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Michel Barnier ‘strongly opposed’ to May’s Brexit plan

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said he is "strongly" opposed to key parts of Theresa May's proposals for a future trade deal.This morning the prime minister said she would not compromise on the UK government's Chequers plan.But Mr Barnier said plans for a "common rulebook" for goods but not services were not in the EU's interests. "Our own ecosystem has grown over decades,"
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South African mainly white trade union to strike over ‘racial exclusion’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Workers at Sasol's South African operations are to strike over a new shares ownership scheme A South African trade union with mainly white members is to begin strikes at a petrochemical firm over a share scheme available only to black workers, which it says is "blatant discrimination".Businesses in South Africa are required to meet black ownership quotas under laws intended to offset the impact
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Somalia’s capital Mogadishu hit by ‘huge explosion’

[ad_1] A large explosion has struck the centre of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, eyewitnesses say.Local media say the blast, suspected to be from a car bomb, took place in Howlwadag district.A school in the area has collapsed, with children feared to be among the casualties, local journalists say.Somalia is regularly targeted by militants from al-Shabab, which wants to overthrow the country's internationally-backed government. Skip Twitter post by @HarunMaruf BREAKING: Children
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Syria blasts at Mezzeh military airport ‘not Israeli strikes’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption An explosion in a Damascus suburb was caused by an electrical fault, state media say Syria has denied reports that a series of blasts at a military airport near Damascus on Sunday were from Israeli air strikes, state media say.The loud blasts, reported at the Mezzeh airport, were caused by an explosion at a munitions dump, Sana news agency said, citing Syrian military sources.The
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Obituary: Rosa Bouglione, the undisputed queen of the circus

[ad_1] Image copyright circus-parade.com Image caption Depictions of the Bougliones' marriage inside a lion's cage were sold as postcards in France, and graced magazine covers When Rosa Bouglione was married inside a lion's cage, the pastor, despite his best efforts, was made to stay outside. It wouldn't have been much of a wedding had he been mauled.It was only appropriate that this was where Rosa had chosen to be married.
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The Mughal queen who became a feminist icon

[ad_1] Image copyright Penguin Image caption Nur Jahan was the only female ruler in the Mughal dynasty Empress Nur Jahan was the most powerful woman in 17th Century India. She played an unprecedented role in running the vast Mughal empire. Historian Ruby Lal explains why the history of her leadership is important to understand today. She was named Mihr un-Nisa at birth and was later named Nur Jahan (light of
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ puts spotlight on region’s inequalities

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Constance Wu at the premier of the movie Crazy Rich Asians The film Crazy Rich Asians hit the box office this month, and the glossy rom-com has put a spotlight on the region's growing number of super-rich.Just go to any shopping mall in Singapore - where the movie is based - and you will see designer shops full of customers carrying bags from
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US military to cancel $300m in Pakistan aid over terror groups

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pakistan has previously rejected US accusations that it provides a safe haven for militants The US military says it is cancelling $300m (£230m) in aid to Pakistan over what it calls Islamabad's failure to take action against militant groups. President Donald Trump has previously accused Pakistan of deceiving the US while receiving billions of dollars.Pentagon spokesman Lt Col Koné Faulkner said the US
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U2 tour: Berlin show cancelled due to Bono voice issues

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Bono was in Germany for the European leg of U2's Experience + Innocence tour U2 fans were left disappointed when their Berlin show was cancelled after Bono lost his voice.The Irish band had played a handful of songs when the singer apologised to the crowd, saying: "I think we can't go on. It's not right for you."Those at the Mercedes-Benz Arena were told there
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US Open 2018: Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber knocked out by Dominika Cibulkova

[ad_1] German Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final earlier this year2018 US OpenVenue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Coverage: Live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; live text commentaries on the BBC Sport websiteWimbledon champion Angelique Kerber was beaten 3-6 6-3 6-3 by Slovakian 29th seed Dominika Cibulkova in the third round of the US Open in New York.Kerber broke three
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Arkady Babchenko ‘murder’: Borys Herman jailed over plot

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow the staged murder was carried outA man has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison in Ukraine for plotting to kill exiled Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, Ukraine's state security agency says.Borys Herman is said to have pleaded guilty and agreed to co-operate with the investigation.He was accused of acting as the middleman between alleged contacts in Russia and a hired
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Yemen conflict: Saudi-led coalition admits mistakes in deadly bus strike

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption At least 40 children were among 51 people killed in the 9 August strike The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has expressed regret over "mistakes" made in a deadly air strike on a bus.More than 40 children were killed in the strike in a market in northern Saada province on 9 August, drawing international condemnation.In a statement on Saturday, the coalition pledged to hold those
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Western countries urge calm after deadly Tripoli clashes

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption At least 39 people have died in clashes in Tripoli in recent days The US, UK, France and Italy have called for an immediate end to deadly violence in the Libyan capital Tripoli.A joint statement said attempts "to weaken the legitimate Libyan authorities and hinder the ongoing political process are not acceptable".At least 39 people, including civilians, have died in rival militia clashes in
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Kim Jong-nam murder: Police seek pair to testify at murder trial

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Kim Jong-nam, pictured in 2001, the late half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Malaysian police are seeking two Indonesian women they want to testify at the trial of those accused of killing Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.Local media named the potential witnesses as Raisa Rinda Salma, 24, and Dessy Meyrisinta, 33.Kim Jong-nam died at Kuala Lumpur airport
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Russian air crash: Utair jet catches fire after landing at Sochi

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The plane's left engine caught fire after the aircraft left the runway A passenger jet skidded off the runway and caught fire while landing in the Russian city of Sochi, injuring 18 people, officials have said.Flight UT579, a Boeing 737-800 operated by the Utair airline, was carrying 164 passengers and six crew from Moscow.Video shows fierce flames from the aircraft after it crashed through
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John McCain: Obama and Bush to lead Washington service

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUS political leaders pay tribute to John McCainFormer presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush are to lead mourners at a service for Senator John McCain at Washington's National Cathedral.The Vietnam War hero, who became one of America's most high-profile politicians, died a week ago from brain cancer at the age of 81.President Donald Trump will not be attending the memorial
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Palestinians brand US aid cut to UN group ‘a flagrant assault’

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Unrwa provides health and education services to Palestinians Palestinian officials have condemned the US decision to end all funding to the UN's Palestinian refugee agency.The US has been the largest donor to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) - but now says the organisation is "irredeemably flawed".Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's spokesman has called the move a "flagrant assault against the Palestinian people".However,