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Eduardo Vela: 'Stolen babies' doctor escapes punishment in Spain Eduardo Vela: 'Stolen babies' doctor escapes punishment in Spain
A Madrid court has let off a former doctor over stealing newborn babies from their mothers and supplying them to infertile couples. The court found gynaecologist Eduardo Vela, 85, had committed the crimes but could not legally be convicted because too much time had elapsed. He was the first person to go on trial for illegal adoptions that took place during and after the fascist dictatorship ...
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Meng Hongwei: China confirms detention of Interpol chief Meng Hongwei: China confirms detention of Interpol chief
China has confirmed it is holding the missing head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei. Beijing said he was under investigation by the country's anti-corruption body for unspecified breaches of the law. Mr Meng, also a vice-minister of public security in China, was reported missing after travelling from the city of Lyon in France, where Interpol is based, to China on 25 September. Interpol said it ...
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Hong Kong rejects visa for FT editor Victor Mallet Hong Kong rejects visa for FT editor Victor Mallet
Hong Kong has refused to renew a work visa for the Asia news editor of the Financial Times, sparking concerns from the UK government. Victor Mallet is also vice-president of the city's Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC), which upset local and Chinese authorities by hosting a separatist speaker in August. Hong Kong did not explain its visa decision. China is highly sensitive about the terr...
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Six rescue divers drown trying to save teen in Malaysia Six rescue divers drown trying to save teen in Malaysia
Six rescue divers have drowned while trying to save a teenager from a disused mining pool in Malaysia. They were searching for a 17-year-old boy who is thought to have fallen into the body of water while fishing with his friends on Wednesday. Authorities said the divers became caught in a "whirlpool" and sudden strong currents caused some of their equipment to come off. The search for the...
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Indonesia tsunami: Frustration in remote areas waiting for aid Indonesia tsunami: Frustration in remote areas waiting for aid
Rescuers in Indonesia are still trying to reach remote areas in Sulawesi cut off by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of the island and killed more than 1,400 people. Efforts have largely been focused on the city of Palu, where most of the confirmed dead have been counted. This has angered people elsewhere, who say they have not received help. The UN has warned that large p...
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First woman Physics Nobel winner in 55 years First woman Physics Nobel winner in 55 years
The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a woman for the first time in 55 years. Donna Strickland, from Canada, is only the third woman winner of the award, along with Marie Curie, who won in 1903, and Maria Goeppert-Mayer, who was awarded the prize in 1963. Dr Strickland shares this year's prize with Arthur Ashkin, from the US, and Gerard Mourou, from France. It recognises their di...
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Indonesia earthquake and tsunami: Dead buried in mass grave Indonesia earthquake and tsunami: Dead buried in mass grave
Volunteers have begun burying victims of Indonesia's deadly earthquake and tsunami in a mass grave. Friday's disaster devastated swathes of the eastern Sulawesi island and has left at least 844 people dead. Some remote areas have yet to be contacted, and there are fears that the death toll could rise further. A lack of heavy lifting equipment is hampering rescuers' attempts to reach peopl...
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Indonesia earthquake: Huge surge in death toll Indonesia earthquake: Huge surge in death toll
At least 832 people were killed in the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the national disaster agency says. Many people were reported trapped in the rubble of buildings that collapsed in Friday's 7.5-magnitude earthquake, agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference. The quake triggered tsunami waves as high as 6m (20ft), he added....
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ABC chair resigns over Australian political interference claims ABC chair resigns over Australian political interference claims
The chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has resigned following allegations of political interference. Justin Milne resigned from the national broadcaster amid reports he had called for journalists to be fired because their reporting was disliked by the Australian government. The government has denied pressuring the broadcaster over its staff. His exit comes after man...
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Venice considers nightly ban on carrying alcohol Venice considers nightly ban on carrying alcohol
Venice is set to ban carrying bottles in the streets in its latest effort to combat the torrent of tourists that flood the city every year. The city is considering fines for anyone found carrying alcohol after 19:00 - even sealed in shopping bags. Police say they do not plan to stop Venetians on their way home from the shops, but rather drunk revellers. Millions of tourists visit the hist...
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