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Nancy Pelosi hands out impeachment pens after signing articles

Donald Trump is the third president in US history to be impeached.

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Virgin Islands suit alleges decades-long abuse by Epstein

The lawsuit seeks to confiscate hundreds of millions of dollars from Jeffrey Epstein’s estate in the Virgin Islands.

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Pachacamac Idol statue’s true colours finally revealed

The figure is a symbolically carved wooden statue from the Pachacamac archaeological complex.

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Angry shepherds secure bear ban from Macron

France began importing animals from Slovenia, where the population is booming.

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Second planet could be orbiting neighbouring star just four light years away

Proxima c is approximately half the size of Neptune and orbits Proxima Centauri, scientists say.

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House of Representatives votes to send Trump impeachment to Senate for trial

The vote was 228-193, coming at the start of a presidential election year and one month after the House impeached Donald Trump.

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Neanderthals dove into the sea to collect shells – study

They also collected volcanic rock from the beach and coastal waters.

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Astronomers find new class of ‘unusual objects’ near supermassive black hole

The group was spotted orbiting a supermassive black hole called Sagittarius A* located some 26,000 light years away from Earth.

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China trade deal delivers economic justice, says Trump

The agreement is intended to ease some US economic sanctions on China, while Beijing would step up purchases of American farm products.

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Burglars who posed with jewellery jailed for raid on celebrity chef’s UK home

Danko Carvajal-Donaire, Claudio Donoso, Nicolas Portilla Astorga and Jorge Rojas broke into Marcus Wareing’s house in south-west London.

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Putin engineers shake-up that could keep him in power longer

The Russian president earlier accepted the resignation of long-time ally Dmitry Medvedev, who moves to a new role.

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Prosecutors for Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial unveiled

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed the team that will try to persuade the chamber to remove the president from office.

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Scientists create ‘living concrete’ using sand, gel and bacteria

Researchers say the building material is capable of self-healing and is more environmentally friendly.

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Women’s blood vessels age faster than men’s, research suggests

The scientists say their findings challenge the notion that important vascular diseases in women lag behind men by 10 to 20 years.

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2010s were hottest decade on record, scientists confirm

2019 was the second warmest year in records dating back to the 19th century, an assessment shows.

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Nancy Pelosi unveils prosecutors for Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial

Nancy Pelosi unveils prosecutors for Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial

The US president was impeached last month on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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Goldman Sachs profit falls 24% as legal expenses mar results

Despite having a strong quarter in trading, Goldman’s results were marred by significantly higher expenses.

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Vladimir Putin accepts resignation of prime minister and government

Vladimir Putin accepts resignation of prime minister and government

The Russian president, who earlier made his state of the nation speech, noted that Dmitry Medvedev had failed to fulfil key objectives.

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Johnson insists UK government will get NHS waiting lists down

Boris Johnson conceded waiting times are ‘unacceptable’ as he was quizzed on the issue by Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs.

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Pope appoints first woman to senior diplomatic role at the Vatican

Francesca Di Giovanni becomes undersecretary for multilateral affairs at the Holy See’s Secretariat of State.

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39% drop of visitor numbers to Hong Kong since protests erupted

The figures were unveiled by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

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Vladimir Putin hints at changes to Russia’s constitution

The president also highlighted the need to increase the birthrate.

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Ingredient essential to life was brought to Earth by comets, astronomers say

Phosphorus, which is present in the DNA of all living organisms, may have been delivered by the icy wanderers billions of years ago.

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More bodies found after avalanches in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan was visiting the affected area.

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British-Australian imprisoned in Iran begs Australian PM to help with release

The Cambridge-educated academic has been held for more than a year.

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People were lied to for days over jetliner crash, top Iranian diplomat admits

The incident has sparked days of angry protests in the country.

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Children treated after plane dumps fuel over Los Angeles schools

The fuel, described by fire officials as a vapour, caused minor skin and lung irritation to 56 children and adults.

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Sexism row dominates final Democratic debate

Elizabeth Warren’s accusations of sexism towards Bernie Sanders dominated much of the discussion.

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Donald Trump uses Wisconsin rally to defend Iran policy

The president called Iranian General Qassem Soleimani a “son of a bitch” who was responsible for “hundreds and hundreds of deaths”.

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Ex-Trump aide Michael Flynn seeks to withdraw guilty plea for alleged perjury

The request comes one week after the Justice Department recommended Mr Flynn serve up to six months in prison.

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Regular sex linked to lower risk of early menopause – study

Findings suggest if a woman is not having sex and there is no chance of pregnancy, the body chooses not to invest in ovulation.

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Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy may trigger post-traumatic stress – study

Researchers looked at the psychological impact of early-stage pregnancy loss.

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