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South Africa: ANC holds 'fruitful' talks with President Zuma

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption Jacob Zuma has resisted calls to quit over corruption allegations South Africa’s governing party, the ANC, has postponed a top-level meeting that was expected to decide on President Jacob Zuma’s future. Instead the ANC released a statement saying it had held “fruitful …

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Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLive: Falcon Heavy rocket launch Elon Musk has just launched his new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mammoth vehicle – the most powerful since the shuttle system – lifted clear of its pad without incident …

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Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai 'critically ill'

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mr Tsvangirai founded the opposition MDC party in 2000 Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is critically ill in a South African hospital, reports say. Local media quoted family sources as saying the 65-year-old former prime minister – who is being treated for colon …

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Poorest areas face biggest cuts to children's services

Image caption Many councils are having to cut services providing early help to families Mary, not her real name, knows all about the consequences of family breakdown. She has taken a relative’s two children into her home in Birmingham and believes that with earlier intervention from social services they would …

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Strong Taiwan quake topples buildings

Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan topples buildings near eastern city of Hualien, media reports say This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the …

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Poland President Duda 'will sign' controversial Holocaust bill

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Andrzej Duda says Poland has the right “to defend historical truth” Poland’s president says he will sign a controversial Holocaust bill, despite angry protests from Israel and the US. Andrzej Duda defended the legislation, which will make it illegal to accuse Poland of complicity …

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Cambridge University admits 'significant' sexual misconduct problem

Image copyright John Sutton/Geograph Image caption Cambridge University students and staff reported abuse over a nine-month period using an online form Cambridge University has admitted it has a “significant problem involving sexual misconduct” after receiving 173 anonymous reports. Both students and staff reported abuse over a nine-month period using an …

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Hong Kong umbrella activist Joshua Wong walks free

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law (left-right) were key figures in the Umbrella protests Hong Kong’s top court has thrown out jail terms against three leaders of the 2014 pro-democracy “Umbrella” protests. It reverses an earlier court appeal that saw Joshua Wong, 21, Nathan …

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Ukraine's stolen billions, Eurovision and links to UK

Image caption A Potters Bar office is the registered address for more than 100 companies implicated in international money laundering schemes A UK company helped the circle of Ukraine’s disgraced ex-president profit from last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, a BBC investigation has found. A Kiev exhibition centre paid to host …

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