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Islamic State is gone - but Raqqa lies in ruins

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Islamic State's brutal reign of terror in Raqqa may be at an end, but as the liberation of the Syrian city is celebrated in the streets the shadow of the group remains.

What invoking article 155 means for Catalonia

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There came a point this week when the move to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy became inevitable.

Bush speaks out against Trump 'bigotry'

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Former president George W Bush has launched a thinly veiled but hard-hitting attack on Donald Trump's administration.

PM urges Brexit deal 'we can defend' to public

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Theresa May has warned EU leaders of her political difficulties in the UK and urged them to help deliver a deal she can defend domestically.

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Tourist killed at famous Florence basilica

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A Spanish tourist has been killed after he was hit by falling masonry as he visited a church in Florence.

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Ex-MI6 chief suggests Brexit may not happen

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The UK's former spy chief has suggested Britain might not actually quit the EU - and warned greater spending on diplomacy, defence and intelligence will be needed if Brexit does go ahead.

'Sherlock' conman makes elementary mistake

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A conman who stole thousands of pounds while using a name from the Sherlock Holmes stories has been jailed for five years.

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Brexit could allow us to stay - illegal migrants

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Brexit may mean instability for businesses and EU citizens living here but an unlikely group of people are eagerly awaiting Britain's divorce from Europe.

Toddler probably 'thrown against hard floor'

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An 18-month-old girl was probably "thrown against a hard floor" and "shaken violently" before she died, a court has been told.

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EU leaders play down Brexit talks progress

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EU leaders have welcomed Theresa May's latest offer to free up Brexit negotiations but talked down chances of them moving on to the crucial trade stage.

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Maltese PM 'never complained' about murdered journalist

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The Maltese Prime Minister has said he "never complained" about being "under scrutiny" from a journalist who was killed in a car bomb attack.

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Storm Brian to batter Britain days after Ophelia

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Storm Brian will hit the UK on Saturday, bringing gale force winds and rain to the south of the country.

SpaceX to retry satellite launch after explosion

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SpaceX is reattempting to get a Spacecom satellite into orbit after a launchpad explosion destroyed $262m worth of equipment on the last try.

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'Ecological Armageddon' warning over insect loss

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The number of flying insects has dropped by up to 75% in less than 30 years, provoking the risk of an "ecological Armageddon", scientists have said.

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Sports physician diagnoses gorilla's injury

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The head physician of an American university football team has been called in to treat an injured gorilla after she got into a scuffle with her den-mate.

Fake wife? Melania Trump body double conspiracy

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Conspiracy theorists on Twitter think Melania Trump was replaced by a body double as her husband addressed the media last week.

Bomb-sniffing CIA dog fired for not sniffing bombs

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Some people just aren't cut out for the realities of a high-pressure work environment - and it would seem the same goes for dogs.

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Spain to suspend Catalonia's autonomy

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Spain's government has said it will suspend Catalonia's political autonomy and impose direct rule from Madrid, as the crisis engulfing the country deepens.

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Trump offered grieving military father $25k

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The father of a fallen soldier has said Donald Trump offered him $25,000 after the death of his son, but the cheque never arrived.

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New Zealand gets youngest Prime Minister in history

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New Zealand is getting a new government after a month of deadlock following elections, with Jacinda Ardern becoming the nation's youngest leader.

Wednesday, Oct 18

Spain threatens to remove Catalan autonomy

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The Spanish government has issued a final warning to Catalan leaders - abandon independence or we will take your regional autonomy away.

Chechen mothers' agony over IS daughters

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We did not expect to meet so many people.

Xi proclaims 'new era' of 'Chinese dream'

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At the heart of Xi Jinping's almost three-and-a-half hour speech was a single clear message - we are entering a new era.

North Korea mountain 'damaged by nuclear tests'

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The launch site for several of North Korea's nuclear tests appears to be caving in - a condition known as "Tired Mountain Syndrome".

Tuesday, Oct 17

'Tortured and raped': Rohingya women speak out

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Rabia sits in front of me on the floor of a small hut inside Kutupolong Refugee Camp near Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.

Battle 'over' against Islamic State in Raqqa

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Military operations have ended against Islamic State in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, say the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Catalan separatists to be kept behind bars

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A Spanish court has ordered the leaders of two powerful separatist organisations in Catalonia to be detained - a move that could cause tensions to worsen further.

Monday, Oct 16

'I saw my children drown': A Rohingya mum's story

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The body has been wrapped in a clean white shroud. It is lying in an ornate silver cot surrounded by mourners.

Fifteen children among 300 dead in Somalia blast

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Fifteen children are among the dead following Somalia's deadliest bomb attack, authorities have said, as the number of those killed rose to more than 300.

Newborn among 36 dead in Portugal wildfires

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A one-month-old baby is among at least 36 people confirmed dead in Portugal, along with three others in Spain, after parts of both countries were ravaged by hundreds of wildfires.

Catalan police chief who 'didn't rescue Spaniards' freed

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Tensions continue to grow between Madrid and Catalonia's separatists after a Spanish judge ordered the region's police chief to be released from prison over charges of sedition.

Sunday, Oct 15

Austria on course to elect world's youngest leader

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Austria's foreign minister is on course to become the country's next chancellor and the world's youngest head of government.

Rohingya crisis: 'This child is in howling pain'

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The lines are long but the waiting Rohingya parents are desperate to have their sick children examined by a doctor.

Deadliest truck bomb attack kills 276 people

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At least 276 people have been killed after two bomb attacks struck Somalia's capital Mogadishu in the deadliest attack the country has ever seen.

Death toll rises to 40 in California fires

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Forty people are now dead in what have become the deadliest and most destructive fires in California's history.