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Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest

Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest

10 December 2017 Protesters have clashed with Lebanese security forces outside the US embassy near the capital, Beirut, the latest demonstration against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Security forces fired...
Thousands bid au revoir to 'French Elvis'

Thousands bid au revoir to 'French Elvis'

Thousands of fans have lined the streets of Paris to bid farewell to “French Elvis” Johnny Hallyday. The body of France’s biggest rock star for more than half a century was carried in a hearse past his home in the west Paris suburb near Versailles to...
Cop who shot dead unarmed dad acquitted

Cop who shot dead unarmed dad acquitted

An ex-police officer who shot dead an unarmed man as he sobbed and begged “please don’t kill me” has been found not guilty of murder. Philip Mitchell Brailsford gunned down father-of-two Daniel Shaver, 27, in a hotel corridor in January 2016 after...
Daniel Shaver: Police officer not guilty of murder

Daniel Shaver: Police officer not guilty of murder

Daniel Shaver: Police officer not guilty of murder 8 December 2017 Image copyright Mesa Police Department Image caption Officer Brailsford was found not guilty of murder A police officer charged with the murder of an unarmed man in the US state of Arizona has been...
Ronaldo v Messi: Awards, goals and stats

Ronaldo v Messi: Awards, goals and stats

Cristiano Ronaldo has won his fifth Ballon d’Or title, equalling the record haul held by long-time rival Lionel Messi. Barcelona legend Messi may have outscored the Portuguese this calendar year – with 52 goals to 49 – but the Argentina forward had...
Bitcoin crosses through $17,000 as concerns mount

Bitcoin crosses through $17,000 as concerns mount

Bitcoin crosses through $ 17,000 as concerns mount 8 December 2017 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bitcoin’s value has been very volatile during its nine-year history Bitcoin briefly crossed through the $ 17,000 (£12,615) mark in volatile Asian trading,...
Mafia wife who became 'Godmother' caught in sting

Mafia wife who became 'Godmother' caught in sting

Police have arrested a woman suspected of masterminding a reshuffle of the Sicilian Mafia after the death of “boss of bosses” Toto Riina. Maria Angela Di Trapini is accused of filling in for her husband, Salvatore Madonia, who is serving a life sentence...
Naples pizza twirling joins UNESCO list

Naples pizza twirling joins UNESCO list

Naples pizza twirling has joined a UNESCO list of global “intangible heritage”, alongside traditions including a language made up only from whistling. The art of “pizzaiuolo” involves extravagantly spinning dough – made only from flour,...

Oz MPs sing after voting for same-sex marriage

Australian MPs have endorsed the nation’s vote to allow same-sex couples to marry – before bursting into song in parliament. Only four MPs did not back the legislation, which comes after the country voted overwhelmingly in favour of legalising same-sex...
Trump not averse to dangerous gamble in Israel

Trump not averse to dangerous gamble in Israel

When, back in May this year, Donald Trump became the first sitting US President to visit the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, the Israelis were delighted. The presidential visit, they said, implied recognition of Israeli sovereignty at the site. They...
Jerusalem is Israel's capital – Trump

Jerusalem is Israel's capital – Trump

6 December 2017 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy the city of Jerusalem matters President Trump has announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Mr Trump described the move as “a long overdue step”...
Russia election: Putin to run again for president

Russia election: Putin to run again for president

Russia election: Putin to run again for president 6 December 2017 Image copyright EPA Image caption Vladimir Putin had hinted that he might stand during a youth event earlier in the day Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said he will seek another term as president in...
Raza Khan: Fears over activist missing in Pakistan

Raza Khan: Fears over activist missing in Pakistan

Raza Khan: Fears over activist missing in Pakistan By Secunder Kermani BBC News, Islamabad 6 December 2017 Fears are growing over the fate of a Pakistani activist who has been reported missing since the weekend. Raza Khan from Lahore disappeared after attending a...

European Union blacklists 17 tax havens

The European Union has adopted a “blacklist” of 17 tax havens, officials say. The decision was made at a meeting of finance ministers in Brussels as EU authorities move to counter tax avoidance. The action is aimed at countering disclosures about the...
Hoffman and Oliver spar over harassment claim

Hoffman and Oliver spar over harassment claim

Dustin Hoffman has got into a war of words with John Oliver over a sexual harassment allegation made against the actor. During what was meant to be a Q&A panel celebrating 20 years of political satire Wag The Dog, presenter John Oliver confronted the 80-year-old...
Ex-King Michael of Romania dies at 96

Ex-King Michael of Romania dies at 96

Ex-King Michael of Romania dies at 96 5 December 2017 From the section Europe Romania’s King Michael I has died in Switzerland at the age of 96, officials say. He was diagnosed with cancer last year. King Michael ruled Romania twice, first in the 1920s, when he...
Spanish judge withdraws Puigdemont warrant

Spanish judge withdraws Puigdemont warrant

A judge in Spain’s Supreme Court has withdrawn the international arrest warrant for deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. The court explained that Mr Puigdemont has expressed willingness to return to Spain, alongside the other four members of his cabinet who...
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