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German road toll discriminates against foreigners – ECJ

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Austrians would have been particularly hard-hit by the toll as many cut through Bavaria between the Tyrol and Salzburg A planned German motorway toll is against EU law because it relies entirely on drivers from other member states, the bloc's top court has ruled.Germany had wanted to introduce the annual €130 (£115; $145) fee next year, but faced objections from neighbours Austria and
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French student misses bus, crashes car, dropped off to exam by police

[ad_1] Image copyright National Police of Tarn/Facebook Image caption Police said they wished the high school student "all the success he deserves" A French student who crashed his father's car while rushing to sit an exam got to take the test after being dropped off by police, officials say.Loïc, 18, was desperate to take his baccalaureate exam on Monday after missing the bus, and so took the car.He reportedly lost
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Michel Platini ‘detained over awarding of World Cup to Qatar’

[ad_1] Michel Platini was head of Uefa from 2007 until he was banned in 2015Former Uefa president Michel Platini has been detained and questioned by French police over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, according to news agency Reuters.Prosecutors are investigating suspected corruption and bribery.Platini, 63, was head of European football's governing body until he was banned in 2015 for ethics breaches.The former France midfielder and three-time
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Deadly earthquake hits China’s Sichuan province

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Several buildings collapsed, trapping people underneath At least 12 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in a strong earthquake which shook the south-western Chinese province of Sichuan.The 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Yibin in Changning County, south-east of the provincial capital Chengdu, late on Monday, officials said.It was followed by several powerful aftershocks.TV footage showed rescuers pulling injured people from the
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Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam sorry for extradition controversy

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mrs Lam said she personally had to shoulder much of the blame for the row Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has apologised for her handling of a controversial extradition bill - but has not offered to withdraw it.The territory has been rocked by huge protests over the laws which would allow extradition to mainland China.Demonstrators have been calling for Mrs Lam to resign.The bill
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Panic amid Toronto Raptors victory parade gunfire

[ad_1] Four people were wounded in a shooting in Toronto during a crowded victory rally for the Toronto Raptors basketball team, police say.Thousands of sports fans were packed into the city centre in Nathan Phillips Square when shots rang out, sending many scurrying for cover. The event, attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was only briefly interrupted as officials calmed the crowd. [ad_2] Source link
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New Zealand man jailed for 21 months for sharing Christchurch shooting video

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Al Noor mosque was one of two mosques targeted during the Christchurch attack A New Zealand man who shared a livestream video of the Christchurch mosque attacks has been jailed for 21 months.Philip Arps sent the video to 30 people and to a friend, asking for it to be modified to include a "kill count".Christchurch District Judge Stephen O'Driscoll said Arps held "unrepentant
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Toronto Raptors: Four people injured in victory parade shooting

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Fans at the event were photographed running and ducking for cover Four people were injured in a daytime shooting in Toronto during a crowded victory rally for the Toronto Raptors basketball team, police say.Thousands of sports fans were packed into the city centre in Nathan Phillips Square when shots rang out, sending many scurrying for cover. The event was only briefly interrupted as officials
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India encephalitis death toll rises to 103

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of children have been admitted to hospital since the start of June More than 100 children have now died in an outbreak of suspected encephalitis in India's Bihar state, officials say. At least 200 patients, many of whom are below the age of 10, are still being treated at two hospitals. State officials have said that many victims had died due to
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Mohammed Morsi: Egypt faces pressure over death during trial of ousted leader

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Morsi (photographed in 2016) was reportedly kept in solitary confinement 23 hours a day Egyptian authorities are under pressure after former President Mohammed Morsi collapsed in court and died on Monday.Morsi, who was 67, had been in custody since his removal from office in 2013.Amnesty International has called for "an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation" into his death, the authorities say from a heart
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What does this hat mean to Americans?

[ad_1] As President Donald Trump prepares to launch his re-election bid, his campaign has announced it is close to selling the millionth official Make American Great Again (MAGA) hat. The BBC takes a look at the origins of the signature red hat and its message, and what it means to Americans. [ad_2] Source link
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US to deploy extra troops amid growing tension with Iran

[ad_1] Image copyright US Department of Defense Image caption The US released new images on Monday it says provide more evidence Iran was behind recent Gulf of Oman attacks The US military will send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East amid growing tensions with Iran.Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the deployment was in response to what he described as "hostile behaviour" by Iranian forces.The US Navy also
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Face to face with DR Congo’s deadly vipers

[ad_1] Amid the swathes of forest that cover the country, and behind the headlines of war and Ebola, the Democratic Republic of Congo is at the forefront of a hidden health crisis. With vast jungles home to numerous species of venomous snakes, DR Congo is a hotspot of injury and death from snakebite envenomation, an issue highlighted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Médecins Sans Frontières as a neglected
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French storm: Hail batters south-east France

[ad_1] Golf ball-sized hail has hit the Drome region of France causing widespread damage.Ten people were lightly injured in the storm, and one person was killed by a falling tree in the neighbouring region of Haute-Savoie.Millions of euros-worth of farming devastation has led the agriculture minister to consider the incident a natural disaster. [ad_2] Source link
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Inside China’s ‘thought transformation’ camps

[ad_1] The BBC has been given rare access to the vast system of highly secure facilities thought to be holding more than a million Muslims in China’s western region of Xinjiang. Authorities there insist they are just training schools. But the BBC’s visit uncovers import ant evidence about the nature of the system and the conditions for the people inside it. [ad_2] Source link
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Stonewall: A riot that changed millions of lives

[ad_1] Image copyright NY Daily News Archive / Getty Image caption Tensions rose on the street after the raid When half a dozen police officers raided a Mafia-run gay bar on a hot New York night 50 years ago, little did they know their actions would spark a movement that reshaped the lives of generations to come.Mark didn't throw a brick that night. And he didn't confront a policeman. But
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Should you leave the room when you cough or sneeze?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump set off conversations on cough etiquette after it emerged he asked an aide to leave the Oval Office for coughing during an interview. Plenty of people shared his irritation - so what is the right thing to do?"If you're going to cough, please leave the room," said Mr Trump after Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, cleared his throat. "You
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Harvard rescinds admission for Parkland student ‘over racist slurs’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kyle Kashuv has become a pro-gun activist since the attack on his Florida high school A teenager who survived a gun massacre at his Florida high school has said he lost his spot at Harvard University over past racist remarks. Kyle Kashuv, 18, said the online comments were made when he was 16, and were done "in an effort to be as extreme
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Mohammed Morsi: A turbulent presidency cut short by the army

[ad_1] Image caption Morsi became Egyptian president following the ousting of Hosni Mubarak two years earlier Mohammed Morsi was Egypt's first democratically elected president, but lasted only one year in power before being ousted by the military on 3 July 2013.The military's move followed days of mass anti-government protests and Morsi's rejection of an ultimatum from the generals to resolve Egypt's worst political crisis since Hosni Mubarak was deposed in
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Belgium monks forced to sell prized beer online to beat resellers

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Belgian Trappist monk Manu Van Hecke is to sell his abbey's beer online Belgian monks who brew one of the world's most coveted beers are launching a website to prevent unauthorised resellers profiting from their product.St Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren, Flanders, is one of the world's 14 official Trappist beer producers.Buyers can purchase a crate of its Westvleteren beer for around €45 (£40), around