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Russian doping: IOC bans Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics

IOC President on ‘unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympics’ Russia has been banned from competing at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee. But Russian athletes who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag. …

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May faces Brexit pressure over Irish border

Image copyright AFP Ministers are to face MPs’ questions about the failure to strike a Brexit deal following a DUP backlash. The DUP, whose support the government needs in key votes, said it would not accept a deal on the Irish border which saw Northern Ireland treated differently from the …

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Trump travel ban: Supreme Court lets restrictions take full effect

Image copyright AFP Image caption A woman wears a US flag for a headscarf as she participates in the #NoMuslimBanEver rally in Los Angeles in October The US Supreme Court has ruled President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries can go into full effect, pending legal challenges. …

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Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s former leader, killed in Sanaa fighting

Image copyright EPA Image caption Ali Abdullah Saleh became an ally of the Houthis after Yemen’s civil war began in 2015 Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed amid fighting between his supporters and their former allies, the Houthi rebel movement. Officials from Mr Saleh’s General People’s Congress …

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UK PM visits Brussels for key Brexit talks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mrs May will meet Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels later Theresa May is set to meet key EU figures for talks on Brexit which could determine whether the UK is able to move on to negotiations on trade. The BBC understands deals on the UK “divorce …

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Russia-Trump: President hits out at FBI over Russia inquiry

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Donald Trump’s presidency has been overshadowed by the inquiry into collusion with Russia Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI on Sunday, issuing a fresh denial that he asked former director James Comey to drop an investigation into the conduct of one of his top …

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North Korea: US in race to address threat, says HR McMaster

Image copyright Reuters Image caption HR McMaster says there is not much time left to solve the problem White House national security adviser HR McMaster says the US is “in a race” to address the threat from North Korea. The potential for war is increasing every day but armed conflict …

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Trump-Russia: Flynn’s dealings were ‘lawful’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump on Russia inquiry: “What has been shown is no collusion” Donald Trump has responded to a guilty plea by his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying Mr Flynn’s actions as a member of his transition team “were lawful”. Mr Flynn …

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Tax bill: Trump victory as Senate backs tax overhaul

Image copyright AFP Image caption Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell overcame a pocket of Republican resistance to get the bill through US senators have passed a sweeping tax cuts bill, paving the way for Donald Trump’s first big legislative victory. The package would mark the biggest tax overhaul since the …

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Kaspersky Labs: Warning over Russian anti-virus software

Image copyright EPA The British government has issued a fresh warning about the security risks of using Russian anti-virus software. The National Cyber Security Centre is to write to all government departments warning against using the products for systems related to national security. The UK cyber-security agency will say the …

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