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Chinese leader given ceremonial welcome

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh welcomed Mr Xi as he arrived at Horse Guards Parade China’s President Xi Jinping is receiving a ceremonial welcome by the Queen as he begins the first full … Continue reading

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Tata Steel announces 1,200 job cuts

Media captionNorth Lincolnshire chaplain discusses steel job losses Tata Steel has announced nearly 1,200 job losses at its plants in Scunthorpe and Lanarkshire. Nine hundred jobs will be lost at the firm’s plant in Scunthorpe. The remaining 270 jobs will … Continue reading

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Pistorius under house arrest after one year behind bars for killing girlfriend

PRETORIA Oscar Pistorius, South Africa’s double-amputee “Blade Runner”, was released on parole late on Monday, just short of a year into his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013. The disgraced Paralympic gold medallist must … Continue reading

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Third Russian air strike on Syrian rebel group kills leader

BEIRUT Russian air strikes in Syria’s Latakia province killed a rebel commander and four other fighters from a group armed by President Bashar al-Assad’s foreign enemies, a spokesman for the group said on Tuesday. The attack on Monday evening marked … Continue reading

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Slovenia deploys army at border as thousands of migrants seek to transit

LJUBLJANA/KLJUC BRDOVECKI, Croatia Slovenia deployed the army to guard its border as thousands of migrants streamed into the tiny country from the south, and said it may resort to “physical barriers” like neighboring Hungary if the number of arrivals continued … Continue reading

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Taliban threatens southern Afghan city, civilians flee

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan Taliban forces advanced on the capital of the volatile southern Afghan province of Helmand on Tuesday amid fierce fighting with government forces that threatened to cut off a major highway and prompted many families to flee. The … Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft suffers kidney failure

Image copyright PA Lord Ashcroft has missed the UK launch party of the controversial book he co-authored about David Cameron, after suffering liver and kidney failure. The Conservative peer became ill last month and spent 18 days in intensive care, … Continue reading

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CIA boss’s personal email ‘hacked’

Image copyright AP Image caption John Brennan has been CIA director since 2013 US authorities are investigating reports that CIA Director John Brennan’s personal email account has been hacked by a high-school student. The alleged hacker told the New York … Continue reading

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Serial killer suspect ‘drugged victims’

Media captionStephen Port, 40, is alleged to have met the victims online, as Ben Geoghegan reports A man has appeared in court charged with poisoning and murdering four young men. Stephen Port, 40, is accused of killing the men, who … Continue reading

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Chinese president in UK for state visit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption This week’s is the first state visit by a Chinese president since 2005 Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in the UK at the start of a four-day state visit which UK PM David Cameron … Continue reading

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