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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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Indonesia tsunami: Fears of new wave as Anak Krakatau volcano seethes Indonesia tsunami: Fears of new wave as Anak Krakatau volcano seethes
Coastal residents near Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano have been warned to keep away from beaches amid fears it could trigger a new tsunami. On Saturday, giant waves crashed into coastal towns on the islands of Sumatra and Java, killing at least 281 people and injuring 1,016. It is thought that volcanic activity set off undersea landslides which in turn generated the killer waves. Anak ...
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Czech coal mine methane gas explosion kills 13 Czech coal mine methane gas explosion kills 13
At least 13 miners have been killed and 10 more injured in a methane explosion at a Czech coal mine, officials say. Most of the victims were Polish miners provided by an agency, the state-run OKD mining company said. Thursday's blast happened 800m (2,600ft) below ground at the CSM hard-coal mine, near the eastern town of Karvina, close to the Polish border. Managing director Boleslav Kowa...
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Gatwick Airport: Drones ground flights Gatwick Airport: Drones ground flights
Tens of thousands of passengers have been disrupted by drones flying over one of the UK's busiest airports. Gatwick's runway has been shut since Wednesday night, as devices have been repeatedly flying over the airfield. Sussex Police said it was not terror-related but a "deliberate act" of disruption, using "industrial specification" drones. About 110,000 passengers on 760 flights were du...
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Brexit: 'Horrified' firms warn time is running out Brexit: 'Horrified' firms warn time is running out
British businesses have criticised politicians for focusing on in-fighting rather than preparing for Brexit, warning that there is not enough time to prepare for a no-deal scenario. With 100 days to go before the UK leaves the EU, the groups say firms have been "watching in horror" at the ongoing rows within Westminster. The cabinet met on Tuesday to ramp up preparations for a no-deal depart...
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Xi Jinping says China 'will not seek to dominate' Xi Jinping says China 'will not seek to dominate'
Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed that his country will not develop at the expense of other nations, in a speech marking 40 years since China introduced major economic reforms. However, he also said that the global super power would not be told what to do by anyone. Late leader Deng Xiaoping's campaign of "reform and opening up" began four decades ago. The resulting growth has made C...
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Japan explosion: Dozens injured in Sapporo restaurant blast Japan explosion: Dozens injured in Sapporo restaurant blast
A huge explosion and fire has hit a restaurant in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo. Japanese police say 42 people were injured in the explosion, with one of them in a serious condition. The cause of the explosion in the Toyohira district is not yet known. Some reports suggested a gas blast. Images on social media initially showed flames rising from the area with debris all around, an...
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Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that his government will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. However, he said Australia's embassy would not move from Tel Aviv, until a peace settlement was achieved. He added Australia also recognised the aspirations of the Palestinians to a state with a capital in East Jerusalem. The status of Jerusalem is one of the ...
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Turkey train crash: At least nine dead in Ankara Turkey train crash: At least nine dead in Ankara
A crash involving a high-speed train at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara has killed at least nine people and injured 47, Turkey's transport minister has said. Images from the scene showed emergency services working to rescue people from badly damaged carriages. Reports quoting local officials said the high-speed train had collided with another train, then an overpass. The accident ...
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