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Italy sex case dropped because woman 'did not scream'

Image copyright kieferpix/getty Image caption The alleged victim said she had “blocked out” what was happening (file photo) Italy’s justice minister has said he will investigate after a court acquitted a man of sexually assaulting a woman because she did not scream. The court in Turin ruled last month that the woman saying “enough” to […]

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Trump's ex-national security adviser 'discussed Gulen removal'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Flynn denies discussing anything illegal President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed removing from the US a Muslim cleric wanted by Turkey, according to ex-CIA director James Woolsey. Turkey accuses the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, of orchestrating last July’s failed coup. In a video interview, Mr Woolsey told […]

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Mass graves

Image copyright AFP Image caption DR Congo’s security forces are battling many militia groups in different areas Ten mass graves have been found in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s central Kasai region, with limbs sticking out of the soil at some of the sites, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) says. Government troops and a […]

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EU summit: Leaders meet for Rome anniversary

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption EU leaders with Pope Francis (centre) on the eve of the anniversary summit Leaders of 27 European Union countries, not including the UK, are meeting in the Italian capital to celebrate 60 years since the Treaty of Rome was signed. The countries will sign a new declaration […]

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Trump blames Democrats for failed healthcare bill

Media captionIn his own words, Mr Trump explains his doomed effort to repeal Obamacare US President Donald Trump has blamed Democrats for the failure of his healthcare bill. The bill was withdrawn on Friday because it did not have enough support to pass in Congress. Speaking to the Washington Post, Mr Trump said “We couldn’t […]

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Singapore teen blogger Amos Yee granted US asylum

Image copyright Reuters Singapore teen blogger Amos Yee, who was jailed twice in his homeland for posting political and religious criticism online, has been granted asylum in the United States. Mr Yee, 18, has been detained in the US since he arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare airport in December. He came into the country on a […]

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Venezuela asks the UN to help boost supply of medicines

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The opposition says Mr Maduro’s mismanagement is to blame for the economic crisis. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has asked for help from the United Nations to boost the country’s supplies of medicines. Mr Maduro said the UN had the expertise to normalise the supply and distribution of drugs in the […]

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Cardboard cribs

Image copyright Alamy It’s been claimed that Finland’s baby boxes, given to every newborn in the country, help reduce cot deaths. But what evidence is there that they lower infant mortality rates, asks Elizabeth Cassin. In June 2013, the BBC News website published an article entitled Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes. It’s been […]