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Macron French reforms: SNCF workers vote down changes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The state-owned rail company says participation in the strike has hit a record low France’s striking rail workers have overwhelmingly rejected government measures to reform the country’s state-owned SNCF company. In a ballot derided by the company as a petition, almost 95% of those who voted were against the […]

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US warns staff in China: Beware of unusual sounds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The affected staff member reportedly worked at the US consulate in Guangzhou The US state department has urged its staff in China to alert them to any abnormal hearing or vision issues after one employee reported mystery symptoms. The person experienced “subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound […]

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Zuckerberg's European Parliament testimony criticised

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Zuckerberg stayed beyond the allotted 75 minutes but did not answer all questions put to him Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has apologised to EU lawmakers for the company’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and for allowing fake news to proliferate on its platform. Mr Zuckerberg apologised for […]

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Trump-Kim summit: Commemorative coin sparks ridicule

Image copyright AFP Image caption The coin featuring the leaders’ faces received a bashing on social media A commemorative coin issued by the White House ahead of the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been widely criticised. The coin describes the summit as “peace talks” and depicts a […]

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Hawaii volcano lava flows into power plant site

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The lava flows are encroaching on the Puna Geothermal Venture plant on Hawaii’s Big Island Lava from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has crept towards a geothermal power plant, prompting workers to shut down facilities amid fears of deadly gases. Workers removed flammable substances and the plant’s deep underground […]

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Venezuela election: Fourteen ambassadors recalled after Maduro win

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNicolás Maduro celebrates his victory Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro is facing an international backlash after winning his second six-year term, in a landslide vote marred by an opposition boycott and claims of vote-rigging. Fourteen countries including Argentina, Brazil and Canada have recalled their ambassadors from Caracas in […]

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Deadly Nipah virus claims victims in India

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bats are the virus’s natural host Health officials in the south Indian state of Kerala say nine people have died in confirmed and suspected cases of the deadly Nipah virus. Three victims have tested positive for the virus in the past fortnight. The results from the remaining six samples will […]