US-China trade war: New tariffs come into force


US President Donald Trump’s trade war against China has moved up a gear as it brings in a 25% tax on a second wave of goods worth $16bn (£12.4bn).

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Italy: Two die as motorway bridge collapses near Ancona


A motorway bridge has collapsed near the north-east Italian city of Ancona, killing two, Italian officials say.

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Austria to ban full-face veil in public places


Austria’s ruling coalition has agreed to prohibit full-face veils in public spaces such as courts and schools.

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Brexit: UK ‘could change economic model’ if single market access denied


The UK may be forced to change its “economic model” if it is locked out of the single market after Brexit, Chancellor Philip Hammond has said.

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Donald Trump state visit to UK being considered


The UK government is considering inviting US President-elect Donald Trump for a state visit, Downing Street has said.

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Hurricane Matthew: Hundreds dead in Haiti storm disaster


The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew – the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade – has soared to more than 400, officials say.

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US election: Clinton security should be disarmed, says Trump


Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump is facing criticism after appearing to hint at the assassination of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for a second time.

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Philippines President Duterte ‘once killed man with Uzi’


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte allegedly once shot dead a justice department agent with an Uzi submachine gun while serving as mayor of Davao.

The allegation was made by Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed former death squad member, before a Senate inquiry on extra-judicial killings.

Mr Duterte, he alleged, ordered him and others to kill about 1,000 criminals or political rivals over a 25-year period.

A spokesman for Mr Duterte denied the allegations.

Presidential spokesman Martin Andanar said investigations into the president’s time as mayor had gone nowhere.

Mr Matobato, 57, said he had been a member of the Davao Death Squad, a notorious vigilante group allegedly responsible for hundreds of killings.

“Our job was to kill criminals like drug pushers, rapists, snatchers,” he said.

But he also said that Mr Duterte’s opponents had been targeted too, including four bodyguards of a local rival for mayor, Prospero Nograles.

In 1993, he said his group had injured a justice department agent after a confrontation at a road block.

“Mayor Duterte was the one who finished him off,” he said.

“Jamisola [the justice department official] was still alive when he [Duterte] arrived. He emptied two Uzi magazines on him.”


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Man sets fire to UK Muslim’s dress on NYC’s Fifth Avenue


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Islam Karimov: Uzbekistan holds funeral for president


The funeral of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov, who died after a stroke this week aged 78, has been taking place in the city of Samarkand.

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