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London tower blaze began in faulty fridge

Image copyright AFP The Grenfell Tower fire in London started in a faulty fridge freezer, and outside cladding failed safety tests, police say. Insulation on the building also failed tests and the Metropolitan Police will consider manslaughter charges. Seventy-nine people are missing or presumed dead after the blaze destroyed 150 …

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Qatar row: Arab states send list of steep demands

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The crisis is the greatest faced by the Gulf region in decades Four Arab states have sent Qatar a list of 13 demands it must meet if it wants them to lift their sanctions. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are asking …

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WannaCry helps speeding drivers dodge fines in Australia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Peak hour traffic in Melbourne as the morning fog makes way for sunrise Hackers behind the infamous WannaCry virus have inadvertently helped lead-footed Australian drivers avoid costly speeding fines. Fifty five traffic cameras, most in inner-city Melbourne, were infected by the ransomware. A maintenance …

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Mao Kobayashi: Japanese cancer blogger dies at 34

Image copyright Mao Kobayashi Image caption Mao Kobayashi, pictured during her days as a television anchor, died of breast cancer A former Japanese newsreader who won legions of admirers after deciding to publicly chronicle her battle with cancer has died of the disease. Mao Kobayashi, who was named one of …

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Choi Soon-sil: South Korean ex-president’s friend jailed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Choi (centre) was a longtime friend and adviser to former South Korean President Park Geun-hye A close friend of South Korea’s former president has been jailed for three years for corruption. Choi Soon-sil’s conviction for soliciting favours for her daughter is the first in a …

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Brexit: UK offer on EU citizens a good start, says Merkel

Image copyright AFP Image caption Angela Merkel says Brexit is not the focus of the two-day EU summit on Brussels German Chancellor Angela Merkel has described UK plans to ensure the rights of EU citizens in Britain after Brexit as “a good start”. However, she said there were “many, many …

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North Korea tests new missile engine, US officials say

Image copyright AFP Image caption North Korea hopes its military arsenal will be a deterrent against the US North Korea has tested a new rocket engine as part of its efforts to build a missile capable of reaching the American mainland, US officials said. The news comes amid rising tensions …

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Two Bali jail fugitives captured in East Timor

Image copyright ABC Image caption The prisoners photographs have been circulated around Bali East Timor police have recaptured two foreigners who escaped from Bali’s Kerobokan Prison by using a tunnel. Indian Sayed Mohammed Said and Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev were caught at a hotel in Dili after they arrived on …

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Glastonbury 2017: Johnny Depp hints at Trump ‘assassination’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Actor Johnny Depp appeared to threaten US President Donald Trump during a speech at the Glastonbury Festival. “Can you bring Trump here?” he asked the audience, as he introduced a screening of …

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Danger map reveals health threat zone

Image copyright EcoHealthAlliance South America is a hotbed of potential viruses that could be the next major threat to the world’s health, according to “danger maps”. The EcoHealth Alliance in New York looked at mammals, the viruses they harbour and how they come into contact with people. It revealed bats …

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