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Venezuela: Maduro ready to stand in early presidential poll

Venezuela’s pro-government Constituent Assembly has ordered fresh elections before the end of April. President Nicolas Maduro told thousands of his supporters at a rally that he is ready to seek another six-year term. “It’s the right decision. Imperialism and the right were plotting to take over the economy,” said Mr Maduro. The opposition is weakened and divided and many of ...

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Hundreds of cases dropped over evidence disclosure failings

The number of prosecutions in England and Wales that collapsed because of a failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence increased by 70% in the last two years, the BBC can reveal. Last year, 916 people had charges dropped over a failure to disclose evidence – up from 537 in 2014-15. It comes after recent collapsed rape cases highlighted ...

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'Growing problem' of addiction to prescription drugs probed

Public Health England is launching a review into the “growing problem” of prescription drug addiction. NHS data suggest one in every 11 patients in England is being prescribed medication that could be addictive, or difficult to come off. This includes sedatives, painkillers and antidepressants. PHE wants to avoid a situation like the one in the US, where there’s been a ...

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US senator to be first to have baby in office

US senator and Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth has announced that she is expecting a baby girl shortly after she turns 50 in April. The news means she will be the first US senator to give birth while in office. Only nine other female have had babies while serving in Congress – all when sitting in the House, not the ...

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Ursula K Le Guin: US fantasy author dies at home in Oregon

Award-winning US science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin has died, aged 88, her family said. The best-selling writer passed away on Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, after a period of ill health, said her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin. Le Guin’s books melded dragons and wizards with spaceships to tackle earth-bound problems of race, gender and ...

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At least 22 dead in twin Benghazi car bombs

At least 22 people have been killed in two car bombs near a mosque in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Varying reports say 20 to 30 more were wounded by the blasts, which took place within minutes of each other. The first vehicle blew up in front of a mosque in the central al-Sleimani neighbourhood, as worshippers were leaving the ...

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NTAs 2018: Ant and Dec win big with three awards

Ant and Dec were the biggest winners at this year’s National Television Awards, taking home three titles. The pair were named best presenters for the 17th time and also won the first Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award. Ant said being honoured again “really means a lot” after a “tough year” in which he spent time in rehab and saw his marriage ...

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Margaret Thatcher statue plan rejected by Westminster Council

Plans to erect a statue of former prime minister Baroness Thatcher in a square opposite the Houses of Parliament have been rejected by Westminster Council. The sculpture, which has already been created, depicted the ex-Conservative leader dressed in her Lords’ robes. Councillors said it did not reflect her importance as a PM and could attract “civil disobedience and vandalism”. A ...

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Manchester United to mark 60 years since Munich disaster

Manchester United are to hold a service at Old Trafford marking 60 years since the Munich air crash which killed most of the Busby Babes. The club is sending invites to season ticket holders over 65 but said all supporters will be welcome. Turnstiles will open at 13:45 GMT on 6 February for an event with readings and poems, beginning ...

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Syria war: Row over Turkey using German-made tanks

The German government is facing calls to halt arms exports to Turkey after reports emerged that German-made Leopard tanks were being used in an offensive against the Kurdish YPG. Some German politicians have requested that any moves to approve a tank upgrade deal be halted. Turkish-led forces began an assault in Syria’s north-west on Saturday. The row comes just weeks ...

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