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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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At least three dead, 11 wounded in terror attack near famed Christmas market in France At least three dead, 11 wounded in terror attack near famed Christmas market in France
The bustle of holiday shopping gave way to a lockdown in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday after a gunman killed at least three people and wounded 11 others in a suspected terrorist attack, according to police. Prosecutors say the shooter has been identified but remains at large after authorities went to his house and failed to find him. The 29-year-old suspect has a criminal record and ...
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Two nuns admit embezzling cash for Vegas gambling trips Two nuns admit embezzling cash for Vegas gambling trips
Two nuns who worked at a Catholic school in California have admitted embezzling about $500,000 and using it to gamble in Las Vegas. Sisters Mary Kreuper and Lana Chang took the money from St James' Catholic School in the city of Torrance, near Los Angeles, to spend in casinos. The pair, who are said to be best friends, took funds from an account holding tuition fees and donations. The sis...
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Grace Millane: Man appears in court charged with backpacker's murder Grace Millane: Man appears in court charged with backpacker's murder
A 26-year-old man has appeared in court in New Zealand charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane. Miss Millane disappeared in Auckland on 1 December - police ended their search on Sunday after finding a body on the outskirts of the city. The man, who cannot be named, is due back in court next month. Court documents showed he had been living at the Citylife Hotel on Queen...
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Italy nightclub stampede kills six and injures 100 Italy nightclub stampede kills six and injures 100
Six people have been killed and more than 100 injured, 10 of them seriously, in a stampede at a nightclub in Italy, officials say. The incident took place near the eastern coastal city of Ancona. Some reports say there was panic after pepper spray was fired inside the club in the town of Corinaldo. The Lanterna Azzurra club was hosting a concert by rapper Sfera Ebbasta and up to 1,000 peo...
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