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Two juveniles charged over Tennessee wildfires that killed 14

Authorities have charged two juveniles over an east Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings in a famous tourism ...

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This robot can perform eye surgery using tiny flexible arms

Axsis is one of the smallest robots for surgical use.

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Thousands attend Pearl Harbour anniversary ceremony

Thousands of people have gathered at Pearl Harbour for a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into the Second World ...

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Malta first in Europe to ban gay conversion therapy

Malta has become the first European country to ban gay conversion therapy, imposing fines of up to €10,000 and a jail term of up to one year for offenders.

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Matteo Renzi asked to stay on as caretaker Italian PM

Italian premier Matteo Renzi has resigned after a humiliating defeat on his reforms agenda that was central to his nearly three-year-long government.

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Pakistani plane crashes after take-off with 48 people aboard

A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier has crashed and burst into flames with 48 people on board, killing all of them, police and an airline spokesman ...

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Flickering light in eyes 'could form basis of Alzheimer's treatment'

New research, which is in an early stage, raises the prospect of a drug-free Alzheimer’s treatment.

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Pope warns about dangers of fake news - from experience

Pope Francis, who earlier this year was reported - falsely - to have endorsed Donald Trump for US president, has warned about the dangers of fake news.

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BBC bosses will 'vigorously' defend itself as Cliff Richard sues, court told

BBC editors say they will "defend ourselves vigorously" after being sued by Cliff Richard over reports naming him as a suspected sex offender.

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UN prosecutors demand life sentence for Ratko Mladic

United Nations prosecutors have demanded a life sentence for General Ratko Mladic.

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Italy PM Renzi says he will now resign as parliament passes budget law

Italian premier Matteo Renzi has said he will resign now that parliament has completed approval of the 2017 national budget.

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There has been a 800% rise in honour killings in India

India has registered nearly an 800% spike in the number of so-called honour killings reported.

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Huge reaction to Irish journalist’s report on growing human crisis in Yemen

A heart wrenchingreport by a BBC team lead by Irish journalist and BBC war correspondent, Fergal Keane, on the tragic human cost of the long running war in Yemen ...

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Donald Trump is Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year

Donald Trump has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

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Pakistan Airlines plane with 40 on board crashes after take-off

A government official in Pakistan says there are unlikely to be any survivors following a plane crash in the northern part of the country.

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Syrian rebels propose five-day ceasefire in Aleppo

Syrian rebel factions have proposed a five-day ceasefire for medical and civilian evacuation from the eastern part of the city of Aleppo.

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Oxfam claims war-torn Yemen is being 'slowly starved to death'

It is thought Yemen is a few months away from running out of food for its whole population.

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A third of the world's polar bears could disappear by 2056 thanks to climate change, research suggests

There is a 71% likelihood that polar bear numbers will be reduced by more than 30% in three generations, experts calculated.

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UK fines drug firms for hiking cost of epilepsy drug 2,600%

Drug firms Pfizer and Flynn Pharma have been fined nearly £90m (€106m) for "excessive and unfair" pricing to the NHS after hiking the cost of an anti-epilepsy drug ...

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6 ways to boost your memory that aren't sudoku

Because sometimes puzzles can get a bit dull.

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No confirmed reports of fires starting in Corsa heating systems, says Vauxhall

Vauxhall said it has received "no confirmed reports" of fires starting in the heating and ventilation systems of some Corsa models after it was reported there may ...

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Research suggests polar bear numbers may drop by a third in 40 years

A third of the world's polar bears could disappear in the next 40 years because of melting Arctic sea ice, say scientists.

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Woman's joy at giving birth to her grandson as surrogate for daughter

A woman in Wales has described her joy at giving birth to her own grandson after stepping in as a surrogate for her cancer survivor daughter.

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Appeal Court rules out presidential recount in Michigan

Michigan's presidential recount has been thrown into doubt after a state appeals court said the Green Party candidate's poor showing disqualified her from seeking ...

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Investigators look at fridge as possible cause of warehouse fire in Oakland

A warehouse fire in California that killed 36 people does not appear to have been started intentionally and may have been caused by a refrigerator or other electrical ...

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Head of airline in Chapecoense plane disaster detained in Bolivia

The head of the charter airline whose plane crashed in the Andes last week has been detained by Bolivian prosecutors for questioning as authorities look into whether ...

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At least 25 dead, hundreds injured, in 6.4 magnitude quake in Indonesia

A powerful undersea earthquake has rocked Indonesia's province of Aceh, killing at least 25 people, according to officials.

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Barack Obama insists anti-terror strategy is 'breaking the back' of Islamic State

President Barack Obama said the fight he has led against Islamic State has been relentless, sustainable and multilateral.

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Watch the moment a vicious brawl breaks out between armed attackers

It makes for a pretty shocking watch.

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Libyan forces seize last stronghold of Islamic State in Sirte

The last buildings occupied by Islamic State militants in Sirte have fallen into the hands of Libyan fighters, officials said, as anti-IS fighters celebrated in ...

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Cazeneuve becomes French PM as Valls quits to focus on presidential election

Bernard Cazeneuve has taken over as France's Prime Minister after Manuel Valls stepped down to focus on running for president in next year's election.

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Angela Merkel has called for a burka ban

She has just won a new term as leader of the Christian Democratic Union.

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UK Govt agrees to publish Brexit plan before triggering exit process

The British Government has agreed to publish its plan for leaving the EU, before triggering the exit process.

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Zoo workers have to hand feed these adorable tiger cubs and you're going to have serious job envy

Ohhhh, why don’t we get to hang out with animals every day?

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Cosmic dust has been found on rooftops in three cities for the first time

Yes – it literally came from space.

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Caesarean births may be shaping evolution by 'helping people get bigger'

The amount of “big” babies surviving is increasing and it equates to a rapid rate in evolutionary terms.

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Angela Merkel wins re-election as party leader and plans to ban burqa

Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a new two-year term as leader of Germany’s main conservative party after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of ...

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Robert Mugabe appeals for calm amid economic crisis in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has appealed for calm as his government battles to contain a debilitating economic crisis.

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Scientists have found cosmic dust from the birth of the solar system on rooftops in three cities

Cosmic dust raining down from space has been discovered on rooftops in three major cities.

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Donald Trump condemns ’out of control’ costs of Air Force One

US President-elect Donald Trump has signalled that he may cancel a new Air Force One being built by Boeing because the costs are "out of control".

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EU's Brexit official sets 18-month deadline and tells UK to 'keep calm and negotiate'

The European Union's lead Brexit official has urged the UK to "keep calm and negotiate" as he set out an 18-month deadline for talks on a deal.

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Oakland warehouse fire victims texted loved ones goodbye

Heartbreaking reports have emerged of the last moments of some of the victims of the Oakland warehouse fire.

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Supreme Court hears further evidence in Brexit challenge case

The UK's highest court is hearing a second day of argument in the historic Brexit legal challenge.

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Russia warns rebels in Aleppo: Those who refuse to leave nicely will be destroyed

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has warned Syrian rebels in Aleppo that they will be wiped out unless they agree to stop fighting and quit the besieged city. ...

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Iran' president: We will not allow 'some man... elected in the US' tear up nuclear deal

Iran's president has said his country will not allow President-elect Donald Trump to "tear up" the country's landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

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After you learn a new fact it appears everywhere again and again - here's why

It’s called the frequency illusion and it makes it seems like newly-learned information is following you around.

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Poland's top court examines fresh bid to extradite Roman Polanski to US

Poland's Supreme Court begins examining a fresh bid to extradite Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski to the United States - where he is accused having sex ...

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Trump heads for North Carolina on 'thank you' tour

US President-elect Donald Trump is taking his show back on the road.

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Los Angeles increases security after 'specific' security threat

Security has been increased at metro stations across Los Angeles after what is being described as a "specific" threat of a terror attack today.

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