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The UK's decision to deny visas for two pioneering female anti-poaching rangers to attend an awards ceremony has been criticised by organisers. Zimbabwean Nyaradzo Hoto risks her life every day to protect elephants from ivory poachers in an all-female anti-poaching unit. She and a colleague were due to accept an award for the team on 3 November. But Ms Hoto's trip, her...
Crews battling a deadly wildfire in northern California have managed to hold their containment lines, the state fire service says. They have contained 30% of the fire, stretching over 125,000 acres (50,500 ha), but do not expect to contain it fully until the end of the month. In the ruined town of Paradise, Butte County, forensics teams are continuing to search...
A man has been charged with the murder of a pregnant woman who was shot through the stomach with a crossbow. Sana Muhammad, 35, was eight months pregnant but her baby survived after an emergency Caesarean section, the Evening Standard reported. The Met Police said the baby was in a "stable condition" in hospital after the attack in Ilford, east London, on...
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has defended Max Verstappen after he pushed rival driver Esteban Ocon, saying: "Drivers aren't robots and we don't want them to be." Verstappen confronted Force India's Ocon following Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix after a collision between the pair cost the 21-year-old Dutchman victory. Governing body the FIA has ordered him to do "two days of public service". "I...
Violence has flared between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, a day after seven militants and an Israeli soldier were killed during an undercover Israeli operation in Gaza. Militants fired 300 rockets and mortars at Israel. One hit a bus, seriously injuring a soldier nearby. Israel responded with more than 70 strikes on what it said were targets belonging to Hamas...
Negotiations over the UK's departure from the EU are "now in the endgame", Theresa May says. Addressing the Lord Mayor's Banquet in the City of London, the prime minister said the talks were "immensely difficult", but the sides were working "through the night" to make progress. "This will not be an agreement at any cost," the PM added. Mrs May will address...
California firefighters face a possible further spread of several huge fires and more damage as winds strengthen. A lull on Saturday allowed some containment of the blazes, in the north and south of the state, but officials warned residents to stay away as they could again spread very rapidly. A search for bodies continues in the devastated northern town of Paradise,...
A rising tide of nationalism in India is driving ordinary citizens to spread fake news, according to BBC research. The research found that facts were less important to some than the emotional desire to bolster national identity. Social media analysis suggested that right-wing networks are much more organised than on the left, pushing nationalistic fake stories further. There was also an overlap...
Six Palestinians including a local Hamas commander have been killed during an Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials say. Israel's military said one if its soldiers had been killed and another wounded in "operational activity" by special forces in the strip. The clashes took place east of Khan Younis, in the south of the territory. Rocket-warning sirens later sounded in...
Air pollution levels have shot up in the Indian capital, Delhi, during the current festive season of Diwali. A lot of attention has focused on the impact of fireworks and this year, as in previous years, India's Supreme Court has attempted to restrict their use. But how far are they really responsible for poor air quality? There are studies which show that levels...

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