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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Wall Street to kick out three Chinese telecom firms

The New York Stock Exchange will delist the Chinese companies based on claimed links with the military.

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US politics in 2021: What's in store for President-elect Biden?

A new president with an agenda that's already set - and an outgoing president who's not leaving quietly.

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Brexit: 'We welcomed the trade deal like a Christmas present'

Europeans in the UK, and British people around Europe, explain what Brexit will mean for them.

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India's love affair with classic British motorbikes

BSA, Norton and Royal Enfield are all owned by Indian firms who want to kickstart the brands.

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Why 2021 could be turning point for tackling climate change

This year could be a "make or break" moment in the fight against global warming.

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Australia-China row: 'I'm Australian - why do I need to prove my loyalty?'

Many Chinese-Australians fear a "new McCarthyism" as Australia's values are tested by its China row.

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Ten African music stars to look out for in 2021

Elaine, Fik Fameica and Omah Lay are among the stars who have impressed BBC Africa's music experts.

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Moscow train carriage helps rehome stray pets

The Tails and Paws train features posters of dozens of animals in need of a new home.

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MF Doom: Hip-hop star dies aged 49

A number of artists have paid tribute to the artist, real name Daniel Dumile.

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Covid-19: China approves Sinopharm vaccine for general use

The Sinopharm vaccine is the first in China to be approved beyond emergency use.

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Argentines on abortion legalisation: 'I felt relieved'

Pro-choice and anti-abortion activists give their views on the legalisation of abortion in Argentina.

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New Zealand rings in 2021 with fireworks

The country is one of the few where New Year's Eve plans were held as usual.

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Covid: Pandemic dampens New Year celebrations around the world

As the virus continues to spread in many countries, governments are set to crack down on revellers.

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Bosnia: Hundreds of migrants stuck at fire-gutted camp

About 900 migrants are stranded in the freezing cold after plans to relocate them are blocked.

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Giulio Regeni: Italy condemns Egypt for ruling out charges against police

Italian prosecutors had accused four Egyptian officers of the murder of a Cambridge student in 2016.

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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai ordered back to jail

The 73-year-old is the city's highest profile person charged under a controversial security law.

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Tech 2020: Our biggest stories and what happened next

The most read BBC tech story of each month of the year, and how they panned out.

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Vaccine and water unseats Mukesh Ambani as Asia's richest person

Nicknamed the lone wolf, China's Zhong Shanshan has unseated India's Mukesh Ambani.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Samuel Little: America's 'most prolific' serial killer dies

Samuel Little is thought to have killed 93 women, with his murders going undetected for decades.

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Wang Xiangjun: China's 'Glacier Bro' presumed dead

The Chinese influencer and environmentalist Wang Xiangjun was known for his love of glaciers.

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Zhang Zhan: The 'rebellious soul' jailed for filming Wuhan

Citizen journalist Zhang Zhan spoke about why she chose to cover the outbreak before her arrest.

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Nashville explosion: Police probe conspiracy theory motive

Police are trying to determine if conspiracy theories motivated the suspect in the Nashville attack.

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Deepening divisions: Venezuela's haves and have nots

A relaxation of economic restraints has some benefits - for those with access to US dollars.

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Remembering the entertainment and arts figures we lost in 2020

Remembering some of the figures from music, film, TV, radio and literature who died in 2020.

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India's most uplifting social media moments in 2020

From a dancing doctor to a street food stall owner - people who gave hope in the pandemic year.

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Syria attack: At least 28 killed in ambush on bus

A human rights monitor blamed Islamic State for the attack, saying all those killed were soldiers.

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Penn Station: New train hall returns beauty to New York station

The newly-designed hall opens on Thursday after the original landmark was demolished in 1963.

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Republican senator to dispute certification of Biden victory

The tactic is expected to change nothing, but will set the stage for what the Biden camp called "antics".

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2020 through the lens of a photojournalist

Photojournalist Leah Millis recaps the year with her favourite images from 2020.

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Yemen war: Video shows moment Aden airport attacked

Television cameras were positioned for the arrival of the new government when the attack happened.

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Four protests that triggered change - and one that didn't

The BBC looks at a selection of history's powerful protests and why only some achieved their goals.

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Norway mudslide: Aerial footage shows devastation

At least nine people are injured and houses have been buried in the Norwegian village of Gjerdrum.

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Norway landslide: Houses buried in Gjerdrum village near Oslo

Several people are injured and 26 unaccounted for in Gjerdrum, 25km from Oslo, authorities say.

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Apple removes app promoting private parties in pandemic

US platform Vybe Together advertised "gatherings every weekend" to its thousands of users.

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Argentina abortion: Activists celebrate Senate vote

Crowds from both sides gathered in Buenos Aires to hear the results of the vote.

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Croatia earthquake: Strong aftershocks hit after quake kills seven

The new 4.8 and 4.7 magnitude tremors cause further damage after seven people died on Tuesday.

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Jonathan Pollard: Israel spy greeted by Netanyahu after flying to Tel Aviv

The American, who was jailed for 30 years for selling US secrets, is welcomed by Israel's PM.

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Coronavirus: Senate wrangles over boosting help for Americans

President Donald Trump's push for an increase in one-off payments to $2,000 stalls in Congress.

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Yemen war: Explosions at Aden airport as new government arrives

The explosions reportedly happened as cabinet ministers were getting off a plane from Saudi Arabia.

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Covid: What do we know about China's coronavirus vaccines?

Sinovac and Sinopharm's jabs are yet to finish final trials, but are already being shipped overseas.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

China Covid-19: Nearly 500,000 in Wuhan may have had virus, says study

The study by Chinese officials suggests there were more positive cases in Wuhan than official figures suggest.

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Luke Letlow: Newly-elected US lawmaker, 41, dies from Covid

Luke Letlow, 41, was due to be sworn in as a Republican Representative for Louisiana on Sunday.

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China jails Hong Kong activists for between seven months and three years

The democracy activists were caught at sea as they tried to flee by speedboat to Taiwan.

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Covid: Sydney announces new restrictions ahead of New Year

The Australian city is battling a worsening outbreak after months of next to no cases.

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North Korea defectors: Why it's getting harder to escape

Hundreds of defectors make the perilous journey every year, and now it's become even more arduous.

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Tamir Rice killing: US closes investigation into 2014 shooting

The death of the 12-year-old boy, who had been holding a toy gun, led to widespread protests.

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Iraqi interpreters 'stalked by death squads' for helping the British

Ali and Ahmed helped British forces but now they live in fear of being killed by death squads.

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Quarantine meals: The 2020 food trend no-one predicted

Across the world, people in quarantine facilities were treated to some weird and wonderful combinations.

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Fashion lookahead: Eight major 2021 looks from tie-dye to pastels

The patterns, prints, materials and accessories we're likely to be wearing this year.

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What my grandfather's life taught me about China and America

Vincent Ni reflects on the long life of his grandfather and a crucial choice he made as a young man.

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Notable African deaths of 2020: From jazz legends to football heroes

A look back at some of the iconic figures on the African continent who we said farewell to this year.

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Iraqi interpreters 'stalked by death squads' for helping the British

Ali and Ahmed helped British forces but now they live in fear of being killed by death squads.

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Covid-19: Biden says Trump vaccine roll-out is 'falling behind'

The US president-elect calls for vaccinations to be ramped up as he warns of a "tough period" ahead.

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Belarus protests: The demonstrators speaking out in new and creative ways

Faced by a government crackdown, demonstrations over the disputed August election have been forced to evolve.

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2020 and me: 'We need to learn life lessons from this'

Mahnaz Rehman lost her husband during lockdown in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Croatia earthquake: Rescue efforts under way in Petrinja

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes the town of Petrinja, with reports of many injuries.

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Bell stolen by Nazis to be returned to Poland

A Polish church pastor has spent two years looking for the bell, which dates back to 1555.

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The designer who was 'one step ahead of tomorrow'

The legendary French fashion designer will be remembered for his futuristic designs and huge range.

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Pierre Cardin: French fashion giant dies aged 98

He helped revolutionise fashion with his futuristic and stylish designs in the 1950s and 60s.

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Ratatouille musical: Stars join show that was cooked up on TikTok

Adam Lambert and Tituss Burgess lead the cast for a show that was cooked up by fans on TikTok.

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Russian Covid deaths three times the official toll

The country's deputy prime minister reveals more than 80% of excess deaths are linked to coronavirus.

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Breonna Taylor statue smashed in California weeks after installation

The artist plans to rebuild the bust of Ms Taylor, a black woman killed by US police, in bronze.

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Hong Kong activist Tony Chung sentenced to four months

Tony Chung, 19, is also awaiting trial on a separate national security charge.

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Keyon Harrold: Jazz trumpeter says son assaulted after false theft accusation

Jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold says the incident happened after a woman falsely accused his son of theft.

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Covid: Sydney beach party sparks UK backpacker deportation threats

The gathering of hundreds of young revellers on Christmas has prompted calls for deportations.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Coronavirus: India confirms six cases of new Covid variant

India suspended all UK flights last week in response to the new more transmissible variant.

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Covid: US House votes to boost stimulus package payments

The chamber backs President Trump's call for $2,000 payments but the move could stall in the Senate.™

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Japan to build wooden satellites to cut space junk

One of Japan's largest companies has partnered with Kyoto University in what would be a world first.

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Australian man and child saved after friends walk 12 hours for help

Their friends walked for 12 hours through the Australian desert to seek help after their car got stuck.

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India migrants: The tragedy of the tuk-tuk driver who fled Covid

Rajan Yadav is one of millions of migrant workers whose lives were destroyed by India's lockdown.

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Will concerts come back in 2021? And other music stories to look out for

How will live shows look when they resume in 2021, and other music stories to look out for.

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China Covid-19: How state media and censorship took on coronavirus

We look back at how China's propaganda and censorship machine responded during a particularly dramatic year.

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Seeking justice for Lion Sleeps Tonight composer

A music producer remixes an old classic to correct some injustices of the past.

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Coronavirus: Spain to keep registry of those who refuse Covid vaccine

Vaccination will not be mandatory, officials say, and the register will not be made public.

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Covid in prison: 'We should be treated like humans'

Reports suggest one-in-five prisoners have tested positive for Covid in the US, and 1,700 have died.

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Zoom: All the times virtual meetings didn't go as planned this year

From animal interruptions to catching fire, here's a look back at the year we spent (badly) online.

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The big tech questions for 2021

After a year that saw tech companies prosper, we look ahead to what the coming 12 months could bring.

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When Greta Thunberg met Margaret Atwood... on Zoom

The teenage climate activist and veteran author and environmentalist were brought together by Radio 4's Today Programme.

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Nashville explosion: Motives still unclear in Nashville 'suicide bomb'

Investigators are trying to work out the motive behind the Christmas Day blast that injured three.

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Ghislaine Maxwell denied $28.5m bail in sex crime case

The British socialite, the ex-girlfriend of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in July.

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Biden on Trump administration "irresponsibility"

The US president-elect says agencies critical to US security have suffered "enormous damage" under Trump.

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Covid: South Africa's Ramaphosa announces new restrictions as cases soar

The measures include a ban on indoor and outdoor gatherings, and a night curfew, until 15 January.

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The Queen's Gambit: 'There were no women chess players'

Allan Scott, screenwriter and producer of the Netflix hit, says he stayed faithful to the book.

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Hilaria Baldwin denies faking her Spanish heritage

The wife of Alec Baldwin has been accused of misleading the public over her Spanish heritage.

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Rare white kiwi Manukura that inspired book and toys dies

Manukura hatched in 2011, but the female North Island Brown Kiwi was born with white feathers.

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Loujain al-Hathloul: Saudi woman activist jailed for five years

Loujain al-Hathloul, 31, was prominent in the campaign to win the right for Saudi women to drive.

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Onega: Russian fishing crew missing after trawler sinks in Barents Sea

The fishing trawler sank in the Arctic waters of the Barents Sea with 19 people on board.

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Hong Kong democracy activists caught at sea go on trial in China

The democracy activists were caught at sea as they tried to flee by speedboat to Taiwan.

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Félix Vásquez: Honduran environmental activist killed

Félix Vásquez was shot dead in front of his family by masked gunmen who stormed into his home.

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Johnny Mullagh: Australia's Cricket Hall of Fame inducts first Aboriginal player

Johnny Mullagh was one of the stars of the first Australian cricket tour of England in 1868.

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Nashville explosion: CCTV captures moment of blast

Police believe the incident in front of a telecommunications office was likely a suicide bombing.

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

Dr Mahinder Watsa: India’s most famous ‘sexpert’ dies at 96

Dr Mahinder Watsa was 80 when he started his hugely popular column, answering people’s queries on sex.

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Zhang Zhan: China jails citizen journalist for Wuhan reports

Zhang Zhan, who reported on China's first coronavirus outbreak, has received a four year sentence.

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Covid: Trump signs relief and spending package into law

The measure restores unemployment benefits and averts a partial US government shutdown.™

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Chinese games billionaire poisoned to death

39-year-old Lin Qi was the founder of Yoozoo which developed a popular Game of Thrones online game.

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Covid: South Africa passes one million infections as cases surge

The grim milestone comes after a new variant of coronavirus is identified in the country.

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Covid-19: China's painful year fighting the coronavirus

From fear to freedom, we trace China's tumultuous year battling the coronavirus.

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Maestro Dudamel takes virtual reality Symphony on tour

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel believes music can lead the way and wants to inspire young people.

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Tigray crisis: Eritrea's role in Ethiopian conflict

Ethiopia's leader says Eritrea armed his troops when they first came under attack in Tigray region.

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'She is beautiful but she is Indian': The student who became a Welsh bard at 19

Dorothy Bonarjee was Indian by birth, English by upbringing, French by marriage - and Welsh at heart.

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2020 and me: 'I know the value of family more'

Despite the many challenges, Rula in Istanbul believes 2020 will benefit us in the future.

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Nashville explosion: Camper van blast suspect named by police

Investigators say Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, died in the powerful explosion on Christmas Day.

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Boy Scouts of America accuse Girl Scouts of starting 'war'

The two organisations are caught in a legal battle after the Boy Scouts started recruiting girls.

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Seven killed in knife attack in China's Liaoning province

At least seven people are killed in a stabbing frenzy in the city of Kaiyuan, with a suspect in custody.

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Rahane gives India control of Boxing Day Test

Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane's brilliant unbeaten century gives India control of the second Test against Australia on day two.

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US former wrestler Brodie Lee dies aged 41

The wrestling world pays tribute to Jon Huber, who was known to fans as Brodie Lee or Luke Harper.

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Dog invades football pitch in Bolivia

A dog paused a football game for three minutes, as it ran around with a football boot in its mouth.

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US presidents' pets: Biden dogs Major and Champ to restore White House tradition

From Socks the cat to Macaroni the pony, the US presidential tradition is returning with Joe Biden.

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Central African Republic election: Polls open amid fears of more violence

Three UN peacekeepers were killed before the election, as tension grows between rebels and the state.

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Covid: EU launches mass vaccination in 'touching moment of unity'

Some member states jump the gun before Sunday's co-ordinated rollout of a coronavirus jab.

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Nashville explosion 'probably suicide bombing'

Investigators conduct DNA tests after human remains are found and a house is searched.

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Why is India denying prisoners spectacles and straws?

Jail officials have been called out for being cruel to prisoners - especially the government's critics.

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How Ugandan Nasa scientist Catherine Nakalembe uses satellites to boost farming

Catherine Nakalembe won this year's Africa Food Prize for pioneering work using satellite images.

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How Covid-19 altered world events in 2020

The pandemic affected us all - and shaped global issues, with knock-on effects for millions.

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Iran: Climbers die in blizzards and avalanche

At least 10 climbers are killed and seven others are missing in the Alborz mountains near Tehran.

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Coronavirus: What has Covid done for climate crisis?

Lockdowns around the world have led to record falls in CO2 emissions. But will this lead to long lasting change?

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2020 and me: 'EndSARS was our Black Lives Matter'

After protests, a strike, and lockdown, Kiki, a student from Lagos, Nigeria, can’t wait for the year to be over.

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Covid in the classroom: How the pandemic changed these three teachers' lives

Three teachers in the US reflect on how drastically their jobs have changed during 2020.

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Coronavirus: EU countries begin mass vaccination

Countries across the EU received their first shipments of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines.

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Covid: Biden urges Trump to sign coronavirus bill into law

The US president-elect calls for immediate action as millions of people face losing jobless benefits.

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Gingerbread monolith appears in San Francisco's Corona Heights

The tall, baked structure appeared in Corona Heights Park on Christmas Day, delighting locals.

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Pompeii: Ancient 'fast food' counter to open to the public

Newly unveiled bright frescos are believed to show the food that was available in the Roman city.

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Nashville explosion: Businesses and celebrities pledge $315,000 reward

Three people were injured when a camper van exploded in the city centre early on Christmas Day

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Chinese economy to overtake US 'by 2028' due to Covid

A UK-based think tank says the pandemic has caused economic momentum to shift further in favour of Asia.

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South Africa raise fists before cricket match

South Africa express their "ongoing commitment" to supporting the Black Lives Matter movement as players raise their fists before the first Test against Sri Lanka.

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Coronavirus: More cases of new Covid variant found in Europe

Spain confirms cases linked to the UK hours after France, as fears grow of the new variant's spread.

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Several injured after shooting in Berlin

Heavily armed police have been sent to the scene in the Kreuzberg district of the German capital.

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George Blake: Soviet Cold War spy and former MI6 officer dies in Russia

Blake was one of the Cold War's most notorious double agents and betrayed dozens of MI6 personnel.

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737 Max: Air Canada flight in unscheduled landing after engine issue

The plane with three crew landed safely after rerouting on a flight from the US to Canada.

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UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic on eve of election

The UN said three peacekeepers died in two separate attacks, as rebel and government forces clash.

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Friday, December 25, 2020

What a pandemic Christmas looked like around the world

From masked mass to a socially distanced beach party, here's how Christmas looked in 2020.

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Letter from Africa: Somalia's Christmas birthdays and lost memories

A former refugee considers the importance of memory for those who lose everything in the chaos of war.

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Business review of 2020: Covid-19 and Trump

2020 saw countries grapple with coronavirus, balancing both public health and economic concerns.

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The family with no fingerprints

A family in Bangladesh struggles with an extremely rare genetic condition, "immigration delay disease".

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What a pandemic Christmas looked like around the world

From masked mass to a socially distanced beach party, here's how Christmas looked in 2020.

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France finds first case of new coronavirus variant

The health ministry says an asymptomatic Frenchman who arrived from England tested positive.

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Uganda Lake Albert boat accident leaves many dead

Strong winds caused the boat to sink on the lake, which has a history of incidents, officials said.

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Nashville hit by deliberate explosion, police in Tennessee say

Three people have been taken to hospital after the blast on Christmas morning, police say.

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Boko Haram kill villagers in Christmas Eve attack

The Islamist group also burnt down the church in the Christian village in northeast Nigeria.

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Covid: Millions of Americans face unemployment benefits lapse

Critical payments to 14 million people could stop from Saturday in a standoff over a stimulus bill.

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Russian historian jailed for dismembering partner

Oleg Sokolov, an expert on Napoleon, was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison.

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Australian expeditioner evacuated from Antarctica in five-day mission

Australia, China and the US work together to medically evacuate the expeditioner.

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Rags to riches for cat rescued by waste worker

A waste disposal worker rescues a cat from imminent death while sorting through rubbish at a plant in Russia.

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Pope urges coronavirus vaccine access for all

"We cannot erect walls" to its availability, he says, in his first online Christmas Day message.

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Alexei Navalny ally Lyubov Sobol 'held after raid'

Lyubov Sobol had earlier turned up at the home of an agent Alexei Navalny says helped poison him.

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Notre-Dame: Choir sings inside cathedral for first time since fire

Singers perform inside the Paris cathedral for the first time since the April 2019 fire.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Ivry Gitlis: Celebrated Israeli virtuoso violinist dies at 98

Described as one of the modern greats of classical music, he was a hugely charismatic figure.

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Covid: Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica begin mass vaccination

Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica become the first countries on the continent to begin vaccination campaigns.

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Michael Jackson: Neverland Ranch 'sold to billionaire for $22m'

Billionaire Ron Burkle reportedly buys the estate for a quarter of its initial asking price.

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Brexit: EU diplomats to get trade deal briefing

MPs are waiting to see the full text of the agreement ahead of a vote in Parliament on 30 December.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly: How to survive a year in space

Record-breaking astronaut Scott Kelly talks about living in space and his desire to go back.

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How delivery drivers became vital in the pandemic

They made sure no-one had to leave the house but now they are taking on an even more important role.

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Georgia climbers who risk their lives for Christmas trees

In the Republic of Georgia, workers harvest the seeds of Nordmann firs for export to Europe.

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The refugees feeding a nation

How did French Guiana come to rely on its Hmong citizens for food?

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In pictures: Christmas celebrations around the world

This year's services and events are being attended by far fewer people because of the Covid outbreak.

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A scene in The Pianist changed Arson Fahim's life

As a young boy, Fahim saw a piano on screen in a refugee camp. "What I saw captivated me," he said.

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Brexit: What you need to know about the UK leaving the EU

The UK and EU have reached a post-Brexit deal at the 11th hour

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Portugal outrage after Spanish hunters massacre 500 wild animals

Officials seek a criminal probe after photos of 540 deer and boar corpses are shared on social media.

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Ethiopia military 'kills 40' after Benishangul-Gumuz massacre

Children were among more than 100 people killed when a village was attacked in western Ethiopia.

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Karima Baloch: Activist's family mourns a 'mountain of courage'

Karima Baloch was found dead in Toronto. Her family says she never stopped getting threats, even in exile.

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'Balloon boy hoax' parents pardoned in Colorado

The couple were convicted of the hoax in 2009 after saying their son was carried away by a balloon.

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The 101-year-old veteran with thousands of Christmas cards

John received mail from around the world after speaking about the loss of his wife on BBC Breakfast

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California man 'kills fellow Covid patient with oxygen tank'

The victim, 82, was praying in his hospital bed when a patient in his room got upset, LA police say.

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Chrissy Teigen 'sad she will never be pregnant again'

The US model lost the baby she was expecting with husband John Legend earlier this year.

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Coronavirus mutes Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem

Celebrations will look very different in Jesus' birthplace this year as virus keeps visitors at bay.

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Brexit: UK-EU trade talks continue ahead of likely deal

Johnson and von der Leyen are likely to have another phone call after talks continued overnight.

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Pete Evans: Facebook removes celebrity chef's page over conspiracies

Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans has been criticised for spreading misinformation to his followers.

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Alibaba being investigated by China over monopoly tactics

The Chinese tech giant is face a probe by regulators into locking merchants into its platform.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Saumitra Khan: India MP threatens to divorce wife who switched party

Indian MP Saumitra Khan sent a divorce notice to wife Sujata Mondal Khan after she joined a rival party.

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Airline fires pilot blamed for Taiwan's first Covid case in months

A contact of the pilot tested positive - the first local case since April.

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Coronavirus: New York City orders international visitors to quarantine

Foreign travellers who break the new rules will be fined $1,000 a day, as cases surge across the US.

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NBA game off as Covid depletes Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets' season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder has been postponed because the Rockets are unable to field enough players.

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EU to allow post-Brexit UK farm produce exports

While this is a "critical step forward" seed potatoes are not included due to EU regulatory fears.

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Five families, five Christmases: A festive season like no other around Europe

Families in five countries explain how their plans have changed and how they're staying upbeat.

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Oscars 2021: What can we expect for the ceremony?

The film industry is hoping it will be high-profile rather than low-key after such a tough year.

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Muslim-Canadian's 'first Christmas' goes viral

As a Christmas first-timer, Mohammad Hussain shared his unique perspective on the holiday on Twitter.

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India farmer protests: How rural incomes have struggled to keep up

Protests are continuing in India over new laws which farmers say will damage their livelihoods.

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Trump pardons former advisers Manafort and Stone

Trump pardons former campaign manager Paul Manafort, ex-adviser Roger Stone and the father of Trump's son-in-law.

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Banjo Paterson: 120-year-old chocolate found in Australian poet's belongings

Remarkably well-preserved chocolate - found in Australia - gives a fascinating glimpse into history.

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Covid-19: First trucks start leaving Kent lorry park after France reopens UK border

It comes as drivers clash with police as they wait for tests, despite France reopening its UK border.

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Brexit: UK and EU 'haggling', as hopes for trade deal rise

Officials push for a pre-Christmas agreement, after weeks of argument over fishing and business rules.

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Covid: France rewards frontline immigrant workers with citizenship

Immigrants naturalised for services during the pandemic include cleaners and shop workers.

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DeepMind's AI agent MuZero could turbocharge YouTube

The successor to AlphaGo is being used to create a more efficient type of video compression.

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Trump pardons Blackwater security contractors over 2007 Iraq killings

The four men were convicted over their involvement in the shooting of 14 civilians in 2007.

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Italy seeks engineer to build new Colosseum floor

The project will have a budget of 18.5m euros (£16.7m; $22.5m) and work is set to start next year.

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Erdogan attacks Europe court's order for Demirtas's release

Turkey's president condemns a call by Europe's rights court to free a jailed Kurdish political leader.

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Octopuses filmed punching fish in the Red Sea

Scientists have filmed octopuses in the Red Sea lashing out at fish during a group hunt.

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Macron's dog Nemo in video plea to be kind to pets

The French president's pooch sends the Christmas message "adopt with awareness!"

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Hong Kong pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai granted bail

The founder of Apple Daily, a fierce critic of the Chinese authorities, faces strict house arrest.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Gunman kills three police officers in France

The officers had been called to a small village to investigate a domestic incident.

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Argentina blackout: Buenos Aires hit by huge power cut

Much of the Argentine capital is left without electricity after fire breaks out near a substation.

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Elon Musk says Apple's boss snubbed takeover deal

Tesla's founder claims Apple CEO Tim Cook refused talks during the car company's "darkest days".

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Trump urges Congress to amend 'wasteful' coronavirus aid bill

He asks lawmakers to "remove wasteful and unnecessary items", adding the package "really is a disgrace".

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Messi breaks Pelé scoring record

Lionel Messi scores his 644th goal for Barcelona during his side's win over Real Valladolid to break Pele's record of the most goals for one club.

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Trump pardons two convicted by Mueller inquiry

Ex-campaign aide George Papadopoulos is among 15 people to benefit from a wave of clemency orders.

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Covid-19: The Philippines and its lockdown baby boom

The Philippines is preparing for a surge in births which will overwhelm its already creaking systems.

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The pioneering lawyer who fought for women’s suffrage in India

Mithan Lam left an indelible stamp on the struggle for gender equality in India.

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The Nigerian blogger scouring the past to inform the future

How a young man's passion for history may help future generations of Nigerians.

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Dr Deborah Birx: White House virus expert quits over holiday travel

Dr Deborah Birx says the criticism she has faced for a family get-together is "very difficult".

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Covid-19: 'Losing Christmas is irreparable damage'

Foppolo ski resort in the Italian Alps is shut and will miss the all-important Christmas ski season.

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Rohingya refugees' perilous journey in search of safety

More than 200 Rohingya refugees are believed to have died or gone missing at sea in 2020.

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Talking Movies: How documentary films flourished in 2020

Audiences embraced a wave of non-fiction films including several on the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus spreads to Antarctic research station

The virus reaches all seven continents after 36 people test positive at a Chilean research station.

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Russia hits EU with sanctions in backlash over Navalny sting

The Kremlin mocks Putin critic Alexei Navalny, who revealed how agents allegedly tried to kill him.

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Covid: Vatican says coronavirus vaccines 'morally acceptable'

The Catholic Church says vaccines developed using cell lines derived from aborted foetuses can be used.

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Afghanistan conflict: Kabul car bombing kills four doctors

At least two of the doctors, who worked at a prison in the Afghan capital, were women, police say.

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In pictures: The great conjunction

Planets Jupiter and Saturn cross paths in the night sky, an event known as the great conjunction.

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Marcelo Crivella: Rio mayor arrested over bribery claims

Marcelo Crivella, an evangelical pastor turned politician, was detained by police at dawn.

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Karima Baloch: Pakistani rights activist found dead in Toronto

Karima Baloch, who was living in exile, was named in the BBC's annual list of 100 inspirational women.

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Ancient mummified wolf pup in Canada 'lived 56,000 years ago'

Scientists say the pup, which died about 56,000 years ago, is "the most complete wolf mummy known".

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Are forest fires unlocking radiation in Chernobyl?

Ukraine's firefighters expose dangerous conditions tackling fires in Chernobyl's exclusion zone.

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Thai man revives baby elephant with CPR after motorbike accident

The elephant had been hit by a motorbike - but luckily, an off-duty rescue worker came across it.

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Paul Whelan: 'Grim life' of US prisoner in Russian labour camp

Paul Whelan was convicted as an American spy earlier this year and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

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Monday, December 21, 2020

Trump orders new federal buildings must be 'beautiful'

An executive order says new federal buildings should be in the Greco-Roman classical style.

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Sydney Covid cases drop amid record testing

Australia's largest city has recorded its fewest number of new coronavirus cases in several days.

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West Point faces worst cheating scandal in decades

Dozens of cadets at the top US military academy cheated on an online maths test, officials say.

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Leyla Güven: Turkey sentences Kurdish politician to 22 years in prison

Leyla Güven, an ex-MP for the opposition HDP party, is convicted of membership of a terrorist group.

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Will pregnant women receive the Covid-19 vaccine? It depends

Without pregnant women in trials for the jab, countries are taking different approaches.

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1,000 lost on one boat - this woman hopes to name them

An Italian pathologist is trying to identify the migrants on a boat that sank in the Mediterranean in 2015.

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Covid: Thanksgiving the cause of a spike in US infections?

Family reunions over the holiday period brought people together, but did they spread coronavirus?

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Tanzania 'using Twitter's copyright policy to silence activists'

The guidance meant to deal with rights infringements is being deployed to muzzle critics.

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NZ killer of British backpacker guilty of more attacks

Grace Millane's killer can now be named after he was convicted of sex attacks on two more women.

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SLS: Crucial test for Nasa's 'mega-rocket'

Part of a giant rocket that will send humans back to the Moon has undergone a critical test.

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How a young girl's fairy house sparked a magical friendship

When four-year-old Eliana created a fairy house at the start of the pandemic, she soon began finding notes and gifts from a fairy named Sapphire.

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Bats, roadblocks and the origins of coronavirus

The BBC came across roadblocks and checkpoints as they tried to report on a decade-long project into viruses that bats carry.

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Covid: Regulator approves first vaccine for EU states

Some EU states could begin rolling out the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine as early as Sunday.

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Lockerbie bombing: Alleged bomb-maker charged on 32nd anniversary of attack

The US has charged the suspected bomb-maker behind the 1988 disaster with terrorism-related activities.

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Halle synagogue attack: Germany far-right gunman jailed for life

The attacker tried to shoot Jewish worshippers - then killed two people outside a synagogue in Halle.

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Ariana Grande announces engagement to Dalton Gomez

The 27-year-old US singer and actress has been with her real estate agent boyfriend for about a year.

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Essex lorry deaths: Two found guilty of killing 39 migrants

Prosecutors said the victims died in "unbearable" heat in a lorry container in October 2019.

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Mexico violence: Security raised in Puerto Vallarta after ambush

Extra police are sent to Puerto Vallarta after the killing of a former governor of Jalisco state.

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Al Jazeera journalists ‘hacked via NSO Group spyware’

NSO Group says a report that its software was used to target journalists “lacks evidence”.

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Kyle Rittenhouse: YouTube struggles with hero worship

Kyle Rittenhouse, awaiting trial for killing two protesters, is a hero on parts of YouTube.

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Rwanda bolsters force in CAR as rebels 'held back'

It has deployed what it calls a "protection force" after its peacekeepers there came under attack.

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Christmas star: Planets set to align in the night sky

Jupiter and Saturn - the Solar System's largest planets - are set to cross paths in the night sky.

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Covid-19: Couple holds 10,000 people drive-thru wedding in Malaysia

It took three hours for all guests to exchange a wave and smile with the newly-weds in Malaysia.

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Covid: Denmark to dig up millions of mink culled over virus

The animals will be exhumed from mass graves next year to prevent pollution, the government says.

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Covid: EU to discuss response to variant as travel bans on UK expand

European officials will discuss a co-ordinated travel response to a new coronavirus variant in the UK.

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Covid: Thailand tests thousands after virus outbreak in seafood market

Tens of thousands will be tested after hundreds of cases linked to Thailand's biggest seafood market.

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Covid: Australian states enforce travel bans amid Sydney outbreak

All states and territories have begun enforcing travel bans, upending Christmas plans for many people.

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European regulator says Boeing's 737 Max is safe

Executive Director Patrick Ky said his organisation had "left no stone unturned" in its review.

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The Belgian 'hero' who invaded UK fishing waters

The story of Victor Depaepe, who tested fishing rights in UK waters granted by King Charles II.

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'Yes, people have Zoom fatigue but it's not our fault'

Zoom director Aparna Bawa says video conferencing can tire people out, but her firm isn't to blame.

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How should you talk to friends and relatives who believe conspiracy theories?

Advice from experts and those who used to believe conspiracy theories about how to avoid rows this festive season.

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Sudan-Israel deal fuels migrants' fears

Israel is supported by some Sudanese communities, yet restoring relations may not be good news from them.

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K2: 'Savage Mountain' beckons for unprecedented winter climb

Two European climbers set off this week in an attempt to scale the winter summit of K2.

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Covid: US reaches long awaited deal for coronavirus aid

The deal on the $900bn package comes as millions are jobless or in poverty due to the pandemic.

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Captagon - Destroying the frontline drug

A seizure with a street value of more than $1bn (£900m) has revealed the scale of illegal drug production in Syria.

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Covid-19: Dover port halts exports to France for 48 hours

France is to stop lorries arriving from the UK amid concern over a new variant of coronavirus.

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Miss France runner-up April Benayoum targeted by anti-Semitic tweets

Police are investigating insults against April Benayoum after she revealed her Israeli origins.

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Iceland: Town of Seydisfjordur evacuated after mudslide hits

An 11-year-old boy had no time to dress as he and his father were forced to run from their home.

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New coronavirus variant: What do we know?

How has a new coronavirus variant become the most common form of the virus in parts of England?

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US cyber-attack: Around 50 firms 'genuinely impacted' by massive breach

The expert whose company uncovered the hack also backs US officials' view that Russia was behind it.

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Ethiopia explosion: 'Abandoned' bomb kills three in Addis Ababa

All those who died in the Addis Ababa blast were homeless, police say, and five others were wounded.

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Germany and Finland bring home women from Islamic State camps

Three of the women are under investigation for allegedly belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group.

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François Bozizé: CAR former president denies 'attempted coup'

François Bozizé's spokesman denies the government's claim that he is marching on the capital.

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Nigeria kidnapping: Mahuta children rescued after gun battle

Police say vigilantes helped rescue 84 children after Nigeria's second mass kidnapping in eight days.

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Covid: Belgium and Netherlands ban flights from UK over variant

Italy is set to join the Netherlands and Belgium in suspending flights from the UK.

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Cardinal Pell says his conservative views drove public against him

The ex-Vatican treasurer was acquitted of child sexual abuse and released from prison this year.

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Covid: WHO in 'close contact' with UK over new variant

UK officials say the new variant is spreading more rapidly, but it is not believed to be more deadly.

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Joe Biden says 'no time to waste' as climate team unveiled

The US president-elect says the team will lead his "ambitious plan" to combat climate change.

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Covid vaccine: 'Disappearing' needles and other rumours debunked

We examine widely shared false claims about vaccines - from "disappearing" needles to a "dead" nurse.

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'God will forgive me or not': Inside the world of a people smuggler

Noor charges Afghans thousands of dollars to travel to Europe. He claims he is getting out of the business.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: 'How we survived when Mekelle was shelled'

Ethiopia's prime minister says no civilians were killed in the Tigray conflict. Three witnesses say otherwise.

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Uganda election: False claims about Joe Biden and others

Claims about the US president-elect are among misinformation being widely shared during an election.

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Christmas celebrations to go ahead in Bethlehem

BBC Middle East correspondent Yolande Knell joins the rehearsals for the festive processions.

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Spain housing: Evictions and broken promises in a pandemic

Spain's prime minister promised nobody would be evicted during the pandemic but activists say thousands have.

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Senegal's Dakar Fashion Week: The catwalk in a baobab forest

Held outside because of the pandemic, a fashion show in Senegal embraces the environmental message.

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MasterChef final is dream come true for Nepal’s Santosh Shah

Getting to the MasterChef final is like a dream for Santosh Shah, who is from a tiny village in Nepal.

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Canada 'Sixties Scoop': Indigenous survivors map out their stories

Canada's "Sixties Scoop" saw thousands of indigenous children forcibly removed from their families.

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Lionel Messi equals Pele goalscoring record with 643rd goal for Barcelona

Lionel Messi scores his 643rd goal for Barcelona - equalling Pele's record for goals for a single club - but his side draw at home to Valencia.

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Australia v India: How Virat Kohli's side were skittled for 36

The story of an extraordinary day that saw India start as favourites for the first Test but crumble to 36 all out and lose to Australia by eight wickets.

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François Bozizé: CAR accuses former president of 'attempted coup'

The Central African Republic says forces loyal to François Bozizé plan to march on the capital Bangui.

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Covid: Chile's president Sebastián Piñera fined $3,500 for no-mask selfie

Sebastián Piñera apologised for breaching Covid rules by posing for the photo on a beach this month.

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ICYMI: Runaway sheep and a big bale of turtles

Here are some of the stories you may have missed this week.

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Covid-19: Explosion kills nine coronavirus patients in Turkey

Nine people are killed as an oxygen ventilator explodes at a coronavirus ward of a private facility.

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Epstein ex-associate Jean-Luc Brunel placed under formal investigation

Modelling agent Jean-Luc Brunel is accused of rape and sexual harassment by French authorities.

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Caliphate: NY Times loses awards for Islamic State podcast over false reporting

The paper admits its blockbuster podcast about Islamic State group failed to meet editorial standards.

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US cyber-attack: Russia 'clearly' behind SolarWinds operation, says Pompeo

The US secretary of state says Moscow is "clearly" responsible for a hack targeting government agencies.

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Friday, December 18, 2020

737 Max: Boeing 'inappropriately coached' pilots in test after crashes

US Senate investigators find problems with tests conducted in the wake of two deadly crashes.

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