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UN political chief upbeat on North Korea as US softens stance

The UN's political chief has said senior North Korea officials told him during his visit "that it was important to prevent war" over its rapidly advancing nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Democrat beats Trump-backed Republican accused of sexual misconduct

A Democrat has won Alabama's special Senate election, beating an embattled Republican opponent Roy Moore.

Flagship Brexit legislation survives despite mini-rebellion

Flagship Brexit legislation survived intact as it returned to the Commons despite further Tory concerns and a mini-rebellion.

Yemen blockade leads to Diptheria outbreak, 28 deaths reported

The ongoing war and blockade are creating a new threat to public health in Yemen, as a suspected diphtheria outbreak takes hold, the aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres have warned.

A tick found fossilised in amber is believed to contain dinosaur blood

The echo of Jurassic Park is 99 million years old.

French President leads efforts to shore up ’fragile’ Paris Climate Accord

World leaders, investment funds and energy magnates have promised to devote new money and technology to slow global warming at a summit in Paris that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will rev up the Paris climate accord.

Final goodbyes: A look back on those we lost in 2017

As we head towards the final days of 2017 and begin to look ahead to the new year, we take a look at some of the global figures that we lost over the past twelve months.

Plastic refuse in ocean killing over a thousand endangered marine turtles each year

More than a thousand marine turtles die every year after becoming entangled in rubbish in the oceans and on beaches, according to research.

Muslim leaders will meet in Istanbul to discuss Us policy on Jerusalem

Leaders and high-ranking officials of Muslim countries will meet tomorrow in Istanbul for an extraordinary summit to discuss "repercussions" from the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe makes first foreign trip since resignation

Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace, have travelled to Singapore on their first trip abroad since Mr Mugabe resigned as president last month.

Theresa May faces ’real possibility’ of Brexit bill defeat

British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing the "real possibility" of Commons defeat on her flagship Brexit bill unless MPs are guaranteed a "meaningful vote" on leaving the EU, Tory rebels have warned.

UK man convicted of murdering 18-month-old adopted daughter launches fundraiser for appeal

A fundraising appeal has been launched to help pay for the legal costs of a part-time fitness instructor who claims he was wrongly convicted of murdering his adopted baby daughter.

European Parliament to demand recent Brexit deal be made legally binding ’ASAP’

The European Parliament is to demand that last week’s Brexit deal is converted into a legally binding text as soon as possible.

Donald Trump hits back at accusers after sexual harassment allegations resurface

US President Donald Trump has said he is the target of "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met".

Latest: A sixth person has been arrested after UK house fire that killed three children

Greater Manchester Police revealed that a 25-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of the three murders and the attempted murder of Michelle and Lia.

Man flu is real, scientists say

Research suggests men “have weaker immune responses to viral respiratory viruses”.

US ambassador to Britain says Trump attack on Theresa May was about ’protecting Americans’

US President Donald Trump’s attack on British Prime Minister Theresa May on tackling terrorism was about protecting Americans and the whole transatlantic row over his sharing of anti-Muslim videos online was probably misinterpreted, the United States ambassador to the UK has said.

New York subway blast suspect's family say they are heartbroken and saddened

The family of a man accused of setting off a pipe bomb in a crowded New York City subway corridor have said they are heartbroken and deeply saddened by the suffering the attack has caused.

Man flu is real, according to scientists

Man flu is real, according to scientists.

Donald Trump wants to send a man to Mars - via the Moon

Donald Trump has said he wants to send man back to the moon - and on to Mars.

Make Our Planet Great Again: France awards grants to anti-Trump climate change scientists

Eighteen climate scientists from the US and elsewhere have hit the jackpot as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump's presidential term.

US military to allow transgender people to enlist from next year

Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of physical, medical and mental conditions that make it possible, though difficult, for them to join the armed services.

Theresa May rules out any new referendum on final Brexit deal

British PM Theresa May has ruled out a referendum on the final Brexit deal, saying MPs would deliver on the vote to leave the European Union.

Bumblebees are able to solve a classic maths problem when they feed, study finds

The findings could assist the development of AI and help reduce threats posed to bees by habitat loss.

Weapons sales in 2016 exceeded the total GDP of all but 26 of the world’s nations

In 2016 the world’s 100 largest arms manufacturers sold $374.8bn of weapons and military services, according to the latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute .

Donald Trump brands claims he watches hours of TV each day as ’false story’

President Donald Trump has disputed a report that he watches hours of television each day, calling it: 'Another false story.'

The Geminid meteor shower this week is expected to be the best in a long time

There will be practically no moon in the sky during the shower.

Celebrities flee seaside enclave amid threat from California wildfires

A growing Southern California wildfire is threatening the wealthy seaside enclave of Montecito, where celebrities have evacuated estates perched on hillsides below heavy flames.

Donald Trump’s accusers urge congressional probe into ’harassment’

Three women who have previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment are sharing their stories on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today.

Investigators believe Christmas market attacker ’wanted to kill’

An Italian man who drove his car last week into pedestrians near a Christmas market had been aiming to kill, investigators believe.

Stay in Britain after Brexit, May urges EU nationals

Theresa May has urged more than three million European Union nationals living in Britain to stay in the country after Brexit.

Angela Merkel seeking ’stable government’ in Germany coalition talks

The Social Democrats insisted after a disastrous election result in September that they would go into opposition, but reluctantly agreed to reconsider after Mrs Merkel’s coalition talks with two smaller parties collapsed.

UK commitment to soft border more than legally enforceable, says Davis

Britain's commitment to maintaining a soft border after Brexit is "much more than legally enforceable", David Davis has said.

People living in former coal producing regions are more likely to have 'negative' personality traits

Researchers think it's to do with migration and learned behaviour.

Ex-Georgian leader faces court in Ukraine over ’Russian plot to oust president’

Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president turned opposition leader in Ukraine, has appeared in court in Kiev.

Baby threatened in one of 'spate' of attacks by UK jewel thieves

Ruthless burglars in the UK smashed their way into a family's home then threatened to hurt a newborn baby in a bid to uncover cash and valuables.

Anti-migrant party urges Italians to oppose 'those invading our country'

The leader of an Italian party that hopes to capitalise on growing resentment of migrants and asylum-seekers told supporters it would be "splendid" if he wins national elections and his government can issue one-way tickets home to undeserving refugees.

'First ripple of freedom' for jailed British woman as Iran postpones case

The husband of imprisoned UK woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has hailed the "first ripple of freedom", as a new court case against his wife was postponed.

Port of Calais shut after passenger ferry with 300 people on board runs aground

A passenger ferry has run aground forcing the closure of the Port of Calais in France.

Security guard stabbed in Jerusalem amid global clashes over Trump decision

A security guard has been stabbed in Jerusalem as protests and demonstrations take place across the world following US president Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Jet forced to land as passenger denied refill of champagne gets aggressive

An Airbus had to make an unscheduled stop in Germany after a business class passenger who was denied more champagne became aggressive.

Three people arrested after firebomb attack on Swedish synagogue

Three people who allegedly threw firebombs at a synagogue in Gothenburg have been arrested, as Jewish groups condemned the attack and demanded authorities take action.

Hiroshima activist urges nuclear weapons ban as group collects Nobel Peace Prize

A leading activist in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, has likened her group's aim with her struggle to survive the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Former celebrity publicist Max Clifford dies after collapsing in prison

Disgraced former celebrity publicist Max Clifford, 74, has died in hospital.

David Davis: We want to protect peace process and we want to protect Ireland from Brexit impact

Britain will not pay a £39bn exit bill to Brussels if it does not secure a trade deal, the UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has said.

Bob Geldof joins 8,000 at Sleep in the Park to raise funds for Scotland's homeless

Scottish Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Bob Geldof joined thousands of people who slept out in freezing conditions in Edinburgh to raise money to tackle homelessness.

Israel minister wants boycott of Arab businesses over Jerusalem capital protests

The defence minister of Israel is calling for a boycott of Arab businesses where residents carried out violent protests against the US president's recognition of Jerusalem as his country's capital.

Britain's final EU withdrawal bill could cost £100bn, says ex-Brexit minister

Britain's final EU withdrawal bill could be as high as £100 billion, a former Brexit minister has suggested.

Arab ministers demand Donald Trump reverse Jerusalem decision

Arab foreign ministers have demanded that the United States rescind Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling it a "grave" development that puts Washington on the same side as "occupation" and the violation of international law.

Theresa May hails ’historic moment’ as Islamic State is driven out of Iraq

Theresa May has hailed an 'historic moment' for Iraq as the country insisted it had driven out Islamic State.