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Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'

Pope Francis kisses a baby as he leads the weekly general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi

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Six Nations 2017: Johnny Sexton back in Ireland team to face France

Six Nations: Ireland v France Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday, 25 February Kick-off: 16:50 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio Ulster & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary … Continue reading

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Hairdryers used to strike blow against speeders in Hopeman

Villagers dressed in fluorescent jackets are pointing hairdryers at cars to mimic police using speed cameras in a bid to deter fast drivers in Moray. Residents of Hopeman fear someone could be seriously injured or killed by speeding drivers. It … Continue reading

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Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes's new car given debut at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton has put the first laps on the Mercedes car he hopes will make him world champion for the fourth time in 2017. The 32-year-old drove the brand new Mercedes W08 at Silverstone in blustery, damp conditions. Hamilton said … Continue reading

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Helen Bailey murderer Ian Stewart jailed for 34 years

The “wicked” fiance of children’s author Helen Bailey, who murdered her and dumped her body in a cesspit, has been jailed for 34 years. Ian Stewart, 56, secretly drugged and suffocated Ms Bailey in a plot to inherit her near-£4m … Continue reading

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Syrian negotiators arrive for Geneva peace talks

By Tom Miles | GENEVA Syrian negotiators arrived separately to meet U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura in Geneva on Thursday in a low-key start to the first U.N.-led peace talks in almost a year. Government negotiator Bashar al-Ja’afari, Syria’s ambassador … Continue reading

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Riot police confront banned anti-police protest in Paris

Hundreds of high-school students protested in Paris over police use of force on Thursday, blocking the entrances to a dozen schools before heading to a banned street rally where riot police turned out in large numbers. The protest was the … Continue reading

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Six Nations: John Barclay to lead much-changed Scotland v Wales

Six Nations: Scotland v Wales Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh Date: Saturday, 25 February Kick-off: 14:25 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One, S4C, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Scotland & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live … Continue reading

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Nuclear bunker houses 'Wiltshire's biggest cannabis factory'

A large-scale cannabis factory has been found in an underground former nuclear bunker, Wiltshire police have said. Several thousand cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £1m were seized in a raid on RGHQ Chilmark. Six men were arrested … Continue reading

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Faulty tumble dryers: More than 35,000 sign recall petition

More than 35,000 people have signed a parliamentary petition to force Whirlpool to recall three million potentially dangerous tumble dryers. The manufacturer has advised millions of owners to unplug their machines, but has refused to issue a safety recall. The … Continue reading

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