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Alcohol is responsible for 1 in 20 deaths

Alcohol kills three million people worldwide each year — more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined, the World Health Organization said Friday, adding that men are particularly at risk. The UN health agency’s latest report on alcohol and health pointed out that alcohol causes more than one in 20 …

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Syria shoots down Russian plane accidentally

A Russian maritime patrol aircraft with multiple personnel on board was inadvertently shot down by Syrian regime anti-aircraft artillery on Monday after the Syrians came under attack by Israeli missiles, Moscow has confirmed. The Russian military said Tuesday that while Syrian air defenses shot down the aircraft, Israel was to …

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Trump says News York Times op-ed is ‘gutless’

An unnamed senior Trump administration official assailed President Donald Trump’s “amorality” and reckless decision-making in a New York Times op-ed published Wednesday and said he or she is part of a “resistance” working to thwart Trump’s worst impulses. “The dilemma — which (Trump) does not fully grasp — is that …

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Assange told to keep out of Catalonia crisis

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been told to keep out of Catalonia’s separatist crisis. Mr Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, has angered Spain’s government by using his Twitter account to post messages of support for Catalan independence and accuse Madrid of …

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Dangerous Iceland volcano may be about to erupt

 A long-dormant volcano in Iceland may be about to erupt, scientists fear. The Oraefajokull volcano last spewed out ash and lava in 1728, but is showing renewed signs of activity. A hole in the snow on the top of the mountain has been becoming 45cm deeper every day. It is …

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Trump Jr releases private WikiLeaks messages

 Donald Trump’s son has released private Twitter messages he exchanged with WikiLeaks in the run-up to the US election. Donald Trump Jr’s response came after they were leaked to The Atlantic website. The Twitter direct messages began in September 2016 and ran through to July this year. The vast majority …

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Brit punches shark on nose to escape attack

 A British doctor has said he punched a shark on the nose that was “about to eat me” while surfing in Australia. Charlie Fry, 25, had been in the water off Avoca Beach, 60 miles north of Sydney, when he was attacked on Monday. The novice surfer said he had …

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