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Tens of thousands of Hindus have marched in the Indian capital, Delhi, to call for a temple to be built on a hotly contested religious site. Organisers say they will not relent until a grand temple is constructed in the northern city of Ayodhya. The area has been a longstanding point of tension between Hindus and Muslims. Hindus believe the religious site...
US singer Beyoncé has performed as part of the lavish festivities at the latest extravagant Indian celebrity wedding. Isha Ambani, the daughter of India's richest man, is tying the knot with Anand Piramal, son of another Indian billionaire, this week. Beyoncé was one of many celebrities flown in, along with Bollywood stars and figures like Hillary Clinton. It comes on the heels...
Roger, a kangaroo who won global fame for his enormous size and impressive physique, has died at the age of 12. The roo was rescued as a joey after his mother was killed in a car accident, and grew up at the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs in Australia. And he grew up a lot - ending up more than 2m...
A US-sponsored resolution condemning militant group Hamas for firing rockets into Israel has failed to pass at the UN General Assembly. The resolution won a majority of 87 to 57, with 33 abstentions, but did not reach the required two-thirds backing. US envoy Nikki Haley had said adoption would right a "historic wrong" as the UN has not passed such a...
A government bid to find a compromise to win over rebels before the Commons Brexit vote has run into criticism. A Tory backbench amendment - understood to have No 10's backing - offers MPs more of a say over the contentious issue of the Northern Ireland backstop. DUP leader Arlene Foster dismissed it as "legislative tinkering" while Tory Brexiteers said it...
Lance Armstrong says an early investment in Uber has "saved" his family after paying out $111m (£86.8m) in legal fees and settlements. The American, 47, was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life in 2012 before admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs. He says he gave $100,000 (£78,212) to a venture capital fund that invested in the ride-hailing...
Fuel tax rises which sparked weeks of violent protests in France have now been dropped from next year's budget, the government has announced. The move was announced by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who a day earlier had only promised to postpone them for six months. The "gilets jaunes" (yellow vest) protests have hit major cities over the past three weekends. Further demonstrations...
UN-sponsored peace talks aimed at ending nearly four years of civil war in Yemen are due to begin in Sweden. A UN team will work alongside delegations from the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels at Johannesbergs castle outside Stockholm to enable informal talks due to last a week. The war has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis in recent times. Thousands...
Australian police have charged Chris Dawson with the murder of his wife, whose disappearance in 1982 has been featured in a popular crime podcast. The 70-year-old arrived in Sydney to a media throng on Thursday after being extradited from Queensland. Mr Dawson has previously denied killing Lynette Dawson, the mother of his two children, saying she abandoned the family for a...
Takeda Pharmaceutical has secured shareholder approval for a £46bn ($59bn) takeover of UK-listed drugmaker Shire, clearing the way for Japan's largest ever corporate acquisition. The takeover would make Takeda one of the world's top 10 drugmakers. The deal, which needs to be approved by Shire's shareholders, will also saddle the Japanese firm with debt. It follows a long-running battle that saw Takeda...

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