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Virgin Galactic space shot is go ‘within weeks, not months’

November 2, 2018

Richard Branson commits to SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity flight beyond Earths atmosphere Virgin Galactic will take its first trip into space within weeks according to Richard Branson, the firms billionaire chief and founder. The feat would mark a milestone for the company which is in a race against CNBC, Branson said his company was more than […]

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Freed Rwandan opposition leader vows to continue struggle

October 21, 2018

Victoire Ingabire says she is prepared to return to jail in her fight for free speech and human rights A prominent opposition politician in Rwanda who was among more than 2,000 prisoners freed this month has vowed to fight on until people in the small central African country can speak up without fear. Victoire Ingabire, […]

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Vladimir Putin calls Sergei Skripal a scumbag and a traitor

October 19, 2018

Russian president attacks former spy but angrily denies Kremlin ordered his poisoning Vladimir Putin has called the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal a scumbag and a traitor, as he angrily denied allegations that the Kremlin ordered his poisoning with a nerve agent. Speaking at an energy forum in Moscow, the Russian president accused the […]

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Khashoggi case: CCTV disappears from Saudi consulate in Turkey

October 18, 2018

Security footage removed and Turkish staff told to go home on day missing journalist visits Security camera footage was removed from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and Turkish staff were abruptly told to take a holiday on the day the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared while inside the building, Turkish authorities have claimed. A week […]

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DRC resumes battle against Ebola after militia attack

October 17, 2018

Vaccinations in North Kivu and Ituri set to continue as fears grow over impact of armed groups on disease spread Efforts to fight the continuing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo were set to resume on Wednesday after a 48-hour suspension following a attack by militia in which 21 people were killed. At […]

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Ireland says Trump visit cancelled but White House claims no decision made

October 9, 2018

Irish government said visit would not go ahead but Sarah Sanders says we are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip The Irish government has said that Donald Trumps visit to Trump would travel to Ireland for the first time as president as part of a trip to attend the 11 […]

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Michael Kors buys Versace in $2.1bn deal

October 4, 2018

Donatella Versace to stay on at Italian label and US fashion group to rebrand as Capri Versace has been sold to the US clothing and handbags group Michael Kors for $2.1bn (1.64bn) in the latest example of a family-owned European brand taken under the control of a global fashion conglomerate. Michael Kors, which last year […]

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Trump threatens new tariffs on $267bn of Chinese goods

September 19, 2018

President says further package ready to go as Apple warns trade war will hike prices Donald Trump has said he has a new tranche of tariffs ready to place on virtually all Chinese goods, as Apple warned the trade war will make its products more expensive for American consumers. A package of tariffs was already […]

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Human impulses run riot: Chinas shocking pace of change

September 18, 2018

Thirty years ago, politics was paramount. Now, only money counts. Chinas leading novelist examines a nation that has transformed in a single lifetime. By Yu Hua When I try to describe how Xi Jinping. No sooner did Xi become general secretary of the Communist party than our new leader launched an anti-corruption drive, the scale […]

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Women caned in Malaysia for attempting to have lesbian sex

September 17, 2018

Rare punishment was carried out in a courtroom and witnessed by up to 100 people Two women found guilty of attempting to have sex have been caned in Malaysias conservative north-eastern state of Terengganu, in the first punishment of its kind. The two women, aged 22 and 32, were caned six times each in the […]

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