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North and South Korea discuss sending art troupe to Winter Olympics. North and South Korea discuss sending art troupe to Winter Olympics.
North and South Korea are holding further talks on the North's plan to attend the Winter Olympics Games. North Korea agreed last week to send a delegation to the Games in the South, easing months of tensions between the neighbours. But the details of the diplomatically complicated plan are still being ironed out. The latest talks are focusing on the artistic troupe the North would like to...
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Czech election: Milos Zeman leads in first round. Czech election: Milos Zeman leads in first round.
Czech President Milos Zeman has taken an early lead as votes are counted in the presidential election. With 30% of results in, he had 42% with nearest rival Jiri Drahos on 24%. However, the BBC's Rob Cameron in Prague says there are indications that the election will go to a second round later this month. Mr Zeman, 73, is seeking a second five-year term but has stoked controversy with his...
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China shuts Marriott's website over Tibet, Taiwan error. China shuts Marriott's website over Tibet, Taiwan error.
China has shut down the websites of Marriot International for a week, after the firm listed Tibet and others as separate countries. The hotel group has apologised for the error and said it did not support separatist movements in China. Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau were listed as individual nations in an online survey sent to customers. Beijing considers self-ruling Taiwan to be a br...
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Ritz Paris robbery: Jewellery worth millions seized in armed heist. Ritz Paris robbery: Jewellery worth millions seized in armed heist.
Armed robbers have seized millions of euros worth of merchandise from a jewellery shop at the famous Ritz Hotel in Paris. Five men armed with axes smashed a window at the shop inside the hotel at about 18:00 local time (17:00 GMT), French media report. Three men have been arrested, police said, while others remain on the run. It is not clear whether any of the loot, estimated to be worth ...
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Japanese astronaut sorry for 9cm ISS growth mistake. Japanese astronaut sorry for 9cm ISS growth mistake.
A Japanese astronaut has apologised for wrongly stating he has grown 9cm (3.5in) since arriving at the International Space Station (ISS) just over three weeks ago. Norishige Kanai said in fact he grew by 2cm, blaming "a measurement mistake". "I'm very sorry for tweeting out such fake news," he tweeted in Japanese. His original incorrect claim sparked global fascination among social media ...
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Cabinet reshuffle: Justine Greening resigns from government. Cabinet reshuffle: Justine Greening resigns from government.
Justine Greening has resigned from the government after refusing a job as work and pensions secretary in Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle, the BBC understands. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the PM was "disappointed" the ex-education secretary had resigned. She has been replaced by Damian Hinds, while Esther McVey has been promoted to be the new work and pensions secretary. Bra...
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Burning tanker off Chinese coast 'in danger of exploding'. Burning tanker off Chinese coast 'in danger of exploding'.
There are fears of an environmental disaster in the East China Sea as a tanker continues to leak oil two days after colliding with a cargo ship. Chinese officials have told state media the vessel is in danger of exploding and sinking. Rescuers attempting to reach the site were being beaten back by toxic clouds, the transportation ministry has said. The crew, 30 Iranians and two Bangladesh...
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'World's most expensive vodka' found on Danish building site. 'World's most expensive vodka' found on Danish building site.
A stolen bottle of vodka thought to be the world's most expensive at $1.3m (960,000) has been found empty on a construction site, Danish police say. The bottle, made from gold and silver and with a diamond encrusted cap, was on loan to a Copenhagen bar which had a collection of vodkas on display. CCTV released on Wednesday showed an intruder, who grabbed the Russo-Baltique vodka and fled th...
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North Korea accepts Olympics talks offer, says South. North Korea accepts Olympics talks offer, says South.
North Korea has accepted an offer to attend high-level talks next week, South Korean officials have said. The meeting, on 9 January, will focus on finding a way for North Korean athletes to attend the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in February. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said this week that sending a delegation to the Games would be "a good opportunity to show unity" among North Ko...
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Deadly Storm Eleanor batters Europe. Deadly Storm Eleanor batters Europe.
Three people have died as winter storm Eleanor swept across most of northern Europe, causing widescale disruption. A skier died in the French Alps and 15 others were injured elsewhere in the country, four of them seriously. Two people were killed when they were swept away by a huge wave on Spain's northern Basque coast. The storm, which hit most of northern Europe after battering the UK, ...
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