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A senior scientist who said physics "was invented and built by men" has been suspended with immediate effect from working with the European nuclear research centre Cern.

Prof Alessandro Strumia, of Pisa University, made the comments during a presentation organised by the group.

He said, in comments first reported by the BBC's Pallab Ghosh, that physics was "becoming sexist against men".

Cern said on Monday it was suspending Prof Strumia pending an investigation.
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Police say around 180,000 protesters gathered in Barcelona pushing for independence from Spain.
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"There are multiple theaters where escalations could result, and something bigger than anybody really wants to see," one expert warned.
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Over 840 people are now confirmed to have died in Friday’s Indonesian earthquake and tsunami, and nearly 50,000 more have been displaced in the disaster’s aftermath. The death toll is expected to rise as many coastal towns remain inaccessible and rescuers have been unable to assess the damage. The 7.5-magnitude quake hit Friday night, creating a tsunami that swept terrifying 20-feet waves onto parts of the coastline. Many buildings collapsed and rescuers are still working to free survivors. President Joko Widodo urged a “day and night” effort to rescue them. Volunteers have begun burying victims in a mass grave.

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Seoul said on Monday that the rival Koreas had begun removing mines and other explosives at two sites inside their heavily armed border as part of their recent tension-reduction steps. They will likely end up pulling out a very small portion of an estimated 2 million mines littered inside and near the 155-mile-long, 2.5-mile-wide Demilitarized Zone.

But it would be the two countries' first joint demining work in more than a decade and comes amid international diplomacy aimed at ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to hold a new round of direct talks with his North Korean counterparts soon, and he's kept the prospect of a declaration officially ending the Korean War on the table.
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Rescuers struggled to reach victims in several large coastal towns in Indonesia that were hit by an earthquake and tsunami. On Sunday, authorities feared that the death toll of more than 800 confirmed dead would rise.

With the area largely cut off by damaged roads and downed communications lines, military and commercial aircraft were delivering aid and supplies to the hard-hit city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi, and others in the region.
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Catalan police intervene as rival demonstrations by separatists and Spanish police take place in central Barcelona.
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Local boats helped rescue all 47 passengers and crew after the plane hit the water while trying to land at the Chuuk Island airport in the Micronesia archipelago.
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A powerful and rare storm is set to hit the eastern Mediterranean this weekend.

The hybrid storm, often called a "Medicane" (Mediterranean + hurricane) has features similar to hurricanes and typhoons.

According to a study published in 2011, only about 1-2 "Medicanes" occur per year. These powerful storms usually happen during the months of September and October, when sea surface temperatures in the Mediterranean are still quite warm, although they can occur at any time of year.

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The UN Human Rights Council voted to set up a body to prepare evidence of human rights abuses in Myanmar - including possible genocide against the Muslim Rohingya - for any future prosecution.

The 47-member council voted by 35 votes to three, with seven abstentions, on Thursday in favour of a resolution brought by the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

China, the Philippines, and Burundi voted against the move.
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If you go to a chain restaurant, you normally expect the food to be at least OK.

A woman was shocked when she went to Pizza Express and ordered a vegan pizza off the menu - only to be confronted with a 'shameful' excuse for a meal.


Mary Nesbitt-Larking was at the branch in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, last month when she was told the kitchen had run out of vegan cheese.

She received what has been branded as a 'monstrosity' of a pizza - and uploaded a snap of the sorry looking meal to Facebook, where her friends were stunned.
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An Instagram user has uploaded video that shows a seal swimming up from the depths, armed with an octopus, which it flings across the face of an unsuspecting kayaker.
Geo-tagged off the coast of Kaikoura on New Zealand's South Island, paddler Kyle Mulinder, along with a number of other kayakers, is seen on the footage watching a seal swim underwater, hunting the octopus.
As they chat about the seal, it can be seen surfacing next to Mulinder's kayak, before launching out of the water, prey in mouth, to deliver an almighty slap to the Kiwi.
Mulinder is momentarily taken aback by the attack before shouting out in surprise.
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China and Russia called on Thursday (Sep 27) for an easing of sanctions against North Korea, rejecting a US call at the UN Security Council to press on with vigorous enforcement despite a dip in tensions.

Led by the United States, the Security Council adopted three sanctions resolutions last year aimed at depriving North Korea of revenue for its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a council meeting that the thaw in relations between North and South Korea - combined with warmer US-North Korean ties - should lead to sanctions relief.

"Given the positive developments," Wang said the council should consider a provision to "modify the sanctions measures in light of the DPRK's compliance."

Russia backed China's call to consider a sanctions review.
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By 2020, many European countries are trying to reduce greenhouse gases and lower climate change in accordance to the Paris Agreement. Here are some of the EU countries leading the way with renewable energy sources.

According to Eurostat: Austria, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark and Latvia, are doing a good job - with more than half of their electricity consumed in 2016 being generated from renewable sources. Meanwhile, in contrast, there were four countries where less than 10 percent of the electricity consumed in the same year came from renewable sources (Malta, Luxembourg, Hungary and Cyprus.)

In 2016, electricity generation from renewable sources contributed to more than one quarter, or 30 percent, of total gross electricity consumption in the EU, according to Eurostat.
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that the United States is finding NAFTA talks tough because Canadians are tough negotiators. Trudeau’s comments comes a day after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had rejected the Canadian prime minister’s request for a one-on-one meeting, though Trudeau’s spokeswoman said no meeting was requested. “The Americans are finding that the negotiations are tough because Canadians are tough negotiators, as we should be,” Trudeau told reporters on …
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China has accused US President Donald Trump of "slander" after he accused Beijing of trying to meddle in upcoming US congressional elections.

Trump told a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Wednesday that Beijing was interfering in the November 6 mid-term elections because it opposes his tough stance on trade.

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Russia sought to dismiss a report identifying one of the suspects in the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the British town of Salisbury as a highly decorated special service operative.

On Wednesday, two investigative online news organizations reported that one of the men who allegedly smeared poison onto the door handle of defected Russian spy Sergei Skripal was Col. Anatoliy Chepiga, a high-ranking member of the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova Thursday dismissed the report in a Facebook post, saying “there is no proof” and that the release was aimed to coincide with an address at the United Nations Security Council by British Prime Minister Theresa May. A spokeswoman for the U.K. Home Office declined to comment on the report, citing an ongoing probe into the matter.
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Three men accused of torturing and killing kangaroos are being hunted by police in Australia, just days after a man was arrested for intentionally mowing down emus in another high-profile animal cruelty case.

Police in Western Australia on Wednesday released images of the men wanted for questioning over separate incidents in June and May during which "two kangaroos were tortured and killed".

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Advertising authorities in Sweden have criticized a major internet service provider for using a viral meme which “objectifies” women as “interchangeable objects” in one of its recruitment ads on social media.

Sweden’s Advertising Ombudsman (RO) criticized internet service provider Bahnhof for using the popular ‘Distracted boyfriend’ meme in a recruitment advertisement, describing it as sexist. The meme shows a couple walking in hand in hand, but the man has wandering eyes for another lady in the frame. It began going viral in the summer of 2017.
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French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday responded to U.S. President Donald Trump's criticism of high oil prices, saying that if had not reimposed sanctions on Tehran, prices would not have risen as much.
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The first paying guests to the ground-floor studio flat newly posted on Airbnb were innocuous enough: A family, come to experience the joys of Paris, like many millions of others.

Franck Briand, who lives in the apartment directly above, now looks back on that moment as the start of what he calls his Airbnb “nightmare.” The ensuing four years, he says, have been an incessant carousel of late-night parties, drunken revelers and the rattle of newly arrived groups, sometimes 15 at a time, dragging wheeled suitcases across the cobbled courtyard.
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China and Sweden are locked in an escalating diplomatic feud after a minor dispute over tourists outstaying their welcome in a hostel devolved into broad accusations of racism and official travel warnings.

The crisis has drawn attention to several grievances between Stockholm and Beijing in recent years, including the arrest and detention of Swedish citizen Gui Minhai by Chinese police and a recent visit to Sweden by the Dalai Lama.

In the latest escalation, Chinese authorities and media slammed a Swedish television show that attempted to poke fun at a group of Chinese tourists who were forcibly removed from their hostel earlier this month as "racist and xenophobic."

The Chinese Foreign Ministry reacted furiously to the segment, aired last Friday on "Swedish News," a comedy program on the SVT station, in which the recent incident was satirized using negative stereotypes about Chinese people.
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Britain's opposition Labour party was voting Tuesday on a policy that would put a new public vote on the table if Theresa May's government failed to get an eventual Brexit deal through the UK Parliament.
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Five countries that are signatories to the Iran nuclear deal announced Monday night that they will create a financial mechanism to allow them to continue trade with Iran, including importing oil, as U.S. sanctions kick in this November.
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President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that Russia would supply the Syrian military with a sophisticated air defense system, a move that reflects Russia’s increasing tensions with Israel and that could heighten the risks of the air war over Syria.
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Pirates have kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss cargo ship carrying wheat off the coast of Nigeria. The gang boarded the MV Glarus vessel using ladders and cut through protective razor wire on deck, according to reports. After destroying much of the ship's communications equipment, the pirates left with 12 of the 19 crew. Kidnapping for ransom is a common problem in parts of Nigeria and foreigners are frequently targeted.
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The deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned U.S. and Israeli leaders on Monday to expect a "devastating" response from Tehran, accusing them of involvement in an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz.
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The Indonesian drifted thousands of kilometres, until he was finally rescued by a passing ship near Guam.
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Fire crews dealing with the clean-up operation after Hurricane Florence are having to move thousands of dead fish from roadways after storm surges and flooded rivers brought shoals far inland. A team was deployed to interstate 40 where a large number of fish were hosed off the highway after the hurricane dropped eight trillion gallons of water on North Carolina.
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A new high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China launched Sunday, a multi-billion-dollar project that critics say gives away part of the city's territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing.
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Initial projections suggest Swiss voters have rejected two proposals on ethical and sustainable food.

Initial projections suggest the two initiatives have been defeated by no votes of over 60%.

The proposals were aimed at boosting local farming and promoting more sustainable agriculture.

But opponents, including business leaders and the government - which advised people to vote no - had warned of higher food prices and less choice.

The size of the defeat will be a big disappointment to farmers' groups and ethical food campaigners, says the BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva.
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About 150,000 Hydro Ottawa customers alone remain without power after a twister ripped through the area Friday — and the mayor warns it could take "days" to restore service to those affected by the storm.

Speaking to reporters Saturday, Jim Watson said the tornado has plunged large swaths of the city into darkness after the Hydro One-owned Merivale substation was badly damaged by high winds, disconnecting parts of the city from the provincial grid. Several people were also injured in the storm.
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Britain said on Saturday it would not capitulate in Brexit talks and again urged its EU partners to engage with its proposals, as ministers in Paris and Berlin suggested the next move in the negotiations should come from London.
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The Lebanese military says 38 refugees were rescued while attempting to reach Cyprus.
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Top female diplomats from around the world have gathered in Montreal for a first-of-its-kind meeting. Foreign ministers from almost 20 countries will discuss topics including security and gender-based violence.
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Stories of unreported rapes and assaults from women young and old.

Thousands of women, and some men, started sharing their stories in hopes of enlightening the president under the hashtag, #WhyIDidntReport, which became a No. 1 trending topic on Twitter on Friday, with more than 275,000 tweets. Women recounted stories from when they were under 10, and often from people they knew well and trusted, and why it took them decades to come forward.
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Gunmen killed at least 24 people and wounded 53 others on Saturday in an attack on a military parade in Iran, state media reported, in a restive province that is home to most of the country’s Arab minority.

The Islamic Republic News Agency reported the casualty figures at the parade in Ahvaz, in Southwestern Iran, and said that, with many of the wounded in critical condition, the death toll was expected to rise.

The dead and injured were a mix of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps soldiers and civilian onlookers, multiple semiofficial news agencies reported. They said there were four gunmen, wearing military uniforms, and that security forces had killed two and captured the other two.
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Minnesota Republican state Rep. Jim Knoblach abruptly dropped his re-election bid Friday, after Minnesota Public Radio reported that his grown daughter is accusing him of sexual abuse. Knoblach’s 23-year-old daughter Laura told MPR that Knoblach had touched her inappropriately for most of her life, with her first memories of the abuse beginning at age nine. She says she told authority figures at her school and at her church for years.
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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday warned E.U. officials that she would not overturn the 2016 Brexit referendum, a day after her compromise proposals were dismissed out of hand by E.U. leaders at a summit in Austria.
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The Trump administration on Thursday blacklisted 33 Russian individuals and entities, including a billionaire and several companies accused of interfering in American politics, limiting their ability to conduct business internationally.

The Treasury Department also slapped penalties on a Chinese military department for purchasing jets and missiles from a Russian arms export entity that had been previously blacklisted.

The Trump administration made the move as part of a bill Congress passed last year to punish Russia for its 2016 election interference and military intrusions in Ukraine. The 33 individuals and entities will be added to a State Department list of blacklisted Russian military and intelligence operatives, meaning that anyone who partakes in "significant transactions" with the companies will now be hit with sanctions.

The actions follow up on a slate of sanctions the Treasury Department imposed in March over election meddling, and a round of sanctions the State Depa
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rtment announced in August over the attempted assassination in Britain of a former Kremlin spy. Moscow has denied involvement in the poisoning.
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Russian state media has released video of President Vladimir Putin showing off with a new Kalashnikov sniper rifle in the latest stunt intended to burnish his macho image. In the video, Putin is seen staring down the scope of the SVCh-308 rifle and shooting at targets at a range in Kubinka, close to Moscow. The semi-automatic compact rifle is the latest model produced by Kalashnikov, the iconic Russian weapons maker, and is reportedly viewed as a potential successor to the famous Dragunov sniper rifle. Russian state media claimed that Putin hit three out of five targets. In breathless coverage, a reporter from Russia’s main state broadcaster, Channel 1, noted that Putin had acted like a professional sniper, holding his breath and waiting between heartbeats to fire.


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Dozens of people have died in Tanzania when a passenger ferry capsized in the south of Lake Victoria, an official said on Thursday.

While it wasn't confirmed, it is believed more than 200 passengers were on board the vessel with a capactiy of about 100 people.

"According to reports that President John Magufuli has just received from the authorities in Mwanza, the toll now stands at more than 40 dead," Gerson Msigwa, the president's spokesman, said on state television.

Tanzania's Electrical, Mechanical and Services Agency, which operates ferry services, said the boat known as MV Nyerere sank Thursday afternoon near Ukara Island.
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Rescuers at the site of a landslide on the resort island of Cebu in the Philippines can hear shouting from beneath the rubble as they attempt to shift debris covering more than 20 homes, officials say.
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A massive earthquake in Mexico killed hundreds and displaced thousands a year ago today. A new report says corruption is behind much of the destruction.
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Donning a blue apron, Russian President Vladimir Putin poured batter into a pan and tossed it.

He was cooking with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, and the pair were making a traditional Russian pancake called a blini.

The culinary showmanship reflected a larger trend: Russia and China are developing a closer, albeit uneasy friendship.

Before last week's blini-making, the two leaders had just discussed military and economic cooperation on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum, an annual event held in this far-eastern Russian city.
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Iran remains the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism with funding networks and operational cells working around the world, a US government report said.

The State Department's annual survey of global terrorism accused Iran of intensifying numerous conflicts and trying to disrupt governments in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Nathan Sales, the department's coordinator for counterterrorism, said Iran-linked fundraising networks in West Africa, weapons caches in South America, and operational activity in Europe show the Islamic Republic "has no reservations about using [terrorism] on any continent".

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested in connection with the 1MDB financial scandal over his alleged receipt of more than $600 million into his personal bank account.
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Ahead of this week’s Informal Summit in Salzburg, EU officials in Brussels have been running through the agenda as the European heads of state and government gear up for talks ranging from Brexit to the Skripal poisoning in the UK earlier this year.

No breakthrough is expected during the gathering in Austria as the leaders are now looking ahead to meetings scheduled for October and November. Europe’s leaders need to have concrete proposals for a declaration on Brexit by mid-October, leaving the heads of the EU-27 unable to issue new instructions to the bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, regarding trade issues to be discussed in Salzburg.

The EU official said British Prime Minister Theresa May will comment on Brexit during on Wednesday evening.
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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has warned Israel against conducting air raids on Syria like the one that led to the downing of a Russian warplane by Syrian air defence missile, killing all 15 aboard.
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A woman has been slammed by celebrities and animal rights activists after a pro-hunting group shared a photo of her proudly showing off a leopard kill.

The verified image of the woman, only referred to as Britany L, was shared to US based Safari Club International earlier this month and has since sparked outrage globally.

SCI is an Arizona-based organisation that protects hunters’ rights and promotes wildlife conservation.

Their website states their goal is to “encourage an appreciation for nature and wildlife so that conservation efforts remain strong, while also fighting to protect our rich hunting heritage.”
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The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor announced Tuesday that she is launching a preliminary investigation into deportations of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh.

Fatou Bensouda said in a written statement and video message that she has begun a probe formally known as a preliminary examination to establish if there is enough evidence to merit a full-blown investigation.
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The Guardian has published quotes and details from the coming book by Stormy Daniels.
The book, "Full Disclosure," offers a detailed description of President Donald Trump's anatomy.
Daniels, the porn star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is locked in a legal battle with Trump.

Stormy Daniels, the porn star locked in a legal battle with President Donald Trump over money paid to keep her quiet about her claim of having an affair with him in 2006, has published a tell-all with a graphic account purportedly describing Trump's intimate anatomy.

The book, "Full Disclosure," was obtained by The Guardian, which described its various scenes.
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People in North Carolina and South Carolina are coping with flooding, closed roads and power outages as they assess damage from Hurricane Florence. The storm is blamed for at least 23 deaths, and life-threatening floods are expected to continue all this week, the National Weather Service says.

"As of this morning, North Carolina has 17 confirmed deaths due to this storm," Gov. Roy Cooper said in an update at noon ET on Monday. An addition six deaths have been reported in South Carolina.

The tragic toll in North Carolina includes a toddler who died in Union County: Kaiden Lee-Welch, 1, was swept away from his mother, whose car had been overcome by floodwaters. The local sheriff's office said Welch's mother had apparently driven around barricades on Highway 218. A prolonged search and rescue operation led to the recovery of the boy's body Monday.
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With Bashar Assad and his Russian allies on the verge of victory in Syria's civil war, the Trump administration is facing new pressure to respond forcefully and prevent a bloodbath of historic proportions -- but analysts say the U.S. has virtually no good options, as seven years of muddy American policy toward Syria has left Moscow holding all the cards.
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Japan broke precedent by revealing it sent a submarine to join an exercise of warships in the South China Sea, the latest challenge by U.S. allies to China’s military expansion.

The Defense Ministry said Monday the submarine Kuroshio joined an exercise with three destroyers on Sept. 13 in which they practiced warfare against other submarines. It then headed for a port call at the Vietnamese naval base in Cam Ranh Bay, the first such visit by a Japanese submarine, the ministry said.

The submarine’s exercise follows recent operations in the region by British and French forces as well as repeated moves by the U.S. Navy to reinforce freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. By visiting Vietnam, the Japanese submarine also highlighted the cooperation that the U.S. and its allies have been building with Hanoi, which contests China’s claims to some South China Sea territory.
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Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki signed a peace agreement in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, the second peace deal reached since July between the once warring African countries.
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A super typhoon made landfall in China's Guangdong on Sunday, the country's most populous province, after wreaking havoc in Hong Kong and Macau and killing at least 29 people in the Philippines.
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Tropical Storm Florence already has proven deadly with its nearly nonstop rain, surging seawater and howling winds. The threats are days from ending as remnants from what was a majorMorehead City, North Carolina, had received 23 inches of rain by Friday night, and forecasters warned Saturday morning that parts of the Carolinas could get up to 15 inches more. hurricane swirl over North and Carolina.
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In contrast, lots of Texas historical figures are staying as part of a process to "streamline" the requirements of what students are required to learn.
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The May government has added travel, phone charges, consumer goods and legal complications to its no-deal Brexit impact list. The Bank of England chief warns of a possible property crash.
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Bob Woodward's book "Fear," which officially hit shelves on Tuesday, sold more than 750,000 copies in the first day, the Washington Post reports.
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At one point not too long ago in American history — as in, last year — it appeared as though increasing tensions with North Korea could escalate into a full-blown conflict. 
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the two men accused by the United Kingdom of attempting to murder a former Russian double agent and his daughter are not criminals and have been identified as civilians.
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Armed men stormed the headquarters of Libya's National Oil Company in Tripoli, engaging guards in a deadly gun battle with at least one large blast going off in an apparent suicide attack.

At least two of the company's staff were killed and 10 wounded, the health ministry said. Two gunmen also died in the attack on Monday when security forces fought to regain control of the key building in the centre of the Libyan capital.

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Sweden’s Social Democrats are one of the most successful political parties in modern history, winning the highest share of the vote in every national election for the past 100 years. But on Sunday, the once-dominant party scored its worst election result in generations. Its decline is a symptom of when liberal parties let radical-right populists dictate the political agenda.

The Social Democrats won a little over 28 percent of the vote, the most of any party but far short of giving their center-left bloc a majority. Meanwhile, the far-right Sweden Democrats won 17.6 percent of the vote in its best ever result. An exit poll showed that almost a fifth of the far-right voters cast their ballots for the Social Democrats the last election.

The result gives no party a clear route to forming a government, leaves the country politically fragmented and means that the ruling Social Democrats could potentially lose power.

The liberal party’s losses are at least partly self-inflicted. F
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aced with growing support for the Sweden Democrats, the Social Democrats focused much of their campaign on issues such as immigration and crime, where the far-right controls the narrative. And rather than countering the Sweden Democrats’ anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant rhetoric with a vision of their own, the liberals shifted to the right with proposals that included sending the army into neighborhoods with high crime rates.

“They adopted the [Sweden Democrats’] agenda because they were afraid of losing voters,” said Ulf Bjereld, a professor at Gothenburg University and an active member of the Social Democrats.

“It was a political mistake.”

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North Korea has no plans to scrap its nuclear arsenal in a huge blow to Donald Trump as tensions soar on the Korean peninsular.

A senior Russian official who met Kim Jong-un this weekend warned the North Korea dictator said he did not plan any unilateral steps to denuclearise.

Instead Kim is waiting for the United States to respond to steps he has already taken, Russia's RIA news agency reported.

Valentina Matvienko, a Kremlin loyalist and speaker of the upper house of Russia's parliament, met the North Korean leader in Pyongyang on Saturday.

Ms Matvienko said Kim was polite and diplomatic in his remarks about US President Donald Trump.

She also quoted Kim as saying he hoped for Russian backing in weakening US sanctions on North Korea amid fears of World War 3.

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The humanitarian crisis at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, where nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees have fled to, is also a communication crisis. With an array of Southeast Asian languages spoken in the camps, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are having a tough time talking to aid workers. Even with the assistance of translators, it's hard to sort out all the languages and dialects.

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Russia on Sunday accused the United States of carrying out bombing using white phosphorous in eastern Syria against military targets in civilian areas, which is banned under international law.

"Two American F-15 planes carried out bombings on September 8 (Saturday) targeting the area of Hajin in the Deir Ezzor region using incendiary phosphorous ammunition," Russian general Vladimir Savtchenko said in a statement.

"These strikes resulted in fierce fires. We are clarifying the information concerning possible deaths and injuries," he added.

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GRIEVING friends of the Australian Instagram model who was found dead on a luxury yacht in Greece have lashed out at trolls who have been attacking the 20-year-old on social media.

Sinead McNamara, 20, was working as a crew member on the US$140 million ($A197 million) Mayan Queen IV when she was found unconscious and tangled in rope while the vessel was moored in the port of Argostoli in Kefalonia.

She was unable to be revived and died while being flown to the hospital.

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Authorities arrested a man at a Arizona airport Saturday in Phoenix after security discovered two pounds of cocaine smuggled inside his checked luggage.
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A British man has died after needing medical attention on a flight to Ibiza. The Jet2 flight from Manchester diverted to Toulouse on Saturday evening due to the medical emergency.
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Jair Bolsonaro was attacked as he was being carried on the shoulders of supporters in southeastern Minas Gerais state. Doctors say it could take months for him to fully recover.
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In the beginning, Agama Yoga was paradise for most who walked through its gates; a haven on the Thai island of Koh Phangan that embraced ancient tantric teachings under the watchful eye of its charismatic leader, the guru Swami Vivekananda Saraswati.

But beneath the surface, it seems this was no ordinary yoga school. Sixteen former pupils and staff who have spoken to the Guardian have said they felt a “sex cult” was operating inside Agama.

The 14 women and two men claim that for 15 years the retreat facilitated sexual assault, rape and misogynistic teachings, allegedly “brainwashing” hundreds of women into having sex with the Swami – whose real name is Narcis Tarcau – in the name of helping them achieve enlightenment.
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Japan's northern island of Hokkaido has been hit by a powerful earthquake, triggering landslides that engulfed houses.

At least eight people have been killed and about 40 are missing, say local media reports.

The magnitude 6.7 quake cut power to around three million homes after a thermal power plant was damaged.

The earthquake comes on the heels of a deadly typhoon lashing the west of Japan over the past few days.

Jebi, the strongest typhoon to hit the country in 25 years, killed at least 10 people and caused widespread damage and disruption.
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Fierce winds and rain lash parts of the country, killing at least six people and injuring 160.
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The EU Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn after a survey found most Europeans opposed it.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said millions "believe that in future, summer time should be year-round, and that's what will happen".

The Commission's proposal requires support from the 28 national governments and MEPs to become law.

In the EU clocks switch between winter and summer under daylight saving time.

A European Parliament resolution says it is "crucial to maintain a unified EU time regime".

However, the Commission has not yet drafted details of the proposed change.

In a consultation paper it said one option would be to let each member state decide whether to go for permanent summer or winter time. That would be "a sovereign decision of each member state", Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein explained on Friday.

He stressed that the proposal was "to no longer constrain member states into cha
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nging clocks twice per year".

The UK is one of the 28 nations, but is due to leave the European Union in March 2019. Any change would be unlikely to happen before then.

The Commission warns that uncoordinated time changes between member states would cause economic harm.
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Fear grows for people in rebel-held parts of Idlib ahead of what may be one of the war's last major battles.
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FBI says Robert Chain began a series of threatening calls after the newspaper announced it was coordinating a response to Trump’s attacks on the media
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A total lunar eclipse -- the longest of the century -- was visible for much of the Eastern Hemisphere on Friday night.
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A raging wildfire in northern California has killed two firefighters and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

The fires in Shasta county are being sucked up by strong winds to form "fire tornados" that are uprooting trees and overturning cars, fire officials say.

The blazes, known as the Carr fire, have destroyed at least 500 structures and are threatening thousands of homes.

Firefighters are battling the blaze, which is only 5% contained so far.

The wildfire began on Monday and has scorched over 48,000 acres (194 sq km) of land - an area larger than the city of San Francisco.
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The death toll from coordinated attacks by Islamic State fighters on a usually peaceful southern Syrian city and surrounding countryside has climbed to 216, a local health official said Thursday, in the worst violence to hit the area since the country’s conflict began.

Mass funerals were held in the city of Sweida on Thursday, a day after the wave of attacks that began in the early hours of the mourning and lasted for hours. The city was the scene of several suicide bombings, including one at a busy vegetable market that left a scene of devastation and set in motion the coordinated assaults.
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A new wave of salmonella infections has spread across 26 states, sickening 90 people — and this time the outbreak has been linked to contaminated raw turkey products, reports the Washington Post.
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Twenty-nine passengers and 2 crew members were aboard a duck boat in Missouri when it capsized, killing 17 people.
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On the eve of his meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump rattled allies once more by labeling the European Union a "foe" with regard to trade.
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At least 38 people die and many are missing after downpours in Hiroshima and other western areas.
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Government forces began an assault on rebel-held areas of Deraa and Quneitra provinces two weeks ago.
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The last time a great white shark was spotted near Spain's Balearic Islands was in 1976.
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At least five people were killed and several others were gravely injured during a shooting at the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, Thursday afternoon, local officials said. An unidentified suspect is in custody, Anne Arundel Sheriff Ron Bateman told Fox News.
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A heterosexual couple have won their legal bid for the right to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favour of Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41, from London.

The court said the Civil Partnership Act 2004 - which only applies to same-sex couples - is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Ms Steinfeld said she hoped the government does the "right thing" and extends civil partnerships to all.

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The United Nations agencies for migration and refugees will present the European Union with a plan for “regional disembarkation platforms” around the Mediterranean where the bloc could hold migrants and decide whether to admit them.

The plan appears to have fairly broad support in an EU now bitterly split over immigration policy, although countries have yet to settle on the details.

Europe’s migration crisis, which peaked with the arrival of more than 1 million asylum seekers in 2015, has been tapering off with arrivals falling to the tens of thousands so far this year. But the issue has taken on new political urgency in recent weeks as anti-immigrant parties make their influence felt.

A new government in Italy is refusing to allow charities that rescue migrants at sea to dock ships on its shores, and migration policy has threatened to divide Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition in Germany.

EU leaders will hold a summit later this week to discuss more measures to curb arrival n
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umbers, including by tightening external borders and giving more aid to countries from Turkey to Libya to help them prevent people from setting sail for Europe.

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"Not on my watch," says the US president, as his administration defends its immigration crackdown.
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Euroleague Basketball bows its head upon learning of the passing of longtime Panathinaikos Athens executive Pavlos Giannakopoulos. Welcome to the Official Site of Euroleague Basketball. Live Matches, Stats, Standings, Teams, Players, Interviews,...
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U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused "Parts Unknown" television series, killed himself in a French hotel room, officials said on Friday, in the second high-profile suicide of a U.S. celebrity this week. He was 61.
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The missing woman's dogs refuse to leave the Florida lakeside where she vanished, police say.
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A failed asylum seeker is sentenced over a lorry attack which killed five people in Sweden last year.
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Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea destroyed hundreds of homes overnight, a Hawaii County spokeswoman revealed Tuesday, providing a grim update as an explosion caused the volcano to spew toxic ash and rubble nearly a mile in the air and triggered a 5.5-magnitude earthquake.
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Authorities in Guatemala say 18 more people have been confirmed killed by a volcanic eruption, raising the death toll to 25.
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Mamoudou Gassama earned widespread praise and Spiderman comparisons for saving a small boy.
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Italy's president set the country on a path back to fresh elections on Monday, appointing a former International Monetary Fund official as interim prime minister with the task of planning for snap polls and passing the next budget.
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The Parkland, Florida, school massacre has had little lasting impact on U.S. views on gun control, three months after the shooting deaths of 17 people propelled a national movement by some student survivors, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday.

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