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  • TLONDON - The first full assessment of risks to the world's coffee plants shows that 60% of 124 known species are on the edge of extinction. More than 100 types of coffee tree grow naturally in forests, including two used for the coffee we drink. Scientists say the figure is "worrying", as wild ...

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  • TINDIA - An Indian guru has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a journalist who exposed sexual abuse of women at his sect. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the 51-year-old Dera Sacha Sauda leader, is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for raping two female followers. Newspaper editor Ram ...

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  • TINDONESIA - A woman has been mauled to death by a pet crocodile in its enclosure on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Deasy Tuwo, 44, had reportedly been feeding the crocodile at the pearl farm where she worked, and where the animal was being kept illegally. The 700kg crocodile, named Merry, is ...

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  • TCHINA - The former Communist Party chief of a Chinese village once notorious for its drug production has been executed, Chinese state media report. Chinese media have described him as the “godfather of the village” who protected all its drug makers. About 20% of the village’s ...

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  • TFRANCE - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said a no-deal Brexit looks “less and less unlikely” and has launched a contingency plan to prepare for it. After the UK Parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement, Mr Philippe said laws had to be passed and millions invested in ...

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  • TCANADA - A Saudi teenager given asylum in Canada after fleeing her family has said the journey was “worth the risk” so she could live a more independent life. Rahaf Mohammed, 18, made headlines when she flew to Thailand and barricaded herself in a hotel while appealing on Twitter for ...

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  • TAFRICA - The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has acquitted Ivory Coast ex-President Laurent Gbagbo. He had been charged with crimes against humanity in connection with violence following a disputed 2010 election that left 3,000 dead and 500,000 displaced. Mr Gbagbo was captured in ...

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  • TKENYA:- A luxury hotel complex is under attack in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi۔ At least two blasts and gunfire were heard at the compound in the Westlands district of the city, which houses the DusitD2 hotel as well as offices. The Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab claimed the attack but gave ...

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  • TLONDON-A Gillette advert which references bullying, the #MeToo movement and toxic masculinity has split opinion online. The razor company's short film, called Believe, plays on their famous slogan "The best a man can get", replacing it with "The best men can be". The company says it wants men to ...

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  • TLONDON-Huawei's founder has denied Chinese authorities have ever asked his company to help spy on its clients. Ren Zhengfei was speaking to foreign media in a rare interview, following claims Huawei posed a security risk. He also said he was missing his daughter Meng Wanzhou "very much". Ms Meng - ...

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  • TCHINA - A court in China has sentenced a Canadian to death for drug smuggling, a verdict likely to reignite a diplomatic row between the two countries. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was originally given a 15-year jail term in 2018 but after an appeal the court said the sentence was too ...

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  • TUS - As the EU says the US government has effectively downgraded its diplomatic status in Washington, how has the transatlantic relationship changed under Donald Trump’s presidency? For generations, American presidents have saved some of their warmest words for their European colleagues. They ...

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  • TLONDON - Theresa May has urged MPs to back her Brexit deal “for the country’s sake” as Tuesday’s Commons vote looms closer.She warned of “paralysis in Parliament” if the deal is rejected and said trust in politics would suffer “catastrophic harm” if ...

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  • TUS - US President Donald Trump has denied that he worked for Russia, following a report that the FBI investigated whether he was working for the Kremlin. Addressing reporters at the White House as he left for Louisiana, he said: “I never worked for Russia.” He added: “I think ...

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  • TLONDON-Wood burning stoves, open fires and farms all face new restrictions as the government sets out what it calls a "world leading" plan to tackle air pollution. In their Clean Air Strategy, published today, the government promises to set a "bold new goal" to reduce particulates across much of ...

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  • TCHINA-A database containing resumes of more than 200 million Chinese people has been found exposed online. Security firm Hackenproof said the "very detailed" information lacked even the most basic security protections. Names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, education histories and many other ...

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  • TBEIJING-The rare appearance of a European robin in Beijing has caused a stir among Chinese nature fans. Hundreds of bird-watching photographers flocked to the Beijing Zoo last Friday after word spread that a European robin had been spotted there. The red-breasted bird is common across Europe but is ...

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  • TPARIS - The death toll from a suspected gas explosion in central Paris has risen to four after rescue workers found the body of a woman in the rubble.Two firefighters and a Spanish tourist were also killed in Saturday’s blast at a bakery near a popular area. Dozens more people were injured in ...

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  • TLONDON - The government has made a fresh plea to MPs to get behind Theresa May’s Brexit deal in Tuesday’s crucial Commons vote. A group of MPs are understood to be planning to take control of the Brexit process if, as widely expected, Mrs May’s deal is voted down. And Labour ...

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  • TLONDON-The world's longest aircraft is set to go into full production with the model designed to take its first passengers. It comes after the prototype £32m Airlander 10 - a combined plane and airship - was formally retired following successful final testing. As a result, Bedford firm Hybrid ...

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  • TPARIS - Two firefighters and a Spanish woman have been killed after a huge blast at a bakery in France’s capital, Paris. The emergency services were responding to a gas leak when “a dramatic explosion” occurred, said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. Forty-seven people were ...

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  • TAFRICA - Speaking earlier to BBC Africa editor Fergal Keane, Mr Fayulu said: “I will do whatever is possible for me to do to get the truth because the Congolese want change.” On Saturday, Mr Fayulu repeated that the result did not reflect “the truth of the ballot boxes”. The ...

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  • TLONDON - Direct flights from Britain to Sharm el-Sheikh should resume, the Egyptian ambassador to the UK has said. Tarek Adel told the BBC Egypt had finished working with British security teams to upgrade its airports and was ready to welcome flights again. All UK flights to beach resort Sharm ...

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  • TCANADA - A Saudi teenager who fled her family and got stranded at a Bangkok airport has arrived in Canada after being granted asylum there. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. She ...

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  • TUS - The White House has condemned a New York Times report that the FBI opened an inquiry into whether President Trump was secretly working for Russia. Law enforcement officials became concerned by Mr Trump’s behaviour in May 2017, when he sacked FBI director James Comey, the paper says. The ...

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  • TLONDON - The Ministry of Justice is considering banning prison sentences of less than six months in England and Wales. Ministers argue that short jail terms are less effective at cutting reoffending than community penalties. Prisons minister Rory Stewart told the Daily Telegraph that such sentences ...

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  • TRUSSIA-Russia's only space radio telescope is no longer responding to commands from Earth, officials say. Astro Space Centre chief Nikolai Kardashev said some of the Spektr-R satellite's communication systems had stopped working. But it was still transmitting scientific data, RIA Novosti news ...

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  • TCHINA-Chinese telecoms company Huawei has sacked an employee arrested in Poland on suspicion of spying. In a statement, it said the man, named as Wang Weijing, acted on his own and brought the firm into disrepute. A former member of the Polish intelligence service was also detained on spying ...

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  • TLONDON-One of the world's foremost mathematicians, Prof Sir Michael Atiyah, has died at the age of 89. Sir Michael, who worked at Cambridge University before he retired, made outstanding contributions to geometry and topology. Sir Michael was a recipient of the highest honour in mathematics, a ...

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  • TAFRICA   -   The number of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean for Europe has been dropping and that is partly because of tougher measures introduced on the migrant routes, as Mike Thomson reports from Niger. In a small dusty courtyard near the centre of Agadez, a town on ...

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