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Venezuela crisis: Helicopter launches attack on Supreme Court
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:34:05 GMT
The helicopter is reported to have been stolen by a police officer, whose whereabouts are unknown.

Qatar condemns Saudi refusal to negotiate over demands
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:26:49 GMT
The emirate says its neighbour's stance is "contrary to the principles" of international relations.

Fake news: Trump golf resorts display fake Time magazine cover
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:19:30 GMT
A fake Time magazine cover featuring Donald Trump has been hanging in five of his golf clubs.

China launches new warship type to boost military strength
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:31:35 GMT
The launch comes as Beijing is increasingly assertive in the South China Sea.

Italian father in passionate vaccines plea to Veneto governor
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:35:42 GMT
Falling vaccine rates are a "mortal danger to my daughter", a father warns an Italian regional leader.

Sydney Opera House to come alive with indigenous art
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:03:34 GMT
A vibrant animation will be projected on to the Sydney Opera House every night at sunset.

India Mumbai blasts convict dies of heart attack
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:57:50 GMT
Mustafa Dossa dies weeks after being found guilty of transporting weapons to Mumbai for the attacks.

Dragon Tattoo actor Michael Nyqvist dies aged 56
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:17:09 GMT
The death of the actor, who had had cancer for a year, will leave a "huge void", his family says.

France general 'took fighter jet for weekends'
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:51:05 GMT
The officer is accused of flying the Alpha jet from Bordeaux to his property in the south of France.

German G20 police sent home for partying in Hamburg barracks
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:52:07 GMT
Outdoor sex and urination were among the party pieces from officers drafted to Hamburg.

Delhi Golf Club 'sorry' after woman ejected over dress
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:33:53 GMT
The elite club said sorry after staff asked her to leave saying she looked "like a maid".

Helicopter circles Caracas before gunshots and bang
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:10:37 GMT
An apparent gun and grenade attack from a helicopter is condemned as a "terrorist" act by President Maduro.

Female Kurdish sniper cheats death at hands of IS
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:53:54 GMT
A Kurdish fighter reacts after a bullet fired by an IS opponent narrowly misses her head.

Irish reporter Caitrí­ona Perry's 'bizarre moment' with Trump
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:00:19 GMT
US President Donald Trump was on the phone to the newly-elected Irish prime minister when RTE's Caitrí­ona Perry caught his eye.

Luftwaffe ace flies in Spitfire
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 02:16:52 GMT
German pilot Hugo Broch took to the skies over Kent to achieve a long-held ambition.

Indianapolis 500: Racing into the history books
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:02:41 GMT
Janet Guthrie speaks to Witness about her pioneering racing career

Reporter vents fury at White House over 'fake news' claims
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:08:28 GMT
A reporter had strong words for Sarah Huckabee Sanders over her criticism of "fake news".

US policeman in hot pursuit of own car
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:46:29 GMT
A police officer in Ohio had to chase his own patrol car after it began rolling away during a traffic stop.

This man had the chip from his travel card implanted under his skin
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:11:28 GMT
Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow asked a professional piercer to put his Opal card chip into his left hand.

Caitrí­ona Perry: Irish reporter's unexpected encounter with Trump
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:38:08 GMT
Reporter Caitrí­ona Perry has unexpected encounter with Donald Trump during Leo Varadkar phone call.

Algerians champion traditional dress for Eid al-Fitr
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:07:57 GMT
An online campaign is urging Algerians to promote local fashion to mark the end of Ramadan.

Nigerian president's Eid speech in Hausa criticised
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:29:22 GMT
Greetings in a regional language have stirred rather than quelled rumours over the president's health.

Russians build three-car fidget spinner
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:11:29 GMT
Motor enthusiasts attempt a motorised version of the cult toy, and very nearly succeed.

Snacks and selfies
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:22:41 GMT
The Argentinian theme park that recreates Jesus's Jerusalem.

Behind the mask
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:22:48 GMT
A photography project which shows women wearing a cow mask has gone viral in India.

A father's grief
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:27:00 GMT
Muhammad has been looking for his family since an oil tanker blaze killed 150 people in Pakistan.

More Asian, less religious
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:30:20 GMT
The country is becoming more Asian and less religious, the latest national survey shows.

'Indefinite isolation'
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:54:06 GMT
Gulf countries might 'ultimately, simply disengage from Qatar', a UAE spokesman says.

Democracy 'infection'
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:41:42 GMT
Twenty years on, we review predictions for Hong Kong made when Britain handed the city over to China.

Reality check
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:07:33 GMT
The EU argues that the rights of the bloc's citizens should not change as a result of Brexit.



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