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North Korea has demanded the immediate return of a cargo ship seized by the US, branding the move an "unlawful robbery". Last week the US justice department accused Pyongyang of violating international sanctions by using the vessel for coal shipments. The ship, the Wise Honest, was first impounded in Indonesia in...
Former Google boss Eric Schmidt has defended the company’s record on multiple controversies: its work in China, its treatment of women, and its tax affairs. The 64-year-old executive, who sits on the board at Google’s parent company, Alphabet, said the tech giant was right to pursue opportunities in China, despite heavy criticism from senior...
A jury in California has awarded more than $2bn (£1.5bn) to a couple who said the weedkiller Roundup was responsible for their cancer. It is the third time that the German pharmaceutical group Bayer has been ordered to pay damages over its glyphosate-based herbicide. The jury ruled the company had...
US Attorney General William Barr has assigned a senior federal prosecutor to examine the origins of the Russia investigation, media reports say. John Durham, the US attorney in Connecticut, has been asked to determine whether the collection of intelligence on the Trump campaign was lawful, the Associated Press reported.
Four commercial vessels have been targeted by "sabotage operations" near territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates, its foreign ministry says. The sabotage attempt occurred in the Gulf of Oman, the statement said, but the ministry gave no details of what form it took. There were no injuries or deaths.
A cardinal who conducts acts of charity for Pope Francis has restored power for hundreds of people in a building in Rome after climbing down a manhole and flipping a switch, local media report. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski said he acted in "desperation" because the occupants of the state-owned property had spent a week without...
German police are investigating the deaths of three people who were found in a hotel impaled by crossbow bolts. Hotel staff discovered the bodies in a room alongside two crossbows, the German news agency DPA reported. The relationship between the three victims - a man in his fifties and two women...
A village in western France is offering a €2,000 (£1,726) prize for help in deciphering a 230-year-old inscription found on a rock on a remote beach. Until now no-one has been able to make out the meaning of the 20 lines of writing, discovered a few years ago. The metre-high slab...
A Thai bay that was made iconic by its appearance in the film The Beach is to remain closed until 2021. Maya Bay, on the island of Phi Phi Leh, was temporarily closed last year because a sharp rise in the number of visitors was damaging the environment. Before the closure,...
Singapore has passed a controversial anti-fake news law that gives authorities sweeping powers to police online platforms and even private chat groups. The government can now order platforms to remove what it deems to be false statements that are "against the public interest", and to post corrections. Authorities say the bill...

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