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Somalia conflict: Huge blast rocks Mogadishu port area

A powerful explosion has killed at least three people near the port of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, police say. At least another seven people were injured, police added. The blast was followed by the sound of gunfire. One report said … Continue reading

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Newspaper review: PM's trousers and 'fat is good for you'

The Daily Mail reports that a spat has broken out between former education secretary Nicky Morgan and Theresa May’s chief of staff Fiona Hill after Mrs Morgan publically criticised the prime minister’s £995 leather trousers. Ms Morgan had been invited … Continue reading

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North Korea's Kim guides special operations drill targeting South

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives guidance during his visit to various fields of Samjiyon County in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 28, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA

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Republican wins Senate runoff in Louisiana, giving party 52 seats

FILE PHOTO – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump waves with U.S. Senate Candidate from Louisiana John Kennedy (R) during a ”Thank You USA” tour rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S., December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

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Conflict over Russia is rocky start for Trump and intelligence agencies

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the USA Thank You Tour event at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., December 8, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

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'Secure schools' pilot scheme for young offenders

Two “secure schools” are to be opened for teenage offenders in England and Wales in a bid to improve education within the youth justice system. Justice Secretary Liz Truss will announce the scheme on Sunday – a day before a … Continue reading

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Orgreave files 'to be made public' in first half of 2017

Files relating to the so-called Battle of Orgreave are expected to be made public in 2017, it has been revealed. In a letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee, the home secretary said 30 files relating to the UK miners’ … Continue reading

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Cuts undermining fire services, says Fire Brigades Union

Budget cuts are slowly undermining the effectiveness of fire services in England and Wales, the head of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said. Fire services budgets in England have been cut by 17% since 2010, according to National Audit … Continue reading

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Bad hair days

Vidal Sassoon, Trevor Sorbie, Charles Worthington. Just a few high-profile male hairdressers whose names will, more often than not, ring a bell, if only for their range of styling products that sit on the shelves of shops up and down … Continue reading

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Vanishing act

Bolivia’s largest city, La Paz, is currently enduring its worst drought in a quarter of a century. Glaciers in the surrounding Andean mountains are key to its water supply. Simon Parker visited the abandoned ski resort of Chacaltaya, where locals … Continue reading

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