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Venezuela nears ‘Mediterranean crisis point’

Image copyright AFP The UN has warned Venezuela is heading for the same refugee “crisis moment” seen in the Mediterranean in 2015. The warning comes as neighbouring countries try to stem the flow of Venezuelans looking to escape the country’s dire economic situation. Peru brings in stricter border regulations on ...

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Momentum set to consult members on Brexit policy

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Several Labour MPs have allied themselves to the People’s Vote campaign The grassroots group Momentum – set up to support Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party – looks set to begin a consultation of its members on its Brexit stance, ahead of the party’s ...

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Spain paves way to remove Franco remains from mausoleum

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Valley of the Fallen is a politically controversial site Spain’s socialist government has passed a decree to exhume the remains of the late fascist dictator Francisco Franco from a huge mausoleum near Madrid. The Valley of the Fallen, 50km (30 miles) from Madrid, was ...

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Conservative anger at Philip Hammond’s ‘dodgy project fear’

Image copyright Reuters Brexiteers have attacked Philip Hammond for reiterating a warning that a no-deal Brexit could damage the economy. The chancellor’s warning was published in a letter, hours after the government laid out plans for a no-deal Brexit. Conservative MP Marcus Fysh accused Mr Hammond of embarking on “another ...

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‘Lollipopes’ and flags for the Pope

Image copyright Clodagh Kilcoyne/ Reuters The O’Devaney Gardens estate sits behind Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Whilst deer graze the well-tended grass of the neighbouring park, this 1950s housing complex has been allowed to fall into disrepair. One local resident, Joe Towell, still tends to the Virgin Mary statue that sits amongst ...

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UK’s ‘no-deal’ Brexit plans warn of credit card fees

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said he hoped the no-deal preparations would be “rendered redundant” by an agreement with the EU Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has set out what he called “practical and proportionate” advice in case the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The ...

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South Africa rejects Donald Trump’s tweet on farmer killings

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Donald Trump’s tweet followed a piece on Fox News about South Africa’s planned land reforms South Africa has accused US President Donald Trump of seeking to sow division after his tweet referring to the “large-scale killing of farmers”. He said he had asked his secretary ...

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Use honey first for a cough, new guidelines say

Image copyright Getty Images Honey and over-the-counter medicines should be the first line of treatment for most people with coughs, new guidelines recommend. Antibiotics should rarely be prescribed by doctors for coughs because in most cases they do little to improve symptoms, health officials say. Most of the time a ...

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