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Strasbourg Christmas market reopens after attack (8 minutes old)

The market reopens after the Tuesday attack carried out by a gunman in which three people died.

Migrant caravan: Girl dies in custody after crossing US-Mexico border (6 hours old)

A seven-year-old migrant from Guatemala with dehydration suffers a cardiac arrest, US media report.

Climate change: 'Hell to pay' if COP24 talks fail (10 hours old)

Weary delegates enter the last official day of UN climate talks with many critical issues undecided.

Southwest Airlines flight turns back after human heart discovery (9 hours old)

A US plane travelling from Seattle to Dallas returns after failing to unload the donated organ.

No sexual consent means rape, Spain told by legal panel (23 minutes old)

The proposal to change Spanish law follows an outcry over a gang assault on a woman.

Somalia violence: Deadly clashes after arrest of Mukhtar Robow in Baidoa (1 hour 17 minutes old)

At least 11 people are reported killed in Baidoa following the arrest of a former al-Shabab chief.

Euro falls as 'gilets jaunes' protests hit French economy (37 minutes old)

Business activity in France has contracted following the gilets jaunes protests, a survey suggests.

No renegotiation on Brexit, EU tells May (19 minutes old)

The PM says her Brexit deal is "at risk", as her performance at an EU summit is called "bad" by diplomats.

Irish parliament approves abortion bill  (13 hours old)

The Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill will now be given to the President to be signed into law.

China buys US soybeans for first time since trade war (7 hours old)

One of the biggest casualties of the US-China trade war has been the US soybean sector.

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EU leaders tell May to find Brexit consensus among MPs (43 minutes old)

Heads of EU27 appeal to British politicians to be responsible and find solution to impasseFollow the day’s political developments - live updatesTheresa May has been told to return to parliament and find a way to break the Brexit logjam after she failed to convince EU leaders in Brussels that she had a credible plan to win round MPs.An appeal from the prime minister for a final concession on Thursday night failed to impress the 27 heads of state and government. The European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, described the British debate as “nebulous” and told May to come back to them wi[...]

New gangs 'Uberise' Europe's cocaine supply and bring more violence (9 hours old)

Rising production from Latin America has led groups from North Africa and the Balkans to change the drug trade, EU agency saysA surge in the supply of pure cocaine to Europe has led to a rise in drug-related murders as new criminal gangs muscle into a market previously dominated by the mafia, the EU drugs agency has said.The extra output from Latin America, especially by the biggest producer, Colombia has led to growing numbers of gangs including from Morocco and the Balkans setting up their own smuggling lines straight from producers. Continue reading...

Ukraine-Russia tensions reach Greece’s holy Mount Athos (5 hours old)

Orthodox church’s decision to make Ukrainian branch independent of Russia causes schism and predictions of violenceIn the chilly pre-dawn gloom one recent morning, Father Makarios hurried to his chapel, one of dozens of churches and cathedrals across Mount Athos, to perform morning liturgy. A two-hour marathon of biblical recitations and sonorous chanting, it would be just one of many services that day.After the liturgy, Makarios, a 68-year-old Greek monk who has lived on Athos for 51 years, changed from his white prayer robes into his habitual black attire and doled out spiritual advice to a [...]

Kurdish-led fighters take last Isis town in Syria, activists say (2 hours old)

Syrian Democratic Forces capture Hajin in Deir ez-Zor province after heavy fightingKurdish-led fighters have captured the last Syrian town held by Islamic State, activists said.The fall of Hajin follows days of intense battles in Isis’s last remaining stronghold near the Iraqi border in eastern Syria. The group still holds some villages nearby. Continue reading...

Guatemalan girl aged seven dies in custody on US-Mexican border (37 minutes old)

Girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after her arrest in New MexicoA seven-year-old girl who crossed the US-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the US border patrol, federal immigration authorities have said.The Washington Post reported the girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after she was arrested by agents near Lordsburg, New Mexico. The girl, from Guatemala, was traveling with a group of 163 people who approached agents to turn themselves in on 6 December. Continue reading...

Strasbourg attack suspect killed by police (14 hours old)

French interior minister says officers ‘neutralised’ Chérif Chekatt in street encounterFrench police have killed the suspected gunman who shot and stabbed people at Strasbourg’s Christmas market, killing three and leaving a dozen wounded.Chérif Chekatt was shot dead on Thursday evening, 48 hours after he disappeared sparking a massive manhunt. He was killed after police officers spotted him in the Neudorf area of south-east Strasbourg near where he was last seen getting out of a taxi on Tuesday evening. Continue reading...

US investigates whether Trump's inaugural cash was spent improperly – report (10 hours old)

Legal woes mount as NBC also reports Trump was present for talks over National Enquirer paymentsDonald Trump’s inaugural committee, which managed the $107m celebrations in Washington to mark the start of his presidency in 2017, has become the latest focus of federal prosecutors who, according to the Wall Street Journal, are now investigating whether the money was properly spent.The Journal reports that Manhattan-based prosecutors are in the “early stages” of a criminal investigation into how the record sum for such a presidential inauguration was used, as well as whether huge donations were ma[...]

Being a father to school-aged daughter 'makes men less sexist' (5 hours old)

Author of LSE research says findings show scope for ‘changing attitude later in life’Being the father of a school-aged daughter makes men less sexist, according to a new study.The team behind the work say the findings support the idea that men become more aware of the challenges facing women when they see the female experience of life up close through their offspring – something dubbed the “mighty girl” effect. Continue reading...

Surveillance fears grow after Taylor Swift uses face recognition tech on fans (7 hours old)

Pop star’s reported use of software to root out stalkers may be well meant, but it fuels a disturbing trend, experts sayTaylor Swift secretly secretly surveilling her fans using facial recognition technology might sound like science fiction – but Rolling Stone reported on Thursday that the pop star has been doing exactly that in an effort to root out stalkers.Swift has stayed silent on the report, declining to comment to the Guardian and other news organizations. But the episode has raised ethical questions for civil rights groups concerned about privacy. Continue reading...

Antarctica deaths: no foul play suspected in deaths at McMurdo station (9 hours old)

Two fire-safety technicians died on Wednesday at the US-managed station, but investigators are still piecing together what happenedNo criminal activity is suspected in the deaths of two subcontractors killed at a US research station in Antarctica, the National Science Foundation has said.Investigators are still piecing together what happened when two fire-safety technicians died during maintenance inside a generator outbuilding at McMurdo Station, the agency said. Continue reading...

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