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Rooney quashes talk of handing in transfer request to Man U

Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney has denied talk of him handing in an official transfer request to his club on two previous occasions, once in 2010 and the second time in 2013. The 29-year-old revealed that he told former manager Sir Alex Ferguson that he would leave the club if he was not allowed to play, but never made his ...

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Yemen conflict: Wedding attack death toll rises to 130

The death toll from a suspected air strike on a wedding party in Yemen on Monday has risen to at least 130, the United Nations and local medics say. Missiles reportedly hit two tents in a village near the Red Sea port of Mocha, where a man linked to the Houthi rebel movement was celebrating his marriage. But the Saudi-led ...

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Italian aid worker killed in Bangladesh ‘by IS’

Bangladesh police are investigating the murder of an Italian aid worker who was shot on Monday night. The Islamic State group says it carried on the attack, shooting dead Cesare Tavella, 50, in the capital Dhaka’s diplomatic quarter. Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said Tavella was jogging when two attackers fired at him from behind. The US and UK urged citizens ...

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China senior judge ousted over corruption allegations

One of China’s most senior judges has been stripped of Party membership and removed from all public positions after being accused of corruption. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Xi Xiaoming had severely violated political discipline and not ruled according to law. Mr Xi was one of nine Supreme Court deputy judges. He could now face criminal charges for ...

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India cuts interest rates by more than expected

India’s central bank has cut its key interest rate for the fourth time this year, and by more than expected. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reduced its repo rate to 6.75% from 7.25%, with economists having forecast it would trim rates to 7%. The repo rate is the level at which the central bank lends to commercial banks. The ...

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Afghan forces fight to retake Kunduz from Taliban

Afghan forces have begun an operation to retake the city of Kunduz, after suffering a major military reverse when it was seized by the Taliban on Monday. The president said security forces were “retaking government buildings” and inflicting “heavy casualties”. The US said it had carried out an air strike on the city early on Tuesday. The Taliban had forced ...

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Syria conflict: Russia considers joining anti-IS air strikes

Russia is considering whether to follow the US and its allies in conducting air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets, President Vladimir Putin says. Mr Putin spoke after meeting Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). But the meeting, and the leaders’ speeches at the UNGA, also highlighted splits about how to end the Syrian war. ...

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Hajj disaster: Foreign officials question Saudi death toll

Officials from several countries have said that more than 1,000 people died in last week’s stampede near Mecca during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. The last figure given by the Saudi authorities was 769. However, a Nigerian official told the BBC that more than 1,000 bodies had been taken from the disaster site to morgues in the city of Jeddah. Indian, ...

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Jeremy Corbyn says Britain ‘can and must change’

Jeremy Corbyn has told British voters they don’t have to accept that inequality and injustice are inevitable – and things “can and must change”. In his first conference speech after becoming Labour leader, Mr Corbyn vowed to create a “kinder politics, a more caring society”. But he also attacked David Cameron’s “shocking broken promises” and said Labour would “challenge austerity”. ...

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Labour conference: Delegates will not debate Tridentf view”

Jeremy Corbyn has avoided a showdown over his support for scrapping Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons at the Labour conference in Brighton. The highly anticipated vote had been expected to take place on Wednesday. But the motion failed to get the support it needed from activists in a ballot selecting the issues to be debated this week in Brighton. Mr Corbyn ...

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