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20:30 World
Plague kills 94 in Madagascar, WHO says working to prevent spread

WHO’s Africa emergencies director, Ibrahima Soce Fall, told reporters in Geneva the organisation was racing to stop both the Madagascar plague and an outbreak of the Ebola-like Marburg virus in Uganda that it was confident it could contain.

19:47 World
Jamaica or bust: Merkel launching crunch German coalition talks

The talks between Merkel’s conservative bloc, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens are styled as “exploratory”, but negotiators aim to get down to details of tax and budget policy in their first full meeting together.

19:24 World
Viral Chinese video game measures which players can clap fastest for President Xi Jinping

Called "Excellent Speech: Clap for Xi Jinping," a new mobile game from the tech behemoth asks users to "clap" for the Chinese leader by tapping on their screens as many times as they can in a span of 19 seconds. 

19:00 World
The simple yes-no question dividing Australia's suburbs

As of mid-October, almost 11 million people, or about 67.5% of registered voters, had returned their surveys ahead of the November 7 deadline.

17:45 World
Top Chinese officials 'plotted to overthrow Xi Jinping'

These party members have since been arrested or jailed in a wide-reaching corruption crackdown launched by Mr Xi.

16:38 World
Ibrahim Halawa freed from jail in Egypt

Mr Halawa, who is from Dublin, was arrested during a siege at the Al-Fath mosque in Cairo in 2013.

16:16 World
China's Xi Jinping consolidates power with new ideology

Top officials have made multiple mentions of "Xi Jinping Thought" at the Communist Party Congress.

15:45 World
Snap election gamble looks set to pay off for Japan's Abe

An election victory would also provide Abe with what may be his best, and possibly last, chance to secure the majority needed to begin the process of revising Japan's pacifist constitution.

15:01 World
Brazil court fines Neymar $1.2m over tax evasion case

The parents of the PSG and Brazil international as well as three companies that administer the player's portfolio have all been fined, according to judicial sources.

14:44 World
Global pollution kills 9m a year and threatens 'survival of human societies'

Landmark study finds toxic air, water, soils and workplaces kill at least 9m people and cost trillions of dollars every year.

14:28 World
Barack Obama delivers veiled but withering rebuke of Donald Trump

Back in the public fray at a rally in Virginia, the former president delivered his views on the current political climate in his strongest terms yet.

13:41 World
Former Nazi death camp guard charged with accessory to murder

The then 22-year-old man, whom the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office did not identify in its statement, is accused of having guarded prisoners at the death camp in Lublin-Majdanek who were slated to be killed in 1943 and 1944.

12:43 World
Assisted dying: Australia state lawmakers in 26-hour debate

Lawmakers in Victoria discussed the voluntary euthanasia bill for 26 hours from Thursday morning until it was approved 47-37 in a vote on Friday.

12:29 World
Holden's Australian era ends with last locally-made car

Puntin is the owner of All Car Restorations, a father-son operation on the edge of Elizabeth, South Australia, a satellite city of Adelaide where the last Holden car will drive off the line this week.

10:47 World
Oxford accused of 'social apartheid' as colleges admit no black students

Labour MP attacks university where one in three colleges failed to admit a black British student with A-levels in 2015.

10:26 World
Ride hailing firm Grab secures up to $700 million in debt facilities

The company also said it had signed a partnership with Singaporean public transport operator SMRT, which will give it exclusive access to SMRT’s taxi and private car fleet management capabilities, along with its network of taxis and Strides private-hire cars.

20:30 World
Ed Sheeran: Abuse 'definitely happening' in music industry as well as Hollywood

Ed Sheeran and Paloma Faith speak to Sky about sexual harassment in the music industry in the wake of allegations in Hollywood.

20:09 World
'It is a dangerous moment': Madagascar plague death toll reaches 74

Health officials struggle to contain spread of disease after virulent pneumonic strain infects 800 people across island since August.

19:47 World
Head of Germany's FDP offers Macron 'bittersweet' euro zone deal

Lindner said Macron -- who last month called for a joint euro zone budget and joint finance minister among other reforms -- had described political progress as a question of finding a balance between carrots and sticks.

19:24 World
A 4.5 billion-year-old Swedish meteorite is going up for auction

The rock might not look like anything special, but in fact it's a fragment of the Muonionalusta, an iron meteorite believed to be the oldest in the world.

18:38 World
Myanmar fire guts iconic Yangon hotel Kandawgyi Palace

Two others were injured in the blaze which began around 03:00 (20:30 GMT Wednesday) at the Kandawgyi Palace.

18:16 World
Here’s a closer look at Apple’s secret self-driving car

The car appears to be outfitted with standard third-party sensors and hardware, including (count ‘em) six Velodyne-made LIDAR sensors, several radar units, and a number of cameras — all encased in Apple-esque white plastic.

17:45 World
400 mysterious ancient stone structures discovered in Saudi Arabia

Many of the stone walls, which archaeologists call "gates" because they resemble field gates from above, were found in clusters in a region in west-central Saudi Arabia called Harrat Khaybar.

17:24 World
World's deepest lake crippled by putrid algae, poaching and pollution

Lake Baikal in Siberia holds one fifth of the world’s unfrozen fresh water, but its precious fish stocks are disappearing.

16:16 World
Australia citizenship overhaul hits Senate hurdle

The proposed bill would have made it harder to gain citizenship. It included requirements for applicants to have advanced English language skills and four years of permanent residency.

15:45 World
Iran's Guards say missile programme will accelerate despite pressure

In a significant U.S. policy shift on Oct. 13, President Donald Trump disavowed Iran’s compliance with a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and unveiled a more aggressive approach to the Islamic Republic over its missile development activity.

15:27 World
China economy shows solid momentum as party meets, but property curbs bite

Beijing’s push to consolidate and restructure its industrial sector have paid dividends as factory output beat expectations, while strong fiscal spending and sustained public investment helped boost domestic demand.

15:01 World
Artsakh Republic President B. Sahakyan had a meeting in Brussels with N. Gortzounian, President of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Europe

and N. Tavitian Director of AGBU Europe to discuss issues related to the implementation of a range of programs in Artsakh. President Sahakyan acknowledged the active participation of the AGBU in the socioeconomic development of the Artsakh Republic, as well as in making Artsakh recognizable at various international institutions and providing truthful information about our country.
Source: Central information department of the office of the Artsakh Republic President

14:02 World
Dare Not Linger: Mandela's book sequel launched in South Africa

Dare Not Linger tackles his five years as South Africa's president after the collapse of apartheid and gives his view of the country's first multi-racial elections in 1994.

13:41 World
In Brazil, art exhibits latest flashpoints in cultural war

Protesters waved a Brazilian flag and shouted "No! No! Not our children!" to denounce an exhibit at Sao Paulo's Museum of Modern Art in which visitors, including a child, were invited to touch a nude man.

11:38 World
Travel ban: Chad added because it ran out of passport paper, US officials say

The Trump administration’s decision to add Chad to the list of affected countries was puzzling due to its cooperation with the US on counter-terrorism.

10:47 World
Essential guide to China's stunning Wuyishan region

Lan is telling us the ancient Chinese folklore behind the two most famous mountains in Wuyishan, in Fujian province in southeast China, as we climb up Heaven Tour Peak for a panoramic view of this rocky "love triangle."

10:00 World
Boy, 10, falls down Niagara Gorge after losing balance on railing

Niagara Parks Police say the boy, who was visiting from out of the country, was sitting on a railing along the top of the gorge, near Niagara Falls, so his mother could take a picture of him.

20:30 World
Spain warns Catalonia on self-rule as deadline looms

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría gave the warning a day before a Spanish deadline to Carles Puigdemont was due to expire.

20:29 World
Rio Tinto charged with fraud by US authorities

It bought the Mozambique assets in 2011 for $3.7bn (£2.8bn) and sold them a few years later for $50m.

20:09 World
Google Maps will remove the mini cupcake calorie counter from its iOS apps

The app tallied calories in confectionary units: one mini cupcake equalling 110 calories. 

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