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Adam Johnson ‘abused his revered position’

England footballer Adam Johnson had a sexual encounter in his car with a fan, aged 15, who had an “enormous crush on him” and idolised him, a jury has been told.

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Eight schoolgirls recovering in Liverpool after being hit by car

Eight girls are recovering from their injuries following a road collision outside a school in Liverpool.

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Rolf Harris faces seven more sex abuse allegations

Australian entertainer Rolf Harris has been charged with seven more counts of indecent assault against girls as young as 12.

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Syria diplomats work to ‘cease hostilities’

Diplomats have agreed to work toward a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting ceasefire fell short.

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‘Independent’ stable to cease its print editions

The owners of British newspapers The Independent and The Independent on Sunday have confirmed the print version of the titles will close in March, leaving an online-only edition.

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Missing Canadian man turns up after 30 years

An Ontario man who vanished in 1986 and was believed dead will soon be reunited with his family.

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Democrats battle for minority votes in US presidential race

US presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have battled for the crucial support of black and Hispanic voters in a Democratic debate in Milwaukee that marked a shift in the primary towards states with more minority voters.

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Neanderthal DNA linked to depression

A study says a person’s risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals.

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Auschwitz survivors testify at trial

Three survivors spoke of the smell of burnt bodies and piles of dead people at Nazi Germany’s Auschwitz camp at the trial of a former guard accused of helping in the murder of at least 170,000 people.

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Race to develop Zika virus vaccine and tests

Suspected links between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, microcephaly in babies and Guillain-Barre syndrome, should be confirmed within weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

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QUIRKY WORLD ... Spanish civil servant skips work for six years

SPAIN: A Spanish court has ruled that a civil servant who failed to show up to work for up to six years in the southern city of Cadiz must pay back nearly €27,000 in wages.

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Smarter living at the touch of a button

Samsung’s vision for the future is that all of the devices in the home will be connected and talk to each other by 2020. David Lowes, chief marketing officer Samsung Europe said, “we want to create meaningful innovations — in sync with our modern lives”.

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Facebook loses vital legal battle over nude painting

Facebook has lost a crucial legal battle in France as a court ruled the social network can be sued over its decision to remove the account of a user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting.

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