Afghan government forces have regained control of a strategic district in southern Helmand province that the Taliban had seized.

Egypt summons British Ambassador over Al-Jazeera comments

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the British ambassador over comments he made in court after a judge sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three ...

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Businessman arrested in Sierra Leone 'blood diamond' case

Authorities have arrested a businessman who is accused of enslavement and pillaging “blood diamonds” during Sierra Leone’s civil war.

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This new biological Velcro could help repair damaged heart muscle

The material allows the assembly of several layers of heart cells and can be easily dismantled with no damage.

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Why regularly binge-watching your favourite TV shows might be killing you

Being a couch potato could increase the risk of fatal blood clots.

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Children among 26 migrants rescued by Austrian police

Three children are recovering in hospital after Austrian police stopped a truck near Braunau, on the German border, with 26 people from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh ...

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Four arrested in connection with Austria truck migrant deaths

A Hungarian court has ordered the preliminary arrests of four men suspected of being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria.

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European countries to increase ID checks on trains after terror attack

European countries will increase ID and baggage checks on trains after passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France’s interior ...

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Fancy getting a new dog? Battersea is holding a matchmaking event for some cute homeless pooches

This is the animal charity’s first ‘dog matchmaking’ event.

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Turkish jets join US-led bombing campaign against IS

Turkey has announced that its fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the US-led coalition against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group ...

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38 girls and women killed on way to Swaziland music festival

A total of 38 girls and young women have been killed in a crash while travelling to a famous traditional festival in Swaziland, a rights group has claimed.

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Bangkok shrine bombing: Police arrest foreign suspect

A foreign suspect has been arrested in the investigation into a deadly shrine bombing in Bangkok, according to Thai police.

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Amal Clooney warns of 'dangerous message' as three journalists sentenced

Human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney has criticised the three-year sentences handed down to three Al-Jazeera English journalists.

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Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to three years in jail

An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the last twist in a long-running trial criticised worldwide by press ...

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Missing mother and four children 'feared to be travelling to Syria'

A missing mother from London and her four children are feared to be travelling to war-torn Syria, Scotland Yard has said.

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Julian Assange fears assassination attempt

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fears he may be assassinated if he steps outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

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Third live TV shooting victim did not see gunman approach

The woman who was answering questions on live TV when two journalists were shot dead in Virginia said she never saw the gunman walking up to the group.

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Heart muscle repair role envisioned for living 'tissue-Velcro'

A biological Velcro has been developed that makes it possible to stack layers of living tissue together and then peel them apart.

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Rebekah Brooks 'to return to News Corp as head of UK division'

Rebekah Brooks will return to News Corp as chief executive of its UK division a year after she was cleared in the phone hacking trial, it has been reported.

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George W Bush returns to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina's 10th anniversary

Former US president George W Bush returned to New Orleans to praise the region’s recovery on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

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Journalists killed live on air were both shot in head

Two journalists who were killed during a live TV report in Virginia were both shot in the head.

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Sussex Police release pictures of Shoreham air crash scene

Police have released pictures from the scene of the Shoreham air crash – as communities touched by the tragedy prepare to fall silent one week on.

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Buzz Aldrin develops Mars colonisation 'master plan'

Buzz Aldrin is teaming up with the Florida Institute of Technology to develop “a master plan” for colonising Mars within 25 years.

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Ukrainian man denies plot to bomb UK Russian embassy

A Ukrainian man has denied an allegation that he plotted to bomb the Russian Embassy in the UK.

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VIDEO: State of emergency declared in Florida as tropical storm Erika nears

A state of emergency has been declared in Florida as tropical storm Erika nears the US state.

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Driver of Glasgow bin lorry which killed six 'will carry this with him' for life

A fatal accident inquiry into the Glasgow bin lorry crash which left six people dead just before Christmas has heard the driver would carry what happened with him ...

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Former Vatican ambassador, charged with sex abuse, dies before trial

The Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who had been charged with sexually abusing children in the Caribbean country, has died as he awaited trial. ...

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Around 200 feared dead after migrant boats sink near Libya

Around 200 migrants are feared dead as authorities collect the bodies of victims who drowned off the Libyan coastal city of Zuwara.

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Greece names 'caretaker' Government following new PM's election

Greece’s new prime minister has named the members of her caretaker government as the country prepares for early elections next month.

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Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis recommended for parole

After 43 years in prison and 30 parole hearings, US parole officials have again decided it is safe to free Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis.

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Three arrested after more than 71 migrants found dead in abandoned truck

Three people have been arrested in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants found in a food lorry in Austria.

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Vietnam grants amnesty to 18,000 prisoners

Vietnam has granted amnesty to more than 18,000 prisoners to mark the 70th anniversary of its independence from France.

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Young goths are 'more vulnerable to self-harm'

Researchers say the more a young person identified as a goth, the higher the likelihood they would suffer depression.

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Parkinson's disease makes brain cells 'burn out'

Brains cells affected by Parkinson’s disease die prematurely because they are prone to burning out “like an overheating motor”, according to new research.

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Pilot of the real-life 'Great Escape' dies aged 101

Australian pilot Paul Royle, who took part in a mass break out from a German prisoner of war camp during the Second World War, has died in his home town of Perth. ...

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'50 Shades' publisher must set aside $10m in royalties for business partner

A Texas judge has told lawyers for an Australian woman and her publishing company to set aside $10 million for a former business partner who says she was defrauded ...

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Man convicted of plot to sell ricin 'death pills' for 'risk-free' murder

A US man looking to acquire ricin so he could sell “simple and easy death pills” and guarantee “risk-free” murder has been convicted of federal charges.

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UN calls for international body to uncover chemical attacks in Syria

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has proposed that a new international body should be set up to assign blame for chemical attacks in Syria’s deadly conflict.

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Rescuers search for missing following Caribbean storm

Rescue crews fanned across Dominica to search for missing and injured people after Tropical Storm Erika pummelled the eastern Caribbean island, unleashing landslides ...

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10 years after Hurricane Katrina, Obama praises New Orleans resilience

President Barack Obama has held out the people of New Orleans as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. ...

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Gunman in live TV shooting vowed to make the headlines

Vester Flanagan fulfilled a threat to put his conflict with colleagues into “the headlines” when he gunned down two employees of a Virginia TV station during a live ...

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This is what coral reproducing looks like

Pretty cool actually.

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Hundreds feared dead after boat capsizes

Hundreds of people are feared dead after two boats carrying up to 500 refugees capsized off the Libyan city of Zuwara.

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Concerns over refugee crisis intensify as more people die

Today's grim discovery of an abandoned lorry leaking fluid on an Austrian highway, full of decomposing dead bodies, has cast an unforgiving light on Europe's policy ...

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Barack Obama: New Orleans 'moving forward' a decade after Hurricane Katrina

Walking door to door in a city reborn after tragedy, President Barack Obama said New Orleans is moving forward a decade after Hurricane Katrina.

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This cute baby elephant is having a whole lotta fun in the mud at Chester Zoo

The one-week old Asian elephant enjoyed a rather messy bath-time with a difference with his mum and siblings.

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Jeremy Corbyn's paper coffee cup sells on Ebay for nearly €70

Mothers have hailed him a sex symbol, his £1.50 vests sent the media into a frenzy – and now a paper coffee cup used by Jeremy Corbyn has been sold on ebay for £51(€69.85). ...

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Polish official 'convinced' that mystery Nazi train exists

A mysterious Nazi treasure train that has been missing for 70 years and which two men claim to have found recently does exist, the Polish deputy culture minister ...

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Four killed in Dominica as tropical storm Erika hits island

Tropical Storm Erika has pounded the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, unleashing flooding and mudslides that killed at least four people and knocked out power ...

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