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19:00 World
Thousands more Syrians flee their homes as two battles rage

In the northern Afrin region, people ran from other frontlines closing in on their homes as Turkish jets struck the main town, Syrian Kurdish forces and the monitor said. More than 150,000 people have left the town in the last few days, a senior Kurdish official said.

18:16 World
Romanian court tells man he is not alive

Constantin Reliu, 63, fails to overturn 2003 death certificate because he appealed too late.

17:45 World
Andrew McCabe, Trump target and ex-FBI deputy, fired days before retiring

Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed McCabe’s dismissal in a statement late on Friday, bringing to a close two decades of service at the nation’s top law enforcement agency.

16:38 World
Miami bridge collapse: Engineer reported cracks in voicemail

Denney Pate, lead bridge engineer for contractor FIGG, left a voicemail with the Florida transport department on Tuesday.

16:16 World
Car bomb kills at least three in Afghan capital

Witnesses said the casualty toll was higher but confirmed that, like countless other attacks in Kabul, its victims were ordinary people going about their daily activities.

15:14 World
More than 150,000 people in Syria's Afrin displaced: Kurdish official, monitor

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor, said Turkish warplanes and artillery struck the town overnight, and at least 150,000 had fled since Wednesday.

14:44 World
Snake-catching fireman dies after cobra bite

Abu Zarin Hussin headed the King Cobra Squad of the Fire and Rescue Department and had helped train firefighters to catch the venomous animals..

14:26 World
More than 100 Saturday flights to and from Heathrow have been cancelled ahead of predicted bad weather

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for snow and ice in parts of England ahead of another cold front from the east.

14:02 World
Earth is my witness: the photography of Art Wolfe – in pictures

The photography of Art Wolfe covers the globe, capturing landscapes, wildlife, and cultures from every continent. Here he talks us through a selection of his favourite images

13:41 World
Artists in battle over modern artwork pension fund

The Artist Pension Trust, which holds one of the biggest collections of contemporary art in the world, is facing a legal bust-up.

13:28 World
José Mourinho launches 12-minute defence of his Manchester United record

He stated his players needed to “grow up” and that the club’s “football heritage” of recent poor European performances meant there should be no surprise at Tuesday’s last-16 exit.

13:00 World
Cambodia kicks off drills with 'great friend' China as U.S. ties sour

Pol Saroeun said the exercise, which involves 280 Cambodian and 216 Chinese soldiers, aims to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties and strengthen the “traditional relationship and trust politically between the two countries”.

12:29 World
Xi Jinping is making sweeping changes to how China is run

From a powerful new financial regulator to a super ministry to deal with the environment, wide-reaching changes to the way China is governed were passed by the National People's Congress, the country's rubber-stamp parliament, on Saturday.

12:02 World
Oscars Academy chief John Bailey 'faces harassment allegations'

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety cite unnamed sources as saying three claims have been made against John Bailey.

11:38 World
Hacker who gave up Wikileaks source dies

In online messaging conversations, Manning confided in him, describing confidential military material Manning had sent to Wikileaks.

11:16 World
Andrew McCabe, ex-FBI deputy and Trump target, fired days before retiring

McCabe, who stepped down in January and planned to retire Sunday, suggested dismissal is part of effort to undermine Russia inquiry.

10:27 World
Facebook suspends data analytics firm that worked for Trump campaign

Cambridge Analytica was not immediately available for comment. Facebook did not mention the Trump campaign or any political campaigns in its statement, attributed to company Deputy General Counsel Paul Grewal.

20:12 World
Pennsylvania race shows need for U.S. voting machine upgrades: experts

Democrat Conor Lamb led Republican Rick Saccone by only a few hundred votes out of nearly 230,000 cast in the closely watched U.S. House of Representatives election on Tuesday in western Pennsylvania.

19:47 World
Emirates air hostess dies after fall from plane in Uganda

The woman, whose nationality has not been revealed, was rushed to Kisubi hospital 16km (10 miles) away but died soon after, a spokesperson said.

19:24 World
United Airlines mistakenly flies family's Kansas-bound dog to Japan

Joseph and Kara Swindle are currently in the process of moving from Oregon to Wichita, Kansas with their  seven-year-old son and two-year-old daughter.

19:00 World
Virtual cash helps cyber-thieves launder money, research suggests

Alongside its use in ransomware, virtual cash was also helping clean up other sources of stolen cash, said criminologist Dr Mike Maguire.

18:38 World
Migrants protest in Madrid after street vendor's death

At least six people were arrested – including a minor – while 19 others were injured after protesters hurled rocks and blunt objects at police. Bus shelters, police vehicles and bank branches also sustained extensive damage.

18:16 World
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's wedding officiant, Archbishop of Canterbury, expresses concerns ahead of nuptials

The 62-year-old, who also presided over the baptisms of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, spoke with ITV News about officiating the couple’s May 19 nuptials, admitting to having some nerves ahead of the highly anticipated day.

17:28 World
New Banksy mural in New York protests Turkish artist’s imprisonment

Banksy’s sparse mural mostly consists of black hash marks, which visually represent jail cell bars and count the number of days that Ms. Dogan has spent in prison.

17:00 World
Jury finds Iraqi teen guilty of planting London subway bomb

Ahmed Hassan, who is 18, showed no emotion as he was found guilty Friday at London's Central Criminal Court.

16:38 World
Putin urges high voter turnout ahead of Russian election

The Russian leader, whose approval ratings top 80 percent, is set to easily win another six-year term against seven challengers, but the Kremlin has been concerned about voter apathy and has sought to boost turnout to make Putin's victory as impressive as possible.

16:16 World
U.S. helicopter crash in Iraq kills all aboard: military

Central Command did not say how many people were killed in the crash late on Thursday. A U.S. military official told Reuters on Thursday the U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter was carrying seven people.

15:45 World
Amazon's new LOTR show could cost $500 million to make - report

The figure apparently covers the rights-fee that Amazon paid, along with estimated production and marketing costs.

15:27 World
Sleeker and smarter: Japan unveils new Shinkansen 'Supreme' bullet train

Central Japan Railway Co. has rolled out its new high-speed Shinkansen N700S -- or Shinkansen Supreme -- train model.

15:01 World
Tiger Woods has got his 'feels' back at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

The 14-time major winner had just holed an astonishing 71-foot putt, the high point of Thursday's four-under par round that left Woods well in contention at the Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament.

14:26 World
Robert Mugabe says 'disgraceful' Zimbabwe coup must be undone

Former leader says military has taken over the country and leadership of President Mnangagwa is ‘illegal’ and ‘unconstitutional’.

13:41 World
A factory worker at 13, Hong Kong's iconic billionaire Li Ka-shing retires

While Hong Kong’s adoration of the billionaire and his rags-to-riches story has waned somewhat in recent years, he is still stepping aside from one of Asia’s most outward-looking empires, spanning more than 50 countries and 323,000 employees at last count.

12:02 World
Stormy Daniels' lawyer alleges there are 6 more women with stories similar to his client's

In his interview on CNN, Avenatti did not explain what the similarities were between Daniels' case and the other women's. He did not say whether the other claims involved President Donald Trump.

10:27 World
Nike brand president resigns; company probes workplace complaints

There has been “conduct inconsistent with Nike’s core values and against our code of conduct,” the spokeswoman said, adding that there have been no direct allegations of misconduct against Edwards.

10:02 World
Toyota, Uber in talks on self-driving tech: Nikkei

Toyota, which is developing its own automated driving functions, has said it is open to collaborating with other firms to quickly bring new mobility technologies to market. It already has partnerships with Uber on ride-hailing and development of self-driving systems.

20:30 World
Theranos chief executive Elizabeth Holmes charged with massive fraud

Holmes agreed to a $500,000 penalty and a 10-year ban on serving as an officer or director of a public company to settle the charges, but she did not admit or deny the allegations.

19:24 World
EU publishes draft text of Brexit treaty, some key issues unresolved

An EU official said the updated text contained legal clarifications, but no major or meaningful changes compared to the text published at the end of February.

19:00 World
Charleston church gunman Dylann Roof's sister in knife arrest

Morgan Roof, 18, was also charged on Wednesday for having pepper spray and marijuana, according to local sheriffs.

18:38 World
French baker disputes fine for opening every day

A local decree in place for over a decade bans bakeries from opening seven days a week.

18:16 World
The real world as your playground: Build real-world games with Google Maps APIs

That’s why we’re excited to announce a new offering for building real-world games using Google Maps’ tried-and-tested model of the world.

17:45 World
Egypt orders release of 2 detained journalists

Mohammed Hafez says they were charged with possession of visual and audio equipment with the intent to spread false news.

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