for calm and restraint' while calling for government probe into deaths.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 06:58AM

A Day, a Life: When a Medic Was Killed in Gaza, Was It an Accident?

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By DAVID M. HALBFINGER from NYT World https://nyti.ms/2QWdZKp

Trump Digs In, Darkening Hopes for a Deal to End the Shutdown

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By MAGGIE HABERMAN and SHERYL GAY STOLBERG from NYT U.S. https://nyti.ms/2Qdoeov

Kelly, on His Way Out, Says Administration Long Ago Abandoned Idea of Concrete Wall

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By MAGGIE HABERMAN from NYT U.S. https://nyti.ms/2EVGOQZ

Bre Payton, Conservative Writer and Fox News Commentator, Dies at 26

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By MIHIR ZAVERI from NYT Obituaries https://nyti.ms/2EWec9p

At Lord & Taylor, Everything Must Go. A Daughter’s Guilt Will Remain.

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By JAMES BARRON from NYT New York https://nyti.ms/2Tlh0Ru

The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn

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By AMY CHOZICK and MOTOKO RICH from NYT Business https://nyti.ms/2QWUmSE

Deciphering the Patterns in Trump’s Falsehoods

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By LINDA QIU from NYT U.S. https://nyti.ms/2QVOBof

Tell Me One More Time What to Do About Grief

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By JO FIRESTONE from NYT Opinion https://nyti.ms/2BNoIfP

Kamala Harris: Everyone Gets Sick. And We Deserve Better.

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By KAMALA D. HARRIS from NYT Opinion https://nyti.ms/2QUBOTd

In Rehab, ‘Two Warring Factions’: Abstinence vs. Medication

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By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health https://nyti.ms/2RlLchN

New Life for Old Classics, as Their Copyrights Run Out

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By ALEXANDRA ALTER from NYT Books https://nyti.ms/2An4rxO

The Ecstasy and the Agony of Being a Grandmother

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By ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG from NYT Style https://nyti.ms/2SsF7Oc

Year in Fitness: How Exercise Keeps Us Young

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By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS from NYT Well https://nyti.ms/2EPmJvy

Channel migrants: No easy answers to issue, says Javid

The reasons are often "outside of our control", writes the home secretary in newspaper article.

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Councils 'failing' to prosecute blue badge abusers

Figures show 62% of councils did not take action against people misusing blue badge permits.

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Hammersmith stabbing leads to 39 attempted murder arrests

They are being held on suspicion of attempted murder after a man suffered life-threatening wounds.

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Minority take up 'life-saving' free health check

It can pick up preventable heart problems - and more people should be getting the routine check.

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Stevenage shed radio DJ ready for BBC local radio slot

After years of "broadcasting" to just his wife, an amateur radio presenter's wish is coming true.

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Lederhosen love among Austria's millennials

Lederhosen and dirndl dresses are making a comeback in Austria.

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Fishing: New EU rules could have 'grave' impact on UK industry

Fishers can no longer discard fish to avoid busting quota - but that could put boats off the water.

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Syria conflict: Trump 'slowing troop withdrawal', says Lindsey Graham

A top Republican says the president remains determined to defeat the Islamic State group in Syria.

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South Western Railway strike to hit New Year's Eve trains

Passengers across the South are warned to expect disruption as staff stage a 24-hour walkout.

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Bangladesh election: PM Sheikh Hasina wins landslide in disputed vote

Sheikh Hasina wins a third consecutive term in a vote marred by violence and claims of vote rigging.

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Mexico wall: Trump aide says concrete wall idea was dropped early on

Outgoing chief of staff John Kelly appears to contradict the US president on the border wall plan.

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No-deal Brexit ferry contract sparks concerns

Seaborne Freight was founded less than two years ago and has never run a ferry service before.

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Nasa's New Horizons: Final commands given to distant probe

Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft is all set for its dramatic encounter with a far-off icy world.

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The Papers: Javid under pressure and AJ shows his bruises

There's more front-page criticism of the home secretary over migrants in the Channel, while the Sun interviews battered Strictly star AJ Pritchard.

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Female fightback... 2018 in hashtags

A look at the year's most influential hashtags used by women on social media.

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2018 in news: The alternative end-of-the-year awards

From the ridiculous to the more ridiculous, here are the weird stories that caught our eye this year.

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Spoken word poet Dylema: On a stroll through Africa in 2018

Dylema leads us through key events on the continent this year in a specially commissioned poem.

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Africa's key images of 2018: Reunions, tears and big lips

A selection of the best photos from across and about Africa this year.

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Bangladesh election: Voting disrupted by violence

Clashes between ruling party and opposition supporters have resulted in 17 deaths.

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London violence: How a bloody night became a deadly year

London has endured a year which has seen its homicide total reach its highest level since 2008.

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In search of Leonard, my martyred ancestor

Eli Melki looks for traces of a relative who was killed at 33 during a wave of attacks against eastern Turkey's Christians.

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Bangladesh clothing factories: Are they safe now?

Are garment factories in Bangladesh safe five years after the Rana Plaza disaster?

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The singer, the scientist, the comic book writer... notable deaths of 2018

The scientist, the singer, the comic book writer... notable deaths of 2018

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Why legalising gay sex in India is not a Western idea

India's decision to decriminalise gay sex has taken the country back to its roots, some historians say.

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India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a win in the third Test against Australia

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Kong Kohli spelled out just how important Pujara was in the scheme of things.

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Kong Kohli spelled out just how important Pujara was in the scheme of things.

Rs 100 crore earmarked for funding of athletes under TOPS for 2020 Olympics: SAI

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The TOPS, which was launched in September 2014, is a flagship programme of the sports ministry to provide financial assistance to potential Olympic medal winners.

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The TOPS, which was launched in September 2014, is a flagship programme of the sports ministry to provide financial assistance to potential Olympic medal winners.

Channel migrants: Sajid Javid returns to UK to deal with situation

The home secretary cuts short a holiday to deal with the rising number of people crossing the Channel.

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Singer Bessie Turner's crying selfie prompts talk plea

Bessie Turner says there is often more to people's lives than their perfect social media profile.

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US winter storms will seven; Midwest, southwestern regions from Arizona to Texas hit hardest

Winter weather advisories were in effect Saturday for northern Indiana and southern Michigan. To the south, heavy rains were forecast in the central Gulf Coast, in the Florida Panhandle, and stretching east to the mid-Atlantic. Not all of the country suffered, though. The capital Washington enjoyed blue skies and a temperature around 14 degrees Celcius on Saturday.

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Heavy rains, floods displace thousands of refugees in Syria Two days of torrential rain in northern Syria caused major flooding in Idlib and Aleppo.

Two days of torrential rain in northern Syria caused major flooding in Idlib and Aleppo.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 12:29AM

Morocco: Swiss national arrested over links to tourists' killing Authorities say suspect is involved in recruiting Moroccans and sub-Saharans to carry out attacks.

Authorities say suspect is involved in recruiting Moroccans and sub-Saharans to carry out attacks.

from Al Jazeera English December 30, 2018 at 12:01AM

2018: BBC Tech's biggest stories and what happened next

From fake porn to Facebook scandals, security alerts to Google protests - 2018 was a busy year.

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Sachin Tendulkar leads cricket fraternity in hailing Indian team after MCG Test win

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India beat Australia by 137 runs at the iconic MCG to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match Test series.

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India beat Australia by 137 runs at the iconic MCG to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match Test series.

Morocco tourist murders: Swiss-Spanish national arrested

The dual Swiss-Spanish national was arrested in Marrakesh on Saturday, Moroccan authorities say.

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Egyptian forces kill 40 suspected militants in three incidents after IED blast kills three Vietnamese tourists in Giza

Egypt's interior ministry did not say whether the suspected militants were connected to the attack on the tourists, but said its forces killed 30 people during raids on their hideouts in Giza where it said "terrorist elements" were planning a series of attacks targeting state institutions and the tourism industry.

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Donald Trump threatens to seal US-Mexico border if Congress doesn't agree to funding for the wall

Donald Trump wants $5 billion in funding for a wall along the more than 2,000-mile US-Mexico border, which he says is currently too porous to stop illegal immigration and which he claims has become a magnet for criminals, drugs and even terrorists. Opponents say that a physical wall is impractical and that the idea is being used to whip up xenophobia in Trump's right-wing voter base.

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Voting begins in Bangladesh general election: Tight security in place, mobile internet services shut till midnight

At least four people have died since the timetable for the Bangladesh general election was announced on 8 November, and international groups have decried the government crackdown on Opposition activists.

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Donald Trump blames Democrats for border deaths of migrant children as govt budget standoff in US Congress continues

Donald Trump's comments come after the separate deaths of two Guatemalan children, aged seven and eight, who crossed the border illegally with relatives who were taken into custody by US Border Patrol.

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Bad memories of 2018 'shredded' in NYC ahead of New Year

By Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City residents and visitors gathered at a paper shredder in Times Square on Friday to symbolically purge themselves of unpleasant memories of 2018 in the 12th annual Good Riddance Day. The event drew a few dozen participants eager to wipe out documents for everything from high mortgage payments to electricity bills, as well as written statements representing sexual assault and "meanness." Other messages said goodbye to dandruff, negative thinking, gun violence, racism, homophobia, electronic cigarettes, messy roommates, "nights when the baby wakes up four times" and the traffic-prone Holland Tunnel that connects New Jersey to New York City. Randy Killian, 49, visiting from Phoenix, was prepared to shred a sign with the words "childhood abuse" and "cancer" written across it

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Yemen's Houthis start redeployment in Hodeidah as part of U.N. deal

By Abduljabbar Zeyad HODEIDAH, Yemen (Reuters) - Yemen's Houthi forces have started to redeploy from the port of the Red Sea city of Hodeidah as part of a U.N.-sponsored peace agreement signed in Sweden earlier this month, a U.N. source and a spokesman for the group said on Saturday

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Egyptian forces kill 40 suspected militants after tourist bus bombed

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces have killed 40 suspected militants in three separate incidents in North Sinai and Giza, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday, a day after a bombing on a Vietnamese tourist bus in Giza killed four people. The bombing, less than 4 km from the pyramids, on the outskirts of Cairo, is the first deadly attack against foreign tourists in Egypt for more than a year and comes as the tourism sector, a vital source of foreign currency, recovers from a sharp drop in visitor numbers since the country's 2011 uprising.

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Hanover airport closed after man drives car onto apron area

BERLIN (Reuters) - Hanover airport suspended flights on Saturday after a man drove onto the apron area before police stopped his car and overpowered him, they said. "Flight operations are currently suspended," Hanover police tweeted

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Russia, Turkey discuss coordination in Syria after U.S. withdrawal

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign and defence ministers from Russia and Turkey discussed coordination between their forces in Syria after the United States' decision to withdraw troops from the Arab republic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday. "Today, an understanding was reached on how military representatives of Russia and Turkey will continue coordinating their steps "on the ground" under new conditions with a view to the ultimate eradication of the terrorist threat in the Syrian Arab Republic," Lavrov said. In an abrupt policy shift, Trump has said that Washington would withdraw roughly 2,000 U.S.

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Trump says 'big progress' on possible China trade deal

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Saturday that he had a "long and very good call" with Chinese President Xi Jinping and that a possible trade deal between the United States and China was progressing well

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China court orders retrial for Canadian jailed for drug smuggling

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court ordered a retrial of a Canadian citizen on drug smuggling charges on Saturday after prosecutors said his sentence of 15 years was too light - a case that could further test relations between Beijing and Ottawa. Tensions between the two governments have been high since Canada's arrest of a high-ranking Chinese executive at the request of the United States this month, followed by China's detention of two Canadian citizens on suspicion of endangering state security.

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New Year's Eve party in Times Square to cheer for press freedom

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Reporters will be the guests of honor at the New Year's Eve party in New York's Times Square on Monday, in what organizers said was a celebration of press freedom after an unusually deadly year for journalists at U.S. news outlets. Two attacks in particular weighed on organizers as they discussed in autumn whom to give the honor of initiating the ceremonial ball drop just before midnight, according to Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance.

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Donald Trump's remarks on terrorism in Pakistan, trade in China show US policy will play major role in Asia in 2019

Donald Trump announced that he was considering reducing US troops in Afghanistan by almost half.

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Indonesia tsunami: Volcano which caused tidal wave, Anak Krakatoa, lost over two-thirds of its height following eruption

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Dame June Whitfield, star of Absolutely Fabulous, dies aged 93

The comedy actress was also celebrated for her role in BBC sitcom Terry and June.

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June Whitfield's many roles as co-star to almost everyone

In her seven-decade career, Dame June Whitfield clocked up more than 1,300 appearances on TV and radio.

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'Brexit 50-50' if May's deal rejected, says Liam Fox

The international trade secretary says rejecting the PM's deal would shatter the electorate's trust.

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Calls to rid bacon and ham of processing nitrites

A group of leading scientists and politicians wants processing to happen without the chemicals.

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Grandparents should be taken on family holidays, says minister

Britons should act more like other Europeans, says Mims Davies, so-called "minister for loneliness".

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Child health record 'red book' to go online