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Remote island has 'world's worst' plastic rubbish density Remote island has 'world's worst' plastic rubbish density
An uninhabited island in the South Pacific is littered with the highest density of plastic waste anywhere in the world, according to a study. Henderson Island, part of the UK's Pitcairn Islands group, has an estimated 37.7 million pieces of debris on its beaches. The island is near the centre of an ocean current, meaning it collects much rubbish from boats and South America. Researchers h...
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France's Macron names Republican Philippe as PM France's Macron names Republican Philippe as PM
President Emmanuel Macron has chosen centre-right mayor Edouard Philippe as France's new prime minister. Mr Philippe, 46, is not from the president's new centrist party but from the centre-right Republicans. The choice is seen as an attempt to draw in key figures from both the right and left of French politics. On his first full day as president, Mr Macron later travelled to Berlin where ...
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Al-Nahyan trial: UAE princesses accused of servant abuses Al-Nahyan trial: UAE princesses accused of servant abuses
Eight Arab princesses are on trial in Brussels for trafficking and abusing servants during a stay there. Sheikha Hamda al-Nahyan and her seven daughters hired a floor of rooms at a luxury hotel over eight months in 2008. They brought with them from the United Arab Emirates a retinue of more than 20 servants whom they are accused of holding in conditions close to slavery. The plaintiffs sa...
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Ransomware infections reported worldwide Ransomware infections reported worldwide
A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organisations around the world. Computers in thousands of locations have apparently been locked by a program that demands $300 (230) in Bitcoin. There have been reports of infections in more than 70 countries, including the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy and Taiwan. Many security researchers are linking the incidents...
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IS conflict: Syrian opposition 'take town of Tabqa and dam' IS conflict: Syrian opposition 'take town of Tabqa and dam'
An alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has announced it has taken a strategically important town from so-called Islamic State (IS). The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had "completely liberated" the town and its nearby dam, which are 40km (25 miles) west of IS-stronghold Raqqa. It comes a day after the US said it was going to arm members of the Kurdish Popular Protection Un...
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Climate change: China vows to defend Paris agreement Climate change: China vows to defend Paris agreement
Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to protect the landmark Paris agreement, which aims to curb climate change and fossil fuel emissions. He made the promise in a phone call with incoming French President Emmanuel Macron, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement. US President Donald Trump is still deciding whether to withdraw from the accord - an election campaign promise. Clim...
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Germany searches all army barracks for Nazi material Germany searches all army barracks for Nazi material
Inspections have been ordered at every German army barracks, after Nazi-era memorabilia was found at two of them. The defence ministry said the command came from the inspector general of the Bundeswehr (Germany's armed forces). All barracks will be searched for material linked to the Wehrmacht, the army which served Adolf Hitler. The move follows a growing scandal over far-right extremism...
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Poland march: Thousands protest against 'curbs on democracy' Poland march: Thousands protest against 'curbs on democracy'
Thousands of Polish opposition supporters have been marching in Warsaw to protest against what they see as curbs on democracy imposed by the governing party. The opposition Civic Platform (PO) has accused the Law and Justice Party (PiS) of trying to stack the constitutional tribunal with sympathetic judges. It also says the PiS manipulates TV coverage. The European Commission (EC) has ask...
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French election: Security alerts as campaigning ends French election: Security alerts as campaigning ends
Separate security alerts in and around Paris have marred the final day of campaigning ahead of Sunday's French presidential election. A suspected radical Islamist possessing weapons and a pledge of allegiance to IS was arrested north of the capital. And Greenpeace activists scaled the Eiffel Tower to unfurl a banner, sparking an emergency police meeting. Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron...
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Iran coal mine explosion: More than 50 trapped in Golestan Iran coal mine explosion: More than 50 trapped in Golestan
More than 50 miners are trapped after an explosion in a coal mine in northern Iran, state media reports say. Two people are reported to have been killed and 25 others wounded by the blast at the Zemestan-Yurt mine, near Azadshahr in Golestan province. One emergency services spokesman said that 16 people had managed to escape. There are some reports that the incident was caused by a gas ex...
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