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Top French chef Paul Bocuse dies

Image copyright AFP Image caption Paul Bocuse has been described as the "pope" of French gastronomy The top French chef Paul Bocuse has died, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has announced on Twitter. Bocuse, who had suffered from Parkinson's disease for several years, was 91. He died in his famous restaurant near Lyon, according to…

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Turkish ground operation in Syria ‘begun’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrian supporters of Turkey's operation against Kurdish forces rallied in the town of Azaz on Friday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that a ground operation against Kurdish forces in Syria has begun "de-facto" after two days of shelling. Turkey has threatened a full military operation to oust Kurdish fighters…

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US shutdown sparks bitter blame game

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMinority Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer accuses President Trump of "rooting for a shutdown"Recriminations have begun over the failure of the US Senate to pass a new budget and prevent the shutdown of many federal services. A bill to fund the federal government for the coming weeks did…

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Syrian refugees found frozen to death

Fifteen Syrian refugees - some of them children - have been found frozen to death while trying to cross the mountainous border into Lebanon. Thirteen bodies were found on Friday and two more were discovered on Saturday after the area was hit by a fierce snowstorm. Lebanese civil defence officials found the bodies after being…

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Eleven killed in Turkey bus crash

Eleven people have been killed after a bus taking families on a school holiday skiing trip crashed while travelling on a motorway in north-western Turkey, local officials say. Some 46 others were injured in the accident, they add. The bus was travelling overnight from the capital, Ankara, to the Uludag resort near the city of…

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Wildlife trafficking ‘kingpin’ arrested

Image copyright EPA Image caption Boonchai Bach faces up to four years in jail for smuggling parts of protected animals Thai police have arrested a man alleged to be the head of Asia's biggest illegal wildlife trading networks. Boonchai Bach, a 40-year-old Thai of Vietnamese origin, was detained in a town on the border with…

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US government shuts down after Senate vote

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGovernment workers on what happens during a shutdownThe US government has begun a federal shutdown after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget. Despite last minute bipartisan meetings, the bill to fund the government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes. It…

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Macron says ‘special’ UK deal possible

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPresident Macron: "You can't have full access to the single market if you don't tick the box"French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested the UK could get a special trade deal with the EU after Brexit. But he warned that Britain would not have full access to the…

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