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(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:38:53 GMT)

Moussa Oukabir rented the van which drove into crowds in central Barcelona on Thursday.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:58:31 GMT)

Bannon has announced he is returning to Breitbart to go 'to war for Trump against his opponents'.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:21:02 GMT)

The opposition-led parliament says the move will be rejected by Venezuelans.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:13:43 GMT)

China has voiced "serious concern" over the investigation, which could result in US trade sanctions.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:14:54 GMT)

Susan Bro has "no interest" in speaking to Mr Trump after his remarks on the Virginia clashes.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:10:04 GMT)

A man wielding a knife is shot and wounded by police after attacking people in the centre of Turku.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:35:59 GMT)

The Red Cross says the floods are becoming one of the worst regional humanitarian crises in years.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:48:20 GMT)

The Turkish president tells German-Turkish voters to reject Germany's main parties.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:56:22 GMT)

The girl gave birth on Thursday after the Indian Supreme Court rejected her plea for an abortion.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:38:49 GMT)

A security consultant is cleared of public mischief in relation to a bug placed in a New Zealand meeting room before a match against Australia.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:27:09 GMT)

The attacker, carrying a stolen samurai sword and a Chinese flag, injured a military policeman.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:31:25 GMT)

The American star's social media posts have been deleted, while her website is only showing a black screen.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:09:22 GMT)

A digital rights group criticises action taken by Google, GoDaddy and Cloudflare against the Daily Stormer.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:06:04 GMT)

Hear the defiant message of Anttoni Numminen, who was in a bar close to the attack in the city of Turku.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:03:18 GMT)

The number of South Sudanese who have fled to Uganda has hit one million.

(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:49:44 GMT)

South African model Gabriella Engels says she was attacked in a hotel by the wife of Zimbabwe's president.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:26:40 GMT)

Keepers at Singapore's Jurong Bird Park have found an unusual way to protect a baby flamingo's feet.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:08:27 GMT)

Snake catchers used their bare hands to pick it up, while live streaming on Facebook.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:13:35 GMT)

Residents of Cambrils describe the scene after the attack.

(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:27:18 GMT)

Now Sharon and Billy Hahs are preparing for one in their own backyard.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:31:42 GMT)

Driver won't have to face court because a police officer only spoke to him in English.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:33:47 GMT)

The young rhino was swept 42km from Chitwan National Park by floods and found in an Indian village.

(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:17:15 GMT)

Interior minister suggests prisoners work on farms as form of rehabilitation.

(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:12:04 GMT)

Opening of warehouse store in Icelandic capital sees workers laid off from country's only toilet paper manufacturer.

(Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:38:41 GMT)

Authorities deny reports that a popular tourist lake has been transferred to Kazakh neighbours.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:24:58 GMT)

In less than seven months, President Donald Trump's White House inner circle has transformed.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:28:33 GMT)

From bringing flowers to challenging haters, people are pushing back after the day of terror.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:47:32 GMT)

Why the idea that Muslims and Hindus cannot share a nation shapes modern Pakistan.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:08:53 GMT)

Rebuilding Mosul and restoring trust among its residents is a monumental task, says Yalda Hakim.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:34:19 GMT)

Shawn Mendes will be the first artist to perform in a revival of MTV Unplugged.

(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:32:09 GMT)

The Tennessee county started offering time off inmate sentences in exchange for birth control

(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:22:12 GMT)

Aryana Sayeed will perform at a concert for Afghan Independence Day, but not everyone is happy.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:53:56 GMT)

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans this week.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:27:26 GMT)

Two terror attacks in Spain's Catalonia region have left 14 dead and many more injured. How did events unfold?

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:32:44 GMT)

Five people in all were shot dead after a car was driven into pedestrians in Cambrils, Catalonia.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:20:36 GMT)

Here's what we know after two attacks in Spain's Catalonia region.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:37:46 GMT)

A man who filmed the shooting in Cambrils described what he saw.

(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:10:06 GMT)

People who saw a van plough into crowds in Barcelona share their stories with BBC News.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:40:51 GMT)

In just over a year Europe has seen seven attacks where vehicles have been used as weapons. Security correspondent Gordon Corera looks at what authorities are doing about it.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:14:13 GMT)

Tributes are paid to the TV legend, who hosted Strictly Come Dancing and The Generation Game.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:59:28 GMT)

Detective Constable Jamal Hassan was jailed for six years after admitting misconduct in public office charges.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:03:36 GMT)

The new restrictions would see dogs kept on leads at public spaces, a nature reserve and a beach.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:12:37 GMT)

The judge said starting the fire that gutted part of Wythenshawe Hall was an "act of selfish folly".

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:35:40 GMT)

A man dies and a second is in hospital after a collision between a lorry, van and three cars in Birmingham.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:22:05 GMT)

Oxford University student Lottie Fullerton was trekking when she was hit by falling rocks.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:17:06 GMT)

Officers did not take complaints against Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins seriously, the IPCC says.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:36:21 GMT)

London mayor hails the service a "huge success" and considers its expansion.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:48:08 GMT)

The government is seeking someone to oversee the regeneration of the Redcar steelworks site.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:51:07 GMT)

The man told magistrates he had "participated in a few beers" at a christening.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:34:02 GMT)

Staff at two UK outlets vote for action over secure working hours and a £10 per hour wage.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:55:51 GMT)

An inquest heard that Meera Dalal took her own life after being abused by her ex-boyfriend.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:48:29 GMT)

The Leicester city councillor will appear at the city's magistrates' court next month.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:02:19 GMT)

Glyn Knowles sent sexually explicit messages to a journalist posing as a teenage boy on Grindr.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:33:03 GMT)

The scheme aims to combat mobile phones being smuggled illegally into prison.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:37:41 GMT)

The 36-year-old has also been charged with assault, indecent exposure and breach of a court order.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:56:54 GMT)

A man is charged after women in Brighton said they had been touched or grabbed by a man on a bike.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:08:06 GMT)

Sheffield City Council won an order barring protesters from taking action to halt felling work.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:23:01 GMT)

The body was only discovered in the car when firefighters went to put out the blaze.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:07:06 GMT)

The RMT said no progress had been made over the future of the role of guards, due to safety and job loss fears.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:06:02 GMT)

The four-time Olympic champion said the city "knows how to put events together".

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:31:42 GMT)

Nearly eight million journeys have been made on the overnight service.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:50:15 GMT)

The Land Rover Discovery was stolen from a driveway in under two minutes.

(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:44:48 GMT)

An inquest heard that Meera Dalal took her own life after being abused by her ex-boyfriend.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:37:42 GMT)

Deb Prior does not know her birth father's identity but has found her birth mother's family.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:23:44 GMT)

The Midland Air Museum is celebrating its 50th year with a summer exhibition.

(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:36:51 GMT)

The funeral procession for fundraiser Deborah James featured dozens of her favourite cars.

(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:07:01 GMT)

And believe it or not, the seller is actually happy with the deal.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:41:21 GMT)

The teeth have now been removed but it is not known whether they have been reunited with their owner.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:26:09 GMT)

The image was taken through a microscope operating at 5000-times magnification.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:37:47 GMT)

As entertainer Michael Barrymore is awarded damages for unlawful arrest, BBC News examines his rise and fall.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:51:28 GMT)

Showcasing the best images sent to us from around England

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:38:39 GMT)

London Midland has lost its rail franchise - here are the things you wanted to know.

(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:03:42 GMT)

Did a £1bn government investment make any difference?

(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:54:45 GMT)

Results not quite what you were expecting? Two experts are on hand with some advice.

(Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:44:12 GMT)

Analysis of six cities finds average season ticket price will increase to £2,840.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:16:46 GMT)

Alastair Cook churns out 243 as England tighten their grip on West Indies on day two of the day-night Test at Edgbaston.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:28:12 GMT)

Leeds Rhinos see off the iconic South Stand with an error-strewn win over Super League play-off rivals St Helens.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:01:50 GMT)

Burton Albion come from behind to beat Birmingham City and register their first Championship points of the season.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:17:31 GMT)

Leicestershire beat Notts by two runs, while Somerset climb from seventh to fourth to reach the T20 Blast quarter-finals.

(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:51:17 -0400)

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The driver of the van that plowed into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people, may still be alive and at large, Spanish police said on Friday, denying earlier media reports that he had been shot dead in a Catalan seaside resort.




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TURKU, Finland (Reuters) - A man with a knife killed two people and wounded eight others in a stabbing rampage in a market square in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday, police said.




(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:40:53 -0400)

HAGERSTOWN, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump reviewed an array of options for a strategy on Afghanistan with his top national security aides, but made no decision on whether he would commit more troops to America's longest war.




(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:19:09 -0400)

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's new legislative superbody on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fueling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship.




(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:24:44 -0400)

DNIPRO, Ukraine (Reuters) - The wall around the Yuzhmash rocket factory in east Ukraine is in places overgrown with weeds, a sign of hard times at a plant which a new study says could be the source of engines that power North Korean missiles.




(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:22:57 -0400)

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's foreign minister is in Havana hoping to persuade Cuba, one of Venezuela's top allies, to help resolve the tense political situation in the beleaguered South American nation, according to a senior Mexican official briefed about the trip.




(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:58:56 -0400)

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model, a security source said on Friday.




(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:47:10 -0400)

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition coalition went to the Supreme Court late on Friday to challenge the results of a presidential election which it says was rigged.




(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:31:03 -0400)

DAKAR (Reuters) - A landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged, the vice governor of affected Ituri province said on Friday.




(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:45:57 -0400)

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Top United Nations officials on Friday warned violence in Yemen was worsening and greater access was needed to the Houthi rebel-held north, particularly through the key Red Sea port of Hodeidah.




(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:45:31 -0400)


Trump attacked Sens. Jeff Flake, an outspoken critic, and Lindsey Graham, one of few Republicans to call out the president by name over Charlottesville.


(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:36:12 -0400)


In a tweet after Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona, Trump suggested studying a debunked myth about U.S. General John Pershing executing dozens of Muslim prisoners in the Philippines.


(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:09:18 -0400)


By Erik De Castro and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines police came under pressure on Friday to explain the killing of a high-school student after the 17-year-old became one of at least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs. Television channels aired CCTV footage that showed Kian Loyd Delos Santos being carried by two men to the place where his body was later found, raising doubt about an official report that said he was shot because he fired at police officers first. Witnesses told the ABS-CBN channel that the teenager did not have a firearm and police officers at the scene handed him a gun, asked him to fire the weapon and run.


(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:52:41 -0400)


Spanish police shot dead five would-be attackers after confronting them early on Friday in Cambrils, south of Barcelona where hours earlier a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds, killing 13 people.


(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:16:00 -0400)


A tweet about Confederate statues is resonating with hundreds of thousands of people. Jamil Smith, a Los Angeles-based writer who has contributed to The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Daily Beast, had a great response to those who believe the removal of Confederate statues will “erase” history.


(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:50:15 -0400)


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A death penalty expert says Arkansas' recent purchase of a lethal injection drug — in a small amount and at a cheap price — suggests the state has found a reliable supplier to help it move 30 inmates from death row to the execution chamber.


(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:36:19 -0400)


"The child is too young for a normal delivery. Her pelvic bones are not strong enough to push the baby and she does not have the stamina to bear labor pain."


(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:01:00 -0400)


White supremacists in the US are taking genetic tests to prove their racial identity but are being left bitterly disappointed to learn their genes are not as pure as they presumed. A new study from the University of California examined years’ worth of posts on Stormfront, a neo-Nazi forum which is the internet’s first major racial hate site, to decipher how members responded to their spit-in-a-cup genetic test results. White nationalists were up in arms to discover they were not 100 per cent white European and instead had African, Jewish or Asian genes.


(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:26:33 -0400)


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A state police trooper who died in the fatal crash of a helicopter that had been monitoring a violent white-nationalist protest in Charlottesville was remembered Friday as a devoted family man and proud law enforcement officer.


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Criticism grew Thursday over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's limited response to a US white supremacist rally and President Donald Trump's controversial remarks about it, with calls for him to speak out against anti-Semitism. The issue highlighted Netanyahu's reluctance to be seen as criticising Trump, who has expressed strong support for Israel and whose rise to the presidency was welcomed by the Israeli premier, some analysts said. Netanyahu regularly speaks out against anti-Semitism in other countries, but the United States is Israel's most important ally, providing it with more than $3 billion per year in defence aid and important diplomatic backing.


(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:49:00 -0400)


Jordan Dinsmore's suspected attackers have been arrested.


(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:18:22 -0400)


Finnish authorities stepped up security around the country after a stabbing rampage left two people dead and half a dozen wounded in a western city. One suspect was arrested after being shot by armed police and officers launched a search for other possible perpetrators following the attack in the city-centre of Turku on Friday. Press conference from Turku at Finnish Yle TV1 just started. Confirmed: 8 stabbed 2 dead. Perpetrator in custody. My heart breaks. #Turku— Elina Nikulainen (@ElinaNikulainen) August 18, 2017 But investigators said it was too early to attribute the attack to international terrorism or to link it to the attacks in Spain the previous day. “I emphasise that the identity and motive of the perpetrator are not yet known,” Paula Rissiko, the interior minister, told reporters on Friday evening. A video grab taken from Instagram shows officials standing in a street next to a person lying on the ground in the Finnish city of Turku Credit:  KIRSI KANERVA/AFP About half a dozen people were seen lying on the ground in the centre of Turku, a city of 180,000 in the southwest of the country, as the attack unfolded at 4 PM local time. The police is searching for possible more perpetrators in Turku. People are asked to leave and avoid the center of Turku.— L-S poliisi (@L_S_poliisi) August 18, 2017 Witnesses reported seeing seeing a woman with stroller being attacked by a man with a large knife. Video footage filmed shortly after the attack showed people running in a panic down one of the city's main streets. People flee stabbing attack in Turku, Finland 00:18 "Nothing is known about the motives ... or what precisely has happened in Turku," Seppo Kolehmainen, Finland’s top police chief, told the country’s YLE broadcaster. The suspect in custody, who was detained after police shot him, has not been named. Police announced Turku was “safe” again on Friday evening, suggesting their manhunt for other attackers had been called off. Armed police had reinforced security at Helsinki airport and train stations following the attack, which comes amid a heightened tensions following yesterday's terrorist attack in Barcelona. Armed policemen on duty at Helsinki airport after a stabbing attack in the city of Turku Credit: LEHTIKUVA/Reuters In 2012, Finland's then-prime minister Jyrki Katainen escaped a knife attack in Turku while campaigning for municipal elections. Finland's Security Intelligence Service (Supo) earlier said it had no indication that individuals in Finland were linked to the Barcelona attacks and that the country's threat assessment would remain unchanged, at an "elevated" level.


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It wasn’t easy finding jurors who didn’t automatically hate “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli’s guts.


(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:42:40 -0400)


CHULAFINNEE, Ala. (AP) — White Southerners who equate Old South symbols with regional pride rather than hate are even more on the defensive since neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other extremists became the face of the fight over Confederate monuments.


(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:10:50 -0400)


The court papers claimed Yewande Oteh of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, decided to sue the airline after it failed to prevent or investigate the incident.


(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:19:09 -0400)


By Brian Ellsworth and Corina Pons CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's new legislative superbody on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fueling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship. The Socialist-dominated Supreme Court has stripped power from the congress and shot down nearly every law it has approved since it was taken over by the opposition in 2016. Delcy Rodriguez, a Maduro ally and president of the constituent assembly, insisted the move did not imply a dissolution of the congress.


(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:03:33 -0400)


A white supremacist who helped organise the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has appeared on camera crying as he describes his fear of arrest. Chris Cantwell, a racist who previously claimed he and others would "f***ing kill" anti-fascist demonstrators for interfering with their right to express their views, sobs uncontrollably in the clip. The blogger was featured in a Vice News documentary filmed before, during and after the rally in Virginia turned violent.


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The backup in Oregon was between 20 and 30 miles long


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HOUSTON (AP) — Even as a new Texas law targeting so-called sanctuary cities remains in legal limbo, police chiefs and sheriffs are making changes to comply, rewriting training manuals and withdrawing policies that prevented officers from asking people whether they are in the United States illegally.


(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:24:23 -0400)


Four people turned themselves in to authorities in Durham, North Carolina, on Thursday to face charges for their role in toppling a Confederate monument during a protest on Monday.


(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:33:00 -0400)


Kara Kopetsky hadn't been seen since leaving her Missouri high school in May 2007.


(Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:56:50 -0400)


The German election has entered a final month of campaigning before the country elects a new Bundestag on 24 September, with Chancellor Angela Merkel defending her position against Martin Schulz for a fourth term in power. Polls currently show that Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party - with its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) - will be the largest party after the election, but they will fall short of a majority. This is common in Germany, and so the resulting parliament is in part determined by how the smaller parties perform, and which coalition possibilities will be born. German election poll tracker How does the German voting system work? Each person casts two votes in the Bundestag election, to allocate a total of 598 seats. Half of these are to elect a local MP by constituency, in a first-past-the-post fashion. The remaining 299 votes are elected via party lists, allocated near-proportionately to the party vote share in each of Germany’s 16 federal states. To be included in this seat allocation process, a party must achieve five per cent of the national vote.  This second round of seat allocation also means that the total number of MPs can be higher, with politicians elected in "overhang seats" in order to balance the state- and constituency-level votes. The most recent parliament had 32 overhang seats, taking the total up to 631 MPs. This allows voters to represent their interests locally through their chosen representative, as well as nationally in the party they feel will be strongest in the Bundestag. In the end, the seat share for each party ends up very similar to their vote share - unlike the system used in the UK's parliamentary elections. Graphic: The German electoral system So who will win the German election? Merkel's CDU is looking most likely to win the most seats in the Bundestag - for the fourth election in a row.  The SPD, led by former President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, is in second place - securing around a quarter of the vote. The AfD - the far-right Alternative for Germany party - had enjoyed a slight rise in the polls in 2016 but have since collapsed into in-fighting and unpopularity. In reality, the CDU will have to seek a coalition agreement - with the SPD or one of the other minor parties to form a government.  German election: Potential Bundestag composition Potential coalitions The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) has been in coalition with centre-right CDU in this current government, as well as in Merkel's first term. These two parties are Germany’s biggest, leading to a union dubbed the "Grand Coalition". The polls are currently suggesting that the German public is content with their current government, which means a Grand Coalition could happen for a third time in just four elections. Another option is a Black-Yellow coalition, consisting of Merkel's CDU party propped up by the smaller Free Democratic Party (FDP). This would take Merkel over the target needed for a majority, and was the option the party opted for in 2009-2013.  The only situation that poses a risk to Merkel’s leadership is a left-wing "Red-Red-Green" coalition, led by Martin Schulz of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). He would have to gather enough seats together alongside the Linke (Left) and Grüne (Greens) parties. Potential ways to coalition government What do the parties stand for? The main parties standing in the election are as follows:   Christian Democrats (CDU): The leading party in Germany, headed by Angela Merkel. The centre-right group - made up of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) - they have employment, tax cuts and ongoing public investment at the forefront of their manifesto. Social Democrats (SPD): Led by Martin Schulz, the centre-left are vying to make another Grand Coalition to remain in government. The party polled well following the election of their new leader, but then suffered once again in regional polls. The SPD is a traditionally working class party, pledging investment in education and infrastructure, funded by higher taxes for the rich. Left (Linke): Led by Sahra Wagenknecht and loosely descended from the East German communists. This small party, often used as a protest vote, is campaigning for a rise in national minimum wage, a rejection of military missions abroad and the dissolution of NATO. Green (Grüne): Led by co-chairs Katrin Göring-Eckardt and Cem Özdemir, this party could be the coalition kingmakers. They rely on educated, urban citizens, focusing on the environment, taxes and social policies. Free Democratic Party (FDP): Led by Christian Lindner, the party was Merkel's junior coalition party in her second term. It failed to reach five per cent of the vote to allow another coalition in 2013. The party campaigns for tax cuts and to remain in financial markets - particularly within the EU. Alternative for Germany (AfD): A right-wing populist party lead by Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland. The party's hardline anti-EU, anti-immigration views have attracted voters from almost all of the other parties, especially among lower income households. Graphic: Germany’s political spectrum What are the betting odds for the German Bundestag election? Political pollsters have taken a beating recently after failing to predict a British Hung Parliament in 2017, a Leave vote last summer and a Donald Trump victory in November. For those who have lost faith in polling, there is another way of predicting electoral outcomes: ask people who are prepared to put their money where their mouth is. Many now believe that political betting markets can better predict elections, relying on the wisdom of a crowd of punters to sort and weigh all the probabilities. Coral's latest odds for the election have Mrs Merkel as most likely to continue as Chancellor after the election. The latest odds for the party to emerge with the most seats are: CDU/ CSU - 1/14 SPD - 8/1 AfD - 66/1 Die Linke - 100/1 Greens - 100/1 FDP - 100/1   Our poll tracker takes in national polls from a range of German pollsters: INSA, Infratest Dimap, Emnid, Forsa, Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, Allensbach and IPSOS. Their individual polls, while of different sample sizes, use nationally representative samples. Our seat share projection is based on the average of the last eight polls, excluding any parties that are polling at under five per cent, as the German proportional top-up system does.


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By Umaru Fofana and Christo Johnson FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone has buried 461 victims of a mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of the capital this week, an official at the central morgue said on Friday. Rescue workers continued bringing bodies to the morgue and those buried included 156 children, said the official, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak about the figures. The Red Cross said on Friday that more than 600 people are still missing, and a search continues for corpses buried in the mud.


(Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:10:00 -0400)


An Afro-Latina journalist conducting an interview with a member of the Ku Klux Klan has said he threatened her so violently that she was concerned for her safety. Ilia Calderón, a Univision journalist with both African and Colombian heritage, agreed to visit KKK leader Chris Barker on his wooded North Carolina property. Almost immediately, Mr Barker asked her why she didn’t “go back” to her country of origin.


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Authorities are now warning residents about keeping their pets leashed.


(Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:01:22 -0400)


The Republican party was left reeling after the president defended those who took part in a white supremacist rally. Donald Trump has faced fierce criticism for appearing to draw a moral equivalence between neo-Nazis and those were protested against them. The Republican party is reeling after Donald Trump defended people who took part in a far-right rally with white supremacists and neo-Nazis.


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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian senator provoked an angry backlash from lawmakers by wearing a burqa in Parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign for a national ban on Islamic face covers.


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Students from San Benito High School in Hollister, California, are protesting their school’s sexist dress code in a pretty awesome way.


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Wayne Lotter had received numerous death threats in connection with his work


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The team of biologists spotted another two-headed loggerhead turtle hatching last year.


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Roberto Altamirano has the lake to himself as he casts his glistening net onto the still water in a perfect circle, lets it sink, then slowly pulls it in. It comes back bearing a large haul of tilapia and carp -- and that is exactly the problem. Altamirano is one of just 20 or so fishermen who remain in the floating gardens of Xochimilco, an idyllic network of lakes, canals and artificial islands improbably tucked into the urban sprawl of Mexico City.


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By Bulent Usta ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats were enemies of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against major parties in next month's elections. The comments, some of Erdogan's harshest yet against Merkel, drew a furious response from Merkel, her government and some Turkish organisations in Germany, illustrating the widening divide between the NATO allies and major trade partners. "I am calling on all my countrymen in Germany: the Christian Democrats, SDP, the Green Party are all enemies of Turkey.


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A man who permanently damaged his eyesight by looking at a partial solar eclipse 55 years ago has warned people not to look directly at the sun during the total eclipse on Monday. Lou Tomosoki, 70, still has a blind spot in the centre of the vision of his right eye as a result of looking at the sun for just a few seconds as the moon crossed its surface in the early 1960s. In 1962, he and a friend were walking home from high school in Bend, Oregon, when the partial eclipse began.


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Twelve years after Holloway's disappearance, van der Sloot remains the primary suspect.


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The Department of Justice wants 1.3 million IP addresses of people who visited distruptj20.org. In an unprecedented and dangerous move, Donald Trump’s justice department is threatening to violate the first and fourth amendment rights of over a million people by issuing an overboard surveillance request aimed at identifying alleged anti-Trump protesters. The justice department is demanding that web hosting provider DreamHost hand over, among many other things, 1.3m IP addresses – essentially everyone who has ever visited an anti-Trump protest site called disruptj20.org that was organizing protests surrounding Trump inauguration in January.


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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Marion Lambert is unapologetic about the abundance of Confederate flags that surround him.


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Far-right “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec tweeted videos and photos Wednesday showing him leading a group of people protesting a Vladimir Lenin statue in Seattle. Video shows Posobiec leading the group in a chant of “tear it down, tear it down” as the protesters — wearing “Make America Great Again” caps and holding placards bearing phrases like “Lenin is Hitler” and “Alt Left Hate” — marched around the statue.It appears that about 7 people, including Posobiec, attended the demonstration. Trump Supporters Demand Marxist Statue of Lenin Must Be Torn Down pic.twitter. ...


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Myles Hill was found dead in Orlando on Aug. 7.


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Zero divided by zero sounds like a simple maths problem, but when you ask Siri you might not get the answer you were expecting. Many people who use Apple’s built in personal assistant are used to receiving sassy answers from him. But this time, it seems Siri has gone too far and many Twitter users can't believe the response. EVERYBODY GO ASK SIRI WHAT ZERO DEVIDED BY ZERO IS BC IVE NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AT SOMETHING SIRI HAS SAID— ️ (@5THOFFEB) June 30, 2015 Siri replies: “Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn’t make sense. And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are sad that you have no friends.” Read more: The best of Siri: 11 funny responses from the iPhone's virtual assistant It’s quite harsh. just asked siri what zero devided by zero and she said i have no friends pic.twitter.com/pFYmBJVz9b— Farhan (@FefKun) June 30, 2015 Many Twitter users are tweeted about Siri, including Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul. Ask Siri "what is zero divided by zero?" RIGHT. NOW.— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) June 30, 2015 Some people loved the response. Ask Siri what is zero divided by zero and get sass in return— Nicola Heaney (@nics265) June 30, 2015 Ask Siri, "what is 0 divided by 0" The answer is hilarious.— Bailey Seal (@bailey_seal) June 30, 2015 Read more: The voice behind Siri breaks his silence ​ Others, not so much. When you ask Siri what's 0 divided by 0 and she violates your whole life pic.twitter.com/SvYfi0q8wP— Emmanuel Matos (@emmvnuelmvtos) June 30, 2015 Ask Siri what 0 divided by 0 is and listen to her roast your life in 15 seconds— Garrett Cox (@GarrettJCox) June 30, 2015 When you ask Siri what 0 divided by 0 is pic.twitter.com/AW5in1HGsO— Just Bait Posts (@JustBaitPosts) June 30, 2015 For a round-up of technology news and analysis, sign up to our weekly Tech Briefing  here.


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By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will relieve the two senior officers and the senior enlisted sailor on a U.S. warship that collided with a Philippine container ship in June off the coast of Japan, the Navy said on Thursday, A separate official report released on Thursday contained dramatic accounts of what happened when the freighter hit the USS Fitzgerald, killing seven Navy sailors. Admiral Bill Moran, deputy chief of naval operations, told reporters that the USS Fitzgerald's commander, executive officer and master chief petty officer would be removed. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are still under way into how the Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer, and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17.


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The Saudi military coalition – which receives logistical support, weapons and political backing from the US and UK – has been accused of killing hundreds of children in Yemen, according to a confidential UN report. The report, which has yet to be made public and could still be changed, says that 51 per cent of all child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year were the result of the Saudi-led military operation. Saudi Arabia has insisted it is operating within international law.


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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing to determine if a convicted mass killer should be spared the death penalty (all times local):


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Donald Trump parted ways with his controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday as the White House reels from the fallout over the president's response to a violent white supremacist rally. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Bannon made clear he remained fully committed to the nationalist-populist policies that carried Trump to power.


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The moon is slowly moving away from the Earth, and one distant day, it will be too small to block the sun entirely.


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Other polls indicate a persistent suspicion and distaste for Jews as “pushy, clannish, unethical.”


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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — One-time Republican candidate for New York governor Carl Paladino, whose published insults of former President Barack Obama provoked a public uproar, was removed from Buffalo's school board Thursday for improperly discussing teacher contract negotiations.