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Diavik mine finds ‘biggest diamond in North America’

[ad_1] Image copyright Courtesy Dominion Diamond Mines Image caption The 552-carat yellow diamond was found in Canada A Canadian mine says it has broken its own record for the largest diamond ever found in North America. Dominion Diamond Mines has announced the "unexpected" discovery of a 552-carat yellow gemstone. It was found in October at the Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories, which is 135 miles (215km) south of
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Iraq begins rebuilding of Mosul landmark Great Mosque of al-Nuri

[ad_1] Image copyright Alamy Image caption Unesco's representative said the mosque's destruction was "a moment of horror and despair" An Iraqi religious leader has laid a foundation stone for the rebuilding of Mosul's Great Mosque of al-Nuri, which was damaged by Islamic State militants.The head of the Sunni Muslim Endowment, Abdul Latif al-Humayim, was joined by UN and EU dignitaries for the ceremony.The mosque, whose leaning minaret was one of
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Apple FaceTime car crash lawsuit dismissed

[ad_1] Image caption FaceTime is pre-installed on most Apple devices A lawsuit blaming Apple for a child's death in a car crash, has been dismissed by a US appeals court in California.Garrett Wilhelm told police he was using FaceTime on the iPhone 6 when he crashed into the back of a family car.Five-year-old Moriah Modisette died from the injuries she sustained in the 2014 Christmas Eve accident in Texas.Her family
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Al-Shabab in Somalia: Air strikes kill 62 militants, US says

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The US says it is committed to eradicating al-Shabab safe havens in Somalia The US military says it has killed 62 fighters from the Islamist group al-Shabab in six air strikes in Somalia.Four air strikes on Saturday killed 32 militants and a further two on Sunday killed 28, it said in a statement.These were the deadliest air attacks in Somalia since November 2017 when
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E-cigarette use among US teens rises dramatically, study says

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe e-cigarette market is growing fastThe use of electronic cigarettes by US teenagers has dramatically risen this year, a new report says.The percentage of 12th grade students, typically aged 17-18, who reported vaping nicotine rose to 21% from 11% in 2017, a survey by the University of Michigan said.Researchers say the trend is reversing declines in the number of adolescents who
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France to introduce digital tax in new year

[ad_1] France has said it will introduce its own tax on big technology firms from 1 January after EU-wide efforts stalled.French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he expected it to bring in €500m (£450m) in 2019.France, along with Germany, had been pushing for the European Commission to agree measures by the end of this year.But it is opposed by countries including Ireland, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Finland. Earlier
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Nigerian military calls for Amnesty International ban

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Mourners gather at a funeral service in Nigera for 17 people allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen. Nigeria's army has called for the closure of Amnesty International's operations in the country.In a report on Monday, the human rights group said at least 3,641 people had died in clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria since 2016.The army has accused Amnesty of trying to destabilise the
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Hungary MPs protest over ‘slave’ law

[ad_1] Two Hungarian lawmakers have been thrown out of the state TV headquarters after they tried to broadcast a petition against new labour laws.New rules mean companies can demand up to 400 hours of overtime a year and delay payment for it for three years.Hungary has seen five days of street protests against the reforms, with about 10,000 people rallying in Budapest on Sunday. [ad_2] Source link
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Hungary MPs thrown out of TV office over ‘slave laws’ protest

[ad_1] Image copyright Bernadett Szel Image caption Bernadett Szel (left) broadcast a livestream of her and Akos Hadhazy (right) being ejected Two Hungarian lawmakers have been thrown out of the state TV headquarters after they tried to broadcast a petition against new labour laws. A video showed one of the MPs trying to climb over a stair banister, before being dragged out of the building.Several MPs camped out at the
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In pictures: Vatican sand nativity scene

[ad_1] A nativity scene made entirely of sand is on display at the Vatican. Image copyright AFP Image caption This nativity scene, made out of 720 tonnes of sand, is 5.5m high (18ft) and 16m wide Image copyright EPA Image caption The sand, offered by the town of Jesolo in Veneto, has been mixed with water and compressed into blocks to make it durable Image copyright EPA Image caption The
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Facebook ‘temporarily bans Israeli PM’s son over posts’

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and his son Yair (R), pictured in 2015 A son of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says Facebook blocked him for 24 hours amid a spat over several posts railing against Palestinians and Muslims.Last week, Facebook removed a post by Yair Netanyahu in which he called for "avenging the deaths" of two Israeli soldiers killed by a Palestinian. A post
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YouTuber James Charles: Stop showing up at my house

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images YouTuber James Charles has told his fans to respect his privacy after one of them turned up at his house in LA.It's happened before. "Please stop showing up at my house. I will not hug you, I will not take a photo with you, and I absolutely will not sign your palette," the beauty vloggler tweeted.The 19-year-old has 11 million subscribers to his YouTube channel.James
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1MDB: Malaysia charges Goldman Sachs and two bankers

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Malaysia has filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two former employees in connection with a corruption and money laundering probe at the country's investment fund, 1MDB.The US bank has been under scrutiny for its role in helping to raise funds for the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).It is under scrutiny in at least six countries.Malaysia filed the charges against Goldman Sachs and its former bankers Tim
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Sajjan Kumar: Milestone conviction in deadly Sikh riots

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images An Indian court has sent a senior Congress party politician to jail for life in what is being seen as the most important conviction so far over the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.Sajjan Kumar was found guilty of inciting crowds to kill Sikhs.In a scathing verdict, the Delhi high court judge said the accused escaped trial because of "political patronage".More than 3,000 Sikhs died in the
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Pageant-mad Philippines celebrates Miss Universe win

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters The Philippines, a country obsessed with beauty pageants, is celebrating its fourth Miss Universe win, sparking a wave of pride and support online.Catriona Gray beat her global contestants in an early morning final in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday. While hugely popular, such pageants are often accused of objectifying women and promoting gender inequality.Activists have described Miss Universe as a "display of flesh" which sets "unattainable beauty
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Andrew Broad: Australian minister quits amid ‘sugar baby’ allegations

[ad_1] Image copyright ABC Image caption Australian MP Andrew Broad will remain on the backbench An Australian government minister has resigned from his position over allegations of inappropriate conduct.Andrew Broad, a junior minister, used a "sugar baby" website to meet a woman for dinner in Hong Kong last month, Australian magazine New Idea reported.The government said Mr Broad had quit "due to the nature of the allegations" against him, but
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Gay Singaporean man wins landmark appeal to adopt surrogate child

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A 46-year-old man has won a landmark case in Singapore A gay Singaporean man has won a landmark court case which will allow him to adopt a child he fathered through a surrogate.The man, 46, and his long-term partner carried out the process in the US at a cost of $200,000 (£159,000), as surrogacy is illegal in Singapore.He tried to legally adopt the
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Three-year-old assaulted on Delhi bus rape anniversary

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP A three-year-old Indian girl is in critical condition after she was allegedly raped by her neighbour in the capital Delhi.The accused, a 40-year-old security guard who worked in the building the child lived in, has been arrested. Police found the girl unconscious and rushed her to hospital where she is undergoing surgery.The incident occurred on Sunday, which was the sixth anniversary of the brutal gang rape
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Mexico launches $7.4bn Tren Maya railway project

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A traditional Mayan ceremony was held to launch the four-year project Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has launched the Maya Train - an ambitious project to build a railway through five south-eastern states.At an indigenous ceremony near the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque, he said this would help create hundreds of thousands of jobs. The 1,525km (950-mile) railway will link Palenque and
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Saudi Arabia condemns US Senate ‘interference’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Yemen has been devastated by a four-year conflict Saudi Arabia has denounced US Senate resolutions to end US military aid for a Riyadh-led war in Yemen and to blame the country's crown prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.The Saudi foreign ministry described the move as "interference" based on "untrue allegations".Thursday's US resolutions are largely symbolic and unlikely to become law.But they