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Israel warns Iran after launching major raids in Syria

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat happened? Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says his country will defend itself “against any attack” after it launched what have been called its largest strikes against sites in Syria in decades. “This is both our right and our duty and we will …

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How US death penalty capital changed its mind

Image copyright Family handout Image caption Kent Whitaker (right) is seeking clemency for Thomas (second from right) who organised the murder of Kevin and Tricia Texas remains the strictest applicant of the US death penalty but its increasing reluctance to put criminals to death reflects a national trend. Kent Whitaker …

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Winter Olympics: Men’s downhill postponed because of high winds

The men’s downhill was the opening event of the Alpine skiing programme in Pyeongchang XXIII Olympic Winter Games Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times The men’s downhill in Pyeongchang has …

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Brazil’s British Carnival dancer – BBC News

Carnival is underway in Rio this weekend, and this year a British dancer with no professional dance training will be taking part. Samantha Flores, who moved to Rio from London, will be the top dancer on the lead float. It’s the first time that the Império da Tijuca samba school …

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Donald Trump: Lives are being ‘destroyed’ by allegations

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump tweeted that “false” abuse allegations were “shattering” careers President Donald Trump says lives are being “destroyed by mere allegation” after two White House aides quit amid accusations of domestic abuse. “There is no recovery for someone falsely accused,” Mr Trump tweeted. This …

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Boko Haram releases 13 hostages to Nigerian government

Image copyright AFP Image caption Boko Haram’s insurgency has displaced more than two million people and left 20,000 dead The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has released 13 people who were kidnapped in north-eastern Nigeria last year, the government says. They include 10 women seized during an attack on a …

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