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The Fall singer Mark E Smith dies

The Fall singer Mark E Smith has died aged 60, the band's manager has said. Pam Van Damned said the frontman died at home on Wednesday morning and a more detailed statement would follow "in the next few days". "In the meantime, Pam and Mark's family request privacy at this sad time," the statement said.…

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First monkey clones created in the lab

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage courtesy of: Qiang Sun and Mu-ming Poo / Chinese Academy of SciencesTwo monkeys have been cloned using the technique that produced Dolly the sheep. Identical long-tailed macaques Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua were born several weeks ago at a laboratory in China. Scientists say populations of…

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Fall in tourists to US ‘blamed on Trump’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Between 2015 and 2017, just two of the top 12 global destinations - the US and Turkey - experienced declines in long-haul travel, according to the Visit US coalition. Travel to the US is falling, a decline some in the tourism industry blame on US President Donald Trump. The…

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The ‘secret memo’ intriguing Washington

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Congressman Devin Nunes' memo is shrouded in secrecy - for now It's the memo that everyone is talking about, but no one can (really) talk about. Depending on whom you ask, it will either explode the entire basis for the Trump-Russia investigation or is an inflammatory collection of rumours…

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Disgraced US Olympics doctor jailed

Image copyright Reuters Ex-US Olympic gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years following testimony from over 150 women who accuse him of abuse. The judge dismissed Nassar's statement as insincere as he attempted to apologise to the court. Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault against…

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Elton John announces final world tour

Sir Elton John has announced he will stop touring in order to prioritise his family. Speaking in New York, the star said he would say goodbye to fans with a series of 300 dates spanning three years. "I always thought I was going to be like Ray Charles, BB King - on the road forever,"…

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Grumpy Cat wins $710,000 coffee lawsuit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The cat achieved popularity because of the distinctive expression it was born with A cat made famous online because of its permanent scowl has been awarded $710,000 (£500,000) in a copyright case by a California federal court. Grumpy Cat Limited sued the owners of US coffee company Grenade for…

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Beckham ‘to launch MLS team next week’

Image caption The English football star has made several trips to south Florida in recent years Former England captain David Beckham is set to launch his long-planned Major League Soccer team in Miami early next week, according to reports. It would come after four years of wrangling over the site for a stadium in southern…

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Save the Children halts Afghan programmes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe attack sends a huge plume of black smoke into the skyThe UK charity Save the Children has temporarily suspended its programmes in Afghanistan after an attack on its offices in the city of Jalalabad. Three members of staff and one soldier were killed in a suicide…

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Trump ‘asked top FBI agent how he voted’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump has previously criticised former acting-FBI director Andrew McCabe by name After firing James Comey as director of the FBI, US President Donald Trump asked the agency's deputy director whom he had voted for, US media reports. Andrew McCabe, who had just become the agency's acting chief after…

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