• Sick and elderly: Some EU nationals struggle to prove UK residency ahead of Brexit
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    Sick and elderly: Some EU nationals struggle to prove UK residency ahead of Brexit

    Sonja Brain, 84, is losing her sight and bed-bound in hospital after a cancerous tumour was removed from her spine. Brain, a Dutch national who moved to the United Kingdom from the Netherlands 59 years ago, has a British husband, four British children, six British grandchildren, and has lived in the

  • Scientists reconstruct skeleton of elusive, pre-historic human
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    Scientists reconstruct skeleton of elusive, pre-historic human

    Researchers in Israel say they have reconstructed the skeleton of a pre-historic human from a long-extinct and elusive species using DNA found in the pinky bone of a 13-year-old girl who died 70,000 years ago. Little is known about the Denisovans, who were ancient relatives of the more familiar Neanderthals

  • Canadian PM Trudeau's brownface scandal deepens as other images emerge
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    Canadian PM Trudeau's brownface scandal deepens as other images emerge

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's brownface picture scandal deepened on Thursday as other images of him emerged wearing dark make-up only hours after he had apologized for what he characterized as a racist act at a 2001 costume party. With less than five weeks to go before a national election

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    Russia arrests shaman who vowed to banish Putin from the Kremlin

    Russian police on Thursday arrested a Siberian shaman who had become a media curiosity after embarking on a long trek to Moscow which he had promised would culminate in him driving President Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin. Alexander Gabyshev began his odyssey in March, promising to walk more than 8,000

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    Hundreds of workers in Qatar unpaid as reforms stall, Amnesty says

    Hundreds of migrant workers in Qatar have gone without pay and many were forced to return to their home countries without compensation, despite recent reforms intended to improve worker rights, a report from Amnesty International said on Thursday. Since being named host of World Cup 2022, Qatar has

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    Belgian F-16 crash pilot left hanging from power line

    A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed in northwestern France on Thursday, leaving one pilot who ejected to safety dangling from a high-voltage electricity line. The warplane clipped a house as it came down outside the village of Pluvigner, near France's Atlantic coast, ripping a hole in its roof, French

  • US takes back $100 million from Afghan govt over corruption
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    US takes back $100 million from Afghan govt over corruption

    Washington is taking back $100 million intended for an Afghan energy infrastructure project, citing unacceptably high levels of corruption in the Afghan government, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday in a harshly worded statement. The U.S. will still finish the massive project, Pompeo

  • U.S. drone strike kills 30 pine nut farm workers in Afghanistan
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    U.S. drone strike kills 30 pine nut farm workers in Afghanistan

    A U.S. drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State (IS) hideout in Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day's labour in the fields, officials said on Thursday. The attack on Wednesday night also injured 40 people after accidentally targeting farmers and labourers who had just

  • Guatemala admits it is a cocaine producing nation, not just transit point
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    Guatemala admits it is a cocaine producing nation, not just transit point

    Guatemala must now consider itself a cocaine producing nation and not just a transit country for the powerful narcotic after authorities discovered new coca processing laboratories, the interior minister said. Last year, Guatemala discovered plantations growing coca, along with a laboratory to process

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    Outcry at Indonesia draft criminal code that could see unmarried couples jailed

    Indonesia’s draft criminal law could criminalise insulting the president, Joko Widodo. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesIndonesia is set to pass a new criminal code that could outlaw living together outside marriage, extramarital sex and insulting the president, among a raft of changes that rights

  • U.S. to withdraw and withhold funds from Afghanistan, blames corruption
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    U.S. to withdraw and withhold funds from Afghanistan, blames corruption

    WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the United States would withdraw about $100 million earmarked for an energy infrastructure project in Afghanistan and withhold a further $60 million in planned assistance, blaming corruption and a lack of transparency in

  • Tunisia's ousted president Ben Ali dies in Saudi exile-lawyer
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    Tunisia's ousted president Ben Ali dies in Saudi exile-lawyer

    Tunisia's ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali died in exile in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, days after a free presidential election in his homeland, his family lawyer said. "Ben Ali just died in Saudi Arabia," the lawyer, Mounir Ben Salha, told Reuters by phone. Ben Ali fled Tunisia

  • Huawei debuts phone without Google apps as US sanctions bite
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    Huawei debuts phone without Google apps as US sanctions bite

    Huawei launched a new flagship smartphone on Thursday but it comes without popular Google apps such as Chrome or YouTube after U.S. sanctions kicked in, limiting its appeal to consumers. The devices, including one for new 5G networks, run on an open source version of Google's Android operating system

  • Sri Lanka spinner banned because of illegal bowling action
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    Sri Lanka spinner banned because of illegal bowling action

    The ICC banned Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya from bowling in international cricket for 12 months Thursday because of an illegal bowling action. The 25-year-old Dananjaya, who has four five-wicket hauls in his first six test matches, twice failed an assessment on his bowling action inside the stipulated

  • The ex-professor out to remake Tunisian politics
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    The ex-professor out to remake Tunisian politics

    A retired law professor with an awkward public manner, little money, no political party and a commitment to an obscure form of democracy might soon become the most unlikely leader in the Arab world. Kais Saied has won the support of both Islamists and leftists, though his radical but socially conservative

  • 'Only Bibi' no more: Why does Israel's Netanyahu want to power-share?
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    'Only Bibi' no more: Why does Israel's Netanyahu want to power-share?

    After failing to secure a clear election victory twice in six months, Israel's longest-serving prime minister now seems to be calculating that he can stay in power only by sharing it. Following Tuesday's deadlocked parliamentary election, a weakened Netanyahu offered a national unity government

  • Sackler family members 'may be unwilling' to contribute to opioids settlement
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    Sackler family members 'may be unwilling' to contribute to opioids settlement

    The district court in White Plains, New York. Photograph: Seth Wenig/APOxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma has warned a bankruptcy court that the Sackler family members who own the company “may be unwilling – or unable” to contribute billions to a $10–$12bn settlement toward the costs of the US opioid crisis

  • Trump calls media report about whistleblower complaint 'Fake News'
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    Trump calls media report about whistleblower complaint 'Fake News'

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday blasted as "Fake News" a media report that he made a promise to a foreign leader that prompted a whistleblower complaint from a U.S. intelligence official. "Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may

  • UK Supreme Court to rule next week on PM Johnson's suspension of parliament
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    UK Supreme Court to rule next week on PM Johnson's suspension of parliament

    Britain's Supreme Court aims to deliver its ruling early next week on whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully when he suspended parliament for five weeks in the run-up to Brexit, the president of the court said on Thursday. If the ruling goes against Johnson, he could be compelled

  • 'Mad Max,' Canada's populist candidate, has a score to settle and it could shape the election
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    'Mad Max,' Canada's populist candidate, has a score to settle and it could shape the election

    Maxime "Mad Max" Bernier, one of the most right-wing figures ever seen in Canadian federal politics, has a score to settle and nothing to lose - a potent mix that could shape the outcome of next month's national election. The 56-year-old Bernier - a former minister of foreign affairs and

  • U.S. building coalition after Saudi oil attack, Iran warns against war
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    U.S. building coalition after Saudi oil attack, Iran warns against war

    The United States said on Thursday it was building a coalition to deter Iranian threats following a weekend attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Iran has warned U.S. President Donald Trump against being dragged into a war in the Middle East and said it would meet any offensive action with a crushing

  • Factbox: Merkel's coalition finalises German landmark climate plan
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    Factbox: Merkel's coalition finalises German landmark climate plan

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition parties start marathon talks on Thursday to agree a landmark climate action plan designed to help Europe's biggest economy meet its CO2 emission reduction targets by 2030. The package is also a major test for the alliance between Merkel's conservatives

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    Torrential rains from storm Imelda submerge parts of southeast Texas

    Three days of rains in the Houston area stranded motorists on flooded roads, confined people to their homes and prompted the evacuation of at least one hospital, according to media reports, local officials and social media posts. Millions of people in and around Houston and nearby western Louisiana

  • Germany faces test of green credentials with new climate plan
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    Germany faces test of green credentials with new climate plan

    The German government prepared on Thursday for all-night talks on a new climate policy that will determine whether Berlin is serious about engineering a paradigm shift in Europe's largest economy or simply wants to make a token show of going green. The ruling coalition has set itself a Friday deadline

  • Trump sues Manhattan district attorney Vance over subpoenas
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    Trump sues Manhattan district attorney Vance over subpoenas

    U.S. President Donald Trump sued Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Thursday over subpoenas issued by the state prosecutor's office. A copy of the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court was not immediately available in online records, and Vance's office did not immediately respond