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  • BEIJING                 -              The number of people killed in China by the new coronavirus has risen to 81, with almost 3,000 confirmed ill. The ...

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  • LONDON                 -          Boeing has successfully completed the first test flight of the world’s largest twin-engined plane, the 777X. It comes as the firm ...

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  • LONDON                   -              The UK’s fixed-term parliaments could see politicians failing to prioritise climate change, ...

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  • TOKYO - Japanese police have announced an investigation into a former postman who kept tens of thousands of undelivered items at his home. Authorities found about 24,000 pieces of mail at the man’s house in Kanagawa, near Tokyo. The unnamed 61-year-old reportedly said it was “too much ...

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  • NEW DELHI - Nine emaciated and distressed tigers transported from Italy to the Poland-Belarus border are safe now, but the case exposed a cruel, shadowy trade in exotic animals destined for Asia. The discovery last October shocked EwaZgrabczynska, director of Poznan Zoo in Poland, which is looking ...

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  • TEHRAN                -              The Pentagon has said that 34 US troops were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) following an Iranian attack on ...

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  • LONDON               -             Boris Johnson has signed the Brexit withdrawal agreement in Downing Street. The prime minister hailed a “fantastic moment” ...

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  • WASHINGTON-Chocolate chip cookies have become the first food to be baked in space in a first-of-its-kind experiment.Astronauts baked the cookies in a special zero-gravity oven at the International Space Station (ISS) last month.Sealed in individual baking pouches, three of the cookies returned to ...

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  • LONDON-Universities and Science Minister Chris Skidmore has said that the UK will not implement the EU Copyright Directive after the country leaves the EU.Several companies have criticised the law, which would hold them accountable for not removing copyrighted content uploaded by users, if it is ...

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  • LONDON-Mini nuclear reactors could be generating power in the UK by the end of the decade. Manufacturer Rolls-Royce has told the BBC’s Today programme that it plans to install and operate factory-built power stations by 2029. Mini nuclear stations can be mass manufactured and delivered in ...

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  • EGYPT-Scientists have fulfilled a mummified Egyptian priest’s wish for life after death - by replicating his voice with artificial vocal cords.Nesyamun’s voice has been reproduced as a vowel-like sound that is reminiscent of a sheep’s bleat.The priest lived during the politically ...

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  • SPAIN-A violent storm that has ravaged parts of Spain with heavy rain and violent winds has left at least 13 people dead.Spanish authorities said four people were still missing after Storm Gloria triggered floods and swept away roads.On Thursday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez flew over some of the ...

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  • BEIJING-China has widened its travel restrictions in Hubei province - the centre of the coronavirus outbreak - as the death toll climbed to 26.The restrictions will affect at least 20 million people across 10 cities, including the capital, Wuhan, where the virus emerged.On Thursday, a coronavirus ...

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  • MYANMAR                -              The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered measures to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar ...

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  • LONDON-Amazon has asked a court to “pause” Microsoft’s work on a multibillion dollar deal to provide cloud services to the US military. Microsoft was awarded the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (Jedi) contract in October.A month later, Amazon filed a notice in the US Court ...

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  • SYDNEY-Australian PM Scott Morrison has been accused of lacking leadership during the bushfire crisis - by the man he replaced after a party room coup. Malcolm Turnbull, who was deposed in 2018, told the BBC that Mr Morrison had misled the country by “downplaying” the influence of ...

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  • BRAZIL - Brazilian authorities are seeking to bring charges against Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who published Edward Snowden’s intelligence agency leaks. Greenwald has been accused of “helping guiding and encouraging” a criminal group that hacked into the phones of Brazilian ...

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  • LONDON-When Sara Bareilles signed up to write the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Waitress in 2013, she had no idea it would change her life.The show - which tells the story of a pregnant, pie-baking waitress - became a smash hit, and saw Bareilles nominated for Tony and Grammy awards.It ...

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  • LONDON-The weather forecasters have just given us an impressive display of their skill by predicting the scale of the current high pressure zone over the UK. Overnight, Sunday into Monday, London’s Heathrow Airport recorded a barometric pressure of 1,049.6 millibars (mbar).It’s very ...

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  • LONDON          -           Prince Harry and Meghan will no longer use their HRH titles and will not receive public funds for royal duties, Buckingham Palace has announced. The couple will also no longer ...

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  • LONDON-The British government has announced plans for special events on the night of Jan. 31 when the country officially leaves the European Union but the country’s treasury chief has admitted that some U.K. business sectors will suffer as a result.SajidJavid told the Financial Times in an ...

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  • MANCHESTER-Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has hit out at Eminem for an “unnecessarily hurtful and deeply disrespectful” lyric about the 2017 bomb attack in the city. In a song on his new album, the US star raps: “I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the ...

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  • WASHINGTON-America aims to take another step on Saturday towards being able to send its own astronauts into orbit again.California’s SpaceX company will practise what to do in the event that one of its rockets carrying a human crew fails shortly after lift-off.If the test is completed ...

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  • LONDON-They say an army marches on its stomach. The European Union does it with slides. The EU negotiating team is gearing up for talks with the UK about the post-Brexit relationship by holding a series of seminars for diplomats from the 27 member states.The presentations are being published ...

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  • US - The bodies of seven people have been found in a mass grave in an indigenous area of Panama where members of a religious sect were believed to be performing exorcisms, officials say. The victims included a pregnant woman, 32, and five of her children, aged one to 11. The sixth was a neighbour, ...

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  • LONDON-Europe’s Mars rover, Rosalind Franklin, has just completed a key set of tests ahead of its planned summer launch.The robot was put in a thermal-vacuum chamber by manufacturer Airbus for several weeks, to simulate the hot and cold conditions it will experience on the way to the Red ...

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  • LONDON-An Edward VIII sovereign has become the first UK coin to be bought for £1m, the BBC can reveal.The new owner, a private collector, described the chance to buy it and bring it back from the US as a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.The coin is one of a trial set of six which ...

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  • LONDON-Wireless on-street charging for electric taxis is to be trialled in the UK for the first time. The pilot, supported by £3.4m of government cash, will see the technology installed at a cab rank outside Nottingham railway station.Ten electric taxis in the city will be fitted with ...

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  • WASHINGTON          -           Trump “decided to” increase pressure on Ukraine to investigate the Bidens’ activities by withholding military aid, Mr Parnas said. Mr Parnas also said he ...

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  • WASHINGTON-There have been seven official Democratic debates but this one had a real sense of urgency - in less than three weeks the candidates will face their first test. The primary season begins on 3 February with the Iowa caucuses, when the Democratic voters in this state will pick who they ...

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