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Meng Wanzhou: Extradition hearings to begin for Huawei executive

The formal extradition hearings for a Chinese Huawei executive who was arrested in Canada slightly more than a year ago are to begin on Monday. Meng Wanzhou was held in late 2018 in Canada on suspicion of fraud and breaching US sanctions on Iran. The US wants Ms Meng to stand trial on charges including […]

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New China virus: Number of cases jumps as infection spreads to Beijing

The number of people infected with a new virus in China tripled over the weekend, with the outbreak spreading from Wuhan to other major cities. Wuhan reported 136 new cases of the respiratory illness. The capital Beijing reported two cases, while Shenzhen confirmed one. Total known infections now exceed 200, and three people have died. […]

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Virginia gun rally: Authorities gear up for unrest in Richmond

Thousands of people are expected to descend on the US city of Richmond, in Virginia, on Monday for a pro-gun rally that authorities fear could turn violent. State governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of the rally, banning firearms from the area around the Capitol building. The Lobby Day rally is an […]

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Trump impeachment: Legal team says charges ‘brazen and unlawful’

US President Donald Trump’s legal team has issued its first formal response to the impeachment charges against him, describing them as a “dangerous attack” on democracy. The document said the impeachment articles failed to allege any crime and were a “brazen” attempt to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections. The response came as the Democrats […]

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Libya civil war: UN envoy Salamé says foreign intervention must end

The UN’s Libya envoy Ghassan Salamé has called on foreign powers to stop interfering in Libya’s civil war. On the eve of peace talks in Berlin, Mr Salamé said foreign support of proxy groups in the conflict had created a “vicious cycle” of violence. But Mr Salamé told the BBC that he was optimistic about […]

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Rain brings bushfire relief to parts of Australia

Parts of Australia’s east coast have been hit by heavy rain and thunderstorms, dousing some bushfires but also bringing the threat of flooding. Some, such as this thirsty koala, have been making the most of the wet conditions. Read more: Storms lash some of Australia’s fire-hit regions Let’s block ads! (Why?)

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New Chinese virus ‘will have infected hundreds’

The number of people already infected by the mystery virus emerging in China is far greater than official figures suggest, scientists have told the BBC. There have been nearly 50 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, but UK experts estimate a figure nearer 1,700. Two people are known to have died from the respiratory illness, […]

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Iran plane crash: Khamenei defends armed forces in rare address

Media playback is unsupported on your device Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has defended the country’s armed forces after it admitted shooting down a passenger plane by mistake. He said the Revolutionary Guard – the elite unit responsible for the disaster – “maintained the security” of Iran. Widespread protests and criticism from abroad have […]

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Panama: Seven people found dead after suspected exorcism

Media playback is unsupported on your device The bodies of seven people have been found in a mass grave in an indigenous area of Panama where members of a religious sect were believed to be performing exorcisms, officials say. The victims included a pregnant woman, 32, and five of her children, aged one to 11. […]