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Kiribati ferry with 50 on board missing

Image caption The ferry left the island of Nonouti ahead of a 260km (160 miles) journey to Betio. Rescuers are searching for a ferry with an estimated 50 people on board after it went missing in the Kiribati Islands. The MV Butiraoi departed from Nonouti island on 18 January on a voyage that was expected…

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Czechs vote in tight presidential run-off

Image copyright EPA Image caption Milos Zeman is seeking a second five-year term Czechs have been going to the polls in a tightly contested presidential election run-off, seen as a vote on the Czech Republic's direction. The election sees pro-Russia and anti-immigration President Milos Zeman seeking a second five-year term against Jiri Drahos, a pro-EU…

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US ruling ‘relief’ for Bombardier workers

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBombardier's Belfast workforce was not going to back down, said Unite's Susan FitzgeraldPoliticians and union leaders have welcomed a ruling which stops the US imposing huge 292% import tariffs on planes partly made by British workers. Over a thousand jobs in Belfast depend on the success of…

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Paris braced as Seine surges higher

Image copyright AFP Image caption The banks of the Seine have already burst in many places Riverside homes and businesses in Paris are on high alert as the swollen River Seine threatens to overflow its banks. Some basements in the city have already sprung leaks after the river surged following heavy rainfall, reports said. The…

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France urges tough Venezuela sanctions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Macron (right) spoke at a joint press conference with Argentina's Mauricio Macri France's President Emmanuel Macron has called for tougher sanctions against Venezuela, accusing it of violating democracy and human rights. "It's not been a democracy for a long time," said Mr Macron. His comments came after the Supreme…

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Cape Town urged to turn off toilet taps

Image copyright AFP Image caption From next month residents in Cape Town will be limited to 50 litres of water per day Residents in the South African city of Cape Town have been warned to "save water as if your life depends on it" to avoid the supply being shut off. A severe drought has…

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Casino magnate Steve Wynn denies abuse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Wynn, who is also a Republican official, at the White House A top Republican Party official and casino mogul is denying a report he assaulted female employees in a decades-long pattern of abuse. Steve Wynn is accused of harassing massage therapists and forcing one staff member to have…

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Russian cinema drops Death of Stalin film

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The cinema was packed for the banned film's first screening in Moscow A Russian cinema has stopped screening UK comedy The Death of Stalin, which was earlier banned by the government. Moscow's Pioneer Cinema said it had been forced to act for "reasons beyond our control" and promised to refund…

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Saudi Arabia elites in corruption deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA Canada-based businessman tells the BBC about how Saudi Arabia's anti-corruption drive is being conducted.Some of Saudi Arabia's most powerful men, detained in November in an anti-corruption purge, have been released. Among those set free are Waleed al-Ibrahim, the head of MBC television network, and Khalid al-Tuwaijiri,…

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Message in a bottle from 1980s resurfaces

Image copyright SWNS Image caption The pupils sealed their letter to prevent water damage A message in a bottle from a 1980s Forfar primary school class has washed up more than 4,000 miles away in Florida. The undated letter came from children who sent the message into the North Sea while studying a project about…

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