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Top Vatican official denies sex charges in court

Top Vatican official denies sex charges in court

The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal has denied the charges against him. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’s top financial adviser, made his first appearance at a court in Melbourne, Australia, since he was...
Brain disease found in 99% of NFL players

Brain disease found in 99% of NFL players

A report has found alarming evidence of a link between playing American football and a brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head. The study found chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in 177 of 202 brains of players across all levels of the game. For...

US votes for Russia, Iran and N Korea sanctions

The US House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly for new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The vote goes against President Donald Trump’s wishes. Members backed the measure by a margin of 388-2, with support from both Republicans and...

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg clash over AI

Elon Musk has criticised Mark Zuckerberg for having a “limited” understanding of artificial intelligence in a spat over the potential dangers of advances in the field. Mr Musk was responding to the Facebook chief’s suggestion he was...
Wildfires rage in French tourist hotspots

Wildfires rage in French tourist hotspots

A series of massive wildfires are raging across parts of southern France and Corsica, in areas popular with tourists. Up to 900 hectares of forest has been engulfed in flames, threatening homes on the island of Corsica, off the southern French coast. A further 860...

Microsoft says it won't bin 'trusty old' Paint

Microsoft has responded to “an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia” for Paint and announced that the app is not being scrapped. Fans were devastated after learning that Paint, the image-editing program which helped a generation with their...
US judge halts deportation of 1,400 Iraqis

US judge halts deportation of 1,400 Iraqis

A US judge has halted the deportation of 1,400 Iraqis. District judge Mark Goldsmith granted an injunction to give the immigrants more time to individually challenge their removal in the courts. He said many of the group had faced a “feverish search for legal...
Where is 'free' widow of Chinese Nobel winner?

Where is 'free' widow of Chinese Nobel winner?

The Chinese authorities say Liu Xia, the widow of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, is a free woman. But when we tried to visit her apartment in Beijing, we were immediately surrounded by security guards, who pushed and shoved our team, yelling at us to “Get...
Pakistan blast: Taliban bike bomb kills 26 in Lahore

Pakistan blast: Taliban bike bomb kills 26 in Lahore

Pakistan blast: Taliban bike bomb kills 26 in Lahore 24 July 2017 From the section Asia Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police collected evidence from the scene after the blast At least 26 people have been killed in a car bombing in the eastern Pakistani city of...
China rising political star facing corruption probe

China rising political star facing corruption probe

China rising political star facing corruption probe 24 July 2017 From the section China Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sun Zhengcai was abruptly replaced as Chongqing party chief earlier this month Chinese authorities say they are investigating a top politician...

Manhunt after chainsaw attack in Switzerland

Five people have been injured – two of them seriously – after they were attacked by a man armed with a chainsaw in Switzerland. Police say they have identified the suspect following the attack in Schaffhausen, but he remains at large. Detectives have...

Teen held over fatal crash streamed on Instagram

An 18-year-old woman has been arrested in California on suspicion of killing her sister in a car crash that was streamed live on Instagram. Obdulia Sanchez was allegedly filming herself singing to music behind the wheel when she lost control – causing the car to...
Spanish fishermen find new way to clear oceans

Spanish fishermen find new way to clear oceans

Three miles off Spain’s Costa Blanca, Vicente Sana and his crew pull in their first catch of the day, but as the nets are opened onto the deck, plastic and rubbish tumbles out with the fish. Fisherman Paco Perez points out a bit of old tyre, a diver’s fin,...
Booing fails to dampen Froome's spirits

Booing fails to dampen Froome's spirits

Chris Froome looks set to win the Tour de France after extending his lead in Saturday’s time trial in Marseille. This will be Froome’s fourth tour victory, a feat rarely achieved, meaning he’s now cemented his status as a cycling great. He was booed...
Scrubs creator 'lucky' as plane lands on NY river

Scrubs creator 'lucky' as plane lands on NY river

Ten people have been rescued from a seaplane after it made a hard landing on New York’s East River. Several boats went to the rescue of the small aircraft as it began to drift in the river around 5:30pm on Friday. Carter Craft, who was on a boat nearby, saw the...
Trump's spin doctor seals press debut with kiss

Trump's spin doctor seals press debut with kiss

Blowing a kiss to the White House press corps after his first outing at the podium, Donald Trump’s new communications chief has signalled a different approach to the media. In stark contrast to the blustering, confrontational style of his much-mocked predecessor...
Interpol 'lists IS fighters heading to Europe'

Interpol 'lists IS fighters heading to Europe'

A list of 173 suspected Islamic State fighters – possibly trained to launch suicide attacks in Europe – has reportedly been circulated by Interpol. The world’s largest police organisation believes the fighters may seek to “build and position...
Bieber's 'bad behaviour' leads to China ban

Bieber's 'bad behaviour' leads to China ban

Despite his musical success, worldwide fame and millionaire status Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China. The 23-year-old has fallen foul of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture, who object to the Baby singer’s “bad behaviour”....
The different battles for Raqqa and Mosul

The different battles for Raqqa and Mosul

The city of Mosul was declared as “liberated” from Islamic State two weeks ago, but a very different and challenging fight is looming 231 miles to Mosul’s west in the Syrian city of Raqqa. Mosul’s liberation from Islamic State came at great...
White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns 21 July 2017 From the section US & Canada Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Spicer’s press briefings were a cable news hit White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has quit, reportedly in protest at a...
China in Baltic navy drill with Russia

China in Baltic navy drill with Russia

China in Baltic navy drill with Russia 21 July 2017 From the section Europe Image copyright AFP Image caption Chinese Type 052D destroyers carry cruise missiles, anti-aircraft missiles and torpedoes Three Chinese warships are in the Baltic to start China’s first...
Armstrong's moon dust bag sells for $1.8m

Armstrong's moon dust bag sells for $1.8m

The bag Neil Armstrong used to bring moon dust back to Earth has sold for $ 1.8m (£1.38m) at an auction in New York. Just a simple white pouch with a zip, it was bought for $ 995 two years ago before its historical importance was fully realised. The bag languished for...
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