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Brexit: Theresa May meets Angela Merkel for delay request

Theresa May is holding last-minute Brexit talks with the leaders of Germany, and France later, with the UK due to leave the EU in three days time. Mrs May is meeting Angela Merkel in Berlin, followed by Emmanuel Macron in Paris, to urge them to back her request to delay …

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Cyclone Idai: Zimbabwe school hit by landslide

Two boarding school pupils are among 31 people to have been killed in eastern Zimbabwe by Cyclone Idai. They were asleep in their dormitory when rocks swept down a mountain and knocked over a wall, officials say. A further three people are missing after a bus was washed away when …

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Entire Burkina Faso government resigns

The Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Paul Kaba Thieba, has resigned from office along with his entire cabinet. No reason was given for the move, which was announced in a televised statement by the country’s president. Mr Thieba, a former economist, had held the position since January 2016 when he …

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Entire Burkina Faso government resigns

Social media star Boo the Pomeranian dog has died at the age of 12. His owners say he had shown signs of heart problems ever since his “best friend” – a dog called Buddy – died in 2017.   “We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us,” they …

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Polish mayor stabbed at charity event

The mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk has been seriously injured after being stabbed on stage at the country’s biggest charity event, officials say. Pawel Adamowicz, 53, was taken to hospital, where he is in a critical condition after five hours of surgery. The 27-year-old suspect, who has a …

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Gabon military ‘seizes power’

Military says it has seized power in oil-rich Gabon, where the ailing leader’s family has ruled for 50 years. Soldiers in the west African country of Gabon say they launched a coup “to restore democracy”. They took control of the national radio station in the early hours of Monday to …

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Prostitute arrested after reporting customer for not paying

A woman was charged with prostitution after reporting a client for only paying half of his bill. The woman had been put in touch with the Saudi client, 25, through a WhatsApp number that advertises prostitution. “The WhatsApp number belongs to a woman who runs a brothel and I have …

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Positive outlook for 2019: New year messages from world leaders

International collaboration remains the best hope to combat issues like climate change and political division, which are getting harder to solve, the United Nation Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in his New Year message. He pointed to Yemen as an example, where recent breakthrough talks; “have created an opportunity for peace”, …

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Venice to charge tourist entry fee for short stays

Venice has won approval to introduce an entry fee of up to €10 (£9; $11.50) for short-stay tourists. Italy’s budget for 2019 has a clause enabling Venice to impose the fee, which will especially target day-trippers arriving on cruise ships. Tourists already pay a similar “landing tax” when they visit …

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