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Turkish shells explode near US base in Syria

Turkish shells have landed near a base where US troops are located in northern Syria, a Syria war monitor has said. There was intense Turkish shelling of the Kurdish-held town of Kobani on Friday, Rami Abdurrahman, director of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said. He said projectiles landed near the coalition outpost on a hill at the edge of the town. → Read More

Boris Johnson risks Brexiteer fury with customs union hint, after EU gives green light to secret negotiations

Brexit negotiations will now enter the “tunnel” phase of intensive and secretive talks in a boost for Boris Johnson’s prospects of brokering a fresh deal. Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, held what he called a “constructive” meeting with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels, raising hopes of a breakthrough on a withdrawal deal. → Read More

Isis militants break out of prison in Syria after bombing by Turkey

Five Isis militants have broken out of a prison in northern Syria after Turkish shelling nearby, a spokesman in the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has said. The detainees escaped from a prison in Qamishli city, Marvan Qamishlo said. Meanwhile, women affiliated with Isis attacked security offices with sticks and stones during unrest at a camp in the region where → Read More

Manchester Arndale stabbings: Man arrested on terror charge following 'terrible' attack at shopping centre

A man has been arrested on suspicion of an act of terrorism after at least four people were injured in a stabbing at Manchester‘s Arndale shopping centre. Counter-terrorism police are leading the investigation into the attacks because of the location and nature of the incident, Greater Manchester Police said. Social media posts showed a large number of officers at the scene → Read More

Teenager stabbed to death outside McDonald’s in east London

A teenager has been stabbed to death in broad daylight outside a McDonalds restaurant at the busy Stratford Shopping Centre in east London. The Metropolitan Police were called to Broadway in Stratford shortly after 3pm on Thursday following reports of a stabbing. The male was pronounced dead at the scene at 3.49pm by medics from the London Ambulance Service, which dispatched → Read More

Uganda announces ‘Kill the Gays’ law imposing death penalty on homosexuals

Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The government said the legislation would curb a rise in “unnatural sex” in the east African nation. → Read More

Joy Morgan: Body found in woods confirmed as missing student

Human remains found in a woodland are those of a murdered student midwife, police have confirmed. Joy Morgan, 20, was killed by a fellow worshipper at her London church group in December. Shohfah-El Israel was jailed for 17 years in August and the judge noted his “cruel and cowardly silence” about his victim’s “final resting place”. → Read More

Owen Jones: Three men charged over attack on left-wing journalist outside London pub

Three men have been charged over an assault on left-wing journalist Owen Jones outside a London pub. James Healy, 39, of Laburnum Grove, Portsmouth, Liam Tracey, 34, of Boswell Street, Camden and Charlie Ambrose, 29, of Borough Street, Brighton have been charged with ABH and affray over the attack at The Lexington pub in Islington on 17 August. They will appear at Highbury → Read More

Trump not worried about Isis fighters fleeing Syria because ‘they’re going to be escaping to Europe’

Donald Trump has suggested he is not concerned some Isis fighters could escape in the chaos of a Turkish attack on Syria because “they’re going to be escaping to Europe”. The US president abruptly removed 50 US troops out of northern Syria, allowing Turkey to attack America's Kurdish allies unimpeded. The withdrawal prompted fears that some of the thousands of Isis fighters → Read More

Morecambe fire: Two dead after blaze at Lancashire working men's club

Two men have died after a fire at a working men's club in Lancashire, police said. They were rescued from the fire at the Gordon Working Men's Club in Morecambe but died a short time later. Lancashire Police said they are in the process of contacting next of kin. Emergency services were first called to a report of a fire at the club on Springfield Street in the town at about → Read More

Germany synagogue shooting: Video emerges of gunman in combat clothing opening fire

At least two people have been killed in the German city of Halle, with footage emerging of an alleged perpetrator in combat clothing firing from behind a vehicle. One suspect has been arrested, police said, but people were warned to “remain vigilant” on Wednesday afternoon. Several hours later, police said there was no longer an “acute” danger to the city and residents could → Read More

Harry Dunn death: Family left ‘angry and frustrated’ after meeting with foreign secretary

The family of a teenager killed in a car crash involving a US diplomat’s wife have said they have been left “angry and frustrated” after meeting with Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary. Harry Dunn, 19, was killed when his motorbike collided with a car in Northamptonshire on 27 August. The suspect in the case, 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, was granted diplomatic immunity → Read More

Eleven elephants die after falling into waterfall trying to save calf

Eleven elephants have died after plunging from the top of a 200m waterfall in Thailand trying to save on of their young. → Read More

Swedish king removes grandchildren from royal house, meaning they will no longer receive funds from taxpayer

Sweden‘s king has removed five of his grandchildren from the country’s royal house, meaning they will no longer receive taxpayer funds. King Carl XVI Gustaf announced his grandchildren will no longer perform official duties, but will retain their titles of duke and duchess. → Read More

Greta Thunberg: Hanging effigy of teenage climate activist strung up in Rome

An effigy of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg hanging by a noose has been strung up under a bridge in Rome. The puppet features long braided hair and a sign written in English reading: “Greta is your God.” Virginia Raggi, mayor of the Italian capital, condemned the “shameful” scene. Ms Raggi also offered her solidarity “and that of the whole of Rome” to Greta and her → Read More

Hong Kong protesters devise face-covering hairstyle to get around mask ban

Protesters in Hong Kong have devised a new face-covering hairstyle to evade the new ban on masks. A tutorial video showing viewers how to plait their hair to achieve the anonymising hairstyle was shared on Twitter by journalist Cherie Chan. It came as tens of thousands of masked protesters poured onto Hong Kong’s streets on Sunday as they furiously yelled: “Wearing a mask is → Read More

Ancient Egyptian temple unearthed after 2,200 years

A 2,200-year-old Egyptian temple from the era of Pharaoh Ptolemy IV has been uncovered on the bank of the Nile. → Read More

Man murders ex-girlfriend, her family and new boyfriend in Alpine ski resort shootings, Austrian police say

A man allegedly shot dead his ex-girlfriend, her family and her new boyfriend in an Alpine ski resort, Austrian police have said. The 25-year-old handed himself in to police and confessed to the five slayings in the town of Kitzbuehel, Austrian news agency APA reported. The suspect had broken up with his girlfriend two months ago, Austria’s Kurier newspaper said. → Read More

North Korea pulls out of nuclear talks after US insist two sides had ‘good discussions’

Nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States have broken down, Pyongyang‘s chief negotiator has said, despite Washington’s assurances the two sides had “good discussions” in Sweden. Kim Myong Gil said the talks in Stockholm on Saturday had “not fulfilled our expectations and broke down. I am very displeased about it”. → Read More

US diplomat’s wife suspected of involvement in crash that killed teenager leaves UK after claiming diplomatic immunity

The wife of a US diplomat has claimed diplomatic immunity to leave the UK after she became a suspect in a police investigation into a fatal car crash. US officials said immunity was rarely waived, having ignored pleas from Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, for the country to block the woman’s leaving the UK. Harry Dunn, 19, died after his motorbike collided with a car near → Read More