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  • TLONDON      -    The Commons Speaker has refused a government request to hold a “yes” or “no” vote on its Brexit deal. John Bercow said a motion on the deal had been brought before MPs on Saturday, and it would be “repetitive and ...

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  • TTEHRAN-An Iranian hacking group was itself hacked by a Russian group to spy on multiple countries, UK and US intelligence agencies have revealed. The Iranian group - codenamed OilRig - had its operations compromised by a Russian-based group known as Turla.The Russians piggybacked on the Iranian ...

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  • TLONDON     -     The government says it will push ahead with efforts to pass its Brexit deal, despite a major setback to its plans. Boris Johnson had to ask the EU for an extension to the UK’s 31 October exit date after MPs backed a move to delay ...

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  • TMUMBAI-An Indian school official has apologised after a bizarre set of images went viral showing students wearing cardboard boxes on their heads.The images were taken during a chemistry exam at Bhagat Pre-University College in Haveri, Karnataka state.They showed students wearing boxes, cut open on ...

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  • TQantas completes test of longest non-stop passenger flight SYDNEY - Australian carrier Qantas has completed a test of the longest non-stop commercial passenger flight as part of research on how the journey could affect pilots, crew and passengers.The Boeing 787-9 with 49 people on board took 19 ...

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  • TWASHINGTON-Two Nasa astronauts are making the first ever all-female spacewalk. Christina Koch and Jessica Meir left the International Space Station’s Quest airlock on Friday to replace a failed power control unit. They were expected to spend five and a half hours replacing the power regulator ...

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  • TLONDON-Scientists developing techniques to count great whales from space say the largest ever recorded mass stranding event was probably underestimated.The carcasses of 343 sei whales were spotted on remote beaches in Patagonia, Chile, in 2015 - but this survey work was conducted from planes and ...

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  • TLONDON    -   A British team is developing a car that will be capable of reaching 1,000mph (1,610km/h). Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, the vehicle aims to show its potential by going progressively faster, year after year. By the end of 2019, ...

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  • TLONDON    -   The prime minister is to chair a new cabinet committee on climate change to drive action to cut emissions across the government. It follows long-standing criticism that some departments - especially transport - have failed to play their part in combating ...

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  • TWASHINGTON-The US space agency has unveiled the prototype for a new spacesuit that could be worn by the next astronauts on the Moon.Nasa chief Jim Bridenstine shared a close-up look at the next-generation suits for the agency’s Artemis programme.The xEMU prototype suit looks similar to ones ...

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  • TISTANBUL - The US has imposed sanctions on Turkish ministries and senior government officials in response to the country’s military offensive in northern Syria. President Donald Trump also phoned his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to demand an immediate truce, Vice-President Mike ...

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  • TLONDON-A bill to tackle environmental priorities is to be published by the government later. It aims to improve air and water quality, tackle plastic pollution, restore wildlife, and protect the climate. Environmentalists have welcomed several of the proposals, especially on restoring nature. But ...

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  • TLONDON-The UK will not meet its climate change targets without a revolution in home heating, a think tank says.A report from the cross-party Policy Connect says gas central heating boilers also threaten the UK’s clean air goals.But a poll conducted among MPs suggests that most do not consider ...

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  • TLONDON-K-pop superstars BTS have become the first foreign artists to play a solo stadium show in Saudi Arabia. The boy band performed in front of a sell-out crowd at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh on Friday evening. However they faced criticism for their decision to play in a country ...

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  • TLONDON - Angelina Jolie has championed the role men can play in shaping the personalities of young girls. The actress, who stars in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, also said female characters in films should not have to be portrayed as physically tough in order to be considered strong. “I think ...

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  • TLONDON-Mastercard, Visa, eBay and payments firm Stripe have pulled out of Facebook’s embattled cryptocurrency project, Libra. Their move, first reported in the Financial Times, follows the withdrawal of PayPal, announced last week.It represents a huge blow to the social network’s plans ...

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  • TLONDON - Soul icon Diana Ross is the first artist to be confirmed for the 2020 Glastonbury Festival.  The Motown star, who first found fame in The Supremes, will play the coveted “legend slot” on Sunday 28 June. She follows in the footsteps of Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie and Kylie ...

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  • TLONDON-Antarctica’s Emperor penguins could be in real difficulty come 2100 if the climate warms as expected. Experts say the birds raise their young on sea-ice and if this platform is greatly curtailed, as the models project, then it’s likely to put the animals’ numbers into steep ...

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  • TLONDON-Almost 400 all-time high temperatures were set in the northern hemisphere over the summer, according to an analysis of temperature records. The records were broken in 29 countries for the period from 1 May to 30 August this year. A third of the all-time high temperatures were in Germany, ...

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  • TUS - A power company has started cutting electricity to around 800,000 homes, businesses and other locations in Northern California, in an attempt to prevent wildfires.Large swathes of the San Francisco Bay Area - though not the city itself - are expected to be affected.The region’s utility ...

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  • TWASHINGTON-Saturn has overtaken Jupiter as the planet with the most moons, according to US researchers. A team discovered a haul of 20 new moons orbiting the ringed planet, bringing its total to 82; Jupiter, by contrast, has 79 natural satellites. The moons were discovered using the Subaru ...

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  • TLOS ANGELES    -  Australian pop star Sia has revealed that she suffers from a disease that gives her chronic pain. In a tweet, the singer-songwriter said she had Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a rare condition that can cause joint pain and extreme fatigue. Sia, 43, is known for ...

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  • TSYDNEY    -  A cataclysmic energy flare ripped through our galaxy, the Milky Way, about 3.5 million years ago, a team of astronomers say. The so-called Seyfert flare started near the supermassive black hole in the centre of the galaxy, they add. The impact was felt 200,000 ...

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  • TGERMANY    -   German Research Vessel Polarstern has found a location to begin its year-long drift in Arctic sea-ice. The ship, which will head the North Pole’s biggest scientific expedition, will settle next to a thick ice floe on the Siberian side of the ocean ...

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  • TUS    -    The US says it is stepping aside for an imminent Turkish operation against Kurdish-led forces within Syria that have until now been a key US ally. Kurdish militias played a major role in defeating the Islamic State (IS) group, but Turkey regards them as ...

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  • TWASHINGTON    -    A second whistleblower has come forward in the impeachment case against US President Donald Trump, according to lawyers representing the first one. Mark Zaid told ABC News the second person is also an intelligence official and they have spoken to the ...

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  • TLONDON    -    Boris Johnson has claimed his Brexit proposals have picked up support in Parliament, as he urged the EU to compromise. Ahead of a crucial summit in 11 days’ time, he insisted a revised agreement was possible “if the EU is ...

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  • TBangkok    -   Six elephants have fallen to their deaths in Thailand trying to save each other from a notorious waterfall. Officials said the incident occurred after a baby elephant slipped over the waterfall in southern Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park. Two other ...

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  • TNEW YORK     -      Payments firm PayPal has become the first company to pull out of an alliance that is trying to launch Facebook’s digital currency Libra. PayPal made the announcement in a statement on Friday, but did not specify what had prompted the ...

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  • TLONDON-More than a quarter of mammals are facing extinction, according to a detailed and devastating report on the state of the natural world in the UK.It also said one in seven species were threatened with extinction, and 41% of species studied have experienced decline since 1970. Providing the ...

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