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Google drops plans for Berlin campus after protests Google drops plans for Berlin campus after protests
Google has dropped plans to open a large campus in a trendy district of Berlin that were strongly opposed by local campaigners. The US tech giant planned to set up an incubator for start-ups in Kreuzberg, but on Wednesday said the site would go to two local humanitarian groups. A spokesman did not say if local opposition had played a role in the decision. Anti-gentrification activists sai...
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Hong Kong-Zhuhai bridge: World's longest sea crossing opens to quiet start Hong Kong-Zhuhai bridge: World's longest sea crossing opens to quiet start
The world's longest sea crossing bridge opened to the public on Wednesday but traffic was light on its first day. Officials said they did not expect many vehicles to immediately take to the road, adding that it could take "time to build". The $20bn (£15.3bn) bridge spans 55km (34 miles) and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. It was officially opened by Ch...
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Khashoggi death: US meets Saudi crown prince despite criticism Khashoggi death: US meets Saudi crown prince despite criticism
A senior US official has held talks with Saudi Arabia's crown prince in Riyadh, despite growing concern over the Saudis' role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met Mohammed bin Salman on Monday. Turkish officials say Mr Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after a visit on 2 October. Riyadh has given conflicting accounts...
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Migrant crisis: Libya opposes EU plan for centres, says minister Migrant crisis: Libya opposes EU plan for centres, says minister
Libya's foreign minister says his country opposes a European Union plan to set up assessment centres for migrants outside the EU. The plan was drawn up by EU leaders in June as Italy called for more controls on migration. But Mohamed al-Taher Siala told an Austrian newspaper that all North African countries reject the idea. Instead, he said, Libya was working with its southern neighbours ...
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Barcelona's Sagrada Familia agrees deal over lack of licence Barcelona's Sagrada Familia agrees deal over lack of licence
The Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, one of Spain's most famous tourist sites, has agreed to pay $41m (£31m) to the city authorities after going without a building permit for more than 130 years. The spectacular church designed by architect Antoni Gaudí, is a Unesco world heritage site and still under construction. Work began on the building in 1882. Barcelona's mayor said the deal ...
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Crimea attack: Gun attack at Kerch college kills 19 Crimea attack: Gun attack at Kerch college kills 19
At least 19 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a shooting at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea. An 18-year-old student ran through the Kerch technical college firing at fellow pupils before killing himself, Russian investigators say. Witnesses have also spoken of at least one blast caused by an unidentified explosive. The motive is unclear. Russia seized Crimea from Ukra...
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Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational marijuana Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational marijuana
Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis. The nationwide market for cannabis opened on Wednesday at midnight amid lingering questions about the impact on health, the law and public safety. Information has been sent to 15m households about the new laws and public awareness campaigns. But there remain concerns, including abou...
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Jamal Khashoggi: Mike Pompeo to visit Saudi Arabia Jamal Khashoggi: Mike Pompeo to visit Saudi Arabia
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet Saudi King Salman amid growing controversy over the fate of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He will then visit Turkey, where Mr Khashoggi was last seen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. Turkish officials believe Mr Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi agents but the Saudis have strongly denied this. On Monday, President Donald Trum...
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France weather: Red alert as flash floods kill 13 in south-west France weather: Red alert as flash floods kill 13 in south-west
At least 13 people have been killed by flash floods in the Aude region of south-western France. Local authorities say several months' worth of rain fell in just a few hours overnight, leaving roads blocked in some areas. A nun was swept away by the River Aude, local broadcaster BFMTV reports. Separately, a policewoman attending to a weather-related traffic accident in the town of Albi was...
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Germany protest: Tens of thousands march against far right Germany protest: Tens of thousands march against far right
More than 100,000 people have been marching in the German capital Berlin to protest against xenophobia and the increasing influence of the far right. Rights groups organised the rally, as marchers held placards reading "Indivisible" and "United against racism". The BBC's Jenny Hill in Berlin says even the organisers seemed surprised by the turnout. Support for the anti-immigration AfD par...
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