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Catalan separatist leader Oriol Junqueras denied bail

Catalan separatist leader Oriol Junqueras denied bail

Spanish supreme court says Junqueras must remain in custody as he may attempt to relaunch independence effort if releasedSpain’s supreme court has refused to grant bail to the ousted Catalan
Tourist killed in Egypt hot air balloon crash

Tourist killed in Egypt hot air balloon crash

A South African was killed and 12 other people injured when their balloon ‘landed too forcefully’ near the ancient city of LuxorA South African tourist was killed and 12 other people injured when a
Japan's historic Tsukiji fish market holds final new year auction

Japan's historic Tsukiji fish market holds final new year auction

Highest bidder pays nearly £240,000 for a giant tuna at last new year auction before relocation of Tokyo market later this yearTokyo’s world-famous Tsukiji fish market has held its last new year
Killer on conditional release who murdered partner given life sentence

Killer on conditional release who murdered partner given life sentence

Mental health authorities will face questions over how Theodore Johnson, who had killed two previous partners, was able to hide a 20-year relationshipFreed to kill again – and again: Theodore Johnson
'Mysterious void' halts train services in Cumbria

'Mysterious void' halts train services in Cumbria

Sinkhole opens up on tracks near coastal village of Harrington, prompting emergency repairs – and a novel excuse for train cancellationsMost commuters are accustomed to unusual reasons for delays to
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House review – tell-all burns all

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House review – tell-all burns all

Michael Wolff has written a book to shake America to its foundations Ivanka seeks presidency – and other big claims from explosive new bookThree TVs, a phone and a cheeseburger: book reveals Donald’s
Into the Numbers review – stark tale of author haunted by Nanking massacre

Into the Numbers review – stark tale of author haunted by Nanking massacre

Finborough, London Christopher Chen’s sombre piece explores how the writing of her bestseller The Rape of Nanking, about a mass killing in 1937, affected Iris ChangIt is a critical cliche to call
Quarter of British honey contaminated with bee-harming pesticides, research reveals

Quarter of British honey contaminated with bee-harming pesticides, research reveals

Although the contamination rate has fallen from a half since a partial EU ban the insecticides remain in the farmed environment posing a serious risk to beesAlmost a quarter of British honey samples
Tough new German law puts tech firms and free speech in spotlight

Tough new German law puts tech firms and free speech in spotlight

Social media firms must remove hate speech or face fines up to £44m under controversial law that came into force on 1 JanuaryUS social media companies have scaled up operations in Germany, where a
Saudi Aramco takes key step towards $2tn flotation

Saudi Aramco takes key step towards $2tn flotation

Royal decree turning state-owned oil giant into joint stock company dispels doubts about IPOSaudi Arabia has taken a key step towards allowing future investors to buy shares in its national oil
Giant curtain erected in Peru in bid to reveal secrets of the cloud forest

Giant curtain erected in Peru in bid to reveal secrets of the cloud forest

Global warming is predicted to push clouds higher in the sky. One scientist hopes to understand the future of our forests by suspending a vast fog-catching mesh in the Peruvian jungle What will happen
'Trump has declared war on California': state defiant as White House take aim

'Trump has declared war on California': state defiant as White House take aim

Battle lines between liberal politicians and the president intensified this week as Trump’s administration targeted cannabis, immigrants and the environment Jeff Sessions to crack down on legalized
Why is John Worboys being released after less than 10 years?

Why is John Worboys being released after less than 10 years?

There is outrage over the imminent release of one of the UK’s most persistent sex attackers. How has it come about? The Parole Board decision to recommend the serial sex attacker John Worboys for
‘We are brought up to think suffering this violence is OK’: domestic abuse in Nigeria | Wana Udobang

‘We are brought up to think suffering this violence is OK’: domestic abuse in Nigeria | Wana Udobang

Despite high levels of violence within relationships in Nigeria, wedding vows are still regarded as sacred, and women are urged to stay with bullying husbandsDr Perpetua Mbanefo was just getting ready
New head appointed to Australian building and construction regulator

New head appointed to Australian building and construction regulator

Stephen McBurney named to replace Nigel Hadgkiss, who resigned in September after admitting he contravened the Fair Work ActA new head of the Australian Building and Construction Commission has been
Phone games put Colombia's indigenous cultures in palm of children's hands

Phone games put Colombia's indigenous cultures in palm of children's hands

A series of games developed with the help of anthropologists and scientists teach children about the country’s 87 indigenous groups who speak 71 languagesIn a simple wooden hut on a Caribbean beach, a
Harbin ice and snow sculpture festival – in pictures

Harbin ice and snow sculpture festival – in pictures

The Harbin international ice and snow sculpture festival consists of three theme parks: Sun Island international snow sculpture art expo, Harbin ice and snow world and Zhaolin Park ice lantern fair.
French hilltop home on the site of a Roman fortress – in pictures

French hilltop home on the site of a Roman fortress – in pictures

Rule your own empire at this sprawling property featuring a large house, barns, turreted towers, medieval ruins and more Continue reading...
Ebola survivors sue government of Sierra Leone over missing millions

Ebola survivors sue government of Sierra Leone over missing millions

Stewardship of $15m in foreign support for deadly outbreak under scrutiny as officials are accused of failing to honour promisesTwo Ebola survivors are to sue the government of Sierra Leone in the
Make it a Muji holiday: lifestyle brand to open two hotels in China

Make it a Muji holiday: lifestyle brand to open two hotels in China

Japanese homeware company Muji plans to extend its minimal design concept into the hospitality sector with the launch of hotels in Beijing and ShenzhenIt’s a lifestyle brand known for its minimal