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Friday, December 31, 2021

Covid-19: WHO chief optimistic disease will be beaten in 2022

The organisation ends the year on a positive note but warns about "nationalism and vaccine hoarding".

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Jeffrey Epstein: Charges dropped against prison guards who falsified records

The pair admitted falsifying records to show they had monitored Epstein on the night of his death.

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Virginia Giuffre: Prince Andrew accuser seeks evidence he could not sweat

Lawyers for Virginia Giuffre call on the royal to submit medical reports to a New York court.

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Rogel Aguilera-Mederos: Colorado truck driver's sentence cut by 100 years

Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was sentenced to 110 years in prison for a crash that killed four people.

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Breakaway Super League, Tokyo's 'Covid Games', cricket's racism crisis - a huge year for sports news

BBC sports editor Dan Roan says 2021 has included two of the most dramatic, fastest-moving stories he has covered in two decades of sports reporting.

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Xi'an: Cries for help and food in quarantined Chinese city

Officials say there are adequate supplies, but some in Xi'an say they do not have enough to eat.

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Colorado Wildfires: Thousands evacuated as buildings burn

Around 30,000 people have been evacuated as wildfires sweep across the US state of Colorado.

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Omicron: Third wave looms as India Covid cases spike

Major cities such as Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata are recording a sharp daily jump in coronavirus cases.

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Bangladesh: Women-only beach scrapped after social media outcry

Critics accused the government of pandering to hardline Islamist groups in the country.

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Ghislaine Maxwell: What the trial means for Prince Andrew

Ghislaine Maxwell has been convicted of grooming teenagers. What does this mean for her former friend?

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Ghislaine Maxwell verdict reaction: 'No-one is above the law'

Victims of the former British socialite and her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein celebrate the guilty verdict.

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The secret lives of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein

Never-before-seen photos released during her trial shed new light on their private lives.

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Ghislaine Maxwell: Key moments in the sex trafficking trial

The jury has now delivered a series of convictions - here's what you need to know about the evidence.

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Notable African deaths of 2021: From 'Ethiopia's Elvis' to mega pastors

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

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Putin and Lukashenko team up for ice hockey match

The Russian and Belarusian leaders both made the scoreboard in a game following talks between the countries.

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China bans its national football players from getting tattoos

Top players who already have body art are told to remove it, as a good example for society.

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How 'fake news' affected the world in 2021

Misinformation about the Covid pandemic and climate change is slowing an effective collective response to these emergencies.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Covid: Omicron and Delta driving tsunami of cases - WHO

The warning comes as record cases are once again reported across the US and Europe.

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Alaska 'Icemageddon' warning follows heat record

The coldest US state faces weather extremes after heavy snowfall and torrential rain.

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China: Public shaming returns amid Covid fears

Four men accused of people trafficking were paraded through the streets, to mixed reactions online.

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Ugandan author of The Greedy Barbarian detained - lawyer

Prize-winning Ugandan novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija called the president's son "obese" on Twitter.

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Hong Kong's Stand News independent website shuts down after raid

Stand News has stopped operating following the arrest of seven people with links to the outlet.

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Djokovic withdraws amid unclear vaccine status

World number one Novak Djokovic withdraws from Serbia's ATP Cup team in Sydney amid uncertainty over his participation at the Australian Open.

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Valentina Orellana-Peralta: US teen shot dead by police 'died in mother's arms'

The parents of a 14-year-old girl killed by a stray police bullet while shopping demand justice.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

France shuts mosque in Beauvais for sermons 'defending jihad'

An imam in the northern town of Beauvais was accused of inciting hatred and violence in his preaching.

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Russian court orders oldest civil rights group Memorial to shut

The Supreme Court dissolves a civil rights group formed to remember victims of Communist repression.

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Myanmar: Save the Children says army attack killed staff

The charity says two of its workers, both new fathers, are among the 35 bodies found on 24 December.

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South Africa court blocks Shell's oil exploration

Environmentalists hail the ruling as a victory in their efforts to protect marine life.

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Alexa tells 10-year-old girl to put penny in plug socket

Amazon has fixed its voice assistant so that it will not suggest the dangerous “challenge” again.

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Egyptian pharaoh's mummy digitally unwrapped for first time

CT scans allowed archaeologists to study Amenhotep I's body and learn about his death and burial.

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Austria's Innsbruck airport denies 110 Britons entry over new Covid rules

Innsbruck airport in Austria refused to let in tourists caught out by updated restrictions.

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Monday, December 27, 2021

Leading American naturalist EO Wilson, dubbed 'Darwin's heir', dies at 92

The award-winning naturalist and conservationist earned the Darwin nickname for his life's work.

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Mauritius oil spill: MV Wakashio ship captain sentenced

The magistrate says she hopes the 20-month sentence for the oil spill will "serve as a lesson".

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Andrzej Duda: Polish president vetoes controversial media law

Opponents say the law banning foreign ownership in the media aimed to silence government critics.

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Covid-19: Extra vaccine mandates come into force in New York City

The measures include vaccine mandates for private-sector workers and children entering venues.

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Somalia PM Roble defiant after President Farmajo suspends him

The PM's allies say the president's move over land theft allegations amounts to an "indirect coup".

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Amber Heard names new dog after Australian minister embroiled in feud

The US actress names her new dog after the Australian minister who said her dogs should go home in 2015.

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Desmond Tutu - the staunch and steadfast healer of a nation

How Desmond Tutu went from public enemy No1 to the pastor of a nation.

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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Fear and loathing in South Africa where foreigners live in danger

Foreigners in South Africa tell photographer Shiraaz Mohamed how they cope with xenophobia and crime.

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Scott Marsh: Viral and controversial art of 'Australia's Banksy'

He uses quintessential Australian larrikinism to skewer politicians, climate sceptics and others.

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India's unwinnable battle against spitting

The pandemic briefly renewed efforts to curb an infamous Indian habit - spitting in public.

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Demi Skipper plans to keep trading after hairpin-to-house swap

TikToker Demi Skipper made headlines this month when she successfully traded items until she got a house.

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My art channels the pain from Ethiopia's war

US-based Tigrayan artist Gabrielle Tesfaye uses her work to share her feelings over the civil war.

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Desmond Tutu: Obama joins tributes to South Africa anti-apartheid hero

The former US president praises the churchman who helped end apartheid, after his death aged 90.

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'A dark day': South Africans remember Tutu

The archbishop, who was a driving force in the anti-apartheid movement, has died aged 90.

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In pictures: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The first black archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, was a much-loved figure around the world.

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Sudan coup: Security forces accused of violence against protesters

Some 178 anti-coup demonstrators are reportedly injured in clashes near the presidential palace.

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Saturday, December 25, 2021

Spain's La Palma volcano eruption declared over after three months

The Cumbre Vieja volcano in Spain's Canary Islands had been spewing lava and ash since September.

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Pope's Christmas Day message

Pope Francis gave his traditional Christmas message followed by his blessing, Urbi et Orbi, to the city and the world.

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James Webb Space Telescope lifts off on historic mission

The $10bn James Webb telescope has left Earth on its mission to show the first stars to light up the Universe.

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Sudan coup: Military cuts internet services ahead of planned protests

Web services are restricted in the capital ahead of demonstrations against the military coup.

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Friday, December 24, 2021

Pregnant woman among 15 charged for Uganda attacks

Police say the suspects are linked to four attacks by a branch of the Islamic State group.

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Russian priest who adopted 70 children jailed for abuse

Nikolai Stremsky, reputed to have had Russia's biggest family, is convicted of raping children.

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Chris Noth: Fourth woman accuses Sex and the City actor of assault

US singer Lisa Gentile alleges the Sex and the City actor groped her in a New York apartment in 2002.

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Thursday, December 23, 2021

James Webb Space Telescope: How does it work?

The telescope has been 30 years in the making and is nearly ready to launch, but what makes it so special?

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Georgia: The rise of the right

LGBT activists cancelled Tbilisi Pride this year after violence from far-right protesters.

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Netlicks? 'The TV screen you can taste’

A Japanese professor invents a prototype TV that sprays flavours onto a lickable "hygienic film".

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Belgium agrees to close controversial ageing nuclear reactors

The plants have for years sparked safety fears from neighbours including Germany.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Xi'an: Chinese city under lockdown as Covid cases rise

More than 13 million people in the city of Xi'an have been told to stay at home amid a Covid outbreak.

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US safety body to probe Tesla on in-car gameplay

It follows a complaint from an owner who discovered he could play games while driving.

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NHL will not send players to Beijing Olympics

The National Hockey League (NHL) says it will not send its players to the men's ice hockey tournament at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

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Libya elections: Delay called for in presidential poll

The electoral commission says the landmark election should be postponed for a month.

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Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich wins apology over Putin claim

HarperCollins apologises to Chelsea FC's owner over allegations he was ordered to buy the club.

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Brigitte Macron to sue over false claims she was born male

Far-right conspiracy theorists have targeted the French president's wife on social media.

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Koalas: Mass deaths in Victoria bring animal cruelty charges

Dozens of koalas were found dead at a partially cleared timber plantation last year in Victoria.

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French outcry over academic in Grenoble Islamophobia row

Dozens of academics warn that freedom of expression is at risk after a German professor is suspended.

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Yemen war: Funding crisis forces UN to cut food assistance

Eight million people going hungry in the war-torn country will get barely half of the daily ration.

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Sri Lanka plans to pay off Iran oil debt with tea

The country says it hopes to send Iran $5m worth of tea each month to clear its debt.

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Rogel Aguilera-Mederos: Colorado lorry driver's sentence sparks uproar

The 110-year prison sentence for the Colorado lorry driver sparks calls for leniency and reform.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Myanmar: At least one dead, 70 missing in jade mine landslide

Most of the victims are believed to be illegal jade miners prospecting for the semi-precious stone.

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Covid: Australian trial tests blood thinner as nasal spray

The drug heparin could be used as a nasal spray protection if a trial shows promise, scientists say.

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Turkish lira in comeback after new plan unveiled

The lira sees strong gains for the second day running in response to moves to strengthen the currency.

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Ghanaian MPs brawl in parliament over e-money tax

Lawmakers trade blows during a chaotic session over a proposed levy on electronic transactions.

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Boeing and Airbus warn US over 5G safety concerns

The world's two biggest plane makers say the technology could have a negative impact on the aviation industry.

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'Biggest divorce case in British legal history'

A UK court publishes a ruling in the divorce case of Sheikh Mohammed and his ex-wife Princess Haya.

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Monday, December 20, 2021

Donald Trump sues NY attorney to block inquiry into his businesses

The former US president says the probe into his businesses violates his constitutional rights.

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Viya: Top Chinese live-streamer fined $210m for tax evasion

Internet celebrity Huang Wei, known as Viya, is accused of hiding her personal income from officials.

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What is Russia's Vladimir Putin planning?

The BBC's Steve Rosenberg looks at what might be on the Russian leader's mind amid growing tensions.

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Alaa Abdel Fattah: Leading Egyptian activist jailed for five years

Alaa Abdel Fattah is convicted of spreading false news after a trial called a sham by rights groups.

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Timed Teaser: Bruce Springsteen's back catalogue - who bought it?

Test your knowledge of the news these last few days - 10 questions, 10 seconds each. Go!

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Quidditch leagues set to pick new name after JK Rowling trans row

US Quidditch and Major League Quidditch want to "distance themselves" from JK Rowling's views.

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Davos business leaders' event postponed over Omicron

The World Economic Forum has been rescheduled for "early summer" due to the spread of Covid.

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Ethiopia war: World heritage site Lalibela back in government hands

Tigray forces have left Lalibela, a town famous for its rock-hewn churches.

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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Covid: Germany tightens restrictions on UK travellers

Germany follows France in banning British tourists and business travellers over Omicron concerns.

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Highlights from the career of architect Richard Rogers

Lord Rogers, who has died aged 88, designed the Millennium Dome and the Pompidou Centre.

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West Bank ambush suspects captured, Israel says

The army says it has caught Palestinians suspected of a deadly attack in the occupied West Bank.

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Hong Kong: Legco voting underway after electoral overhaul

Only candidates deemed to be "patriots" by Beijing can stand in the legislative council election.

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Derek Chisora v Joseph Parker II: New Zealander beats Briton on points in Manchester

New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker secures a brilliant points win over Britain's Derek Chisora in a thrilling fight at the AO Arena in Manchester.

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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Covid: Dutch go into Christmas lockdown over Omicron wave

Non-essential shops, schools, bars and other public venues have been closed until at least 14 January.

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Ethiopian civil war divides diaspora in the US

The conflict has deeply divided the Ethiopian community in Washington DC - the largest in the US.

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Super Typhoon Rai: Walking through the storm's trail of destruction

Watch this video that shows the extent of the devastation in Cebu City in the Philippines.

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Officer who shot Daunte Wright: 'I'm sorry it happened'

Former Minnesota police officer Kimberly Potter sobs in court as she apologises for shooting Daunte Wright.

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Super Typhoon Rai: Dozens feared dead in Philippines

Some three million people are without power after a devastating typhoon swept over the Philippines.

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France red list: Queues in St Pancras ahead of travel ban

Travellers in St Pancras station, London, queue to try and get to France before the imposition of restrictions.

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Friday, December 17, 2021

Anti-5G necklaces found to be radioactive

Conspiracy theories about 5G have fuelled a market for "anti-5G" accessories.

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Two teens slide to safety from fourth floor New York apartment fire

Watch this dramatic video of them escaping through a window and sliding down a pole to the ground.

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Andry Rajoelina: French nationals sentenced for Madagascar coup plot

The two men are accused of planning to assassinate President Andry Rajoelina.

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Sweden's Gavle Christmas goat torched... again

A giant straw goat that is an annual highlight in the city of Gavle is burned down by an arsonist.

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Dust storms and tornadoes hit the US Midwest

Days after deadly tornadoes ripped through four states, more severe weather has hit parts of the US.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Covid: France to drastically restrict travel from UK

Non-residents will need compelling reasons to travel, as France tries to slow the spread of Omicron.

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Omicron: What can we learn from South Africa's experience so far?

We can learn some things from what's happening in South Africa, but there are also uncertainties.

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Dutch royals regret holding party amid surge in Covid cases

The party was held to celebrate the 18th birthday of the country's heir apparent, Princess Amalia.

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Super typhoon Rai: Thousands flee as storm lashes southern Philippines

People take shelter amid warnings the storm will cause widespread flooding and destruction.

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Santa Claus delivers presents to children in Peru... via a fire ladder

This Santa Claus in Lima, Peru, uses a special way to deliver presents to children with Covid.

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Bruce Springsteen sells his entire music catalogue for $500m

The star follows in the footsteps of Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and Blondie by cashing in on his songs.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Kentucky tornadoes: Lost photos found 140 miles away

How a photo found on a Kentucky farm is being returned to its owner thanks to social media sleuths.

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Grindr fined £5.5m for sharing users' data

The dating app sold a host of data without seeking consent from users, the Norwegian regulator found.

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Riccardo Ehrman: Journalist who prompted Berlin Wall to fall dies

Riccardo Ehrman asked the historic question that led to East Germans tearing down the wall in 1989.

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German court jails hitman for Berlin murder on Russia's orders

A court finds Vadim Krasikov guilty of an ex-Chechen rebel's murder, which it says Russia ordered.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Channel tragedy: French authorities identify 26 victims

Sixteen Kurdish people, including two friends from Iraq, were among those who perished last month.

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Toronto police release video of 'suspect' in billionaires' 2017 murders

Barry and Honey Sherman were found dead at home four years ago, but police have made no arrests.

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Congolese rumba wins Unesco protected status

The music and dance style from the two Congos is a fundamental part of the countries' identities.

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Sex and cancer: 'I was ashamed to ask for help'

Cait didn't know why it hurt to masturbate after her treatment - and didn't know who to ask.

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Haiti fuel tanker blast kills dozens in Cap-Haïtien

The victims had been gathering leaking fuel from a vehicle involved in an accident, reports say.

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Trump's son urged father to intervene in 6 January Capitol riot

Donald Trump Jr urged his father's aides to get the ex-president to stop the mob, text messages show.

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Hungary migrant deaths: Car crashes avoiding police

Hungarian police said the driver was arrested after his vehicle rammed into a flower shop.

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Kentucky tornadoes: Two-month-old girl is youngest victim

The parents of Oaklynn Charleigh Koon say their hearts are "shattered" over their daughter's death.

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Belarus: Opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years over protests

Sergei Tikhanovsky, a former presidential candidate, is convicted after a trial condemned as a sham.

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Arctic heat record is like Mediterranean, says UN

The highest temperature recorded in the region last year - 38C (100F) - is officially confirmed.

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Monday, December 13, 2021

Kim Kardashian passes California 'baby bar' law exam

The reality TV star and businesswoman says "don't ever give up" after passing on her fourth attempt.

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Kentucky tornadoes: Race to find missing in flattened US towns

Search efforts continue as families await news of loved ones following Kentucky's deadly tornadoes.

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Inger Stoejberg: Jail for Danish ex-minister for asylum separations

Inger Stoejberg faces 60 days in prison for separating young asylum-seeking couples in 2016.

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Golden Globes: Belfast and The Power of the Dog lead field for troubled awards

The Power of the Dog, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Sir Kenneth Branagh's Belfast lead the race.

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Italy: Seven dead as rescuers find bodies in Sicily blast

Rescuers are still searching for two missing people in the rubble of four collapsed buildings.

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Israeli Prime Minister Bennett in first trip to UAE as Iran threat looms

Naftali Bennett meets Abu Dhabi's crown prince at a time of rising tensions in the region.

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Police and migrants clash outside Mexico City

The migrant caravan has been slowly winding its way through Mexico to the United States border.

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Cyril Ramaphosa: South Africa president being treated for Covid

Cyril Ramaphosa started feeling unwell on Sunday and has delegated all responsibilities to his deputy.

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Russia explosion: Teen detonates device at Orthodox convent school

At least 12 are reported injured after the blast at an Orthodox school near a nunnery outside Moscow.

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Kentucky tornadoes: The community of Mayfield tries to rebuild

Residents in the US state are sifting through the rubble that was once a town.

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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Verstappen wins F1 world title, Mercedes protest

Red Bull's Max Verstappen wins his first Formula 1 world title in dramatic circumstances at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

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Indian PM Modi's Twitter hacked with bitcoin tweet

The Indian prime minister's account had a message stating that bitcoin would be distributed to citizens.

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Reckya Madougou: Opposition leader jailing damages Benin democracy - lawyer

Reckya Madougou becomes the second opposition figure to be convicted in Benin in less than a week.

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Russia Ukraine: Massive consequences if Moscow invades, G7 says

Moscow is amassing troops on Ukraine's border, but President Putin insists they pose no threat.

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Anne Rice, author of Interview with the Vampire, dies aged 80

The American author was best known for her 1976 gothic novel Interview with the Vampire.

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Saturday, December 11, 2021

The Nigerian woman whose life changed when she visited a leprosy colony

A Nigerian woman living in the US never imagined that leprosy still existed in her home country.

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The priests navigating Colombia's conflict zones

Catholic clergy are sometimes the only ones who can access areas where armed groups are active.

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Meth and heroin fuel Afghanistan drugs boom

With a collapsing economy and severe drought, Afghanistan’s drug trade is on the rise.

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Your pictures on the theme of 'misty mornings'

A selection of striking images from our readers around the world.

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Albert Benaiges: Ex-Barcelona academy chief faces sex abuse claims

The allegations against Albert Benaiges date back to his time as a teacher in the 1980s and 90s.

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Kentucky weather man films tornado 'ground zero'

Weather man Noah Bergren shows the BBC the "utter devastation" of the tornadoes in the town of Mayfield.

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'Deadliest tornado system to ever run through Kentucky'

The governor of the US state of Kentucky says Friday's tornadoes were the worst the state has seen.

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Drone footage shows Amazon warehouse collapse

Tornadoes have ripped through several states killing more than 50 people, authorities say.

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US Olympic boycott: Uyghurs and Hong Kongers react

Protesters at the US Capitol welcomed the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing games, but say more is needed.

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Tornadoes causing chaos across several US states

One person was killed in a nursing home and storms also caused a roof to collapse at an Amazon warehouse.

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Friday, December 10, 2021

Nobel Peace Prize: Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov share joy over win

Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov published investigations that angered the leaders of their countries.

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Donald Trump swears in criticism of Benjamin Netanyahu’s loyalty

The former president rails against his once-close ally, and says he saved Israel from destruction.

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Ghana's Covid restrictions: All adult arrivals must be vaccinated

Unvaccinated Ghanaians have two weeks to return home - and will be given a jab at the airport.

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Bipin Rawat: India holds funerals for top general and his wife after crash

Gen Bipin Rawat, who died in a helicopter crash, was cremated with full military honours.

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Julian Assange can be extradited to the US, court rules

Judges are reassured by US promises to reduce the risk of the Wikileaks founder taking his own life.

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Taylor Swift to face trial in Shake It Off copyright case

The phrase "haters gonna hate" is at the centre of the case, which had previously been dismissed.

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Football fans spending millions on club crypto-tokens

Supporters have spent at least £260m on controversial fan tokens from major clubs, data suggests.

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Madagascar food crisis: How a woman helped save her village from starvation

Loharano has avoided the fate of many in southern Madagascar through the use of new farming methods.

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Kenya police recruits brag: 'We are the bad ones'

A video of Kenyan police recruits acting in an intimidating fashion is widely condemned.

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Lina Wertmüller: Groundbreaking Italian film director dies aged 93

Wertmüller became the first woman ever to be nominated for an Oscar for best director in the 1970s.

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Ghislaine Maxwell: Jury sent home for day after lawyer falls sick

The lawyer - who has a non-Covid-related illness - is needed for questioning of an upcoming witness.

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Omicron and boosters: Your questions answered

Will we need regular boosters, can we vaccinate children under 12? Experts answer your questions.

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Farm laws: India farmers end protest after government accepts demands

The announcement was made after hectic negotiations between farmer groups and the government.

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Sauti Sol singer Chimano hailed in Kenya for coming out as gay

Kenyan gay rights activists welcome Sauti Sol star Chimano's decision to "no longer live a lie".

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Human remains found in car linked to 45-year-old cold case

Tests are under way to confirm that the remains belong to missing student Kyle Wade Clinkscales.

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China warns nations will 'pay price' for Olympic boycott

The US, UK, Australia and Canada won't be sending government representatives to the Winter Olympics.

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Africa needs China and the US to work together

The US promotes democracy and China builds infrastructure but people in Africa want both.

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Epstein and Maxwell pictured at Queen's residence at Balmoral

The image of the couple at Balmoral was shown to a US court on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Jamal Khashoggi: France releases Saudi man held over journalist's murder

A man with the same name as a suspect in the killing was arrested at a Paris airport on Tuesday.

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Capitol riot: Lawmakers to hold ex-Trump chief of staff in contempt

Donald Trump has urged his former aides to refuse cooperation with the 6 January House panel.

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Sanna Marin: Finland's PM sorry for clubbing after Covid contact

Sanna Marin went on a night out on Saturday, hours after her foreign minister had tested positive.

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Bipin Rawat: India's top general in helicopter crash

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was in the helicopter which crashed in southern India.

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Myanmar: Soldiers accused of shooting, burning 13 villagers

Myanmar villagers say soldiers carried out the killings in response to an attack on a military convoy.

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Germany's Scholz to take over from Merkel as chancellor

Olaf Scholz will be sworn in, leading a three-party coalition after 16 years of Merkel rule.

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Covishield: India vaccine maker halves production

The Serum Institute is sitting on a stockpile of 500 million doses of Covishield, its CEO said.

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Japanese billionaire blasts off to International Space Station

Yusaku Maezawa will spend 12 days at the International Space Station before returning to Earth.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Michael Steinhardt: US billionaire hands over antiquities worth $70m

Michael Steinhardt is banned for life from buying such treasures following an investigation.

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Grammy Awards: Drake withdraws nominations

The decision has reportedly been made at the request of Drake and his management.

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Syria blames Israel for rare air strike on main port of Latakia

An Iranian weapons shipment was reportedly the target of the attack on Latakia's container yard.

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Indonesia volcano: BBC reporter surrounded by houses buried in ash

Watch Valdya Baraputri in Indonesia describe the path of destruction from Mount Semeru's eruption.

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Indonesia volcano: Toll rises after Mount Semeru buries villages

Mount Semeru has continued to be active since the major eruption on the island of Java on Sunday.

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Kenyan policeman shoots dead six people including wife

Authorities are calling the incident a "shooting spree", in which the killer also took his own life.

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Afghanistan: Foreign Office chaotic during Kabul evacuation - whistleblower

Thousands of pleas for help went unread and the foreign secretary lacked urgency, an ex-official says.

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2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: China criticises US diplomatic boycott

The White House says no US diplomats will attend the games in China over human rights concerns.

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Monday, December 6, 2021

Peter Foster: Australian conman caught after six-month manhunt

Peter Foster was declared a fugitive six months ago after allegedly skipping bail on fraud charges.

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Western leaders urge Russia to lower Ukraine tensions

The US and its European allies urge Moscow to de-escalate, amid fears it could invade Ukraine.

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Emmett Till: US closes investigation without charges

The justice department says there is "insufficient evidence" to back a writer's claim a witness lied.

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'I want Afghan women to be free to wear colour'

Fashion icon Halima Aden and Afghan tutor Aliya Kazimy write to each other about the importance of choice.

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Juan Jose Florian: Colombia's Para-cycling 'superhero' and his dramatic life story

Juan Jose Florian was forced into armed conflict on the opposite side to family. When a bomb nearly killed him, sport helped heal.

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Jussie Smollett testifies at trial: 'There was no hoax'

Jussie Smollett says a "massive" man in a ski mask attacked him after shouting slurs in Chicago.

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Rebel Wilson on weight loss: I know what it’s like to be invisible

The actress, producer and director opens up about her weight loss, in an exclusive BBC interview.

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Mahbouba Seraj: Afghanistan is a country in trouble

Mahbouba Seraj is a prominent Afghan women’s rights activist. She has a personal message for the Taliban.

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Ghislaine Maxwell 'gave schoolgirl outfit to Epstein victim'

An accuser says the socialite suggested she dress up to serve tea to paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

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Indonesia volcano: 'The volcano destroyed our houses - we need help'

Watch this video to see how two survivors' lives have been impacted by Mt Semeru's eruption in Indonesia.

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US diplomats to boycott 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

The White House says no US diplomats will attend the games in China, over human rights concerns.

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Amid shortage, Canada taps into emergency maple syrup reserves

The Canadian province of Quebec produces 70% of the world's maple syrup supply.

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US boss fires 900 employees over Zoom

"Last time I did this I cried," said the head of the online mortgage lender laying off 15% of his staff.

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Omicron: Why is Nigeria on the travel red list?

The UK has placed travel restrictions on arrivals from Nigeria and several other African countries - are they fair?

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Haiti kidnappers release three more missionaries after abduction

Three people among a group of 17 North American missionaries abducted in October are freed.

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New York's workers must all have vaccine by 27 December

The city's mayor is introducing a vaccine mandate for all private sector employees from 27 December.

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Brexit: Ireland to receive €920m for Brexit impact

The country is the first to receive money from the European Commission's Brexit Adjustment Reserve.

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Sylvester Oromoni: Nigerians demand justice over Dowen College death

The father of Sylvester Oromoni, 12, believes he was attacked for refusing to join a “cult group”.

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Far-right target critics with Twitter's new media policy

Far-right activists are using Twitter's new media policy to target anti-extremism researchers.

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Covid-19: Italy tightens restrictions for unvaccinated

A so-called Super Green Pass will be needed to access theatres, cinemas and restaurants.

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Covid: UK red list criticised as 'travel apartheid' by Nigeria

Nigeria - which was added to the red list on Monday - describes the restrictions as "selective".

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Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler pick up Kennedy Center Honors

The legendary Canadian singer makes a rare public appearance at a ceremony hosted by Joe Biden.

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Eric Zemmour: Far-right French presidential candidate grabbed at rally

A man grabs Eric Zemmour by the neck at the far-right presidential candidate's first rally.

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar court sentences ousted leader to four years jail

This is the first verdict delivered for the ex-leader, who faces a total of 11 charges.

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FARC: Colombian rebel commander 'El Paisa' killed in Venezuela

The feared ex-Farc commander had become notorious for his bloody guerrilla attacks and kidnappings.

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Pakistan: Brutal mob killing of Sri Lankan sparks protests

More than 100 have been arrested over the lynching of a Sri Lankan man accused of insulting Islam.

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Dalio: Comments on China's human rights misunderstood

Last month, JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon apologised for comments he made about the Chinese Communist Party.

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Climate change: Is ‘blue hydrogen’ Japan’s answer to coal?

The Fukushima disaster turned Japan away from nuclear. A new energy source may help it quit coal.

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Tennis governing body to keep playing in China

The ITF says it has not followed the WTA in suspending tournaments in China because it "does not want to punish a billion people".

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Putin in India: What Russian president's visit means for world politics

Russia and India ties are facing challenges from fast-changing geopolitics in Asia and beyond.

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The tech helping shops - and Santa - deliver this Christmas

A number of tech solutions are out there to help retailers optimise sending out our presents.

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Covid in Uganda: The man whose children may never return to school

The 20-month school closure in Uganda could have a long-term impact on many lives there.

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Thomas Massie: US Congressman condemned for Christmas guns photo

The image shows Thomas Massie and his family holding firearms days after a deadly school shooting.

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The Palestinian jailbreak that rocked Israel

The search for six Palestinian fugitives from an Israeli prison unearths a story of dispossession, violence and bitter division in a fractured region.

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James Webb Space Telescope scientist: 'It's the future of astrophysics'

The James Webb Space Telescope is expected to be 100 times more powerful than the Hubble.

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How Lebanon's economic problems could leave Sara blind

Lebanon stopped has stopped subsidising many medical expenses, which leaves poorer patients in danger.

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Gambia elections: Adama Barrow declared presidential election winner

The electoral commission names Adama Barrow the winner despite his opponents questioning the vote.

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Bob Dole: Biden leads tributes to a 'dear friend'

Tributes have been paid across the US political divide to the late Republican leader Bob Dole.

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Indonesia volcano: Villages buried under hot ash

Rescuers are searching for survivors after Mt Semeru erupted in eastern Java on Saturday.

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Trump social media firm says it has raised $1bn

The former US president is working to launch a social media app called Truth Social early next year.

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Veteran Republican leader Bob Dole dies

Long-serving senator, who recovered from terrible injuries to run for president, dies at 98

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Military truck rams into group of Myanmar protesters in Yangon

Several people have been injured during a demonstration against the country's military rulers.

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French climber handed Mont Blanc gems after 2013 find

The stones are believed to be from an Air India plane which crashed into the mountain in 1966.

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Pope condemns treatment of migrants in Europe

Visiting a camp in Greece, Francis calls the neglect of migrants the "shipwreck of civilisation".

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India Nagaland: Security forces kill 13 civilians amid ambush blunder

Home Minister Amit Shah expresses "anguish" after troops fire on miners in the country's north-east.

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Afghanistan: Taliban warned against targeting former security forces

US and allies "deeply concerned" about human rights abuses against former Afghan security forces.

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Chris Cuomo: CNN fires presenter over help he gave politician brother

The star TV presenter is sacked over efforts to help his brother defend sexual harassment claims.

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Why France faces so much anger in West Africa

Despite engaging better with the African continent recently, the ex-colonial power faces a backlash.

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Pacific Ocean garbage patch is immense plastic habitat

Researchers discover coastal species living on debris miles from their natural surroundings.

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Mandatory vaccinations: Three reasons for and against

Blanket vaccination mandates are on the agenda but do they work and what are their costs?

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South Africa: The rape survivor who convicts rapists

Rape survivor Sgt Catherine Tladi has secured several convictions for rape in South Africa's courts.

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Biden and Putin to hold call amid Ukraine invasion fears

The US and Russian leaders will discuss Ukraine amid mounting concerns about a possible Russian invasion.

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Bus carrying choir members plunges into Kenya river

At least 23 die as a bus taking a church choir group to a wedding plunges into a flooded river.

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Michigan school shooting: Suspect's parents deny involuntary manslaughter

Bail is set at $1m for the couple arrested in Detroit after failing to attend court on Friday.

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Belgian zoo hippos test positive for Covid

Officials at Antwerp zoo do not now how the pair - now in quarantine - caught the virus.

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Gambia elections: Ex-President Yahya Jammeh's shadow looms over poll

Exiled leader Yahya Jammeh - who ruled the country for 22 years - is a key figure in the poll.

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Eitan Biran: Cable car survivor returned to Italy after custody battle

Eitan Biran, the sole survivor of a cable car crash, is now in Italy after a custody battle.

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Afghanistan: Macron reveals plans for joint European mission

The French president says a number of European nations are working on a joint diplomatic mission.

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ICYMI: Jumping into an active volcano, and other ways to spend the festive season

Jumping into an active volcano is just one way to spend the festive season, in news you may have missed this week.

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Indonesia volcano: Residents flee as Mt Semeru spews huge ash cloud

Airlines have been warned about a plume of ash rising 15,000m (50,000ft) from Mt Semeru in Java.

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Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Key moments from the first week

The socialite is accused of grooming girls for abuse by late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Michigan school shooting: Reward offered to find suspect's parents

US Marshals say the Michigan couple's son killed four students with the father's handgun.

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Russia Ukraine: Biden warns Russia against Ukraine 'red lines'

Intelligence officials fear Russia could invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022, US media reports.

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Mali: Dozens of civilians killed after militants attack bus

More than 30 people are killed after gunmen attack a bus travelling to a market.

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Ready for power: Team Scholz promises a new Germany

Next week will see a handover of power from the Merkel era and this is what to expect.

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Bolsonaro: Brazilian Supreme Court opens investigation into vaccine comments

Brazil's president will face a Supreme Court inquiry for his falsehood about Covid-19 jabs and Aids.

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Rare turtle washes up 4,000 miles from home

Tally the Turtle is recovering in a UK zoo awaiting a flight back to the warm waters of Mexico.

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Parag Agrawal: Why Indian-born CEOs dominate Silicon Valley

Parag Agrawal, Twitter's new CEO, is the latest of several Indian-Americans leading global tech firms.

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Why Ugandan troops have entered DR Congo - again

Previous incursions have led to accusations of looting and abuse, so will it be different this time?

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Saudi Arabia Grand Prix: A race for equal rights

As F1 races in Saudi Arabia, can it be a positive thing for female and LGBT rights?

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Ros Atkins on… America’s abortion divide

How abortion rights in the US look likely to be changed by a conservative majority Supreme Court.

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Covid-19: Ireland closes nightclubs and tightens Covid rules

Taoiseach Micheál Martin announces a number of new restrictions in a televised address.

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Ethiopia closes schools to boost civil war effort

The government wants secondary school students to harvest crops to help frontline fighters.

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Covid: Don't panic about Omicron variant, WHO says

The World Health Organization urges people to be cautious and prepare for the Omicron variant.

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Michigan school shooting: Parents of gunman charged with manslaughter

Authorities say the suspect killed four students and injured seven people with his dad's handgun.

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Italian man tries to dodge Covid jab using fake arm

The man is so keen to get a vaccine pass he turns up with a plastic arm, but doctors aren't fooled.

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South Africa battles Omicron fear and jab jitters

The new variant threatens to overshadow the holiday season as campaigners fight vaccine fears.

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Austria ruling party picks Nehammer for chancellor

Karl Nehammer is chosen as party leader and next chancellor in a bid to end days of turmoil.

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Omicron coronavirus variant: Your questions answered

How long do symptoms last for, is it more harmful to children? Experts answer your questions.

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Ghislaine Maxwell: Employee told 'not to look Jeffrey Epstein in the eye'

A former housekeeper said Ghislaine Maxwell acted as "lady of the house" at Jeffrey Epstein's US home.

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Thailand: Newspaper rebuked over 'hunts Africans' headline

The country's Covid-19 taskforce admonished the paper by saying it was a "poor choice of words."

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Lamine Diack: Disgraced athletics boss dies in Senegal

The disgraced former head of world athletics governing body Lamine Diack dies in Senegal aged 88.

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

US government shutdown averted hours before deadline

The US Congress passes a bill to fund federal agencies until 18 February, avoiding a costly shutdown.

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Omicron: India reports first cases of new Covid variant

Health officials say the two patients with the new strain have shown mild symptoms.

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The 'kind heart' who gave an Afghan family a new home

An interpreter who had to flee Afghanistan is given a new home by a woman who was moved by his plight.

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Alec Baldwin admits career could be over after fatal shooting

But the 63-year-old US actor says he did not pull the trigger on the set of the Rust film in October.

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Laverne & Shirley star Eddie Mekka dies aged 69

The US actor is best known for playing Carmine Ragusa in the 1970s-80s Laverne & Shirley TV sitcom.

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Germany: Angela Merkel's military farewell features punk singer's hit

A ceremony has been held for the German chancellor, who is due to step down after 16 years in office.

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NunTok: How religion is booming on TikTok and Instagram

Nuns, imams and Buddhist monks are among those sharing successful - and often fun - short-form videos on social media.

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Omicron: Biden unveils new Covid-19 winter measures

Public health officials in Minnesota have just reported a second US case of the Omicron variant.

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Elle to stop promoting the use of animal fur in its magazines

It is the first major fashion publication to make the pledge, citing its support for animal rights.

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How do you say 'Omicron'?

Omicron is the 13th variant of the Covid-19 virus to receive a Greek name but the pronunciation is up for debate.

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US and Mexico to restart Trump-era 'Remain in Mexico' policy

More than 60,000 asylum seekers have been sent back to Mexico under the controversial programme.

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Covid: Germany puts major restrictions on unvaccinated

Chancellor Angela Merkel describes the far-reaching measures as an act of "national solidarity".

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Ikea customers and staff sleep in store after snowstorm

The group was left stranded after up to 30cm (12in) of snow fell in the Danish city of Aalborg.

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Israel PM: Nuclear talks must end over Iran ‘blackmail’ tactics

Naftali Bennett's call comes as Iran and world powers try to save their nuclear deal from collapse.

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Margaux Pinot: Shock over release of judoka’s partner in assault case

Margaux Pinot accuses her partner of domestic abuse, but a court acquits him, citing lack of proof.

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Russia Ukraine: Lavrov warns of return to military confrontation nightmare

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov floats the idea of a new European security pact to prevent Nato expansion.

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Merkel picks German punk singer Hagen for last serenade

Nina Hagen's song will be played during a military ceremony in the outgoing chancellor's honour.

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Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai says the Taliban are his brothers

In a BBC interview, Hamid Karzai also calls on the international community to help rebuild Afghanistan.

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Ghislaine Maxwell: Defence lawyers seek to discredit key accuser

Ghislaine Maxwell's defence team try to poke holes in an alleged victim's testimony at her trial.

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