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The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives has voted to end a partial government shutdown – but the move looks certain to be vetoed by President Donald Trump. Mr Trump has said he will reject any measure that does not provide funding for his proposed US-Mexico border wall. New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has branded the …

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Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been found guilty of fresh corruption charges and sentenced to seven years in prison, a court ruled in Islamabad on Monday. An accountability court sentenced Sharif to seven years in detention and fined him $25 million. Sharif was found guilty of corruption charges relating to the purchase of …

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A Kurdish-led alliance in Syria says President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to withdraw US troops will allow the Islamic State (IS) group to recover. A statement from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) warned of a military vacuum that would leave the alliance trapped between “hostile parties”. Mr Trump made the announcement on Wednesday, saying IS …

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“Yellow vest” protesters have gathered in Paris and other cities for a fifth consecutive Saturday of demonstrations. About 69,000 police have been mobilised across France to prevent a repeat of the violence of previous weeks. The movement, initially against a rise in fuel taxes, now addresses other issues, including education reforms. Protesters defied a government …

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A seven-year-old girl from Guatemala who illegally crossed the US-Mexico border with her father died hours after being taken into custody, US media say. The girl, who arrived in the US last week as part of a group of migrants, died of dehydration and shock, the Washington Post reported. The AP news agency quotes border …

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European Union leaders have said the Brexit withdrawal agreement is “not open for renegotiation”, despite appeals from Theresa May. She wanted legal assurances on the Irish backstop to help her deal get through Parliament, after she delayed a Commons vote in anticipation of defeat. The PM said the deal was “at risk” if MPs’ concerns …

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A number of electronic voting machines were destroyed in the fire which tore through a depot in Kinshasa overnight, says the Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission. Officials are working to determine how many. The cause of the fire is still unclear. These machines are controversial as many believe they could be used to rig …

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Tory Brexiteers are increasingly confident they have enough support to trigger a no-confidence vote in Theresa May as party leader. If 48 Conservative MPs submit letters to say they no longer support her, a leadership challenge will be launched. There is no confirmation but sources, including a cabinet minister, have said they believe 48 letters …

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The European Court of Justice has ruled the UK can cancel Brexit without the permission of the other 27 EU members. The ECJ judges ruled this could be done without altering the terms of Britain’s membership. A group of anti-Brexit politicians argued the UK should be able to unilaterally halt Brexit, but they were opposed …

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The French government says it fears “major violence” in Paris on Saturday as the national “yellow vests” protest movement shows little sign of easing. The government said it was scrapping the fuel tax increases in its budget – the original spark for the protests. But broader discontent with the government has spread, and protests have …

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