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Week in pictures: 10-16 November 2018

[ad_1] Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright Victoria Jones / PA Image caption Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab leaves Downing Street in the week that saw him resign from cabinet, saying he quit over "fatal flaws" in the draft Brexit agreement with the EU. Image copyright Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Image caption An aerial view showing the destruction caused
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Sabarimala: Why has a Hindu temple divided India’s women?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many of those protesting against women entering the temple are women themselves It's been more than a month since India's Supreme Court revoked a ban on women aged between 10 and 51 entering a prominent Hindu temple in southern India. Yet no women have been able to enter so far. The Sabarimala temple in Kerala state officially opened its gates on Friday evening,
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Vienna nest of spies: Why Austria is still centre for espionage

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Among the spies swapped on 9 July 2010 was Sergei Skripal, the double agent poisoned in Salisbury this year I watched from a distance as a chartered maroon and white plane from New York, carrying 10 Russian spies, parked on the runway at Vienna airport next to a Russian plane with four more agents on board.It was July 2010 and I was reporting
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French fuel protests against Macron over rising prices

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Philippe Salmon from the Bordeaux region is getting his yellow vest on Drivers plan to disrupt traffic across France on Saturday by blocking roads, bridges and toll booths in a mass protest at rising fuel prices.Dubbed the "yellow vests" after the high-visibility jackets they use as their symbol, they are expected to muster in at least 700 locations.They accuse President Emmanuel Macron of abandoning
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Trump ‘personally answers Mueller Russia questions’

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Donald Trump says he has finished answering questions into alleged Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign.The US leader told reporters he had personally answered the questions "very easily", but that they had yet to be submitted to Robert Mueller's team.Mr Mueller has been looking into allegations of collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russia since 2017.Mr Trump strongly denies any collusion, calling the probe "a
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Cuba pulls doctors out of Brazil amid row

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption The decision to recall the doctors will cost Cuba export revenue, and Brazil much-needed medics Cuba is pulling thousands of doctors out of Brazil, after what it called "contemptuous and threatening" remarks by president-elect Jair Bolsonaro. The far-right leader, who takes office on 1 January, had questioned the doctors' qualifications.He also condemned Cuba's communist government for keeping 75% of their pay, and refusing to
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Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams to challenge governor poll loss

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Abrams said she planned to file a "major federal lawsuit" against the state Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has recognised her rival's victory while announcing a plan to sue the state.Ms Abrams, the Democratic challenger to Republican Brian Kemp, said this was not a "concession" but an acknowledgement she could not win.The candidate announced she would file a federal suit against Georgia for
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Ex-Dallas Cowboy Jeff Rohrer to wed same-sex partner

[ad_1] Image copyright Dallas Cowboys Image caption Jeff Rohrer (centre) spent six seasons as a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys A former Dallas Cowboys football player will make history this weekend when he becomes the first ever NFL player to marry a man.Jeff Rohrer, a former linebacker for the Texas American football team, publicly came out as gay on Wednesday."If I had told the Dallas Cowboys in the 1980s that
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Navy SEALs and Marines charged in death of Special Forces soldier

[ad_1] Image copyright US Army Image caption Four US special forces troops have been charged in connection with Sgt Melgar's death The US Navy has charged four elite members of US Special Forces with murdering a US Army soldier in the west African country of Mali last year.Officials say Army Staff Sergeant Logan J Melgar was strangled to death by two Navy SEALs and two Marines who later tried to
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Elvis Presley gets US Presidential Medal of Freedom

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rock 'n' roll star is one of seven to be awarded the prestigious honour Singing legend Elvis Presley was among the seven recipients at US President Donald Trump's first Medal of Freedom ceremony since taking office.The award is the highest honour a sitting president can bestow on a civilian.The White House described Elvis as "an enduring American icon".Among the other six recipients
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California wildfires: Air quality rated ‘world’s worst’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People across northern California are snapping up masks to try to handle the smoke Northern California's air quality has become the worst in the world, according to monitoring groups, as the state battles devastating fires.Air quality network Purple Air said on Thursday the air is now worse than smoggy cities in India and China. Schools have cancelled classes, flights have been delayed, and
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Police dance delights Russian viewers

[ad_1] Image copyright Russian interior ministry Image caption Mind how you go A group of Siberian police officers have become Russian internet stars after their dance routine was posted online.They recorded a clip for a police benefit talent show in the Sakha Republic, the home of Siberia's Yakut people, in an effort to boost ticket sales. When it started to attract attention, the Interior Ministry in Moscow promoted the clip
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Students say Dartmouth ignored professor ‘predator club’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dartmouth College is ranked as one of the top 20 US universities Dartmouth College is facing a $70m (£54m) lawsuit from six women who claim the school ignored 16 years of sexual harassment by three ex-professors.They allege the Ivy League school allowed the tenured psychology professors to harass, discriminate against and rape female students.The federal lawsuit, filed on Thursday, names Dartmouth trustees as
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Zimbabwe bus: At least 42 killed in suspected gas explosion

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The bus was completely destroyed in the fire At least 42 people are confirmed to have died in a fire aboard a bus in Zimbabwe late on Thursday.The bus was near travelling near Beitbridge, close to the border with South Africa, when the blaze began.The company that owned the vehicle, Brooklyn Buses, said it believed that a gas canister brought on board by a
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Jamal Khashoggi: Symbolic funeral services for murdered journalist

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People attend a prayer for the murdered Saudi journalist at the Fatih mosque in Istanbul Funeral prayers have taken place in Saudi Arabia and Turkey for murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Khashoggi's son Salah met mourners in Jeddah. Hundreds attended prayers in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, as well as in Istanbul, Turkey.The body of Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi
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French mother jailed for hiding baby in car boot

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Rosa Maria Da Cruz is believed to have concealed her daughter's existence from her partner A Frenchwoman who kept her baby in a maggot-filled car boot has been sentenced to five years in prison, three of them suspended. Rosa-Maria Da Cruz hid her daughter, Séréna, in the Peugeot 307 and a secret room in her house for two years. She is said to
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Trump ordered to allow CNN journalist Jim Acosta back

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A judge in Washington has ordered the White House to return CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass after it was revoked by the US Secret Service.The judge's order says that the pass must be reinstated as a CNN lawsuit against Donald Trump continues.The judge said the White House decision likely violated the journalist's right to due process and freedom of speech.Speaking outside the court, Mr
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Russia ‘sought access to UK visa issuing system’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A Russian IT specialist claims that he was asked by the Russian Security Service to provide back door access to the system issuing visas for Russians to travel to Britain.The individual is currently seeking asylum in the United States. He spoke initially to the Bellingcat investigative website who investigated his claim and published a report today. The BBC has also spoken directly to the individual