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A Spanish judge has ordered the detention for 72 hours of a British couple who took their critically ill five-year-old son abroad against doctors’ advice.

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GAZZA: I can beat the booze

Troubled former England football maestro Paul Gascoigne has said he can overcome the demons which saw him admitted to hospital in a drink-fuelled stupor.

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Police to question parents of ill boy

British police have arrived in Malaga to question the parents of Ashya King, the five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was taken out of a hospital in the UK on Thursday without doctors’ consent.

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EU leaders send a clear message to Russia

EU leaders sent a clear message to Russia to step back from the brink of war in Ukraine when they unanimously agreed to make Poland’s prime minister their chief.

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China will control Hong Kong candidates

China’s parliament said it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for a landmark election in Hong Kong in 2017, a move likely to trigger mass protests in the city’s Central business district by disappointed democracy activists.

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Volcanic eruption prompts warning

Iceland’s authorities have raised the aviation warning code for a region close to the subglacial Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area.

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Peacekeepers escape after 7-hour gun battle with rebels

Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gun battle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials have said.

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Three dead and nearly 400 hurt in Pakistan protests

Thousands of anti-government protesters tried to raid the official residence of Pakistan’s prime minister, sparking clashes with police that killed three people and wounded nearly 400 amid cries for the premier to step down, officials said.

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Swiss pacemakers run like clockwork

Swiss engineers, famous for making the world’s finest watches, are turning their hands to cardiology with a prototype battery-less pacemaker based on a self-winding wristwatch.

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Are the polls wrong and will Scotland go it alone after all?

The pollsters could be wrong about Scotland’s referendum, says Andrew Osborn

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Quirky World... Ms Crispi sets fire to ex’s home with bacon

USA: A woman called Ms Crispi accused of starting a fire in her ex-boyfriend’s house with a pound of bacon is to stand trial on arson charges.

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Bird keepers mark 100 years since the death of last passenger pigeon

Time will come to a standstill today to mark 100 years since the death of the last passenger pigeon and the extinction of what was once the world’s most abundant bird.

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Eating less meat ‘essential’ to saving the planet

Eating less meat is "essential" to ensure future demand for food can be met and "dangerous" climate change avoided, experts have warned.

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