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Air France flight makes emergency landing in Kenya after suspicious object found

An Air France flight from Mauritius diverted and made an emergency landing at Kenya’s port city of Mombasa after a suspicious device was found in a toilet, Kenya’s head of police and the airline said on Sunday. Police Inspector General Joseph Boinnet said on his Twitter account that the Boeing 777 aircraft headed to Paris with 459 passengers and 14 ...

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Pope Francis recognises second Mother Teresa ‘miracle’

Pope Francis has recognised a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, clearing the way for the Roman Catholic nun to be made a saint next year. The miracle involved the healing of a Brazilian man with several brain tumours in 2008, the Vatican said. Mother Teresa died in 1997 and was beatified – the first step towards sainthood – in ...

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EU referendum: David Cameron hints vote could be held next summer

David Cameron has signalled that the UK will stage its referendum on membership of the European Union in 2016 and made clear that continued membership was vital not just to economic security but to the fight against international terrorism. His remarks, at the close of a two-day EU summit in Brussels, suggest that the prime minister knows he is not ...

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Victory Day celebrated at London High Commission

Ansar Ahmed Ullah ::   44 Victory Day of Bangladesh was marked by raising Bangladesh’s flag by High Commissioner Md Abdul Hannan at London’s Bangladesh High Commission building on 16 Dec, 10.30am London time. Messages were read out from Bangladesh’s President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. The High Commissioner paid respect to those who responded to Bangabandhu’s call for freedom, ...

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Passenger who yelled at two Muslim women to get off his train because ‘I want to sit down, I’m English’ and said they may bomb the carriage is given a suspended sentence

A passenger who shouted at two Muslim sisters demanding them to get off a train has been given a suspended sentence. Andrew Thompson told Kalema and Fatema Rahman ‘get the f*** off the train, I want to sit down, I’m English’ on the Tyne and Wear Metro. The 26-year-old left the sisters shaken and terrified with the racially aggravated verbals. ...

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UK solar panel subsidy cuts branded ‘huge and misguided’

The government has decided to cut subsidies to householders installing rooftop solar panels by 65% just days after agreeing to move swiftly to a low-carbon energy future at the climate change conference in Paris. An impact assessment study by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) admits the move could wipe out up to 18,700 of the industry’s 32,000 ...

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Juncker says EU wants to find ‘fair deal’ for UK

The European Union wants to reach a “fair deal” for the UK and other EU countries, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said. Mr Juncker was speaking as David Cameron prepares to discuss his reform plans at a summit of EU leaders. Mr Cameron will seek to convince sceptical EU leaders to accept his plans to limit benefits for migrants. ...

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Fracking under national parks backed by MPs

MPs have voted to allow fracking for shale gas 1,200m below national parks and other protected sites. The new regulations – which allow drilling from outside the protected areas – were approved by 298 to 261. Opposition parties and campaigners criticised the lack of a Commons debate – and accused ministers of a U-turn as they previously pledged an outright ...

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UK unemployment rate falls to 5.2%, lowest in nearly 10 years

The UK unemployment rate fell to the lowest for nearly 10 years at 5.2% in the three months to October. It was the lowest jobless rate since the three-month period to January 2006, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The number of people out of work fell by 110,000 to 1.71 million between August and October. There were ...

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