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First-known David Bowie studio recording sells for £39,360

First-known David Bowie studio recording sells for £39,360

Tape dates from 1963 when the star was a 16-year-old singer with his band the KonradsThe first-known recording by David Bowie, made when he was the 16-year-old singer of a band called the Konrads, has
UN head calls for Idlib to be spared 'humanitarian nightmare'

UN head calls for Idlib to be spared 'humanitarian nightmare'

António Guterres appeals to Russia, Iran and Turkey to ‘spare no effort’ in protecting civilians in last major rebel stronghold in SyriaUnited Nations secretary general António Guterres has appealed

Million mark Catalan national day by calling for independence – video

Pro-independence supporters have packed Barcelona's Diagonal to celebrate Diada, Catalan national day, and to add their voice to secession calls since October's illegal independence
Met chief calls latest police pay award a 'punch on the nose'

Met chief calls latest police pay award a 'punch on the nose'

Cressida Dick claims pay award could damage officer morale and calls for more resources for policingThe Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, has said policing needs more resources and
Bold plan to build new Sydney stadium suspended above Central station

Bold plan to build new Sydney stadium suspended above Central station

Architects reveal design for 45,000-seat stadium over rail yards, but proposal meets with tepid government responseA new stadium for Sydney in the city centre and served by every major rail line, plus
Ireland says Trump visit cancelled but White House claims no decision made

Ireland says Trump visit cancelled but White House claims no decision made

Irish government said visit would not go ahead but Sarah Sanders says ‘we are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip’The Irish government has said that Donald Trump’s visit to
NHS suffering worst ever staff and cash crisis, figures show

NHS suffering worst ever staff and cash crisis, figures show

Number of vacancies at record high in England as underlying deficit of £4.3bn revealedThe NHS’s staffing and financial problems are the worst they have ever been, official health service figures
Barnier confronts Raab over discovery of Brexit no-deal letters to EU27

Barnier confronts Raab over discovery of Brexit no-deal letters to EU27

Exclusive: Letters ask states to engage with UK in side deals on transport if Brexit talks fail Dominic Raab has been reprimanded by Michel Barnier after the EU’s chief negotiator discovered the
‘Nicole From Last Night’: how one man’s quest for love led to a surprising sisterhood

‘Nicole From Last Night’: how one man’s quest for love led to a surprising sisterhood

A Canadian student, who got a wrong number from a ‘Nicole’ he met in a pub, emailed 247 of her campus namesakes – a Facebook group and a very unusual modern love story ensuedName: Nicole.Appearance:
Where is Hurricane Florence heading? Mapping the path of the storm

Where is Hurricane Florence heading? Mapping the path of the storm

Florence could bring storm surges and heavy rain to Virginia, and North and South CarolinaHurricane Florence became a category 4 storm on Monday, sustaining winds of close to 130mph (195km/h) on its
Jerry Brown: Trump's 'gross ignorance' main obstacle in climate change fight

Jerry Brown: Trump's 'gross ignorance' main obstacle in climate change fight

California governor is taking the lead in confronting planet’s ‘existential challenge’ and signs bill for carbon-free power by 2045Jerry Brown, California’s governor, has accused Donald Trump of
Russia begins its largest ever military exercise with 300,000 soldiers

Russia begins its largest ever military exercise with 300,000 soldiers

Nato condemns Vostok-2018 drills with China as a rehearsal for large-scale conflictRussia has launched what it has called its largest ever military drills, with hundreds of thousands of troops joining
South Africa: murders surge by more than 7% in a year

South Africa: murders surge by more than 7% in a year

More than 20,000 people were killed between April 2017 and March 2018, figures showMurders in South Africa have surged by more than 7% in the last year, with more than 20,000 people killed in 12
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary, to be freed in weeks, is 'still a threat'

Hate preacher Anjem Choudary, to be freed in weeks, is 'still a threat'

Prisons minister says specialist Muslim chaplains to be trained to deradicalise extremistsThe Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary remains a dangerous threat ahead of his imminent release from jail, the
Russia main suspect behind illnesses of US staff in Cuba and China – report

Russia main suspect behind illnesses of US staff in Cuba and China – report

US suspects electromagnetic weapons caused mystery ailmentsAmerican analysis questioned by neurologists and physicists Russia is the main suspect in US agencies’ investigation of mysterious illnesses
Jailed leftwing leader Lula drops out of Brazil presidential race

Jailed leftwing leader Lula drops out of Brazil presidential race

Ex-president abandons campaign to reclaim country’s leadership, naming Fernando Haddad as Workers party candidateBrazil’s jailed former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has abandoned his
Man found guilty of groping woman on tube

Man found guilty of groping woman on tube

James Froomberg touched and squeezed woman’s bottom on crowded Central line trainA company executive has been found guilty of touching and squeezing a woman’s bottom as she travelled on a busy tube
I'll make a nice juicy steak out of opposition leader, says Putin ally

I'll make a nice juicy steak out of opposition leader, says Putin ally

Former presidential bodyguard challenges Alexei Navalny to a duel in bizarre YouTube rantA close ally of Vladimir Putin has promised to make a “nice juicy steak” out of the opposition leader Alexei
'I'll make a nice, juicy steak out of you': Putin ally's bizarre threat to Alexei Navalny – video

'I'll make a nice, juicy steak out of you': Putin ally's bizarre threat to Alexei Navalny – video

Viktor Zolotov, a former bodyguard to Putin who now heads Russia’s internal military force, challenged the opposition leader Alexei Navalny to a duel during a six-minute rant in which he denied
ECHR judges reject final appeal in Troubles 'hooded men' case

ECHR judges reject final appeal in Troubles 'hooded men' case

Decision means British army’s maltreatment of 14 detainees cannot be redefined as tortureThe European court of human rights has rejected a final attempt by the Irish government to redefine as torture