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Robert Mugabe resigns as president of Zimbabwe

Speaker of parliament announces news during hearing to impeach 93-year-old leader, a week after military takeover

Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe with immediate effect after 37 years in power, the speaker of the country’s parliament has said.

The announcement came during a hearing to impeach Mugabe, and launches the nation into a new era as uncertain as it is hopeful.

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Germany’s president to urge Green and FDP leaders to restart talks

Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on parties to rethink their positions after coalition talks with Merkel collapsed

Germany’s president met party leaders on Tuesday after talks to form a new government between Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc, the left-leaning Greens and pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) broke down at the weekend.


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Trade in Dead Sea Scrolls awash with suspected forgeries, experts warn

Two experts say a significant number of fragments bought in multimillion-dollar trade are suspected fakes

A multimillion-dollar trade in fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls fuelled by a surge in interest from wealthy evangelicals in the US includes a significant number of suspected forgeries, two prominent experts have said.

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Nigeria mosque attack: suicide bomber kills dozens

Boko Haram thought to be behind devastating attack in Adamawa state in north-east of country

Dozens of people have been killed by a suicide bomb attack during morning prayers in a mosque in north-east

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After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing

In the dying days of the battle of Mosul, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad followed Iraqi soldiers during the last push against Isis. But following their victory, a new wave of savagery was unleashed

One hot and sticky evening in July, in the dying days of the battle for Mosul, a group of Iraqi army officers sat for dinner in a requisitioned civilian house not far from the ruins of the mosque where, three years earlier, the leader of Islamic State had

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No British judge on world court for first time in its 71-year history

Indian candidate fills 15th and final place on bench of international court of justice after UK withdraws its pick for post

The UK will not have a judge on the bench of the international court of justice for the first time in its 71-year history after the British candidate withdrew following an acrimonious competition.

Minutes after an 11th round of voting was scheduled to begin in New York on Monday, a letter was released by the UK mission to the UN announcing that Sir Christopher Greenwood would accept defeat and allow the rival Indian candidate, Dalveer Bhandari, to fill the final vacancy on the ICJ.

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Argentina’s navy says fresh noises are not from missing submarine

  • Sounds detected during search for ARA San Juan came from ‘biological source’
  • Search enters critical phase amid concern oxygen running out

Argentina’s navy has said sounds detected from the bottom of the ocean are not from the submarine which has been missing in rough seas for five days with 44 crew on board.

Spokesman Enrique Balbi said “a biological source” was behind the noises which were picked up by two Argentinian navy ships searching for ARA San Juan and by sonar buoys dropped by a US P8 surveillance plane.

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Babies may be able to link certain words and concepts, research suggests

Study indicates infants as young as six months old may realise certain words are related – and that interaction with adults boosts understanding

Babies as young as six months old may have an inkling that certain words and concepts are related to each other, say scientists in research that sheds new light on how infants learn.

The study also found that babies who were more often exposed to adults talking to them about items in their vicinity did better at identifying a picture of an object when the item was said out loud.

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Eurotunnel renamed Getlink in preparation for post-Brexit era

Company says rebrand to ‘very Anglo-Saxon’ name is needed because it owns businesses beyond the Channel Tunnel

Eurotunnel is preparing for the post-Brexit era with a corporate rebrand, with the company being renamed Getlink.

The French company, which operates the Channel Tunnel, has chosen the admirably Anglo-Saxon name to “mark the group’s passage into an exciting new era for mobility infrastructures”.

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London loses EU agencies to Paris and Amsterdam in Brexit relocation

Paris takes European Banking Authority and European Medicines Agency goes to Amsterdam as EU’s chief negotiator mocks Theresa May’s ‘Brexit means Brexit’ stance

London is losing the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam and the European Banking Authority to Paris, in one of the first concrete signs of Brexit as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

The two cities won the agencies after tie breaks that saw the winner selected by drawing lots from a large goldfish-style bowl.

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