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Monday, November 30, 2020

Climate change: Temperature analysis shows UN goals 'within reach'

Moves by China, along with the election of Joe Biden, make temperature targets more achievable.

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Brazil siege: Armed men 'raid banks' in Criciúma

The mayor of Criciúma warns the city is the 'target of a major assault' amid reports of two injuries.

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India builds bridge to help reptiles cross road

The unique bridge is constructed over a busy highway to protect animals from being run over.

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Covid: Dr Scott Atlas - Trump's controversial coronavirus adviser - resigns

Dr Atlas clashed with other scientists after questioning the need for masks and other measures.

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Facebook and Google 'complicit' in Vietnam censorship

Rights group Amnesty has accused Facebook and Google of increasingly blocking criticism and dissent.

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China-US trade war: Beijing escalates tit-for-tat with Washington

Beijing has introduced tough new laws which restrict the export of "controlled items".

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Missing Florida sailor found clinging to capsized vessel

The man, 62, was rescued by a passing container ship, more than 80 miles off the Florida coast.

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Canada unveils largest economic relief package since WW2

Opposition Conservatives say the historic spending plan is "startling".

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Covid vaccine: Rumours thrive amid trickle of pandemic facts

Social media is full of coronavirus vaccine information - but how can you tell which is reliable?

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Trump presidency's final days: 'In his mind, he will not have lost'

West Wing aides are keeping a low profile as the presidency slowly comes to terms with his loss.

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A police officer with a conscience who left Belarus

Andrei Ostapovich quit his job as a Belarusian police officer, was detained in Russia, then escaped to Poland.

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Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: Iran mulls its responses to an assassination

Frank Gardner looks at Iran's options were it to try to avenge Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's assassination.

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France Islam: Muslims face state pressure to embrace values

A "charter of values" is the latest effort by the French state to win Muslim hearts and minds.

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End Sars protests: The Nigerian women leading the fight for change

The feminists who were the backbone of the EndSars protests, which threaten Nigeria's status quo.

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Laverne Cox says 'it's not safe if you're a trans person' after attack

The Orange is the New Black star was caught up in a "shocking" transphobic attack at the weekend.

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Covid vaccine: Moderna files for approval in US

Regulators will decide if it is safe and effective enough to recommend for widespread use.

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Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: Iran buries assassinated nuclear scientist

In a speech, the defence minister vows to avenge Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's killing and continue his work.

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India GDP: What car sales reveal about India’s stalling economy

India's economy is officially in recession but improving car sales hint at a possible rebound.

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Michel Zecler beating: Four French policemen charged over assault

The assault on music producer Michel Zecler in Paris was captured in a video that shocked France.

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Nemonte Nenquimo: The indigenous leader named 'environmental hero'

Nemonte Nenquimo is one of the six environmental leaders to be awarded this year's Goldman Prize.

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Environment award for activist who stopped a new power station in Ghana

A climate activist has won a prestigious prize for leading the battle to block it being built in Ghana.

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Joe Biden: President-elect fractures foot while playing with dog

The president-elect will probably have to wear a medical boot for several weeks, his doctor says.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Japan's crown prince 'approves' daughter's wedding

Princess Mako had postponed her marriage to Kei Komuro after reports of his mother's money troubles.

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Indonesia: Thousands flee poisonous gas after volcano erupts

Authorities have warned people against poisonous gas after Indonesia's Ile Lewotolok volcano erupted.

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Australia demands China apologise for posting 'repugnant' fake image

A fake image posted by a Chinese government official depicts an Australian soldier murdering a child.

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Sri Lanka: Six die in prison riot over Covid panic

Pandemic-related unrest has been growing in Sri Lanka's prisons as the number of virus cases surge.

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Biden announces all-female senior press team

Joe Biden has pledged to shape one of the most diverse US presidential cabinets ever.

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White Island volcano: NZ officials charge 13 parties over tragedy

Some 22 people died when the volcano suddenly erupted last December with tourists on it.

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Covid: Fauci warns of 'surge in cases' post Thanksgiving

Millions of people are returning home following the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.

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Italy's Calabria has two pandemics: Covid and the Mafia

Calabria was not hit by the first wave of the pandemic but its fragile health system is buckling now.

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Why India can't stop farmers burning stubble

The toxic fumes from stubble burning affects hundreds of millions - but curbs to stop it keep failing.

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Viewpoint: Why Kenya's giant fig tree won over a president

The campaign to save a 100-year-old tree shows cultural fears can make politicians listen in Kenya.

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A 70-year-old photographic mystery

Collector William Fagan finds 70-year-old photographs in a camera.

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The tech allowing thousands of students to sit exams at home

Machine learning is helping firms across many industries more quickly solve difficult challenges.

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Coronavirus: How do you vaccinate 7.7 billion people?

Five challenges of distributing a Covid-19 vaccine to billions of people.

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Nagorno-Karabakh: The boy who swapped his piano for a gun

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is over, but some are still waiting for news of missing relatives.

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Black Lives Matter founders: We fought to change history and we won

The founders of the Black Lives Matter movement tell the BBC's 100 Women season they are optimistic.

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Diego Maradona: Police raid house and clinic of doctor

Authorities are trying to establish if there was negligence in the treatment of the Argentine star.

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Cher and the rescue of a lonely elephant in Pakistan

Singer Cher was one of those who campaigned for a better life for Kavaan the elephant who is now heading to a new home.

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Christmas: Drive-thru market saves festive German tradition

Nearly all of the country's famous markets have been cancelled due to lockdown measures meant to stem the virus in Germany.

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Utah monolith: Has the mysterious metal object disappeared?

Utah officials and images on social media suggest the shiny desert structure has been taken down.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Authorities hunt for TPLF leadership

Prime Minister Abiy says this comes after the "last phase" in the conflict in the Tigray region.

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'Fireball' dazzles in the sky in Japan

The meteor was seen descending towards earth for a few seconds, before emitting a powerful light.

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Farm workers killed in 'insane' Nigeria attack

Nigeria's president condemns an attack in which 43 labourers were "slaughtered" near Maiduguri.

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Durham van traveller Esther Dingley missing in Pyrenees

Esther Dingley disappeared on a solo hike during a six-year journey through Europe in a campervan.

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Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr share an engaging draw in 'exhibition' bout

Mike Tyson ends 15 years of inactivity and shares an entertaining draw with Roy Jones Jr in Los Angeles.

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Adam King: Six-year-old Irish boy's space ambition 'inspires' Nasa

Adam King from County Cork captured the hearts of TV viewers with dreams of joining a space mission.

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Dave Prowse: Darth Vader actor dies aged 85

The former bodybuilder was also given an MBE for his long-running role as the Green Cross Code Man.

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Canada bans mass exports of prescription drugs

The new policy comes in response to a US plan to import drugs from Canada.

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Sydney records hottest November night on record

The Australian city recorded a minimum overnight temperature of 25.4C.

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Viewpoint: How Ethiopia is undermining the African Union

The country has rebuffed African efforts to find a negotiated settlement to the Tigray conflict.

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Serbia coronavirus: The Church losing its leaders to the pandemic

Few organisations have taken a bigger hit from coronavirus than the Serbian Orthodox Church

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In pictures: Hurricanes leave Hondurans homeless and destitute

Hurricanes Eta and Iota left more than 150,000 people in Honduras homeless and many lost everything.

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The battle to save a biodiversity hotspot in India

Environmentalists in India's Goa state are fighting projects they say will turn it into a coal hub.

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Conjoined twins: 'We always knew we were different'

They made headlines when surgeons separated them - now Sanchia and Eman Mowatt are at university.

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Afghanistan, home to the heroin trade, moves into meth

A new report warns Afghanistan is becoming a major methamphetamine producer, leaving addicts in its wake.

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Why Bhutan's Sakteng wildlife sanctuary is disputed by China

Tiny Bhutan is feeling the squeeze as its giant neighbours China and India vie for territory.

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Serbia and Montenegro expel respective ambassadors

The two nations have expelled each other's envoys over a historical dispute dating back a century.

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Khachaturyan sisters: A murder trial that shocked Russia

The case of the three Khachaturyan sisters accused of killing their father sent shockwaves through Russia.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: What does it mean for the east Africa region?

BBC correspondents across the east Africa region explain the impact for Ethiopia and its neighbours.

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France: Tear gas fired as protesters rally against police security bill

Protesters throw fireworks and set up barricades as police fire tear gas in tense clashes in Paris.

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Deadly flooding hits Sardinia after heavy rains

Footage shows rivers of mud in the town of Bitti, where at least three people have died.

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ICYMI: Music for monkeys and penguins out in public

A quick look at just some stories you may have missed this week.

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Carrie Lam: Hong Kong's leader says she has to keep piles of cash at home

Carrie Lam says she has no bank account due to US sanctions, and pays cash for everything.

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Surprise discovery of rare plant at Norfolk 'ghost pond'

A rare wetland plant has reappeared after not being seen for more than a century.

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: Iran vows to avenge scientist's assassination

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top nuclear scientist, died on Friday after an attack on his car.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Army claims advance on several towns

Ethiopia's army says it has seized control of several towns in the northern region of Tigray.

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Polar scientists wary of impending satellite gap

The key missions recording the loss of thickness in glaciers and sea-ice won't last the decade.

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Maradona: Funeral worker apologises over coffin photos

The Argentine funeral worker took photos next to the open casket of football legend Diego Maradona.

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Swiss vote on making firms liable for rights abuse

Many in government and business are wary, but campaigners say politicians are out of touch.

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The Donut King who went full circle - from rags to riches, twice

Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy made a fortune in doughnuts then lost it all to gambling.

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Tigray crisis: Ethiopian soldiers accused of blocking border with Sudan

Families fleeing the conflict in Tigray tell the BBC they have been cut off from relatives.

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Kaavan, the world's loneliest elephant, is finally going free

For decades, Kaavan performed from his lonely enclosure. Now, with a hand from Cher, he's retiring.

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Getting 'crushed' on Melbourne's path to coronavirus success

By one measure the city has just eliminated the virus, but relieved locals also fear a hidden cost.

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Coronavirus lockdown sees share of women on India's stock market rise

With more time and flexibility, thousands of women are trading in the stock market for the first time.

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The Kraken: What is it and why has Trump's ex-lawyer released it?

How a lawsuit from an ex-Trump lawyer full of baseless voter fraud claims went viral.

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Life after al-Shabab: Driving a school bus instead of an armed pickup truck

The Somali government retrains defectors from the al-Shabab militant group as barbers, drivers, mechanics and tailors.

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Karl Edwards: The 'bronzed Aussie' who knew life was for living

The story behind the plaque: the fast life and freakishly unlucky death of Karl Edwards.

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The Indian bride who wore a pantsuit to her wedding

In a country where marriages are steeped in tradition, Sanjana Rishi's wedding outfit drew criticism.

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Is the era of the Hollywood blockbuster over?

Has Covid put an end to big budget film-making, or will busy cinemas in Asia give Hollywood hope?

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Climate change: The woman watching the ice melt from under her feet

For thousands of years Inupaiq people have relied on the land in Alaska but now climate change is threatening their entire way of life.

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Losing Cinema Park: Tears over demolition of Kabul's iconic cinema

Why the demolition of a 70-year old cinema hall in Kabul went viral in Afghanistan.

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Jane Fonda: 'It's much harder to be young than it is old'

As an 82-year-old Jane Fonda is still protesting - this time about climate change - and getting arrested.

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Covid-19 pandemic: Tracking the global coronavirus outbreak

Key charts and maps explaining how the virus has spread around the world.

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Maradona: Anger over funeral home photos with legend's open coffin

The funeral parlour says it is "devastated" by the pictures, as Maradona's lawyer vows legal action.

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Italian serenaded by husband outside hospital dies

Carla Sacchi was allowed home days after her husband played his accordion below her hospital window.

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Coronavirus: Calls in Denmark to dig up millions of dead mink

The hasty mass burial of animals infected with coronavirus was declared illegal.

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Taiwan lawmakers throw pig guts and punches

Taiwan's opposition legislators exchanged blows in a heated row over the easing of US pork imports.

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Sri Lanka digs trench to deter scavenging elephants

It's hoped the trench will keep the animals out of a rubbish dump which is near a wildlife sanctuary.

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Indian farmers clash with police over reforms

Farmers from India’s Punjab state are marching to India's capital Delhi to protest.

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Cuban police raid HQ of dissident San Isidro Movement

The San Isidro Movement is protesting over the jailing of rapper Denis Solis.

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Pig guts fly as Taiwan lawmakers brawl over US pork imports

Opposition legislators hurled the intestines in a bitter dispute over the easing of US pork imports.

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Diego Maradona dies: Guillem Balague on 'the magician, the cheat, the god, the flawed genius'

Guillem Balague has spent much of 2020 working on a Diego Maradona book - and it has opened his eyes about a man he thought he already knew.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Chinese doctors jailed for illegal organ harvesting

The four men were part of an organ trafficking ring that targeted accident victims.

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Citgo 6: US oil executives convicted of corruption in Venezuela

The men, who worked for a US company owned by Venezuela, were arrested in 2017.

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Whale skeleton discovered in Thailand thought to be 5,000 years old

Archaeologists believe the bones are as old as 5,000 years and remarkably well preserved.

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China slaps tariffs on Australian wine as tensions grow

It has been investigating the "dumping" of cheap wines in China - an accusation Australia denies.

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Iran diplomat to stand trial in Belgium over 'France bomb plot'

Prosecutors in Belgium say he planned an attack on an Iranian opposition rally near Paris in 2018.

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US election: Trump signals he is prepared to leave White House

He has refused to concede the election but says he will quit if Joe Biden is confirmed the winner.

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'This is War': Poland’s battle for abortion

People have taken to the streets as the government attempts to ban nearly all abortions.

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Can a ninja’s life teach us about staying safe in a pandemic?

Genichi is the first student from a Japanese university with a master’s degree in ninja studies.

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US election results: Why the most accurate bellwether counties were wrong

Of the 19 places in the US that usually correctly pick the president, only one got it right this time.

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Singapore: Jolovan Wham charged for holding up a smiley face sign

Activist Jolovan Wham faces large fines for violating public order in Singapore.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Fears of a march into guerrilla warfare

The government is hoping for a quick victory in Tigray but it may not be that simple.

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PG Wodehouse: Why India still holds a flame for the English author

The Jeeves and Wooster creator was the most English of novelists so why does he have fans in India?

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Searching 80,000 miles for the American dream

Photographer Ian Brown travelled around the US in search of people's American dreams.

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Diego Maradona: Thousands of fans mourn footballer

The 60 year-old Argentinian died of a heart attack on Wednesday.

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Diego Maradona: Mourners to visit legend's body as Argentina grieves

A million people are expected to pay tribute to the late Argentine football legend in Buenos Aires.

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Covid-19: US Supreme Court backs religious groups over New York caps

It is one of the first major rulings since conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the court.

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Turkey court jails officers over 2016 coup plot

Air force pilots are among military staff jailed for trying to topple President Erdogan.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: PM declares assault on regional capital Mekelle

PM Abiy Ahmed says the military will try not to harm civilians and urged people to stay at home.

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North Korea defectors: Loose screws at border blamed for gymnast crossing

A former gymnast is thought to have jumped across the border fence undetected to flee to the South.

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Covid: Pakistan cricket squad quarantined after positive tests in New Zealand

The whole squad is quarantined following six positives, after some members "contravened protocols".

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock ignores own Thanksgiving travel advice

Michael Hancock urged residents to stay at home, before admitting he travelled to Mississippi.

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Cho Ju-bin: 40 years jail for South Korean chatroom sex abuse group leader

South Korean Cho Ju-bin ran a group which blackmailed girls into sharing sexual videos.

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Kylie Moore-Gilbert: Academic says Iran detention was 'long and traumatic'

British-Australian lecturer Kylie Moore-Gilbert endured two years of "incredible hardship".

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Coronavirus and gender: More chores for women set back gains in equality

Women take on the burden of unpaid chores during Covid, UN data shows, threatening gender equality.

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Coronavirus pandemic: Germany seeks EU deal to close ski resorts

Germany and Italy want slopes closed until January, but the EU is yet to reach an agreement.

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Tributes pour in for football great Maradona

Three days of mourning begin in Argentina as tributes pour in for Diego Maradona, one of the greatest footballers of all time, who died on Wednesday.

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Obama attacks Hispanic voters who picked Trump

The ex-US president says some overlooked Mr Trump's rhetoric because of his stance on abortion.

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Black Friday: Why bots will beat you to in-demand gifts

Black Friday and Christmas shopping are here - but it may be harder than ever to snag what you want.

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Why France may ban discrimination against accents

A French MP wants to push back against the traditional Parisian disdain for regional voices.

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Chile's Mapuche indigenous group fights for rights

The Mapuche make up 12% of Chile's population but are not recognised in the country's constitution.

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Tigray crisis: How the Ethiopian army and TPLF clashed over an airport

With communications largely cut to the Tigray region, both sides in the conflict are trying to control the narrative.

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Covid: US doctor's video simulates what dying patient sees

This doctor made a video simulating what a dying Covid patient sees - to urge people to wear masks.

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Covid: US doctor's video simulates what dying patient sees

This doctor made a video simulating what a dying Covid patient sees - to urge people to wear masks.

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Yemen: Growing up in a war-torn country

Yemen is labelled the "the world's worst humanitarian crisis" and 60% of its population is under 25.

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Belarus: The woman sacrificing everything for her country’s freedom

Three months on from the Belarus election, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya reflects on how her life has changed.

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'Michael Flynn's loyalty to Trump has paid off' - Omarosa Manigault Newman

Former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman reacts to the ex-national security adviser's pardon.

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Nearly 100 pilot whales die in mass stranding off New Zealand islands

The pilot whales were found beached on the remote Chatham Islands.

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Coronavirus: How Europeans are preparing for Christmas and New Year

Measures designed to contain the coronavirus pandemic will change how millions of people celebrate.

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SLS: Nasa 'megarocket' assembly begins in Florida

Nasa has stacked the first pieces of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

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Germany Merkel: Car rams into chancellery gate ahead of Covid decision

The car had messages, including one criticising "globalisation politics", written on its sides.

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Meghan Markle: Duchess of Sussex tells of miscarriage 'pain and grief'

"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second," Meghan writes in an article.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Abiy Ahmed 'rejects international interference'

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says it is an internal matter amid growing international concern.

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Loujain al-Hathloul: Trial of jailed Saudi women's rights activist to resume

The family of Loujain al-Hathloul, who began a hunger strike a month ago, hope she will be freed.

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Abdul Nacer Benbrika: Australia revokes citizenship of terror plotter

Officials are also trying to extend Mr Benbrika's time in prison for terrorism offences.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

US election 2020: Biden says White House co-operation 'sincere'

The president-elect describes the Trump administration's help with the transition as not "begrudging".

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Uighurs: China rebuffs Pope's criticism as 'groundless'

Beijing says remarks by the Pope about the persecution of China's Muslim Uighurs are "groundless".

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Russia 'threatened to ram' US ship in Sea of Japan

Moscow accuses an American destroyer of entering its waters, but the US denies its vessel was expelled.

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Thailand's 'largest ketamine bust' turns out to be cleaning agent

The justice minister says it was a "misunderstanding' because of a 'technical error' in field testing.

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FSO Safer: New deal to secure oil tanker abandoned off Yemen

Work could begin early next year to prevent the vessel breaking apart and spilling crude.

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A harsh reality in coal country - with or without Trump

Built on coal, Colstrip has been under threat for years. It may not matter who sits in the Oval Office.

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How sunshine can make the railways greener

The railways in the UK, Australia and India getting power from the sun in different ways.

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US election: Daily Show comedian Jordan Klepper on Trump and his supporters

Jordan Klepper has become known for his Trump supporter interviews with Trevor Noah.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Fears of ethnic profiling stalk conflict

Some ethnic Tigrayans complain of harassment and discrimination - an allegation the government denies.

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New Brunswick outbreak: How a smalltown doctor became a Covid pariah

After being labelled "patient-zero", a small-town physician in Canada was shunned.

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Why Bhutan's Sakteng wildlife sanctuary is disputed by China

Tiny Bhutan is feeling the squeeze as its giant neighbours China and India vie for territory.

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Brexit: Biden says no to hard border in Ireland

US President-elect Joe Biden says closing the border would be "just not right".

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Lugano attack: Two hurt in suspected terror incident in Switzerland

A 28-year-old woman is arrested after allegedly stabbing and trying to choke two other women.

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Nagorno-Karabakh: The family that lost everything

Maria and her children were driven from their home in Nagorno-Karabakh due to the ongoing conflict.

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Zahara: Violence against women in South Africa 'a pandemic'

Zahara, a platinum-selling singer in South Africa, talks to the BBC about surviving a violent attack.

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US election 2020: Biden to present team as Trump allows transition

The US president-elect will formally introduce cabinet picks, as the transfer of power gathers pace.

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Director Tristram Shapeero apologises to Lukas Gage after unmuted comments

Tristram Shapeero has apologised publicly to Lukas Gage after making comments about his apartment.

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Jamal Khashoggi murder: Trial of 20 Saudis in absentia resumes in Turkey

Two ex-aides of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are among 20 on trial in absentia for the killing.

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Egypt singer Mohamed Ramadan faces lawsuit over photo with Israelis

Mohamed Ramadan is accused of "insulting the Egyptian people" with the images from a Dubai party.

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Coronavirus: Millions travel for Thanksgiving despite warnings

Americans appear to disregard health officials' warnings as airports are their busiest since March.

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Metal monolith found by helicopter crew in Utah desert

Wildlife officials spotted the "unusual" structure while counting sheep, leaving them baffled.

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Paris police in 'shocking' clash at migrant camp

Police dismantled the makeshift camp, tipped migrants out of their tents, and used tear gas.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Latex glove maker shuts factories after infections

Malaysia's Top Glove will close more than half of its plants after a surge in virus cases.

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David Dinkins: New York City's first black mayor dies

David Dinkins, who has died aged 93, served as the city's first and only black mayor from 1990-1993.

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Apple's security chief charged with bribery

The company's head of security is charged with planning to swap iPads for gun permits

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The Queen's Gambit: Meet the real life women chess masters

Radio 1 Newsbeat speaks to two female chess players about the Netlfix show and modern chess culture.

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Mexico ambush: Arrest over Mormon massacre

Three Mormon women and six of their children were killed in the Sonora desert last year.

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Stephen Ellison: Diplomat who saved drowning woman given banner

The banner, a Chinese gift of gratitude, reads "righteous and courageous, saving people from water".

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Covid: King Felipe of Spain in quarantine after contact

King Felipe will stop public activities for 10 days after coming into contact with an infected person.

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What Biden's new foreign policy team tells us

US foreign policy experts weigh in on what the new slate of top diplomats means for global affairs.

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Afghanistan, home to the heroin trade, moves into meth

A new report warns Afghanistan is becoming a major methamphetamine producer, leaving addicts in its wake.

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A South African village, a murder and a coal mine

Was the brutal shooting of a woman linked to her campaign against an opencast mine?

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Karl Edwards: The 'bronzed Aussie' who knew life was for living

The story behind the plaque: the fast life and freakishly unlucky death of Karl Edwards.

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The Indian bride who wore a pantsuit to her wedding

In a country where marriages are steeped in tradition, Sanjana Rishi's wedding outfit drew criticism.

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Sanna Marin: The feminist PM who says trans people have a 'right to self-identify'

Nearly a year into her job, Finland's PM, Sanna Marin, says it's 'everyone's job to identify themselves'.

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Ntabo Ntaberi: DR Congo militia leader jailed for crimes against humanity

A military court jails Ntabo Ntaberi for life after a two-year trial that saw 178 victims testify.

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Nagorno-Karabakh: 'It's too painful to sleep'

Whilst most Azerbaijanis are celebrating the end of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, some are struggling to return to normal life.

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Reunited after the Manchester Arena bombing

Usman and Sharon were connected forever after being caught up in the bombing's aftermath.

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Guatemala's controversial budget 'shelved' amid protests

The Speaker of Congress says lawmakers made the U-turn for the sake of the country's stability.

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Sidney Powell: Trump team cuts ties with lawyer who peddled bizarre fraud claims

Sidney Powell peddled conspiracy theories and promised to "blow up" Georgia with a "biblical" lawsuit.

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Why was The Weeknd covered in bandages at the AMAs?

The star won three awards, but his head was covered in bandages, leaving many fans confused.

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Climate change: Covid pandemic has little impact on rise in CO2

Despite the global lockdowns, overall greenhouse gas concentrations have continued to rise.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: UN urges protection of civilians

People in the region's capital are told to "save themselves" as the army advances on the city.

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Cheers and tears as families reunite in Sydney

Flights between New South Wales and Victoria reopened for the first time since July.

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Israel PM 'flew to Saudi Arabia for secret talks with crown prince'

It would mark the first known meeting between the leaders of the two historical foes.

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Afghanistan war: 26,000 Afghan children killed or maimed since 2005

Decades of war have had a devastating impact on Afghanistan's children, finds a leading charity.

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Platypus habitat 'has shrunk by 22%' since 1990

The unique mammal is at risk of disappearing from some Australian waterways, research finds.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Covid-19: Oxford University vaccine shows 70% protection

The large scale trial is both a triumph and a disappointment, after other groups had better results.

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Leading Hong Kong activist pleads guilty at trial

Mr Wong and two fellow activists are now facing jail for taking part in last year's protests.

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Covid-19: China pushes for QR code based global travel system

QR codes - bar codes that can be read by mobile phones - have been used in China during the pandemic.

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Patrick Quinn: Ice Bucket Challenge activist dies aged 37

Patrick Quinn, who had the incurable neurological disorder ALS, helped raise millions for charity.

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It’s ‘sweet relief’ to be home, says US boy forced to threaten Trump in IS video

An American boy made to appear in an IS propaganda video in Syria is back in the US and doing well.

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Trial of ex-president Sarkozy a landmark for France

Nicolas Sarkozy is going on trial accused of corruption linked to his 2007 campaign funding.

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Life after al-Shabab: Driving a school bus instead of an armed pickup truck

The Somali government retrains defectors from the al-Shabab militant group as barbers, drivers, mechanics and tailors.

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Fur industry faces uncertain future due to Covid

Europe's fur industry faces uncertain future after Denmark's mass mink cull due to Covid.

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The deep roots of Trump’s 'voter fraud' strategy

The groundwork for the president's unsubstantiated claims was laid months ago.

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The assassination of a ‘Brave Journalist of Afghanistan’

Aliyas Dayee, a "voice for the voiceless" in Helmand, was killed by a bomb earlier this month.

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The film crews being directed from a continent away

The pandemic has led to a big rise in remote filming, with directors miles away from the set.

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US election 2020: Trump ally urges him to accept defeat in US vote

Former Republican governor Chris Christie calls the president's legal team an "embarrassment".

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Covid-19 pandemic: Merkel 'worried' about vaccines for poor countries

The German leader voices concern after top economic powers promise a fair distribution of vaccines.

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Covid in North Dakota: One day inside a rural US hospital’s fight

Staff at a 14-bed hospital in North Dakota tell first-hand their fight to keep friends' family members alive.

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Taiwan protesters march against US pork imports

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei in Taiwan.

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Covid: Gaza health system 'days from being overwhelmed'

The Palestinian enclave is running out of ventilators as Covid-19 cases soar, experts warn.

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Covid: First Americans 'could get vaccine in December'

US vaccine chief Moncef Slaoui says the vaccination programme could begin as soon as 11 December.

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Covid: Australia state reopens border after Covid cases plummet

New South Wales opens its border with Victoria for the first time since a second wave struck in July.

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The world's deepest diving pool in Poland

Deepspot is a diving pool that goes 45.5m (150ft) down and provides a space for divers to train.

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China seeks to retrieve first Moon rocks since 1970s

The Chang'e-5 probe is hoping to assist in better understanding the Moon's origin and formation.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rejects talks

"We don't negotiate with criminals," a senior aide to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tells the BBC.

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Covid-19: FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Regeneron

Regeneron says its antibody treatment is effective when used early after a Covid-19 diagnosis.

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Elephant rescued from deep well in a 14-hour operation

It took a team of 50 people to carefully hoist the animal out, upside down.

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Shark attack in Western Australia kills man near Cable Beach

The attack near Cable Beach is the eighth fatal shark attack in Australian waters this year.

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Burkina Faso election takes place amid jihadist threat

It is on the frontline of an Islamist insurgency and at least 400,000 people were unable to register to vote.

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US election results: Why Trump increased support among non-whites

Joe Biden won the election, but support for Donald Trump increased among black and Latino voters. Why?

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Pakistan opposition seeks end to Imran Khan's 'puppet' rule

Protesters in Pakistan say the PM came to power in rigged elections backed by the military.

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India's most loved and loathed TV anchor

The star presenter is making Indian TV news louder and more aggressive than ever before.

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The Indonesian meteorite which didn't sell for $1.8m

You saw the headlines of a $1.8m meteorite? Here's the real story and it's just as fascinating.

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China gives musical talent show a virtual makeover

Dimension Nova shakes up reality TV with computer-animated contestants performing to real judges.

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Children mimic street brutality in the playgrounds of Belarus

Violence is being copied in children's games, raising fears that months of protests have affected the young.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Debretsion Gebremichael, the man at the heart of the conflict

War veteran and ex-minister Debretsion Gebremichael now leads the struggle against the government.

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The coronavirus pandemic 'great reset' theory and a false vaccine claim debunked

We unpick some of this week's misleading claims about the pandemic and the coronavirus vaccine.

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'Thanksgiving To Go': Americans splash out on takeaways

Restaurants across the US are drawing in customers with their Thanksgiving takeaway menus this year.

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Covid makes Brazil's president Bolsonaro a hero to some

Government coronavirus handouts have made Brazil's right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro unexpected friends

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Kenyan online cartel is luring girls to orgies, police warn

Police say they have rescued teenage girls being targeted online during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Bharti Singh: Indian comedian arrested after cannabis found in raid

Bharti Singh has been taken in for questioning after cannabis was found during a raid on her home.

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ICYMI: Piano playing in surgery and Covid safety robots

A look at some of the stories you may have missed this week.

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Brazil killing: Protests erupt after black man killed by white security guards

Footage shows Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas being repeatedly punched by two white security guards.

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Daniel Cordier, from French Resistance hero to art dealer

Daniel Cordier, who died aged 100, was one of France's last remaining "Compagnons de la Libération".

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Lebanon inmates break doors and die in car crash after jail-break

They are among 69 prisoners who managed to escape from a jail near the capital, Beirut.

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Covid-19: Hong Kong-Singapore travel corridor postponed

The decision is a blow to the two financial hubs' attempts to revive their battered travel industry.

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Dutch journalist gatecrashes EU defence video conference

Daniel Verlaan joined the meeting after the Dutch defence minister posted login details on Twitter.

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Kabul attack: Several killed as rockets hit residential areas

About 20 mortars were fired from two vehicles, officials say, just before scheduled US-Taliban talks.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Trump options narrow as Michigan backs Biden win

Two legislators pledge after a White House meeting to follow "normal process" in validating the vote.

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Canary Islands to provide emergency shelter for 7,000 migrants

The Spanish island chain has been overwhelmed by more than 18,000 arrivals this year.

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Saudi FM Adel al-Jubeir plays down G20 summit boycott calls

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir plays down G20 summit boycott calls

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Coronavirus vaccines: Will any countries get left out?

Experts say the pandemic needs a global solution, but there are concerns over access to vaccines.

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The local news site behind fake Biden ‘mafia plot’

Buffalo Chronicle mixes local news with wildly inaccurate “exclusives” about national politics.

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Peter Florjancic: Story of ski-jumping inventor who escaped the Nazis

Peter Florjancic, who has died aged 101, was an Olympian, a prolific inventor and friend of the famous.

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Salvador Cienfuegos: The general’s release that has everyone puzzled

US authorities suddenly dropped drug trafficking charges against Mexico's ex-Defence Minister.

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G20: Saudi Arabia's human rights problems that won't go away

Saudi Arabia is hosting the G20 summit, but for many the spotlight is on these three issues.

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Migrant crisis: Hundreds evicted from Gran Canaria port as arrivals surge

It follows a sharp rise in the number of people arriving in Spain's Canary Islands from Africa.

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Kyle Rittenhouse: Teen charged over Wisconsin protest deaths posts $2m bail

Kyle Rittenhouse is alleged to have shot three people at a protest over the shooting of a black man.

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Donald Trump Jr tests positive for coronavirus

The president's son is said to be quarantining at his cabin after being diagnosed this week.

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Russian special forces rescue boy kidnapped by suspected paedophile

The child was abducted by a suspected paedophile in September from a village east of Moscow.

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Irish open-air cellist strikes coronavirus lockdown chord

Patrick Dexter films recitals outside his picturesque cottage on Ireland's rural west coast.

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Students create device to capture car tyre microplastic debris

We hear a lot about single-use plastics like bottles and packaging but tyre wear is a big problem.

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Trump Twitter ‘hack’: Dutch police question researcher

A security researcher claims he accessed Donald Trump's Twitter account by guessing his password.

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US executes federal inmate for 1994 murder

The execution was one of three planned before President-elect Joe Biden takes over in January.

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US election 2020: Fact-checking Trump team's main fraud claims

We've looked at some of the allegations of malpractice from President Trump and his supporters.

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Covid vaccine: Pfizer applies for authorisation in US

The vaccine could get emergency approval in the first two weeks of December, officials believe.

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Bobi Wine: Ugandan politician charged for breaking coronavirus rules

Human rights groups claim the charges are an excuse to suppress political opposition.

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Egypt arrests: UN condemns detention of human rights advocates

Three members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, including its head, have been detained.

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Berlin police hold 'cannibal' after bones found in park

A dead man's bones found in a Berlin park strongly suggest cannibalism, police say.

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Parrots found stuffed in plastic bottles in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities said crew on a docked ship found 64 birds still alive while 10 had died.

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Covid-19: Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Irinej dies

Patriarch Irinej, 90, tested positive after attending a large public funeral for a senior bishop.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Melania Trump's hometown in Slovenia hopes its fame will last

For four years this Slovenian town has enjoyed its link to the First Lady but an era is about to end.

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Covid: Mexico passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths

The world's largest Spanish-speaking country also records more than one million infections.

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Covid: Pizza worker's 'lie' forced South Australia lockdown

South Australia went into lockdown because a man with Covid-19 had misled health officials, police say.

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Trumplomacy: Mike Pompeo eyes history on Israel swansong trip

The visit is as much about putting pressure on Iran as it is about shoring up the Israeli right.

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The judge who stood up to Pakistan's military

Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth was a rare judge in Pakistan who challenged the military.

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Pope Francis: Vatican investigates Brazilian model Instagram photo like

A Vatican spokesperson tells the Guardian newspaper the "like" did not come from the Holy See.

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Africa's week in pictures: 13 - 19 November 2020

A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Fact-checking misleading images

Manipulated and false images with no relation to the crisis in Ethiopia are being shared online.

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US election: Trump denial 'incredible irresponsibility' - Biden

US President-elect Joe Biden condemns Donald Trump's refusal to accept defeat in the election.

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Coronavirus: CDC urges Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving

The warning comes as US virus cases soar past 11.6 million, and the country records 250,000 deaths.

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Remembering the Nuremberg trials 75 years on

Fergal Keane looks at their legacy and speaks to a Holocaust survivor, a prosecutor and the son of a defendant.

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US election: How other incumbents left the White House after losing

Donald Trump joins a small group of US presidents who lost the election while in office.

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US election 2020: Biden says Trump denial 'sending horrible message'

The president-elect says Donald Trump has shown "incredible irresponsibility" in challenging defeat.

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Thousands join anti-government protests across Colombia

Demonstrators call for healthcare improvements and a minimum wage for unemployed people.

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Climate change: Can sending fewer emails really save the planet?

UK officials are reportedly considering asking us to stop sending "thanks" emails - but why?

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Ethiopia army accuses WHO boss Dr Tedros of supporting Tigray leaders

The army chief accuses the world's highest-profile Tigrayan of helping source weapons for the conflict.

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France's Macron issues 'Republican values' ultimatum to Muslim leaders

President Macron gives Muslim leaders an ultimatum to accept a "charter of Republican values".

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Pompeo makes unprecedented visit to Israeli settlement in West Bank

It is the first time a top US official has made such a trip, widely seen as controversial.

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BDS Israel boycott group is anti-Semitic, says US

Human rights activists condemn the move against the prominent pro-Palestinian campaign group.

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Naya Rivera: Wrongful death lawsuit filed over Glee star's drowning

The Glee star died of accidental drowning during a boating trip with her son in July.

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President Xi at Apec: China pledges to open up its 'super-sized' economy

Chinese president Xi Jinping says it will import more high-quality goods and sign more trade deals.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Coronavirus: Facebook accused of forcing staff back to offices

Content moderators say the tech giant is "risking lives" for profit in the pandemic.

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Thailand protesters drench police headquarters with paint

The police headquarters in Bangkok was defaced a day after violent clashes left dozens injured.

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Masahiko Kondo: Japanese singer suspended over extra-marital affair

The talent firm said Masahiko Kondo's "thoughtless" behaviour warranted "strict punishment".

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Ethiopia crisis: Arrest warrants for officers amid Tigray fighting

Dozens of army officers are accused of links with the region's ruling party as federal troops advance.

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Coronavirus: The realities of schooling in rural Brazil

The pandemic has thrown up unique challenges for teachers and students in Latin America.

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The human cost of Australia's illegal 'robo' hunt for welfare cheats

The "Robodebt" scheme aimed to find welfare cheats but wrongly accused hundreds of thousands of people.

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Intubated Covid patient plays violin to thank Utah hospital staff

This music teacher shows his appreciation, while intubated, for those who cared for him.

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Australian elite soldiers killed Afghan civilians, report finds

There is "credible evidence" that special forces soldiers were involved in 39 killings, a report finds.

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