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Texas mother held after two toddlers die in hot car

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cynthia Marie Randolph was arrested on Friday, police say A Texas mother is facing charges over the deaths of her two children from heat exposure after they were found locked in a car last month, police say. They say Cynthia Marie Randolph has admitted she ...

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Guatemala: Officials and police charged over girls shelter blaze

Image copyright Ronald Grant Image caption All the victims were women aged between 14 and 17 A judge in Guatemala has charged five more people over the deaths of 41 teenage girls in the fire at a government-run shelter in March. The five include two police officers and three government ...

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Egypt’s president ratifies islands deal with Saudi Arabia

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tiran (foreground) and Sanafir (background) are uninhabited save for peacekeepers and troops Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a controversial treaty that transfers two largely uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The deal to hand over Tiran and Sanafir was agreed during a ...

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Quitting while they’re ahead

Image copyright EPA Daniel Day-Lewis surprised Hollywood this week by announcing his retirement from acting. Although he still has one film due to be released later this year – Phantom Thread, based on the fashion world of 1950s London – after he finishes its promotion he “will no longer be ...

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LGBT purge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Canada is planning to apologise for past persecutions of LGBT citizens During the Cold War, hundreds of gay men and lesbians in Canada lost government and military jobs because of their sexual orientation after being harassed and interrogated under a national security campaign now dubbed ...

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Turkey LGBT: Istanbul’s Gay Pride organisers vow to defy ban

Image copyright EPA Image caption Activists have been painting city walls in rainbow colours ahead of the annual march Organisers of Istanbul’s annual Gay Pride march say it will go ahead despite a ban by the authorities of Turkey’s largest city. The event has been called for Sunday evening in ...

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Trump accuses Obama of inaction over Russia meddling claim

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump said the Russian investigation should focus on the Obama administration President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of inaction over alleged Russian interference in the US election. Mr Trump said Mr Obama had learned well before the poll about the ...

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Italy acid attack model Gessica Notaro returns to work

Image copyright Gessica Notaro Image caption Ms Notaro said on Facebook that sea lions had given her strength in the aftermath of her trauma A former Miss Italy finalist has returned to work as a sea lion trainer, five months after being severely disfigured by acid thrown in her face. ...

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Sausage roll row: US ‘invents’ new summer snack

Image copyright Trader Joe’s Image caption Does Trader Joe’s new dish remind you of anything? There has been a British outcry on social media after a US chain claimed to have invented a new summer snack that looks suspiciously like a sausage roll. Supermarket Trader Joe’s has called it the ...

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In pictures

Image copyright EPA It may sound unlikely for a landlocked country like Switzerland, but the Swiss Association of Seaplane Pilots is very real and has been gathering on the banks of Lake Geneva. Founded in 1999, it now has 160 male and female members who “share the same excitement for ...

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World’s ugliest dog, Martha, crowned in California

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Three-year-old Martha with owner Shirley Zindler Martha, a Neapolitan mastiff, has been named this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog. The annual competition, now it its 29th year, was held in Petaluma, California. Martha, with owner Shirley Zindler, beat 13 other contenders to be presented with ...

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Schwarzenegger and Macron join forces in swipe at Trump

Image copyright @Schwarzenegger/Twitter Image caption Mr Macron and Mr Schwarzenegger vow to “make the planet great again” in Twitter post French President Emmanuel Macron has taken another swipe at Donald Trump over the US president’s policy on climate change – this time backed up by the muscle of Arnold Schwarzenegger. ...

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