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  • Vatican lets homeless sleep in church amid cold

    Vatican lets homeless sleep in church amid cold

    The Vatican is letting homeless people sleep in a Rome church during a spell of unusually cold weather for the Italian capital. Night-time temperatures there have dropped below freezing recently. Around 30 people, Italians and foreigners, have...

  • Renault faces emissions probe in France

    Renault faces emissions probe in France

    French authorities are investigating carmaker Renault for suspected fraud over its diesel emissions controls. The move dented the company's share price as the global fallout spreads from revelations of emissions cheating at Volkswagen. Renault...

  • Refugees are freezing to death in Greece, says UNHCR

    Refugees are freezing to death in Greece, says UNHCR

    Refugees and migrants are dying in Europe's cold snap and governments must do more to help them rather than pushing them back from borders and subjecting them to violence, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said today. "Children are particularly prone to...

  • Amazon rebrands London tube station, and MPs are not happy

    Amazon rebrands London tube station, and MPs are not happy

    Some UK lawmakers criticised an advertising campaign by Amazon.com yesterday which involved changing the name signs at London's Westminster underground station, where parliament is located, to 'Webminster', branding it "insulting". Amazon paid...

  • France's Le Pen targets power using viral tweets and image aids

    France's Le Pen targets power using viral tweets and image aids

    Every week, a small group of Marine Le Pen's aides brainstorm on how to achieve what many say is impossible: change how most French people view her to get her elected president in May. The "Idea-Image" committee of Le Pen's far-right National...

  • Australia's health minister resigns in growing expenses scandal

    Australia's health minister resigns in growing expenses scandal

    Australian Health Minister Sussan Ley said today she had resigned from her Cabinet position amid an expenses scandal that has proved to be an embarrassing start to the year for embattled Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Ley's resignation from...

  • Turkish lawmakers close debate with brawl, again

    Turkish lawmakers close debate with brawl, again

    Members of Turkey's parliament came to blows over proposals to grant their president greater executive powers.   Lawmakers were debating an upcoming constitutional referendum that could grant President Tayyip Erdogan greatly increased powers. If...

  • US EPA to accuse Fiat Chrysler of excess diesel emissions

    The US Environmental Protection Agency will accuse Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of using software that allowed excess diesel emissions in just over 100,000 US trucks and SUVs sold since 2014, two sources briefed on the matter told Reuters. The EPA...

  • British Home Secretary speech recorded as "hate incident" by police

    British Home Secretary speech recorded as "hate incident" by police

    A speech by the British Home Secretary at the Conservative Party conference has been logged as a "hate incident" by police. Amber Rudd set out a number of possible measures to reduce immigration, including new restrictions on recruiting overseas...

  • Anders Breivik: Solitary confinement has made me more radicalised

    Anders Breivik: Solitary confinement has made me more radicalised

    Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a 2011 bomb-and-shooting rampage, has told a court that his isolation in prison has caused him to become even more radicalised. The 37-year-old right-wing extremist, who has...

  • Republican-led senate takes first step to repeal Obamacare

    Republican-led senate takes first step to repeal Obamacare

    The US Senate has passed a measure to take the first step towards dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. Senators were responding to pressure to move quickly even as Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump grapple with what to...

  • Fourteen tons of marijuana burned in Bolivia

    Fourteen tons of marijuana burned in Bolivia

    Special Bolivian forces set fire to three fields of marijuana, or the equivalent of 14 tons, in the municipality of Mizque, located in the central Bolivian department of Cochabamba. The drugs were brought together from around the region and...

  • Trump says his sons will oversee business while he is president

    Trump says his sons will oversee business while he is president

    US President-elect Donald Trump said today he is separating himself from his global business empire by transferring his assets into a trust and putting his two oldest sons in charge, an arrangement that watchdogs said was inadequate to prevent...

  • Sicilian town gets pummelled with snow

    Sicilian town gets pummelled with snow

    Italian soldiers worked through the early hours of the morning today to clear the streets of the Sicilian town of Troina after days of heavy snowfall left it isolated. Residents in the small town, sitting at about 1,200 meters above sea level, had...

  • Swedish archaeologists discover 12 ancient Egyptian cemeteries near Aswan

    Swedish archaeologists discover 12 ancient Egyptian cemeteries near Aswan

    Swedish archaeologists have unearthed a dozen burial sites near the southern city of Aswan that date back almost 3,500 years to the New Kingdom era of ancient Egypt, the Antiquities Ministry said. Human and animal remains were found in the...

  • Kremlin says it has no compromising dossier on Trump

    Kremlin says it has no compromising dossier on Trump

    The Kremlin said today it was "total nonsense" that Russian officials had assembled a file of compromising information on U. President-elect Donald Trump. Two US officials said yesterday evening that the heads of four US intelligence agencies had...

  • British teenage girl charged with murder of 7-year-old girl

    A 15-year-old girl has been charged with the murder of a 7-year-old girl and with possession of an offensive weapon, police in the northern English region of Yorkshire said. The suspect, who cannot be named because she is a minor, is due to appear...

  • Twenty people rescued from roller coaster in Australia

    Twenty people rescued from roller coaster in Australia

    Twenty people were trapped and later rescued from the top of the Arkham Asylum roller coaster ride at a theme park on Australia's Gold Coast. Four people were helped down by emergency personnel using a ladder platform, the spokeswoman...

  • Reports - Russia has compromising information about Trump

    Reports - Russia has compromising information about Trump

    Top intelligence figures have briefed US president-elect Donald Trump about an unsubstantiated report that Russia has compromising personal and financial information about him,. The briefing about the document was first reported by CNN, which said...

  • Obama pushes values and prods Trump in final, emotional address

    Obama pushes values and prods Trump in final, emotional address

    With a final call of his campaign mantra "Yes We Can," President Barack Obama urged Americans last night to stand up for US values and reject discrimination as the United States transitions to the presidency of Republican Donald Trump. In an...