A UN working group said Assange was being “arbitrarily detained” in the embassy in London.

Russia accused of 'indiscrimminate bombing' by John Kerry

Thousands of Syrians are gathering at the border with Turkey after fleeing airstrikes in Aleppo.

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Three dead after getting Zika virus and developing rare nerve disorder

Three people have died in Colombia after contracting the Zika virus and developing a rare nerve disorder.

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Two planes have crashed off the coast of Los Angeles

Two small planes have collided in mid-air, off the coast of Los Angeles.

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11 dead and dozens injured in deadly Taiwan earthquake

11 people - including a 10 day old baby - have been killed after a powerful earthquake struck southern Taiwan.

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Dramatic pictures show large buildings collapse on Taiwan streets

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Taiwan, causing at least two buildings to collapse.

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Tributes flood in for astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who has died aged 85

The Apollo 14 astronaut died in Florida after a short illness.

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UN Commissioner calls for abortion laws to be relaxed in Zika-hot countries

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has said women in countries hit by the Zika virus should have access to birth control methods, dropping laws ...

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Plane 'was waiting to fly Edward Snowden to US'

A US government plane was parked at Copenhagen Airport in June 2013 waiting to fly former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to the States, according ...

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The physics of pancakes is helping scientists treat glaucoma

The appearance of pancakes depends on how water escapes the batter mix when cooked, which varies with thickness, scientists found.

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Astronaut Tim Peake will be watching the RBS Six Nations from space

The BBC and the European Space Agency will feed the Scotland v England game to the astronaut, who’s floating 400km above Earth.

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One dead after crane collapses on to cars in Manhattan street

One person has died and two others are seriously injured after a crane collapsed in New York City, smashing the roofs of parked cars.

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Dozens rescued after building collapses at South African gold mine

Three people are still missing after a building collapsed above a gold mine in South Africa, trapping dozens.

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Julian Assange brands UK government response to UN panel 'insulting'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remained inside the Ecuadorian Embassy today, launching an attack against the UK government for its “insulting” response to a UN ...

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Sakurajima volcano erupts spectacularly in Japan

One of Japan’s most active volcanoes has erupted spectacularly with a fiery blast that sent lava rolling down its slopes.

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Couple who 'unwittingly' helped hide Becky Watts' remains jailed

A couple who “unwittingly” helped the murderer of Becky Watts by hiding her remains in their garden shed have been jailed.

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Dozens trapped after building collapses at South African gold mine

About 87 people are trapped after a building collapsed at a gold mine in South Africa, a union has said.

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Filmmaker Ric O'Barry to be deported from Japan

Japan is set to deport the star of an Oscar-winning documentary which showed how dolphins were hunted in a Japanese village, more than two weeks after he was detained ...

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UN panel says Wikileaks founder Julian Assange 'should be freed'

The UK government is facing fresh pressure to resolve the case of Julian Assange after a United Nations working group confirmed that the WikiLeaks founder is being ...

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Protesting taxi drivers disrupt access to Paris airport

Protesting taxi drivers are disrupting access to Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport, amid tensions between traditional cabs and app-based car services as the French ...

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Julian Assange UN legal group ruling heaps pressure on UK government

The UK government is facing fresh pressure to resolve the case of Julian Assange after a United Nations working group decided the WikiLeaks founder is being unlawfully ...

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Planes arriving in UK from Zika-hit areas sprayed with insecticide

Planes landing in the UK from areas affected by Zika are to be sprayed with insecticide as part of the UK government’s response to the outbreak.

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A new tarantula species has been discovered and it's been named after singer Johnny Cash

It was one of 14 new tarantula species found in the US, all members of the Aphonopelma family.

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Six found dead in Chicago home

The bodies of four men, one woman and a child have been found inside a house in Chicago in what is believed to be a murder-suicide.

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Cats vs Dogs divides the nation as the debate takes over Twitter

It’s raining cats and dogs (sorry, couldn’t resist).

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Police officers sacked for misconduct over teen's party death

Two police constables have been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police for gross misconduct following the death of a 17-year-old youth who was punched at a party.

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Daughters tell of anger at mother's death in bath on mental health ward

The daughters of a woman who died in the bath on a mental health ward despite her telling a psychiatrist she intended to drown have said lessons must be learned.

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Female genital mutilation case reported in England every 109 minutes

A case of female genital mutilation (FGM) is reported in England every 109 minutes, according to official health figures.

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Ten men convicted of sexual offences against 'extremely vulnerable' teenage girl

Ten men have been convicted of committing sexual offences against a teenage girl in Rochdale.

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Planes arriving in UK from Zika-hit areas sprayed with insecticide

Planes landing in the UK from areas affected by Zika are to be sprayed with insecticide as part of the UK Government’s response to the outbreak.

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Poland opens new probe into plane crash that killed president in Russia

Poland’s government has opened a new investigation into the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed president Lech Kaczynski, the twin brother of the chairman of ...

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Saudi Arabia 'ready to send ground troops to Syria'

Saudi Arabia is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State, provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels, a Saudi military ...

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Ancient 'wildebeest' used nasal 'trumpet' to talk to each other

The mammals made deep-throated calls that potential predators might not have been able to hear.

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Ex-drug CEO Martin Shkreli refuses to answer questions in congress appearance

Pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli has refused to answer questions at a US congressional hearing over severe price hikes for a drug sold by a company that he acquired. ...

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Explosives residue found on Somalia plane, airline's chief says

The head of the airline whose jetliner was damaged by an explosion shortly after take-off from Somalia says investigators have found what appears to be residue from ...

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Pregnant woman infected with Zika virus in Spain

A pregnant woman is among the seven people identified as being infected with the Zika virus in Spain after visiting affected countries.

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UN panel agrees Assange is being 'arbitrarily detained' - report

BBC news has reported that a UN panel has ruled in favour of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after he complained he was "arbitrarily detained".

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Donald Trump's plane makes emergency landing

Donald Trump’s plane was diverted to Nashville International Airport after the control tower received a report that the aircraft was experiencing engine trouble.

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Paris attack leader 'said he entered France in group of 90 extremists'

The woman who tipped police to the Islamic State commander of the November 13 attacks in Paris says he told her he entered the Paris region among a multinational ...

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'Nothing can be done' to save sperm whale stranded on Norfolk beach

The beach whale is unlikely to survive after being washing up 1.5 miles inshore.

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Why this tiny dog's luscious tresses will give you major hair envy

Kumo’s probably got better hair than you.

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Julian Assange: I will hand myself into police if UN rules against me

Julian Assange has said he will hand himself over to police for arrest on Friday if a UN working party rules that he has not been unlawfully detained.

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9 of the weirdest theories about Lord Lucan's disappearance

After the seventh Earl of Lucan disappeared in 1974, there were theories aplenty about where he ended up.

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Major general strike hits Greek transport and services

Services across Greece have ground to a halt in a massive general strike.

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Australia resists pressure to allow asylum seekers to stay

Australia is resisting mounting international pressure not to deport child asylum seekers, with a minister warning that allowing them to stay could attract more ...

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Cosby holds head in hands after judge refuses to throw out sex assault case

A judge has refused to throw out the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby, sweeping aside a former district attorney’s claim that he granted the comedian immunity ...

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Unconfirmed reports say burning man was sucked out of the hole in plane

There are unconfirmed reports that a burning man was sucked out of the gap in the side of the plane.

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Donald Trump could be up for the Nobel Peace Prize

An anonymous US politician has reportedly put forward the Republican presidential hopeful for the coveted gong.

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Here is a breakdown of the Syrian conflict since 2011 in numbers

There have been over 12,000 children killed during the war.

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