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Trump confirms he said government shutdown could last months or years

Trump confirms he said government shutdown could last months or years

President threatens to declare national emergency and build wall without congressional approval: ‘I can do it if I want’As a partial US government shutdown hit the two-week mark, Donald Trump told
Congo's Catholic church says it knows election's clear winner

Congo's Catholic church says it knows election's clear winner

US and African Union press DRC to respect result of poll on 30 DecemberPressure is growing on the electoral commission of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to release the results of last week’s
Japan's new Y2K: Chips with Everything podcast

Japan's new Y2K: Chips with Everything podcast

Almost two decades after the millennium bug failed to bite, Jordan Erica Webber looks at the potential consequences for big tech of the end of another era: Emperor Akihito’s reign in Japan Next year
Suspected Ebola sufferer does not have disease, say Swedes

Suspected Ebola sufferer does not have disease, say Swedes

Tests negative for patient who had returned from Burundi and was treated in isolationA young man being treated in isolation at Uppsala University hospital in Sweden after suspicion of Ebola
'Vanquished white male': Houellebecq's new novel predicts French discontent

'Vanquished white male': Houellebecq's new novel predicts French discontent

Enfant terrible awarded Légion d’honneur as ‘scathing, visionary’ novel Serotonin is releasedHe is idolised as France’s biggest literary export, a controversial poet-provocateur who holds up a mirror
Hunt warns Russia not to play games with Briton on spying charge

Hunt warns Russia not to play games with Briton on spying charge

British foreign secretary says Paul Whelan should not be used as a diplomatic pawnThe British foreign secretary has warned Russia not to try to use Paul Whelan, the British–American national arrested
Cold snap forecast to freeze Britain this weekend

Cold snap forecast to freeze Britain this weekend

Areas with clear skies expected to face coldest weather, says Met OfficeThe cold snap has arrived in Britain and temperatures are expected to drop below freezing this weekend.Frosty conditions will
German politicians’ personal data leaked online

German politicians’ personal data leaked online

Huge cache of documents published daily in December but came to light only on ThursdaySensitive data belonging to hundreds of German politicians, celebrities and public figures has been published
San Francisco lighthouse seeks caretakers. Salary: $130,000

San Francisco lighthouse seeks caretakers. Salary: $130,000

Tiny island with beautiful views of city could be your new home – if you can pilot a boat and run a bed and breakfast Wanted: lighthouse keepers.Location: a tiny island with remarkable views of San
Chinese rover Jade Rabbit 2 sets off to explore far side of moon - video

Chinese rover Jade Rabbit 2 sets off to explore far side of moon - video

The rover from China's Chang'e 4 probe separated from its lander on Thursday evening after the probe touched down on the far side of the moon and became the first spacecraft in the world to soft-land
Kevin Hart may return as Oscars host to 'take a stand against the trolls'

Kevin Hart may return as Oscars host to 'take a stand against the trolls'

In remarkable interview with Ellen DeGeneres, comic says he is rethinking decision to step down after homophobic tweets came to lightKevin Hart, the comedian and actor who stepped down as Oscars host
£115m lottery winners to share prize with family and friends

£115m lottery winners to share prize with family and friends

Frances and Patrick Connolly from County Armagh won £114,969,775.70 in New Year’s Day drawThe couple who won the £115m EuroMillions jackpot on New Year’s Day have said they plan to share their good
Schoolgirls in Kenya to face compulsory tests for pregnancy and FGM

Schoolgirls in Kenya to face compulsory tests for pregnancy and FGM

Girls in Narok County will be made to reveal identities of babies’ fathers and tell police about female genital mutilation Plans to subject schoolgirls in Kenya to mandatory tests for female genital
Smoke plume from Tasmania bushfire turns sky red over Hobart

Smoke plume from Tasmania bushfire turns sky red over Hobart

Fire in world heritage area threatens six towns as Victoria experiences dramatic temperature swingsAn out of control bushfire burning in the Tasmanian world heritage area has threatened six towns and
One dead, one stabbed in chaotic scenes across Sydney suburbs

One dead, one stabbed in chaotic scenes across Sydney suburbs

Man dies in Arncliffe after allegedly ramming police car, hijacking two vehicles and stabbing bystander in RockdaleOne man has died and another was in a serious condition after being stabbed in the
Third woman enters Indian temple amid protests at lifting of ban

Third woman enters Indian temple amid protests at lifting of ban

Police say situation is ‘normal for now’ after clashes leave one man dead and many injuredA third woman has entered a flashpoint temple in southern India, stoking tensions after two days of clashes
'My parents sold me': poverty drives trade in child brides in Zimbabwe | Nyasha Chingono

'My parents sold me': poverty drives trade in child brides in Zimbabwe | Nyasha Chingono

Married off at 13, Maureen lost her education and her health. Her plight is common in a country racked by economic turmoilThe end of Maureen’s days at a primary school in north-eastern Zimbabwe marked
'It's like 1984': Venezuela targets human rights defenders

'It's like 1984': Venezuela targets human rights defenders

Amid Venezuela’s collapse, Nicolás Maduro has locked up those accused of criticizing his regime – often without due processGeraldine Chacón, a 24-year-old lawyer from Caracas, went four months without
Jazmine Barnes: FBI joins search for man who fatally shot seven-year-old

Jazmine Barnes: FBI joins search for man who fatally shot seven-year-old

Barnes was in a car with her mother and sisters when a man fired into the vehicle, in what some fear was a racist attackThe FBI has joined local law enforcement in a Texas manhunt to locate the
Screen time not intrinsically bad for children, say doctors

Screen time not intrinsically bad for children, say doctors

Device use may not be issue if parents supervise other areas of children’s lives, study claimsSpending time looking at screens is not intrinsically bad for children’s health, say the UK’s leading