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Breaking News - Japan fans tidy up World Cup stadium
 
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World Cup: Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium After a heated World Cup match, the stands are usually left with food waste, cups and wrappers scattered in the heat of the moment. Japanese fans certainly had reason to go wild on Tuesday night. Their side won its opening game, beating Colombia 2:1, and securing the team's first victory against a South American side. But after their team swept Colombia off the pitch, Japanese fans also did their share of sweeping: meticulously cleaning up their rows and seats in the stadium.Equipped with large rubbish bags they brought along, the fans marched through the rows picking up rubbish, to leave the place just as neat as they had found it. And not for the first time - supporters of the "Samurai Blue" have never failed to stick to their good manners. "It's not just part of the football culture but part of Japanese culture," Japan-based football journalist Scott McIntyre told the BBC. He is in Russia following the team and was not at all by surprised the somewhat different nature of Samurai Blue fans. "You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture. An important aspect of Japanese society is making sure that everything is absolutely clean and that's the case in all sporting events and certainly also in football."A habit built from childhoodIt is something that comes as a surprise to many foreigners attending matches in Japan. "They might leave a bottle or some kind of food package on the ground and then it's often the case that people get tapped on the shoulder by Japanese people indicating they shouldclean up or take it home but can't leave it there," Mr McIntyre says. It's a habit drilled into Japanese people from early childhood. "Cleaning up after football matches is an extension of basic behaviours that are taught in school, where the children clean their school classrooms and hallways," explains Scott North, professor of sociology at Osaka University. "With constant reminders throughout They've done it again - Japan fans amuse and impress by cleaning up after their team's opening match. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Biafra shutdown cripples Nigerian cities
 
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Biafra shutdown cripples Nigerian citiesA stay-at-home protest by Biafran separatists in Nigeria has crippled cities and towns in the south-east.Streets are empty and markets, banks and schools are closed to mark the abortive attempt in 1967 to gain independence for the region.It led to a bitter three-year civil war in which more than one million people were killed. The authorities have warned the secessionists against street protests and security forces are on patrol. BBC Africa Live: More on this and other stories The man behind Nigeria's separatists Should regions get more power? South-eastern Nigeria is mainly inhabited by the ethnic Igbo community, who often complain of marginalisation - accusing successive governments of failing to develop their areas. In the last few years, there have been a resurgence of support for a breakaway state of Biafra led by the banned group Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (Massob).The BBC Igbo service says there has been a total shutdown in the Igbo heartland of Enugu and Anambra states.The southern oil city of Port Harcourt as well as parts of Abia state have also been affected by the stay-away.You may also be interested in: Why I stopped mispronouncing my Igbo name How I was banned from speaking IgboPeople have been sending in photos to BBC Igbo of deserted streets, including one of the iconic Niger River Bridge in Onitsha, known as the gateway to the east, which is usually congested with traffic.Ipob leader Nnamdi Kanu is currently facing treason-related charges. He has not been seen in public since last September when his house was raided by the Nigerian military. The army denies arresting him and his whereabouts are unknown.Biafra at a glance:First republic of Biafra was declared by Nigerian military officer Odumegwu-Ojukwu in 1967 He led his mainly ethnic Igbo forces into a deadly three-year civil war that ended in 1970 More than one million people News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Vietnam economic zones spark protests
 
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Vietnam protesters clash with police over new economic zones Protests have broken out in Vietnam against plans for new economic zones, amid fears that Chinese investors will dominate the areas.Police reportedly detained more than a dozen people in the capital Hanoi and halted demonstrations in other cities.Some carried anti-China banners, including one reading "No leasing land to China even for one day".The government proposed a law last year that would give foreign investors a 99-year lease on Vietnamese land.The bill offers them greater incentives and fewer restrictions, in an attempt to promote growth in target areas. The protesters suspect that the Communist government will award Chinese investors a lease over three islands in the South China Sea, amid tensions between the two countries over disputed territory there.Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc last week told local media the 99-year term would be reduced, although he did not specify the new length.And on Saturday, the government announced a vote on the draft legislation would be delayed to allow further scrutiny. Roughly $5 trillion worth of global trade passes through the South China Sea annually, and a number of countries in the area claim disputed islands in the area.Vietnamese protests broke out in 2012 over the maritime dispute, although police quickly halted the demonstrations. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Lin-Manuel Miranda raps fan for filming Hamilton
 
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Lin-Manuel Miranda raps fan for filming Hamilton Regular theatre-goers will no doubt be familiar with a pre-show announcement advising that "the use of recording equipment is strictly prohibited".Anyone found breaking this cardinal rule risks being thrown out, with actors rarely taking kindly to those pointing a camera at the stage.This was the case in Puerto Rico when Hamilton creator and actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda, interrupted his performance to beg an audience member to stop filming.But not exactly.The man who wrote the music and lyrics to Hamilton made a self-edit live on stage, as he changed the words to one of the show's songs to get the message across. He sang: "Lady filming in the fourth row, please stop it."Had Miranda not spotted the audience member attempting to pirate the show, he would have sung the original line, "the problem is I got a lot of brains but no polish".The new lyric came part-way through the first act song My Shot, which chronicles Alexander Hamilton's first meeting with John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan and Lafayette.They are affectionately known as the Sons of Liberty, referring to their role in establishing the United States of America.And Miranda suggested they were taken aback by his lyrical improvisation in a subsequent Twitter post.Though it is unusual for someone to attempt to film a stage show, it is not unheard of.Piracy is a well-known problem within the stage industry, with some audience members uploading and exchanging their bootlegged recordings online.Some fans have justified the practice by citing the price of theatre tickets, particularly when also taking into account the travel costs for those living outside major cities.But Miranda has previously had people removed from the theatre for recording, which he has said "misrepresents" his work.By Tom Gerken, BBC UGC & Social News News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - UK 'threats' over Indian Ocean islands
 
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Chagos Islands dispute: UK 'threatened' Mauritius The British government has been accused of threatening a close ally in an increasingly bitter diplomatic tug-of-war over the fate of a tiny, strategic archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The dispute over the Chagos Islands - home to the US military base on Diego Garcia - is being portrayed by some as an indication of Britain's waning influence on the world stage following the Brexit vote. Next week the issue will come before judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.We have had verbal threats, said the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth, in an interview with BBC News. He did not dispute a report that Britain's former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had called him personally to pressure Mauritius to back down on its demand that the islands be returned after decades under UK control. Unfortunately, we have been threatened with retaliation… on issues of trade and on issues of investment, you know, and on our relationship with the UK, Mr Jugnauth added.'Dangerous precedent'Asked about those threats, a spokeswoman for the British Foreign Office declined to respond directly but said we are disappointed that Mauritius have taken this bilateral dispute to the International Court of Justice for an advisory opinion.This is an inappropriate use of the ICJ Advisory Opinion mechanism and sets a dangerous precedent for other bilateral disputes. While we do not recognise the Republic of Mauritius's claim to sovereignty of the archipelago, we have repeatedly undertaken to cede it to Mauritius when no longer required for defence purposes, and we maintain that commitment.It is half a century since the UK took control of the Chagos Islands from its then colony, Mauritius, and evicted the entire population, before inviting the United States to build a military base on Diego Garcia, one of the larger atolls. Mauritius News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - HIV vaccine shows promise in human trial
 
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HIV vaccine shows promise in human trial An HIV vaccine that has the potential to protect people around the world from the virus has shown promising results. The treatment, which aims to provide immunity against various strains of the virus, produced an anti-HIV immune system response in tests on 393 people, a study in the Lancet found. It also protected some monkeys from a virus that is similar to HIV. More testing is now needed to determine if the immune response produced can prevent HIV infection in people. About 37 million people worldwide live with HIV or Aids, and there are an estimated 1.8 million new cases every year. But despite advances in treatment for HIV, both a cure and a vaccine for the virus have so far remained elusive. The drug Prep, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is effective at preventing HIV infection, but, unlike a vaccine, it needs to be taken regularly, even daily, to prevent the virus from taking hold.Inventing a vaccine has proved an immense challenge for scientists, in part because there are so many strains of the virus, but also because HIV is adept at mutating to elude attack from our immune systems.Previous attempts at HIV vaccines have been limited to specific strains of the virus found in certain parts of the world.But for this mosaic vaccine, scientists have developed a treatment made up of pieces of different HIV viruses.The hope is that it could offer much better protection against the almost unlimited number of HIV strains found across the world. In a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, scientists tested various combinations of the mosaic vaccine in people aged 18 to 50 who did not have HIV and were healthy.The participants, from the US, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, and Thailand, received four vaccinations over the course of 48 weeks.All of the vaccine combinations produced an anti-HIV immune system response and were found to be safe. Scientists also carried out a parallel study where they gave rhesus monkeys the News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Kenyan science teacher wins global prize
 
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Kenyan science teacher Peter Tabichi wins global prize A science teacher from rural Kenya, who gives away most of his salary to support poorer pupils, has won a $1m prize (£760,000) for the world's best teacher. Peter Tabichi, a member of the Franciscan religious order, won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize.Brother Peter has been praised for his achievements in a deprived school with crowded classes and few text books.He wants pupils to see "science is the way to go" for their futures.The award, announced in a ceremony in Dubai, recognises the "exceptional" teacher's commitment to pupils in a remote part of Kenya's Rift Valley. He gives away 80% of his pay to support pupils, at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, Nakuru, who otherwise could not afford uniforms or books."It's not all about money," says Brother Peter, whose pupils are almost all from very disadvantaged families. Many are orphaned or have lost a parent.He wants to raise aspirations and to promote the cause of science, not just in Kenya but across Africa, he says. The award, in a competition run by the Varkey Foundation, has seen him beating 10,000 other nominations from 179 countries.But Brother Peter says there are "challenges with a lack of facilities" at the school, including not enough books or teachers.Classes meant to have 35 to 40 pupils are taught in groups of 70 or 80, which, he says, means overcrowded classrooms and problems for teachers.The lack of a reliable internet connection means he has to travel to a cyber-cafe to download resources for his science lessons.And many of the pupils walk more than four miles (6km) on bad roads to reach the school.But Brother Peter says he is determined to give them a chance to learn about science and to raise their horizons.His pupils have been successful in national and international science competitions, including an award from the Royal Society of Chemistry in the A science teacher who gives most of his salary to support poor pupils wins the Global Teacher Prize. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Refugee wins 'biggest maths prize'
 
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Fields medal: UK refugee wins 'biggest maths prize' One of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics has been handed out at a ceremony in Brazil. Caucher Birkar, Alessio Figalli and Peter Scholze, are all honoured for major contributions to their respective areas in mathematics.Dr Birkar, a Kurd, came to the UK as a refugee from Iran.The Fields Medals are awarded every four years to the most promising mathematicians under the age of 40.Each winner receives a 15,000 Canadian-dollar cash prize. Kurdish mathematician Caucher Birkar was born in Iran but is now based at the University of Cambridge, UK. While studying for his undergraduate degree at the University of Tehran, he travelled to the UK and sought political asylum there.He is known for his work on birational geometry and has previously won the prestigious Leverhulme Prize. Alessio Figalli, 34, was born in Rome but works at ETH Zurich, a science and technology university in Switzerland. He is an expert on calculus of variations and partial differential equations.This prize gives me so much joy, Mr Figalli told the Italian news agency Ansa. It is such a big thing that I'm struggling to believe that I have received it.It is a great stimulus for the future, he added. It will motivate me to work in my research fields to try to produce studies of a very high level.The youngest of the four, Peter Scholze, who is 30, works at the University of Bonn. His research focuses on the intersection between number theory and geometry. He was widely tipped to win the prize ahead of the announcement.Prof Martin Hairer, from Imperial College London, who was awarded the Fields Medal in 2014, said the medal could be transformative for the winners.He told BBC News: As you can imagine, their status will instantly change from 'highly respected researcher in the area of XXX' to 'celebrity in the mathematics community'. In the short term, this will give them a level of exposure that mathematicians are typically not used to and they'll News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Israeli spacecraft to land on Moon in 2019
 
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Israeli unmanned spacecraft to land on Moon in 2019 An Israeli non-profit organisation has announced plans to send the first privately-funded unmanned spacecraft to the Moon later this year.SpaceIL said the probe would be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in December on a Falcon 9 rocket built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company.It is expected to land on the Moon in February 2019.The spacecraft will plant an Israeli flag on the Moon's surface and carry out research into its magnetic field.SpaceIL's project began as part of the Google Lunar XPrize, which offered $30m (£23m) in prizes to inspire people to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. However, the competition expired this March, with the $20m grand prize for landing on the moon unclaimed. Despite the setback SpaceIL continued developing its spacecraft, which is being built in co-operation with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a state-owned firm.So far it has spent about $88.5m, much of which it has received from the South African-born Israeli billionaire businessmen Morris Kahn. Ido Anteby, CEO of SpaceIL, told a news conference in the Israeli town of Yehud on Tuesday that its probe would be the smallest yet to land on the Moon. It is about 2m (6.6ft) in diameter and 1.5m high, and will weigh only 585kg (1,300lb) at launch. More than 400kg of that weight is fuel that will be burnt off by the time it lands on the Moon.The spacecraft is a hopper, which will land and then take off again with the fuel left in its propulsion system, and then perform another landing 500m away, as required by the XPrize.If successful, SpaceIL's mission will make Israel the fourth country in the world to soft land a probe on the surface of the Moon - after the former Soviet Union, the United States and China.Mr Kahn said he hoped the mission would create an Apollo effect for the next generation in Israel - a reference to the enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths triggered by Neil Armstrong's Moon News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - 'World's cutest dog' dies from 'heartbreak'
 
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Boo the Pomeranian dog dies 'from a broken heart' Social media star Boo the Pomeranian dog has died at the age of 12.His owners say he had shown signs of heart problems ever since his "best friend" - a dog called Buddy - died in 2017."We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us," they wrote on his official Facebook page.Boo had 16 million followers on Facebook, made TV appearances, and even released a book called Boo - the life of the world's cutest dog.Boo and his friend Buddy had lived together for 11 years - before Buddy passed away in September 2017 at the age of 14. His owners, who are from the US, say Boo passed away in his sleep early Saturday morning and they were "heartbroken".They added: "But we find comfort knowing that he is no longer in any pain or discomfort. "We know that Buddy was the first to greet him on the other side of that rainbow bridge, and this is likely the most excited either of them have been in a long time."His owners went on: "Boo, we love you with all our hearts and will miss you until the day we meet again. "Have fun running around with Buddy and creating adorable mischief wherever you guys go." As well as releasing a book, Boo met with celebrities such as Seth Rogan, became an ambassador for a US airline and appeared on several TV shows in the US.His owners said they'd received many notes over the years from people sharing their stories of how Boo "brightened their days and helped bring a little light to their lives during difficult times"."And that was really the purpose of all thisBoo brought joy to people all over the world."Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us you can listen back here. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Tom Jones vows to get back on stage
 
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Sir Tom Jones 'determined' to return to performing Sir Tom Jones has told fans he is determined to return to performing after being treated in hospital when he fell ill.The 78-year-old has called off four shows this week - three in the UK - due to a bacterial infection.Sir Tom has apologised to fans, and a Twitter statement says he is in good spirits and the condition is being well managed under doctor's orders.Appropriate recovery time and rest is advised, the statement added.The Grammy and Brit award-winning superstar - a judge on The Voice UK Saturday night TV show - was due to perform at Stansted Park near Portsmouth on Wednesday and Chester Racecourse on Thursday. But after the Stansted show was cancelled and the Chester performance rescheduled for 12 August, Sir Tom cancelled Saturday's concert at Lingen in Germany and Sunday's event at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. Sir Tom is in good spirits and wants to extend both his heartfelt appreciation and his sincere apologies to all who planned to attend the shows, as well as those involved in the events, his statement read.He is determined to be back performing very soon.Sir Tom's next scheduled show is in Turku in Finland on Wednesday followed by a concert at York Racecourse on Friday. He is then due to play in France, Turkey and Germany before a gig in Edinburgh on 6 August.The It's Not Unusual singer cancelled his US tour last September, five days before it was due to start. Sir Tom later revealed he had had to have a hip replacement. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Archbishop 'in hiding' over Pope letter
 
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Catholic sex abuse: Pope critic Archbishop Vigano 'in hiding' A former Vatican diplomat who accused the Pope of covering up reports of clerical sex abuse is lying low over fears for his safety, it is claimed. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano wrote in a letter that Pope Francis knew of allegations against a US cardinal five years before accepting his resignation.Italian blogger Aldo Maria Valli later said the archbishop had told him that he had purchased an aeroplane ticket.The senior priest has made no further comment since the weekend.Recounting a meeting between the pair, Valli describes what the archbishop told him, writing: He will leave the country. He cannot tell me where he is going. I am not to look for him. His old mobile phone number will no longer work. We say goodbye for the last time. An English translation of the blogpost has been published on Catholic Journal OnePeterFive.Similar claims that the archbishop is concerned about his safety were made by Edward Pentin of the conservative National Catholic Register.Journalist Marco Tosatti, who says he helped the archbishop draft his bombshell 11-page letter, which was published on Sunday, told the BBC: I don't know where he may be. He told me that he wanted to remain quiet. And at the moment, he's not answering his phone.He made no mention of threats to his welfare, however. What did the Archbishop's letter say? In his letter, Archbishop Vigano said he told Pope Francis that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, had been accused of sexually abusing lower-ranking seminarians and priests over decades.He said Pope Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had taken action against the cardinal, forcing him to withdraw to a life of prayer and penance.However, he said Francis had lifted the sanctions against him and allowed him to return to full duties. Pope Francis knew from at least 23 June 2013 that McCarrick News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Pirates 'massacre' 13 Guyana fishermen
 
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Pirates 'massacre' Guyana fishermen off Suriname coastGuyana's President David Granger has described as a "massacre" a pirate attack last week that is feared to have killed at least a dozen fishermen."It is a great massacre, a great tragedy," Mr Granger said on Thursday.Four boats carrying some 20 people were attacked off the coast of neighbouring Suriname in South America last Friday, local authorities said. The bodies of three men have since been found. Four others were said to have escaped, Reuters news agency reported.Some of the fishermen who remain missing were forced into the sea with weights tied to their legs, according to reports from the survivors.The men, most of them Guyanese, were beaten and robbed. Guyana country profile Why pirates choose kidnap over cargo Mr Granger told reporters on Thursday that Guyana had been "very successful" in curbing piracy in the region but that the latest deadly attacks had "come as a great setback"."We extend sympathy to the families of the bereaved," he added. Search and rescue teams are continuing operations in the region, with Surinamese and Guyanese authorities working together, Mr Granger said. The families of the victims were told that they would be supported by the government. Piracy has long been an issue in the waters off Suriname and Guyana, although the number of incidents reported has reduced in recent years. Survivors say some of the missing men were forced into the sea with weights tied to their legs. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - 'Tiniest baby boy' leaves Tokyo hospital
 
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'Tiniest baby boy' ever sent home leaves Tokyo hospital A baby boy who weighed just 268g (9.45oz) at birth has been released from hospital in Japan, and is believed to be the smallest boy in the world to be sent home healthy. The baby was born by emergency C-section in August, and was so small he could fit into a pair of cupped hands. The infant was nurtured in intensive care until he was released last week, two months after his due date. He had grown to a weight of 3.2kg, and is now feeding normally. Born at 24 weeks, the tiny boy spent five months in hospital. "I can only say I'm happy that he has grown this big because honestly, I wasn't sure he could survive," the boy's mother said, according to Tokyo's Keio University Hospital.Doctor Takeshi Arimitsu, who treated the extraordinary baby, told the BBC he was the smallest infant born (on record) to be discharged from a hospital, according to a database of the world's littlest babies held by the University of Iowa.He said he wanted to show that "there is a possibility that babies will be able to leave the hospital in good health, even though they are born small". The previous record-holder was a boy born in Germany, weighing 274g. The smallest surviving baby girl in that same database was also born in Germany, in 2015, and reportedly weighed 252g. Keio University Hospital said the survival rate of babies born weighing less than a kilogram is about 90% in Japan. But for those born under 300g, that falls to around 50%.Among the very smallest babies, the survival rate is much lower for boys than girls. Medical experts are unsure why, though some believe it could be linked to the slower development of male babies' lungs. Doctors said the baby, born weighing just 268g, is the tiniest newborn ever to be sent home. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Iran general warns Trump: 'We are ready'
 
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Iran general warns Trump war would 'destroy all you possess' An Iranian special forces commander has warned President Donald Trump if the US attacks Iran it will destroy all that you possess.Major General Qassem Soleimani vowed that if Mr Trump started a war, the Islamic Republic would end it, Iranian news agency Tasnim reported.It follows Mr Trump's all-caps-lock tweet warning Iran's president to never, ever threaten the US.Tensions have risen since the US withdrew from the 2015 Iran deal.Maj Gen Soleimani - who leads the Quds Force of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards - was quoted on Thursday as saying: As a soldier, it is my duty to respond to your threats. Talk to me, not to the president [Hassan Rouhani]. It is not in our president's dignity to respond to you. We are near you, where you can't even imagine. Come. We are ready. If you begin the war, we will end the war. You know that this war will destroy all that you possess.He also accused the US president of using the language of night clubs and gambling halls.On Sunday, Mr Trump tweeted a startling threat to Iran's president.But two days later, while speaking to a veterans' group, the president said the US was ready to make a real deal with Iran.Mr Trump's angry tweet was a response to a warning by Mr Rouhani to the US. America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars, he said earlier, according to Iran's state news agency Irna. In May, Mr Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from the Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran, going against advice from European allies.Mr Trump had said the Iran deal was defective to its core.In response, Iran had said it was preparing to restart uranium enrichment, key for making both nuclear energy and weapons.Washington is now re-imposing sanctions on Iran's oil, aircraft exports, and precious metals trade among other sectors, despite objections from the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany, who all News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - 'Four-hour' bamboo house wins top prize
 
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Low-cost 'four-hour' bamboo house wins top prize A 23-year-old designer has won a top £50,000 prize after creating a low-cost bamboo housing unit to address the Philippines' slum crisis.Earl Patrick Forlales' design takes just four hours to construct, and at £50/sq metre it's highly affordable.He told the BBC World Service: It's a functional home on its own, but it's more than just a house.It's designed to turn community waste into energy and other valuable resources.Mr Forlales, who comes from Manila and studied material science engineering, will use the prize money from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Cities for our Future competition to start work on his CUBO housing units next year. Manila has a population of 12 million people, four million of whom live in impoverished slums. Some 2.5 million more workers are expected to arrive over the next three years - placing the fast-growing city under housing strain. Mr Forlales' modular CUBO homes will be used to house the newcomers, before being extended to the slums at large. The young designer was inspired by his grandparent's rural bamboo house - though his bamboo will be treated and laminated for a 10-times-longer lifecycle. The material is an eco-friendly choice, as it releases 35% more oxygen than trees and can be harvested annually without causing soil degradation.The CUBO homes also have slanted roofs to catch rainwater, and stilts to keep out floodwater.Mr Forlales has picked out a plot of land in Manila for the project's first homes, and hopes his design can help other crowded cities too. In theory, it's viable anywhere that bamboo grows - which includes South-East Asia, and parts of Africa and Latin America.He plans to raise funds for the project by selling waste plastic to factories. CUBO started as nothing more than an idea, conceived while A 23-year-old from the Philippines has produced a cheap, sustainable solution to its housing crisis. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Kuwait outcry over Instagram Filipino post
 
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Kuwaiti influencer defends controversial remarks on Filipino workers A Kuwaiti social-media influencer who was criticised over comments she made about Filipino domestic workers has defended her remarks.Sondos Alqattan had posted an Instagram video condemning new laws that give Filipino workers a day off per week and the right to keep their passports.However, she has said that the outcry she received was unjustified, though she has since deleted the video. Known for her make-up tutorials, Ms Alqattan has 2.3m Instagram followers.I have not [in] any circumstances in present or past degraded or in any way mistreated an employee of mine, she said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. I consider all employees as equal human being [sic].Several beauty companies who previously had ties with Ms Alqattan have moved to distance themselves.We are totally against the principles expressed by Ms Sondos Alqattan which in no way reflect the Micallef brand, a spokesperson from perfume house M. Micallef told the BBC.Make-up company Chelsea Beautique also posted on Twitter that Ms Alqattan's behaviour did not represent [their] brand's core beliefs.'Out of touch with humanity'In her controversial video posted earlier in July, Ms Alqattan said: How can you have a servant at home who keeps their own passport with them? And what's worse is they have one day off every week. I don't want a Filipina maid anymore.The response to her remarks has been fierce.Migrante International, an advocacy group for Filipinos working overseas said it vehemently condemned Ms Alqattan's statements.We strongly demand that she offer public apology [sic] and express remorse for her disgusting statements, it said in an online statement. It would be more valuable if she can visit the Philippines to witness the appalling poverty and find out what hardships [they] had to go through before they can be deployed abroad. More than 250,000 Filipinos are working in Kuwait, according to the Philippines foreign ministry. Most Sondos Alqattan had criticised new laws that give Filipino workers better working conditions. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Ethiopian airliner crashes on way to Kenya
 
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Ethiopian airliner crashes on way to Kenya An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet has crashed on a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tweeted his "deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones".This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - IS teenager 'to lose UK citizenship'
 
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Shamima Begum: IS teenager to lose UK citizenship Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria aged 15, is to lose her UK citizenship. The family's lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said they were "disappointed" with the decision and were considering "all legal avenues" to challenge it. Ms Begum left Bethnal Green, east London, with two school friends in February 2015.Now 19, she was found in a Syrian refugee camp last week after reportedly leaving Baghuz, IS's last stronghold.In a BBC interview, Ms Begum, who has just given birth, had said she now wants the UK's forgiveness and to return home. ITV News said Ms Begum's mother had received a letter from the Home Office on Tuesday. The letter said Home Secretary Sajid Javid had taken the the decision to remove her daughter's British citizenship and the order to do so had subsequently been made. It asked her mother to let her Ms Begum know of the decision and inform her she has a right to appeal.Whitehall sources confirmed the home secretary had taken the decision. Under the 1981 British Nationality Act someone can be deprived of their citizenship if the home secretary is satisfied that it would be "conducive to the public good" and they would not become stateless as a result. Ms Begum said she travelled to Syria with her sister's UK passport but it was taken from her when she crossed the border. She is believed to be of Bangladeshi heritage but when asked by the BBC, she said did not have a Bangladesh passport and had never been to the country. Mr Javid told MPs on Monday he would not "hesitate to prevent" the return of Britons who travelled to Syria to join IS. He said more than 100 dual nationals have already lost their UK citizenship after travelling in support of terrorist groups.Ms Begum has said she does not regret travelling to Syria and was partly inspired by videos of fighters beheading hostages, as well as by videos showing "the good life" Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria in 2015, had said she wanted to return home. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Nigeria pirates kidnap Swiss ship's crew
 
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Nigerian pirates kidnap 12 crew from Swiss cargo ship Pirates have kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss cargo vessel in Nigerian waters.Massoel Shipping said its vessel, MV Glarus, was carrying wheat from Nigeria's capital to Port Harcourt when it was attacked on Saturday. The pirate gang boarded the Glarus by means of long ladders and cut the razor wire on deck, the firm told AFP.The intruders struck 45 nautical miles from Bonny Island in the Niger Delta, taking 12 of the 19 crew hostage.Geneva-based Massoel said the pirates had destroyed much of the vessel's communications equipment. The crew members' nationalities remain unknown, but the firm said their families are being closely informed of the situation.Specialists are en route to ensure the hostages' speedy and safe release, the shipping company said.Switzerland's foreign ministry said Massoel had confirmed that none of those kidnapped were from the country itself, Reuters reports.Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, with foreigners and high-profile Nigerians frequently targeted.There has been a slight increase in hostage-takings off the coast of Nigeria, according to a 2017 report by the watchdog Oceans Beyond Piracy.More people were held for longer, with the organisation warning of a significant increase in the level of violence. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Melon listeria kills three in Australia
 
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Melon listeria kills three in AustraliaA third person has died in Australia after eating melon contaminated with listeria bacteria.Fifteen elderly people have now been infected in the outbreak, which is being linked to a melon-grower in the state of New South Wales.The first two fatalities were from New South Wales, and the third victim was in the state of Victoria.The elderly, pregnant, and infants are being warned to avoid melon which has already been sliced. The 15 diagnosed with the infection had all consumed rockmelon, also known as cantaloupe, before falling ill."People vulnerable to listeriosis should discard any rockmelon purchased before 1 March," Vicky Sheppeard, the director of communicable diseases for the New South Wales Health authority, said.The contamination has been traced to a farm near the city of Griffith in New South Wales. Rockmelons have been withdrawn from supermarket shelves across Australia following the outbreak, which began in January. Another 15 people have fallen ill with listeria bacteria found in melons from a New South Wales farm. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Philippines church bomb attack kills 19
 
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Jolo church attack: Many killed in Philippines A twin-bomb attack at a church in southern Philippines has killed at least 19 people and injured 42 others, officials say.The first blast happened as Sunday Mass was celebrated at a Roman Catholic cathedral on Jolo island.As soldiers responded, a second device was detonated in the parking lot.The attack happens after a predominantly Muslim area in the region voted for greater autonomy in a referendum last week.Jolo has long been a base for Islamist militants, including those of the Abu Sayyaf group. The first blast happened at 08:45 local time (00:45 GMT) at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which has been hit by bombs in the past.The victims included civilians and soldiers but initial numbers were conflicting.Images posted on social media showed the main road leading to the church sealed off by soldiers in armoured personnel carriers.Last week, voters approved the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in majority-Muslim areas of southern Philippines.But voters in Sulu province, where Jolo is located, rejected it. Two explosions hit a Roman Catholic church in a volatile region of the southern Philippines. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Egyptian teenager's UK death sparks anger
 
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Mariam Moustafa: Egyptian teen's Nottingham death sparks angerPolice are keeping "an open mind" about whether an attack on an Egyptian student that sparked outrage in her home country was racially motivated.Mariam Moustafa, 18, died on Wednesday after being attacked by a group in Nottingham on 20 February. The hashtag "Mariam's rights will not be lost" has been trending in Egypt. Egypt's prosecutor-general has requested information about the probe into her death by British officials, according to BBC Monitoring. Nottinghamshire Police said in a statement: "At this time, from our investigation, there is no information to suggest that the assault was motivated by hate but we continue to keep an open mind."Before Miss Moustafa's death, police arrested a 17-year-old girl on suspicion of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. She was released on conditional bail.Miss Moustafa's uncle told the BBC a group of about 10 girls had started beating his niece at the Intu Victoria Centre in Nottingham, so she ran to get on a bus.The girls then followed her on to the bus, he said, and kept beating her until she passed out and a man intervened to help.Live updates and more from the East MidlandsIn a statement, bus company Nottingham City Transport (NCT) said one of its drivers helped Miss Moustafa."We would also like to publicly recognise our driver, who went upstairs to intervene and acted as a barrier between the attackers and the young lady, after he asked them to leave the bus," NCT said."CCTV from the bus has been provided to Nottinghamshire Police as part of their investigation into this appalling attack and we continue to support their efforts to identify the culprits."Miss Moustafa's uncle said the hospital dismissed her initially, before she fell ill at home and was taken back to hospital where she entered a coma.Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has been asked for a comment.Miss Moustafa was an engineering student at Nottingham College.Yultan Mellor, a vice Mariam Moustafa, 18, was assaulted in Nottingham three weeks ago but died on Wednesday. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - China mission targets far side of the Moon
 
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Chang'e-4: China mission targets Moon's far side China is about to launch the first mission to land robotic craft on the far side of the Moon.The Chang'e-4 mission will see a static lander and rover touch down in Von Kármán crater, located on the side of the Moon which never faces Earth.The payload is set to launch on a Long March 3B rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center at about 18:30 GMT.The mission will pave the way for the country to deliver samples of Moon rock and soil to Earth.The landing will not occur until early January, when the probe will descend on thrusters and touch down on the rugged terrain of the lunar far side. Though often referred to as the dark side, this face of the Moon is also illuminated by the Sun and has the same phases as the near side; dark in this context simply means unseen.Von Kármán crater is of interest to scientists because it is located within the oldest and largest impact feature on the Moon - the South Pole-Aitken Basin. This was probably formed by a giant asteroid impact billions of years ago.The landers will characterise the region's geology and the composition of rock and soil.Because of a phenomenon called tidal locking, we see only one face of the Moon from Earth. This is because the Moon takes just as long to rotate on its own axis as it takes to complete one orbit of Earth. The far side looks rather different to the more familiar near side. It has a thicker, older crust that is pocked with more craters. There are also few of the mare - dark basaltic seas created by lava flows - that are evident on the near side.The powerful impact that created the South Pole Aitken Basin may have punched through the crust down to the Moon's mantle layer. Chang'e-4's instruments could examine whether this was the case, shedding light on the early history of our only natural satellite.Seed experimentThe mission will also characterise the radio News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Man 'free' of HIV with new stem cells
 
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UK patient 'free' of HIV after stem cell treatment A UK patient's HIV has become "undetectable" following a stem cell transplant - in only the second case of its kind, doctors report in Nature.The London patient, who was being treated for cancer, has now been in remission for 18 months and is no longer taking HIV drugs.The researchers say it's too early to say the patient is 'cured' of HIV.Experts caution the approach is not practical for healthy people with HIV, but may ultimately help find a cure.The male 'London' patient, who has not been named, was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012. He had chemotherapy to treat the Hodgkin's cancer and, in addition, stem cells were implanted into the patient from a donor resistant to HIV, leading to both his cancer and HIV going into remission.Researchers from University College London, Imperial College London, Cambridge and Oxford Universities were all involved in the case.This is the second time a patient treated this way has ended up in remission from HIV.Ten years ago, another patient in Berlin received a bone marrow transplant from a donor with natural immunity to the virus.Timothy Brown, said to be the first person to 'beat' HIV/AIDS, was given two transplants and total body irradiation (radiotherapy) for leukaemia - a much more aggressive treatment."By achieving remission in a second patient using a similar approach, we have shown that the Berlin Patient was not an anomaly, and that it really was the treatment approaches that eliminated HIV in these two people," said lead study author Prof Ravindra Gupta from UCL.Prof Eduardo Olavarria, also involved in the research, from Imperial College London, said the success of stem cell transplantation offered "hope in the search for a long-awaited cure for HIV/AIDS". CCR5 is the most commonly used receptor by HIV-1, the virus strain of HIV that dominates around the world News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Japan princess 'insecure' over new role
 
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Japan's Princess Masako opens up on insecurities and health Japan's Crown Princess Masako says she feels insecure about becoming empress in April, but will do her best to serve the people of Japan. Masako Owada will become empress when her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, succeeds his father Emperor Akihito.Emperor Akihito is abdicating next year because of his age and health.The princess, who has suffered from a stress-related disorder for many years, says she is slowly recovering and will try to perform more royal duties.Princess Masako was educated at Harvard and Oxford, and had a promising career as a diplomat before her marriage in 1993, the BBC's Michael Bristow reports. However, she has struggled to cope with royal life and Japan's notoriously conservative imperial household, our correspondent adds.The princess made the comments in a statement marking her 55th birthday.Giving thought to the days ahead, I sometimes feel insecure about the extent to which I will be able to be of service to people, she said. But I will strive to do my best so that I can contribute to their happiness.She said that she was filled with deep emotions and felt nostalgic that this was the last year before Emperor Akihito abdicated. Princess Masako's doctors say she suffers from adjustment disorder, a condition caused by stress, that is often linked to depression or anxiety. In Sunday's statement, she said that her health was improving slowly, adding: I am happy as I can now perform more official duties than before, little by little.Her doctors emphasised, in a separate statement, that it was important that the princess be allowed to continue her treatment and not be subjected to too much pressure.The princess is still on the recovery track and there are ups and downs to her condition, they said.'I will protect you for my entire life' Crown Prince Naruhito reportedly met Masako Owada at a tea party for a News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - World's only tropical-born polar bear dies
 
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Singapore mourns Inuka, the world's only 'tropical polar bear'The only polar bear ever born in the tropics has died in Singapore of age-related ailments."We have jointly made the difficult but necessary decision to not revive Inuka from anaesthesia on humane grounds," the Singapore Zoo said in a statement.The bear was born at the zoo and at 27, had outlived his counterparts in the wild by more than a decade.But his presence has been a subject of controversy among conservationists and animal rights activists. The life and death of Singapore's lonely Coney Island cow First polar bear cub born in UK in 25 years Recent physical examinations on Inuka revealed that he had been suffering from arthritis, dental issues and ear infections. Weakening limbs also hindered the aging bear's ability to walk. "As much as we would like to keep Inuka with us for as long as possible, our ultimate responsibility is his welfare," said Cheng Wen-aur, Wildlife Reserves Singapore's deputy chief executive officer and chief life sciences officer. "Our decision to let Inuka go was made with the knowledge that his health issues have seriously impacted his welfare. Beyond the point where we can ensure a good quality of life for Inuka, the greater kindness would be to relieve him from prolonged suffering."A polar bear in the topics? Singapore, which sits one degree above the equator, seems like the last place for a furry, arctic-native species to be found. But Inuka, born on 26 December 1990, was Singapore Zoo's fourth polar bear. He lived in a climate-controlled Frozen Tundra enclosure. Conservationists and animal rights activists campaigned against the presence of polar bears in Singapore's world-class zoo in 1978. Following animal welfare discussions, the zoo announced in 2006 that it would not bring in any more polar bears after Inuka. His death has been emotional for many animal lovers in Singapore, who have been expressing their grief on social media and sharing memories of their last The much-loved bear, Inuka, died in Singapore Zoo after battling a series of age-related ailments. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Rock enigma Scott Walker dies aged 76
 
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Rock enigma Scott Walker dies aged 76 Scott Walker, one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in rock history, has died at the age of 76.The star, whose songs included The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore and Joanna, influenced everyone from David Bowie to Jarvis Cocker.He found fame as a teen idol in The Walker Brothers, but his dark baritone hinted at something deeper.That was borne out in his experimental, psychedelic solo albums, which explored the complexities of love and death.Walker's death was confirmed by his current record label, 4AD, who called him "one of the most revered innovators at the sharp end of creative music". A reclusive, contradictory figure, Walker was never at ease with pop stardom. His orchestral pop was frequently scattered with characters from society's margins - prostitutes, transvestites, suicidal brooders and even Joseph Stalin.After 1984's Climate of Hunter, he walked away from music for almost a decade. When he returned in the mid-1990s, it was with Tilt, a collection of fraught, uncompromising tone poems."Imagine Andy Williams reinventing himself as Stockhausen," wrote The Guardian's Simon Hattenstone in a profile of the singer.Walker went on to collaborate with Pulp, producing the 2001 album We Love Life. He recently completed the score to Natalie Portman film Vox Lux.In 2017, the BBC paid tribute to the star with a Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall.Radiohead's Thom Yorke said he was "so very sad" to hear of Walker's passing, saying he had been "a huge influence" on both the band and himself.The singer-songwriter said he had met Walker once at the Meltdown arts festival in London and found him to be "such a gentle outsider".Actor and writer Mark Gatiss responded to Yorke's post with a plaintive "No!!" and a pensive face emoji.The singer is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter Emmi-Lee, and his partner Beverly.Follow us on The US singer, one of the most enigmatic figures in rock history, was hugely influential. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Cardinals urge end of 'homosexual agenda'
 
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Church cardinals urge end of 'homosexual agenda' Two prominent Roman Catholic Church cardinals have called for an end of the "plague of the homosexual agenda", urging bishops to end their complicity and silence over cases of sexual abuse.Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller say the Church has wrongly blamed the abuse of power by priests as the main cause of the Church's most pressing crisis.In an open letter, they also issue a rare open criticism of the Pope.It comes on the eve of a summit of bishops in Rome to discuss the cases.The extraordinary summit has been called by the Pope as an effort to deal with the sex scandals rocking the Church. Cardinals Raymond Burke, from the US, and Walter Brandmüller, from Germany, both from the traditionalist wing of the Church, reject that the cases of abuse are a result of "clericalism" - a group of men abusing their power, and protecting each other."The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the Church, promoted by organized networks and protected by a climate of complicity and a conspiracy of silence," they said."Sexual abuse is blamed on clericalism. But the first and primary fault of the clergy does not rest in the abuse of power but in having gone away from the truth of the Gospel."The even public denial, by words and by acts, of the divine and natural law, is at the root of the evil that corrupts certain circles in the Church."They also criticise Pope Francis for not answering questions related to whether the Church should allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion - they are currently barred.They were posed to him in 2016 by four cardinals, including Burke and Brandmüller.It is an issue completely unrelated to Thursday's summit but it has caused controversy in the Church, promoting many clerics to question the direction the Pope is taking the Church.Its inclusion in this letter, and the challenge to the Pope's authority, shows that clerics who News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - India YouTube chef granny dies at 107
 
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Mastanamma: India YouTube chef granny dies at 107 One of the world's oldest YouTubers, 107-year-old Mastanamma from southern India, has died. She shot to fame on the internet for her cooking, which consisted of local and unusual dishes made from scratch.Her YouTube channel, Country Foods, has more than a million subscribers with hundreds of cooking videos, including one on her iconic watermelon chicken.The channel, managed by her grandson and his friend, launched in 2016 and became an instant hit. Born in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Mastanamma told BBC Monitoring she believed she was 106 years old in 2017 - although she has no birth certificate to prove it. In the videos, she would often sit in an open field in a remote village with minimal cooking equipment and cutlery. She would use her nails to peel vegetables, and an old Indian-style knife to chop them. Food was served in a traditional southern Indian banana leaf. BBC Marathi's Omkar Karambalekar, who met Mastanamma in 2016, says her style of cooking differed greatly from what is generally found on YouTube. He says she would burn the wood herself instead of using a cooking stove and liked cooking seafood because she could source it fresh from a nearby river. Her completely unique take on traditional Indian cooking is what made her a star, he adds. Country Foods announced Mastanamma's death on Monday with a video on her last rites. Since then, many fans have taken to social media to praise her recipes and mourn her death.On social media, she was dubbed the grandmother with a toothless smile and best known for making the combination of watermelon and chicken go viral.Her rich eggplant curry and spicy catla fish curry are among her most famous dishes. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Potential new cure found for baldness
 
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Potential new cure found for baldnessA potential new cure for baldness has been discovered using a drug originally intended to treat osteoporosis.Enhanced hair growth is a side-effect of a different drug, cyclosporine A, used to treat autoimmune diseases.And researchers found it also inhibited a protein, SFRP1, that blocks a molecular pathway, WNT, vital for the growth of many tissues, including hair.The new cure uses another drug, Way-316606, that was designed to inhibit SFRP1 as treatment for osteoporosis. Project leader Dr Nathan Hawkshaw said it could "make a real difference to people who suffer from hair loss".Only two drugs are currently available to treat balding (androgenetic alopecia): minoxidil, for men and women finasteride, for men only Neither is available on the NHS and both have side-effects and are not always very effective, so patients often resort to hair transplantation surgery instead. Behind the scenes of a hair transplant Early baldness higher heart disease risk factor than obesity, says study Baldness research 'creates a new hair follicle' The research, published in PLOS Biology, was done in a lab, with samples containing scalp hair follicles from more than 40 male hair-transplant patients.And Dr Hawkshaw told the BBC a clinical trial would be needed to see if the treatment was effective and safe in people. What causes hair loss?Hair loss is a daily occurrence and generally nothing to worry about. Some types are temporary and some are permanent.You should see a doctor because of: sudden hair loss developing bald patches losing hair in clumps head itching and burning worry about hair loss Source: NHS ChoicesA British Association of Dermatologists spokesman told the BBC: "This is a very interesting study. "As the researchers say, hair loss is a common disorder and it can cause considerable damage to emotional health, including loss of self-esteem and confidence. "That said, more research will need to be done before it can be used by people with News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Dozens die as Uganda party boat sinks
 
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Uganda party boat capsizes on Lake Victoria, killing 29 At least 29 people are now known to have died after a cruise boat carrying party revellers capsized on Lake Victoria, Ugandan police say.The vessel was carrying close to 100 people when it sank on Saturday near Uganda's capital, Kampala.Ugandan media named a number of well-known people said to be on the boat, adding that the prince of a traditional kingdom had survived.Lake Victoria sees regular accidents, often involving overcrowded vessels. Scores of people died when a ferry sank on the lake off Tanzania in September. Saturday's accident occurred off Uganda's Mukono district.Deputy police spokesman Patrick Onyango told Reuters news agency: The boat was overloaded and secondly there was bad weather.More than 20 people have been rescued from the water, police say, but an unknown number remain missing. Cries from the shorelineThe BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga, at the sceneThe families and friends of some of the people involved gathered by the shoreline. They sat under trees, looking through the wire fence and every time a body was pulled out of the water, there were screams and cries as some people recognised their loved ones.On the grass some personal items were laid out - shoes, sweaters, wallets, keys - anything that could be used to identify the victims. Overhead the police deployed a helicopter to help search for more bodies that might have washed up by the shoreline - but they have given up hope that they will find any more survivors. Among those rescued was Prince Daudi Kintu Wasajja, a brother of the king of Uganda's largest traditional kingdom, Buganda.Ugandan media said musical artist Iryn Namubiru also survived.A number of other popular artists and socialites were believed to be on board.The boat was reportedly hired out for weekend parties.Many of those on board had no lifejackets.Local officials said two small fishing boats The vessel was carrying close to 100 people when it sank on Saturday near the capital, Kampala. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - US poacher sentenced to watch Bambi
 
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Deer poacher sentenced to watch Bambi in prison A poacher has been ordered to watch the Disney film Bambi repeatedly after he was convicted of illegally killing hundreds of deer.Missouri hunter David Berry Jr must view the film at least once a month during his year-long sentence. He was arrested in August along with two family members for killing the deer, taking their heads and leaving their bodies to rot, prosecutors said. It is reportedly one of the biggest poaching cases in Missouri history.On top of the jail sentence for the illegal deer hunting, Judge Robert George ordered Berry Jr to view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter, during his spell in prison. The 1942 cartoon about woodland creatures shows a hunter kill the mother of eponymous deer character Bambi. A months-long investigation spanning several states led to the arrest of Berry Jr, his father David Berry Sr and his brother Kyle Berry, according to local newspaper the Springfield News-Leader.While the total number of deer taken illegally is unknown, Lawrence County's conservation agent Andy Barnes said it could be several hundred.Berry Jr received a year-long sentence in Lawrence County prison after pleading guilt to illegally taking wildlife.He has also been sentenced to a 120-day term in Barton County prison for a firearms probation violation, and both he and his father had their hunting privileges revoked for life by the Missouri Conservation Commission.You may also like: News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Scientists shocked by ancient tree deaths
 
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Scientists shocked by mysterious deaths of ancient trees A tree regarded as the icon of the African savannah is dying in mysterious circumstances.International scientists have discovered that most of the oldest and largest African baobabs have died over the past 12 years.They suspect the demise may be linked to climate change, although they have no direct evidence of this.The tree can grow to an enormous size, and may live hundreds if not thousands of years.The researchers, from universities in South Africa, Romania and the US, say the loss of the trees is "an event of an unprecedented magnitude". Revealing the findings in the journal, Nature Plants, they say the deaths were not caused by an epidemic."We suspect that the demise of monumental baobabs may be associated at least in part with significant modifications of climate conditions that affect southern Africa in particular," said the team, led by Dr Adrian Patrut of Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. "However, further research is necessary to support or refute this supposition."'Shocking and very sad' The researchers have been visiting ancient trees across southern Africa since 2005, using radio carbon dating to investigate their structure and age.Unexpectedly, they found that eight of the 13 oldest and five of the six largest baobabs had either completely died or had their oldest parts collapse. Baobab trees have many stems and trunks, often of different ages. In some cases all the stems died suddenly. "We suspect this is associated with increased temperature and drought," Dr Patrut told BBC News. "It's shocking and very sad to see them dying."The trees that have died or are dying are found in Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. They are all between 1,000 and more than 2,500 years old. Also known as 'dead-rat' trees, after the shape of their fruit, baobab trees have stout, branchless trunks. They store large quantities of water inside their trunks to endure the harsh conditions of the arid Many of the oldest and largest specimens of Africa's baobab tree have died over the past 12 years. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Zimbabwe calls crackdown a 'foretaste'
 
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Zimbabwe protests: Crackdown is just a 'taste of things to come' The Zimbabwean government says the security forces' response to this week's protests in which a number of people have reportedly died is just "a foretaste of things to come".News of a violent crackdown has emerged despite the government blocking social media sites.Local rights groups said at least 12 people had been killed and many more beaten by security forces.The protests were sparked on Monday by a sharp rise in the price of fuel.The presidential spokesman George Charamba, speaking to the state-owned Sunday Mail newspaper, blamed the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) for the violence that has accompanied the protests. "The MDC leadership has been consistently pushing out the message that they will use violent street action to overturn the results of [last year's] ballot," he said. The opposition rejected a court ruling in August that confirmed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa had beaten MDC candidate Nelson Chamisa.Over the course of the week riot police have clashed with protesters in the capital, Harare, and the southern city of Bulawayo after they lit fires and blocked roads using rocks. On Thursday, Mr Chamisa tweeted that his thoughts were "with the victims of violence". "Despite the vitriol," he added, "we maintain a dignified position befitting our role as led by the people."The UN has called on the government to halt the "excessive use of force" by security forces, amid reports of door-to-door searches and the use of live ammunition. A week ago, President Mnangagwa announced that the fuel price would more than double.The price rise was aimed at tackling shortages caused by an increase in fuel use and "rampant" illegal trading, he said.But many Zimbabweans, worn down by years of economic hardship, suddenly found they could not even afford the bus fare to work.The new prices mean News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Woman who spent £16m in Harrods revealed
 
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Woman who spent £16m in Harrods revealed A woman fighting to keep her £11.5m London home, after becoming the first target for the UK's new UK anti-corruption law, has been named as Zamira Hajiyeva.Mrs Hajiyeva - who is originally from Azerbaijan - lost a legal battle to stay anonymous after the media argued the public should know the full facts.The wife of a former state banker spent £16m in Harrods over a decade.She also bought a house close to the store - and a golf course in Berkshire.The High Court has ordered her to explain the source of her wealth - and she risks losing her property if she cannot do so. Under the terms of the UK's first ever Unexplained Wealth Order, Mrs Hajiyeva, 55, must now provide the National Crime Agency with a clear account of how she and her husband, Jahangir Hajiyev, could afford to buy their large home in the exclusive London neighbourhood of Knightsbridge.Mrs Hajiyeva's lawyers said the UWO does not and should not be taken to imply any wrong-doing, by her or her husband. They have applied for permission to appeal against the order.What is an Unexplained Wealth Order?A UWO is a new power which has been designed to target suspected corrupt foreign officials who have potentially laundered stolen money through the UK.Investigators from the National Crime Agency believe there are billions of pounds of dirty money invested in British property - but it is almost impossible to charge the owners with a crime or seize the assets because of a lack of evidence.The new Unexplained Wealth Orders are an attempt to force the owners to disclose their wealth. If a suspected corrupt foreign official, or their family, cannot show a legitimate source for their riches, then the National Crime Agency can apply to the High Court to seize the property.Who are the couple at the centre of this first action?Jahangir Hajiyev is the former chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan.He was jailed in 2016 for News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Weight Watchers drops 'weight' from name
 
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Weight Watchers drops 'weight' from name Weight Watchers has unveiled a slimmed down version of its name, rebranding itself WW, in what it says marks the next stage of the company's evolution.The company says the new name reflects its development from focusing on weight loss to overall health and wellness.But the chief executive was unable to explain what the letters WW stood for.Mindy Grossman said they did not stand for Weight Watchers or Wellness that Works, a phrase the company has trade marked, but were simply a marque.That marque represents our heritage and history and what we are going forward, she said. Ms Grossman, who took the helm just over a year ago, said the firm had been shifting from a focus on just weight loss to its broader remit looking at wellness over the past two years.This is just a next step, a point of validation. Like any brand we have to stay relevant, she said. US media personality Oprah Winfrey - who bought a stake in the company in 2015 and works as an ambassador for Weight Watchers - said she had always thought that the company's role in people's lives goes far beyond a number on the scale.Oprah's involvement has seen the firm's share price surge from under $5 each to about $70 currently. Its latest results show sales rose nearly 18% in the three months to the end of June, with subscribers up by one million from a year earlier to 4.5 million.However, concern that the firm's momentum could be slowing sparked a sharp sell-off in the shares recently.Analysis by BBC Radio 4's Helen Sorrell, a former Weight Watchers memberPeople don't go to Weight Watchers because they want to feel well, they go because they want to lose weight. Taking the name off the tin suggests an embarrassment around that notion - it's no longer enough just to lust after smaller thighs, now you also need to desire wellness, whatever that means. Of course it's good to be encouraged to exercise and News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - 'Step forward' in sucking CO2 from air
 
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Key 'step forward' in cutting cost of removing CO2 from air A Canadian company, backed by Bill Gates, says it has reached an important threshold in developing technology that can remove CO2 from the air. Carbon Engineering has published a peer-reviewed study showing that they can capture carbon for under $100 dollars a tonne. This would be a major advance on the current price of around $600 per tonne.The company says their immediate goal is to produce synthetic liquid fuels made from carbon and renewable energy.Science scepticsTechnological "fixes" to the carbon emissions driving climate change have always been regarded with some suspicion by scientists. Plans to build solar shields in space or to seed the seas with materials to soak up carbon have been seen as dangerous and a distraction to the more mundane but difficult task of getting people to cut their emissions.However, plans to capture CO2 directly from the air have been regarded as somewhat more substantial - essentially mirroring the actions of trees. The idea was first developed by a scientist called Klaus Lackner in the mid 1990s and since then a small number of technology companies have built expensive prototypes of carbon removing devices. Last year, a Swiss company called Climeworks unveiled a direct air capture installation that extracted carbon and supplied it to a neighbouring greenhouse to fertilise tomatoes and cucumbers. Now, Canadian firm Carbon Engineering say they have taken a big step forward on cutting the costs of direct air extraction.Set up in 2009 with funding from Microsoft's Bill Gates and Canada oil sands financier Norman Murray Edwards, their pilot plant has been running since 2015, capturing about one tonne of CO2 per day. The process works by sucking air into a modified cooling tower with fans, where it comes into contact with a liquid that reacts with the CO2. After several processing steps, a purer stream of CO2 is extracted and the capturing liquid is returned to the air A Canadian firm says new technology has dramatically cut the cost of removing carbon from the air. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Almost 150 whales die on New Zealand beach
 
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Almost 150 whales strand and die on New Zealand beach A group of up to 145 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach on Stewart Island in New Zealand. The animals were discovered by walkers late on Saturday, strewn along the beach of Mason Bay.Authorities said half the whales had already died by then, while the other half were put down as it would have been too difficult to save them. In separate incidents, 10 pygmy whales and a sperm whale were also beached in New Zealand over the weekend. 'A heart-breaking decision'The two pods of pilot whales were beached about 2km (1.2 miles) apart from each other on a beach on Rakiura or Steward Island off the coast of South Island. They were first spotted by a camper hiking in the remote area. Sadly, the likelihood of being able to successfully re-float the remaining whales was extremely low, Ren Leppens of the regional Department of Conservation (DOC) said in a statement.The remote location, lack of nearby personnel and the whales' deteriorating condition meant the most humane thing to do was to euthanise.However, it's always a heart-breaking decision to make.The DOC said in a statement that whale strandings are not uncommon in New Zealand and that there are about 85 incidents a year. In most cases though, it's just a single animal that is beached, not a whole pod. It's not fully known why whales or dolphins strand, the agency said. Possible reasons might be sickness, navigational errors, falling tides or being chased by a predator. Also over the weekend, 10 pigmy whales were stranded at the northern tip of North Island, two of which died while there are hopes that the remaining eight can still be rescued and refloated. On another North Island beach, a 15-metre sperm whale died on Saturday morning. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Pope to embark on historic visit to UAE
 
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Pope Francis to embark on historic visit to UAE Pope Francis will arrive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) later on Sunday, becoming the first pontiff to visit the Arabian peninsula.The Pope has been invited by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan to take part in an interfaith conference.The landmark trip will also feature a Mass on Tuesday that is expected to draw 120,000 people.The visit will be carefully watched for any references to the war in Yemen.Pope Francis has condemned the conflict, in which the UAE is involved as part of a Saudi-led coalition. Last year, the pontiff appealed to the international community "to avoid a worsening of the already tragic humanitarian situation" in Yemen.The UAE is also home to nearly one million Roman Catholics, most of them from the Philippines or India.In a video message on Thursday, the Pope said: "I am happy for this occasion the Lord has given me to write, on your dear land, a new page in the history of relations between religions."Faith in God unites and does not divide, it draws us closer despite differences, it distances us from hostilities and aversion."He paid tribute to the UAE as "a land that is trying to be a model of coexistence, of human brotherhood, and a meeting place among diverse civilisations and cultures".While in Abu Dhabi, the Pope will also meet Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo's al-Azhar mosque which is the highest seat of learning for Sunni Muslims.Vatican officials have said they hope the visit will pave the way for a stronger Church presence in the UAE, to minister to the Catholic community."We are really stretched. We need more churches. We need more priests," one official, quoted by Reuters, said. The Pope's comments on the war in Yemen could overshadow the first papal visit to the Arabian peninsula. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Mum delivers twins a month after first birth
 
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Bangladesh woman with two wombs has twins one month after first birth A Bangladeshi woman has given birth to twins almost one month after delivering a premature baby boy, her doctor told the BBC.Arifa Sultana, 20, gave birth to a baby in late February, but 26 days later was rushed again to another hospital after feeling pain in her stomach.Doctors found she was still pregnant with twins in a second uterus, and performed an emergency Caesarean.Her twins were found to be healthy and were discharged with no complications.Ms Sultana, who is from a rural village, delivered her first baby at the Khulna Medical College Hospital in Khulna district. Just 26 days later, she complained of stomach pain and was rushed to the Ad-din Hospital in Jessore district on 21 March, Dr Sheila Poddar, the gynaecologist who performed the Caesarean told the BBC. Some media reports put the date as 22 March."When the patient came in we performed an ultrasound on her and found there were twin babies," Dr Poddar said."We were very shocked and surprised. I have never observed something like this before."It is unclear why she might have chosen to go to a different hospital.According to Dr Poddar, Ms Sultana and her husband are "very poor" and she had "never had an ultrasound before", in the run up to her first delivery. "She had no idea that she had two other babies," said Dr Poddar. "We carried out a caesarean and she delivered twins, one male and female."The 20-year-old and her newborns were discharged on 25 March after four days in hospital."The babies and her are all healthy. I am very, very happy that everything went well," Dr Poddar said.One gynaecologist in Singapore said uterus didelphys - the condition of having two uteruses - is "not as rare as people think". "If you go for a scan beforehand it would be very obvious to see two sets of uteruses. But obviously they are from a more rural area [and might not have access to ultrasound scanning]," Doctors in Bangladesh performed a Caesarean on her after discovering she had twins in a second uterus. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Australian boy, 12, flies to Bali after row
 
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Australian boy flies solo to Bali 'after row over holiday'Australian police say they will review how a 12-year-old boy travelled alone to Bali after he had a row with his parents and used their credit card.The boy, from Sydney, booked flights and accommodation online after his parents decided to cancel a holiday to the Indonesian island, the family told the local Nine Network.He flew to Bali via Perth, presenting only his passport and school ID.Australian authorities said the boy was found in Bali on 17 March.The Australian Federal Police (AFP) confirmed he had been reported missing nine days earlier after leaving home and failing to turn up school. They did not say how many days he was in Bali.He had used a self-service check-in terminal in Sydney to board a flight to Perth and then a connection to Bali, the Nine Network reported.The boy, identified only by a pseudonym, said was questioned once by airline officials in Perth."They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove that I am over 12 and that I am in secondary school," he said on the A Current Affair programme."It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure."He said he had checked into his hotel room in Bali by telling staff that he was waiting for his sister to arrive.Australian police said they were alerted to his presence in Bali on 17 March. He was taken into protective custody before being reunited with his parents.The boy's mother told the programme she had been left "shocked", saying: "There is no emotion to feel what we felt when we found he left overseas."You might also like: Woman 'fined $500 over free airline apple' Duke and duchess show off new son Elderly dog helps save girl lost in bush Police said they would review the circumstances of the case to make sure similar incidents did not happen again."A travel alert to prevent international travel was not placed on this boy," a spokesperson said. All airlines have procedures that allow minors travel on their own, but requirements vary The child was found by police in Indonesia after booking the solo trip on his parents' credit card. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Longest sea-crossing bridge set to open
 
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Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge: World's longest sea crossing to open The world's longest sea crossing bridge is set to open on Tuesday, nine years after construction first began.Including its access roads, the bridge spans 55km (34 miles) and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai.Chinese President Xi Jinping is believed to be attending the opening ceremony on the Zhuhai side on Tuesday.The bridge has cost about $20bn (£15.3bn), but critics have said it is an unnecessary white elephant.Construction has been dogged by safety issues - at least 18 workers have died on the project, officials say. The bridge will officially open to regular traffic on Wednesday.What's so special about this bridge?The crossing connects three key coastal cities in southern China - Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai.The bridge, designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons, was built using 400,000 tonnes of steel, enough to build 60 Eiffel Towers.About 30km of its total length crosses the sea of the Pearl River delta. To allow ships through, a 6.7km section in the middle dips into an undersea tunnel that runs between two artificial islands. The remaining sections are link roads, viaducts and land tunnels connecting Zhuhai and Hong Kong to the main bridge. Why has it been built?It is part of China's plan to create a Greater Bay Area, including Hong Kong, Macau and nine other cities in southern China. The area is currently home to 68 million people.In the past, travelling between Zhuhai and Hong Kong would take up to four hours - the new bridge will cut this down to 30 minutes. Can anyone drive across the bridge?No. Those who want to cross the bridge must obtain special permits, allocated by a quota system. And all vehicles will pay a toll.The bridge is not served by public transport, so private shuttle buses will also ply the route. There is no rail link.Authorities initially The $20bn bridge spanning 55km is an engineering marvel but has been dogged by safety issues and delays. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Huge fossil discovery made in China
 
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Huge fossil discovery made in China's Hubei province Scientists say they have discovered a "stunning" trove of thousands of fossils on a river bank in China. The fossils are estimated to be about 518 million years old, and are particularly unusual because the soft body tissue of many creatures, including their skin, eyes, and internal organs, have been "exquisitely" well preserved. Palaeontologists have called the findings "mind-blowing" - especially because more than half the fossils are previously undiscovered species.The fossils, known as the Qingjiang biota, were collected near Danshui river in Hubei province. More than 20,000 specimens were collected, and a total of 4,351 have been analysed so far, including worms, jellyfish, sea anemones and algae. They will become a "very important source in the study of the early origins of creatures", one of the fieldwork leaders, Prof Xingliang Zhang from China's Northwest University, told the BBC.Details of the findings were published in the journal Science on Friday. The discovery is particularly remarkable because "the majority of creatures are soft-bodied organisms like jellyfish and worms that normally stand no chance of becoming fossilised", Prof Robert Gaines, a geologist who also took part in the study, said in an email to the BBC.The majority of fossils tend to be of hard-bodied animals, as harder substances, like bones, are less likely to rot and decompose.The Qingjiang biota must have been "rapidly buried in sediment" due to a storm, in order for soft tissues to be so well preserved, Prof Zhang says. Scientists are especially excited by the jellyfish and sea anemone fossils, which Prof Gaines describes as "unlike anything I have ever seen. Their sheer abundance and their diversity of forms is stunning".Meanwhile, palaeontologist Allison Daley, who was not part of The fossils found on a river bank in eastern China are estimated to be about 518 million years old. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Airlines heed China's Taiwan deadline
 
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American Airlines and Cathay Pacific bow to China pressure on Taiwan American Airlines and Cathay Pacific have become the latest carriers to change how they refer to Taiwan online, bowing to pressure from China.Beijing set 25 July as a deadline for companies and airlines to remove references to Taiwan as anything but a Chinese territory on their websites. The US carrier just lists Taipei, but Cathay refers to it as part of China. Taiwan has been self-ruling since 1949 but China regards it as a breakaway province to be reunited one day.The move was dismissed by the White House in May as Orwellian nonsense, but many global carriers including Lufthansa, Air France-KLM and Qantas decided to comply with the demand coming out of one of the world's biggest aviation markets. A number of US airlines, however, held out and currently Delta and United Airlines continue to list the city of Taipei as being in Taiwan and TW on their websites.American Airlines spokeswoman Shannon Gilson told the BBC in an email response: Like other carriers, American is implementing changes to address China's request. Air travel is global business, and we abide by the rules in countries where we operate.The issue has always been highly sensitive for Beijing, but in recent years it has become increasingly active in clamping down on perceived violations of its territorial claims. In April, China's Civil Aviation Administration wrote to more than 40 airlines worldwide telling them to abide by its laws and regulations and sovereignty claims, and threatening sanctions should they not fall in line. Beijing demanded that neither Taiwan and Hong Kong nor Macau should be listed as separate places in for instance drop-down menus of company websites. British Airways, Germany's Lufthansa, Air France and Singapore Airlines all list Taipei as inTaiwan, China.Australia's Qantas in June also gave in to Chinese demands leading to the government in Canberra criticising Chinese pressure over the situation. Private Many already bowed to pressure to list Taiwan as part of China, but until now US carriers held out. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Ex-Taliban leader 'lived near US bases'
 
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Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Omar 'lived close to US bases' Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan, a new book has claimed. Bette Dam's The Secret Life of Mullah Omar says the leader never hid in Pakistan as believed by the US.Instead, he lived in hiding just three miles from a major US Forward Operating Base in his home province of Zabul.Dutch journalist Ms Dam spent five years researching and interviewing Taliban members for her book.She managed to speak to Jabbar Omari, the man who effectively became Omar's bodyguard when he went into hiding after the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001. Mr Omari hid the Taliban leader until his death from illness in 2013.Soon after the fall of the Taliban, Omar - on whose head the US placed a $10m (£7.7m) bounty after the 11 September terror attacks - hid in secret rooms in a house close to a base.US forces even searched the accommodation on one occasion, but failed to find his hiding place, the book says. He later moved to a second building just three miles from another US base, home to about 1,000 troops.Ms Dam was told that Omar got his news from the BBC's Pashto language service. Despite claims by the militants, Omar could not run the Taliban group from his hiding places. But he is said to have approved a Taliban office in the Gulf state of Qatar, where US officials are talking with Taliban leaders in a bid to end the long war in Afghanistan.Ms Dam's book was published in Dutch last month, and is set to be available in English shortly. A new book makes the claim about Mullah Mohammed Omar, leader of the Taliban until his death. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - The vast scale of life beneath our feet
 
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Amount of deep life on Earth quantified Scientists have estimated the total amount of life on Earth that exists below ground - and it is vast.You would need a microscope to see this subterranean biosphere, however. It is made up mostly of microbes, such as bacteria and their evolutionary cousins, the archaea. Nonetheless, it represents a lot of carbon - about 15 to 23 billion tonnes of it. That is hundreds of times more carbon than is woven into all the humans on the planet.Something like 70% of the total number of microbes on Earth are below our feet, said Karen Lloyd from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, US. So, this changes our perception of where we find life on Earth, from mostly on the surface in things like trees and whales and dolphins, to most of it actually being underground, she told BBC News. Prof Lloyd is part of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) project, a near-decade long effort to identify how the ubiquitous element is cycled through the Earth system. The consortium is reporting its latest discoveries here at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual Fall Meeting in Washington DC. How did they work out the scale of life?The mass numbers it quotes can only be a rough estimate. They are derived from multiple studies that have dug or drilled several kilometres into the crust, both on the continents and at sea. Scientists will routinely pull up rock and other sediment samples and count the number living cells in a given volume. The DCO teams have taken these inventories and used models to construct a broader picture of Earth's total biomass. Even though these sample sites are but pinpricks around the planet, we've managed now to look at enough different environments that we can produce reasonable values for the total amount of carbon locked up in lifeforms, said Rick Colwell from Oregon State University. What's the importance of carbon?The Having dug and drilled into the Earth, scientists can now estimate how much life exists at depth. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - MH370 search helped unravel ship mysteries
 
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MH370 search helped unravel shipwreck mysteriesTwo shipwrecks found during a failed search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 were merchant vessels that sank in the 19th Century, researchers say.The ships, discovered 2,300km (1,400 miles) off Western Australia, have been narrowed down by experts to a handful of coal-carrying British vessels.Searchers stumbled on the wrecks during a trawl of the Indian Ocean in 2015. Australian maritime researchers used sonar pictures and shipping records in their efforts to identify the vessels.The location of MH370 remains unknown more than four years after it disappeared, carrying 239 people, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.Unexpected discoveriesOne of the ships, spotted in December 2015, was identified as an iron barque.Dr Ross Anderson, curator of maritime archaeology from the Western Australian Museum, said it was likely to be one of three vessels: the West Ridge (lost in 1883), Kooringa (1894) or Lake Ontario (1897).The West Ridge, which vanished along with its 28 crew on a trip from England to India, appeared to be the closest match, he said. Dr Anderson said the vessel weighed between 1,000 and 1,500 tonnes and was found relatively intact and upright on the sea bed, above 4km below water level.The other vessel, found about 36km away in May 2015, had a wooden hull. Dr Anderson said two possibilities for that ship were the W. Gordon, which had been bound for Australia in 1877, or the Magdala, which was lost in 1882 en route to Indonesia.The ships most likely had crews of between 15 and 30 men, he said."The evidence points to the ship sinking as a result of a catastrophic event such as explosion, which was common in the transport of coal cargoes," Dr Anderson said. MH370 mystery 'inconceivable in modern era' Too soon for MH370 memorial, say relatives He said his team could not be certain of the ships' identities due to incomplete historical records.The shipwrecks were found during the official search for MH370 by A trawl of the sea floor in 2015 uncovered two vessels from the 19th Century, experts confirm. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Taiwan 'bikini hiker' dies on solo climb
 
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Taiwan 'bikini hiker' dies on solo climb despite search efforts A Taiwanese hiker known for posting bikini clad photos from her summits has died after falling into a ravine during a solo trek. Gigi Wu managed to contact emergency services but bad weather delayed rescue operations, local media reports say. The 36-year-old is thought to have died of hypothermia. She was a popular figures on social media figure and messages on her Facebook pages pay tribute to her as an inspirational hiker.Ms Wu was alone on a multi-day tour of a mountain range in Taiwan's Yushan National Park, the reports say. While she was famous for posting pictures of herself in bikinis from summits, she was an experienced hiker, appearing to use proper equipment and precautions during her expeditions. According to Taiwan News, bad weather had prevented a rescue helicopter from reaching her three times. A rescue mission was eventually sent out on foot. Her body was found on Monday after temperatures had been around freezing point during the previous night, the Liberty Times cited rescue operators as saying.In a 2018 interview cited in Focus Taiwan, she explained she first got the idea of posting bikini photos after losing a bet with a friend. Her last Facebook post to her more than 18,000 followers is dated 18 January and shows the view from a mountain above the clouds.More than 1,000 people have since commented. Many posts were following the dramatic rescue operation, when it was not clear whether she was still alive. Later comments express their condolences, applauding her for having been an inspiration to the hiking community. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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Breaking News - Large fire breaks out at Chester Zoo
 
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Fire at Chester Zoo leads to evacuation of visitors Visitors were evacuated from Chester Zoo when a large fire broke out in one of its attractions.The zoo tweeted the blaze was in its Monsoon Forest habitat. One person was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation, but there were no reports of further injuries. Fifteen fire crews were involved.Teams worked to move animals away from the fire, said the zoo. Cheshire Fire later tweeted that all animals are accounted for. North West Ambulance Service was called to the scene as a precaution at about 11:40 GMT. Two rapid response vehicles and an ambulance were sent.Some zoo visitors tweeted images from the scene including Sophie Flynn, who said zoo staff were working hard to deal with the fire, which happened very quickly. It started as a little fire [] which we saw but it's obviously much worse now!David Clough, who lives across the road from the zoo, said: We first saw signs of the fire shortly after 11.30 GMT.He added: It was spreading across the roof in strong winds for a while.Lots of fire engines arrived quickly. He said the main flames had gone, but there's a smaller fire still burning at the southern end of the roof.We were very worried for the people and animals that would have been in the building.The zoo tweeted it had closed the whole site, adding: Visitors have been evacuated and our response team is working alongside emergency services to bring the situation under control. The Monsoon Forest habitat is the UK's largest zoological building, according to the attraction, and opened as part of the zoo's islands section in August 2015. The 14-acre section houses Sumatran orangutans, rhinoceros hornbills, crocodiles and a variety of plant species. It has its own tropical weather conditions, with temperatures reaching 26.6C to replicate conditions in South East Asia. News Today, Breaking News, Breaking news today, US News, UK News, trump news, World news
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