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Richard Branson targeted in €4.25m con by fraudster posing as British defence chief

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson said a conman posing as Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon attempted to dupe him out of $5 million after lying about a kidnapping.

Chinese president urges strong stand against 'grim' challenges

Chinese president Xi Jinping has urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take on a more forceful role in society and economic development to better address "grim" challenges facing the country as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress.

Amnesty International report claims Burma 'killed hundreds of Rohingya'

Burma security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International has said in a new report.

These tiny granules could be the future of self-healing roads and make potholes a thing of the past

Dr Alvaro Garcia came up with the idea after watching an episode of MasterChef.

Two officers fired in United Airlines passenger removal case

Two security officers involved in an incident in which a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight after refusing to give up his seat have been fired.

Judge in Hawaii blocks latest version of Donald Trump's travel ban

A judge in Hawaii has blocked the latest version of the Trump administration travel ban just hours before it was set to take effect.

Terrorist plots escalating to violence within days, says MI5 chief

There has been a "dramatic" jump in the scale and pace of the threat facing Britain.

Bonespiration: A disturbing new social media trend that has psychologists concerned

Reports published in the Journal of Eating Disorders reveal images depicting emaciated looks are regularly shared on social media.

Male patients likelier to die if woman donating blood has been pregnant, study finds

The trend was not seen in female patients.

American women charged with robbery involving use of nun costumes

Two women have been charged in the US with trying to rob a bank while dressed as nuns.

Trump warns Senator John McCain he may stop being nice 'and it won't be pretty'

US President Donald Trump has issued a warning shot after Republican Senator John McCain questioned "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in America's foreign policy.

Scaramucci Post apologises for Twitter poll asking: 'How many Jews were killed in the Holocaust?'

The new project from the former White House communications director has attracted controversy.

325-pound woman in the US charged with killing nine-year-old cousin by sitting on her

A 325-pound woman in the US has been charged with killing her nine-year-old cousin by sitting on the child as punishment.

Couple caught on CCTV having sex in pizza shop spared jail

A couple who had sex in a pizza delivery shop as staff worked on the other side of the counter have been spared jail.

Turkish president asks EU to clarify if country is wanted as a member

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged European Union leaders to simply say whether they want to accept Turkey as a member or not.

Grenfell management firm in bid to postpone closure meeting

The board of the tenant management organisation at the centre of the Grenfell Tower fire in London will recommend a meeting on its proposed closure be postponed following opposition from residents.

€21m Concorde museum opened in the UK

A new museum in the UK housing the last ever Concorde to be built and to fly has opened to the public for the first time.

Spain's top court rules Catalonia independence vote to be unconstitutional

Spain's top court has officially ruled that Catalonia's disputed independence referendum was illegal because a regional law that backed it was against Spain's constitution.

Man with schizophrenia cut off refugee's penis after murdering him

A British man diagnosed with schizophrenia who stabbed a refugee and cut off his penis hours after being released from hospital against the advice of psychiatrists has been convicted of murder.

Amnesty International officials among 11 facing Turkey 'terror' trial

Eleven human rights activists, including two local heads of Amnesty International, who were charged with links to terror groups will go on trial in Turkey on October 25.

Increasing price of sugary drinks cuts sales, Jamie Oliver experiment shows

Restaurant goers are less likely to buy sugary soft drinks if they cost around 10p more, a new study in England suggests.

North Korea says 'a nuclear war may break out at any moment'

North Korea's deputy UN ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula "has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment".

Hillary Clinton suffers broken toe on UK tour

The politician has revealed she was running down stairs with a coffee cup in her hand when she fell.

Stress is as unhealthy as eating junk food, scientists say

Study shows stress causes gut bacteria to behave similar to how they act with a high-fat diet.

2 Catalan pro-independence leaders held in jail for sedition probe

A Spanish judge has ordered two leaders of Catalonia's pro-independence movement jailed while they are investigated on possible charges of sedition.

Brexit talks should 'accelerate' in coming months, say May and Juncker

Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have said efforts to find an agreement in the Brexit talks should "accelerate" in the coming months.

Turkey extending state of emergency after failed coup

Turkey's government will ask parliament to extend for a fifth time the state of emergency that was declared following last year's failed military coup.

Donald Trump says 'total termination' of Iran nuclear deal possible

Donald Trump has renewed his threat to fully withdraw the US from the landmark Iran nuclear deal. He also held out the possibility that fixes to the accord could prevent an American pullout.

All you need to know as scientists witness collision of neutron stars and the origin of gold

It's a new frontier for astronomy as scientists may finally have the answer to where precious metals like gold and platinum comes from.

Spanish prosecutor calls for Catalonia's regional police chief to be jailed

A Spanish prosecutor is asking for Catalonia's regional police chief to be jailed in a sedition case related to the staging of Catalonia's banned October 1 secession referendum.

European Union agrees sanctions against North Korea over weapons programme

The European Union has slapped new sanctions on North Korea for developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

France taking measures to outlaw sexual harassment

The French government on Monday proposed a bill focusing on sexual harassment and sexual violence against minors, aiming to eventually make harassment against women in French streets an offence.

An artificial pancreas linked to a smartphone has been successfully trialled in the US

Scientists at Harvard have tested the new system on diabetes patients for 12 weeks.

Madagascar's cities struggling to cope with plague outbreak

Coping with a plague outbreak has been a shock for many of Madagascar's city dwellers.

This is why Ophelia is turning the sky red

The Met Office has fielded calls about the appearance of the red sun.

Donald Trump to urge greater pressure on North Korea during Asia-Pacific trip

US president Donald Trump will ask America's allies to put pressure on North Korea over its nuclear programme in a trip to the Asia-Pacific region.

Lebanon leader says country cannot cope with Syrian refugees

Lebanon's president said his country "can no longer cope" with the presence of Syrian refugees and appealed to the international community for help to organise their return.

Wipeout of penguin chicks dubbed 'Tarantino does Happy Feet'

A colony of more than 18,000 pairs of Adelie penguins suffered a catastrophic breeding season.

Passengers tell of chaos as airplane crew 'screamed and cried during emergency'

Passengers on an Indonesia AirAsia flight to the holiday island of Bali have described panicked flight crew announcing an emergency and oxygen masks dropping from the ceiling.

Deadline looms for Catalonia's leader to clarify if he has declared independence

Catalonia's leader has until 9am Irish time to announce whether he really has declared independence or not.

Austria takes turn to the right with 31-year-old poised to lead new government

The centre-right party headed by foreign minister Sebastian Kurz has won Austria's national election, putting the 31-year old on track to become Europe's youngest leader, the country's interior ministry said.

California firefighters beginning to regain control of wildfires

Fire officials have said they are finally getting the upper hand against the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home.

Theresa May to meet EU bosses in Brussels amid Brexit 'deadlock'

Theresa May is heading to Brussels on Monday for Brexit talks with European Union chiefs, Downing Street has said.

Hillary Clinton quizzed on parallels between husband and Weinstein

Hillary Clinton has refused to be drawn on the parallels between the scandal engulfing film producer Harvey Weinstein and that of her husband during his time as US president.

Austria takes turn to the right as 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz claims victory

The party of Austria's 31-year old foreign minister came first in a national election Sunday, putting him on course to become Europe's youngest head of government, forecasts suggested.

Soldiers killed in Egypt attack by suspected Islamic State militants

Suspected Islamic State militants on Sunday attacked six checkpoints in the turbulent north of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing six soldiers and wounding 37.

Slap on the make-up because science says having contrasting facial features makes you look younger

Researchers have found that women are perceived as younger when eyes, lips and eyebrows stand out.

Rex Tillerson ducks question on whether he branded Trump 'a moron'

The strained relationship between President Donald Trump and US secretary of state Rex Tillerson came under renewed focus on today.

Teenager critically injured after fight outside boxing venue

A 19-year-old man is in a critical condition after fighting broke out outside a boxing venue.

Three killed as wild elephants attack Rohingya refugee camp

Wild elephants have attacked a new camp where Rohingya refugees were sleeping, killing a woman and her three children in southern Bangladesh.