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New Zealand votes in tight general election

Image copyright AFP New Zealand is heading to the polls in a tightly-fought general election. Polls are showing a slight lead for incumbent Bill English of the ruling National Party over his main challenger Jacinda Ardern of the Labour Party. Labour saw a major surge after the July appointment of ...

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Miss Turkey stripped of her crown over coup tweet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Itir Esen (C) has lost her crown, and runner-up Asli Sumen (L) will take her place The winner of Miss Turkey 2017 has been stripped of her crown after one of her past tweets came to light. Itir Esen, 18, had shared a post ...

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Indonesia: Bali volcano highest alert issued

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mount Agung last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,000 people Indonesia has issued its highest level alert for a volcano on Bali, warning that an eruption on the popular tourist island could be imminent. About 10,000 people have already been evacuated, with officials urging ...

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Puerto Rico dam bursts in wake of Hurricane Maria

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Floodwaters from Hurricane Maria have destroyed homes in Puerto Rico and knocked out the island’s electricty A dam has failed and caused “extremely dangerous” flooding on Puerto Rico’s Guajataca river in the wake of Hurricane Maria, authorities say. The National Weather Service (NWS) said ...

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McCain torpedoes Republicans’ Obamacare repeal plan again

Image copyright Getty Images Senator John McCain has said he cannot support his fellow Republicans’ latest effort to repeal Obamacare, dealing it a potentially fatal blow. The Arizona senator, who is battling brain cancer, said he “cannot in good conscience” vote for the new plan, which President Donald Trump backs. ...

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Kalashnikov statue to be changed because of German weapon

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The drawing on the base of the statue (on the right) which shows Germany’s StG 44 rifle A monument to a Russian creator of the world famous AK-47 assault rifle unveiled in Moscow is to be changed because a weapon depicted on the statue is ...

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Reality Check

Image copyright PA Prime Minister Theresa May has used a speech in Florence to set out the UK’s position on how to move Brexit talks forward. With further negotiations planned next week, what did her speech tell us about the sort of Brexit deal we might end up with? Reality ...

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Outrage or relief?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Uber said TfL ‘caved in to a small number who want to restrict consumer choice’ Transport for London (TfL) has said it will not renew the lift-hailing app firm Uber’s licence. The decision has provoked a very mixed reaction on social media. Unsurprisingly, the hashtag ...

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US Health Secretary Tom Price’s private air travel probed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The former Georgia congressman has been tasked by Trump with overhauling the US healthcare system An internal investigation has been opened into Health Secretary Tom Price over his private plane travel on official government business. A spokesman for the agency’s inspector general tells the ...

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Obama-era campus sex assault rules rescinded

Image copyright Reuters The Trump administration has overturned rules introduced under President Barack Obama for handling university sex assault allegations. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the previous administration’s guidance was unfairly tilted against the accused. Mrs DeVos said campuses would continue to confront such “horrific crimes”. But she added: “The ...

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James Comey: Protests disrupt speech to Howard students

Image copyright Howard University Protesters shouting “no justice, no peace” have disrupted a speech by former FBI director James Comey to university students in Washington DC. Mr Comey was giving a convocation address at Howard University, a leading historically black college. It took some 13 minutes before Mr Comey, fired ...

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Saudi textbook features image of Yoda with King Faisal

Image copyright Shaweesh/Gharem Studio Image caption Shaweesh said he included Yoda because, like King Faisal, he was “wise, strong and calm” Saudi Arabia’s education minister has apologised for the production of a school textbook in which the Star Wars character Yoda is seen superimposed on a photograph of the late ...

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