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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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Elephant tramples safari tourists to death

Two tourists have been trampled to death by an elephant after they got too close to the animal while taking pictures. Police in Zambia said the holidaymakers were killed on Saturday while on safari. “A lady from Belgium aged 57 and a 64-year-old man from the Netherlands were killed as …

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Undercover cops fight each other in drug bust

Undercover police officers from two different divisions in Detroit are under investigation after they apparently began fighting each other when a drug operation went wrong. Two special operations officers from the 12th precinct were posing as drug dealers as part of the “push off” operation in the Seven Mile area …

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Army deserter Bergdahl apologises to soldiers

 Bowe Bergdahl has apologised to the troops who were injured searching for him after he abandoned his Afghanistan outpost in 2009. The 31-year-old is facing a lifelong prison sentence and a dishonourable discharge from the US army after pleading guilty earlier this month to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. …

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Trump disputes dead soldier’s widow over call

 Donald Trump has denied claims he failed to remember the name of a fallen US serviceman during a phone call with the soldier’s wife. Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt La David Johnson, told ABC News that the US President made her cry as “he couldn’t remember my husband’s name” until …

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