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Trump seeks to recoup ‘wasted’ California high-speed rail funds

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump has frequently been at-odds with the more liberal state President Donald Trump has continued to escalate tensions with California by calling on the state to return billions in federal funds for a high-speed rail.His administration plans on cancelling $929m (£711m) in grants for what Mr Trump has called a "failed" project.These federal funds account for a quarter of the California rail
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Adriana Rivas: Aide of Pinochet-era spy chief held in Australia

[ad_1] Image copyright Storyboard media Image caption Adriana Rivas worked for Chile's secret police force in the 1970s Australian police have arrested a Chilean woman living in Sydney over her alleged involvement in a kidnapping during the military rule of Gen Augusto Pinochet in the South American country. Adriana Rivas worked as a secretary for the infamous chief of Chile's secret police force, Manuel Contreras.Contreras died in 2015 while serving
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IS: Lorries evacuate civilians from last Syria enclave

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The Syrian Democratic Forces said it did not know how many people the lorries were carrying Lorries have begun evacuating civilians from the last village in Syria still held by the Islamic State (IS) group.Journalists on the front line saw at least 15 vehicles carrying men, women and children leaving Baghuz.The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, which is besieging the area, said it
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Fang Fenghui: China’s ex-top general jailed for life

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Fang Fenghui with President Xi Jinping in 2017 A former high-ranking Chinese general has been sentenced to life in jail for corruption, state media reports.Fang Fenghui, ex-chief of joint staff of the People's Liberation Army, was found guilty of bribery and having huge wealth that he had been unable to account for, according to Xinhua.The 67-year-old accompanied President Xi Jinping in his first meeting
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Venezuela Aid Live: Why is Branson being told to ‘back off’?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Richard Branson wants to raise $100m to buy aid for Venezuela To say Venezuela is in the middle of a political crisis would be an understatement. President Nicolás Maduro is locked in a long-running power struggle with Juan Guaidó, an opposition politician and the self-declared interim leader of the country.So what better way to make the situation less complicated than to add a
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Nigeria election 2019: Who benefits from poll delay?

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption "Ad hoc observers", like these in Adamawa, will have to be in place for the rescheduled election Nigeria is to hold a delayed presidential election this Saturday after the initial vote was rescheduled in a dramatic overnight press conference, five hours before polls were due to have opened.The last-minute cancellation surprised the country and inconvenienced thousands of Nigerians who had travelled a long way
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Church cardinals urge end of ‘homosexual agenda’

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Pope Francis has convened an extraordinary summit to discuss the scandals Two prominent Roman Catholic Church cardinals have called for an end of the "plague of the homosexual agenda", urging bishops to end their complicity and silence over cases of sexual abuse.Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller say the Church has wrongly blamed the abuse of power by priests as the main cause of the Church's
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Burberry sorry for ‘suicide’ hoodie with noose around neck

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Burberry has apologised for featuring a hoodie with a noose around the neck at London Fashion Week.The fashion brand was criticised by one of its own models, Liz Kennedy, in a long post on Instagram in which she said: "Suicide is not fashion.""Let's not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either," she added.Burberry boss Marco Gobbetti said the brand was "deeply sorry for the