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Brexit: Second Commons defeat for Theresa May in 24 hours Brexit: Second Commons defeat for Theresa May in 24 hours
Rebel Conservative MPs have joined forces with Labour to inflict a fresh blow on Theresa May's government in a Commons Brexit vote. It means the government will have to come up with fresh plans within three days if Mrs May's EU withdrawal deal is rejected by MPs next week. It could also open the door to alternatives, such as a referendum. No 10 said Mrs May's deal was in the national inte...
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Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman pleads for asylum Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman pleads for asylum
An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family at the weekend has reiterated her plea for asylum in Canada, the United States, Australia or the UK. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun refused to board a flight from Bangkok to Kuwait on Monday and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room. She said she feared her family would kill her as she had renounced Islam and is under the care of the UN in Ban...
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Egypt opens Middle East's biggest cathedral near Cairo Egypt opens Middle East's biggest cathedral near Cairo
President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has inaugurated Egypt's largest cathedral in the new administrative capital east of Cairo, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a Coptic church. The newly built Cathedral of Nativity had its first Mass under heavy security on Sunday, the eve of Coptic Christmas. On Saturday, a policeman died trying to defuse an explosive device hidden on a roof in Nasr City out...
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Emma Watson talks of 'optimism' on Time's Up anniversary Emma Watson talks of 'optimism' on Time's Up anniversary
Actress Emma Watson says she is "optimistic" about a "fairer future" for women - a year after backing an initiative to combat sexual harassment. In an Instagram post, the British star said she has been "so inspired" by the achievements of Time's Up. More than 300 actresses, writers and directors launched the project last January in the wake of allegations against film producer Harvey Weinste...
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Jamal Khashoggi murder trial opens in Saudi Arabia Jamal Khashoggi murder trial opens in Saudi Arabia
The trial of 11 individuals over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has begun in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, state media report. Prosecutors have asked for the death penalty for five of the defendants. Khashoggi, a prominent US-based critic of the Saudi government, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October. Prosecutors say he was murdered i...
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China's 'Jack the Ripper' Gao Chengyong executed for murders China's 'Jack the Ripper' Gao Chengyong executed for murders
A Chinese serial killer convicted of murdering 11 girls and women between 1988 and 2002 has been executed. Gao Chengyong, dubbed "Jack the Ripper" by Chinese media, followed his victims home before robbing, raping and murdering them. He cut their throats and mutilated their bodies. Gao, a married father of two, was arrested in 2016 at the grocery store he ran in Baiyin, Gansu province. Po...
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Australian police Google Maps blunder 'missed location of body' Australian police Google Maps blunder 'missed location of body'
A missing Australian's body could have been found 18 months earlier if searchers had not relied on incorrect Google Maps data, a coroner has said. Darrell Simon, 46, was last seen in November 2014 at his partner's house about 80km (50 miles) west of Brisbane. Search crews scoured Mr Simon's nearby rural property at the time, but his remains were not found there until May 2016. His death was ...
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DR Congo election: Internet shut down after presidential vote DR Congo election: Internet shut down after presidential vote
The internet has been shut down in key cities in the Democratic Republic of Congo a day after the much-delayed presidential election. Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu's campaign team accused the government of ordering the shut down to avoid broadcasting his "overwhelming victory" in Sunday's poll. Telecoms minister Emery Okundji said he was unaware of the situation. Observers have compl...
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Frenchman sets off to cross Atlantic in a barrel Frenchman sets off to cross Atlantic in a barrel
A Frenchman has set off to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel-shaped orange capsule, using ocean currents alone to propel him. Jean-Jacques Savin, 71, left El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands and hopes to reach the Caribbean in as little as three months. His reinforced capsule contains a sleeping bunk, kitchen and storage. He will drop markers along the way to help oceanographers study ...
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Pope Francis condemns world of materialism and poverty Pope Francis condemns world of materialism and poverty
Pope Francis has called on people in developed countries to live a simpler and less materialistic life. He also condemned the huge divide between the world's rich and poor, saying Jesus's birth in poverty in a stable should make everyone reflect on the meaning of life. He spoke out while leading a service in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican for the traditional Christmas Eve Mass. It is ...
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