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Lebanese army, Hezbollah announce offensives against Islamic State on Syrian ... - 19 Aug 2017 at 12:18pm - BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeastern border with Syria, as the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier.

Finland killings: Briton who helped victims says he is 'not a hero' - 19 Aug 2017 at 12:13pm - Paramedic Hassan Zubier says he did "what he was trained for" after being caught up in a knife attack.

Scientist Hawking blames UK government for health service "crisis" - 19 Aug 2017 at 11:21am - LONDON (Reuters) - Physicist Stephen Hawking found himself in a war of words with Britain's Conservative government after he said it had caused a crisis in the state-run National Health Service (NHS) and was leading it towards a profit-making U.S.-style system.

Spain says cell behind Catalan attacks dismantled, police seek van driver - 19 Aug 2017 at 10:58am - RIPOLL/BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Police were on Saturday searching for the driver of a van that ploughed into a crowd in Barcelona, killing 13 people, but the government said the suspected Islamist militant cell behind the attack had been dismantled.

Finnish stabbings treated as terror, suspect 'targeted women' - police - 19 Aug 2017 at 10:58am - HELSINKI/TURKU, Finland (Reuters) - Finnish police said on Saturday that an 18-year-old Moroccan man arrested after knife attacks that killed two people in the city of Turku appeared to have specifically targeted women and that the spree was being treated as terrorism-related.

French fighter jet 'tracks' Jet2 flight on route to Birmingham - 19 Aug 2017 at 10:55am - A Jet2 passenger said the fighter jet was so close she could read the writing on its tail fin.

'Dangerous' drug found at V Festival in Staffordshire - 19 Aug 2017 at 9:28am - Police warn festival-goers to avoid a white powder that could be sold as MDMA and make people ill.

Family's pet parrot stolen in Bradford burglary - 19 Aug 2017 at 9:10am - Ten-year-old African grey Barney can speak and is likely to be "making a lot of noise".

Vehicles left dangling as car park collapses in Nottingham - 19 Aug 2017 at 9:06am - The front facia wall of an NCP car park in central Nottingham falls away.

Man's neck slashed from behind in "unprovoked" attack - 19 Aug 2017 at 9:02am - Two men in their 50s are arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after armed police search.

Bury St Edmunds head teacher 'locked children in rooms' - 19 Aug 2017 at 8:06am - Children could be heard "shouting or crying" from the room, a teaching and leadership panel is told.

Trump dumps controversial chief strategist Bannon in latest upheaval - 19 Aug 2017 at 8:01am - WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN, Md. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday fired his chief strategist Steve Bannon in the latest White House shake-up, removing a far-right architect of his 2016 election victory and a driving force behind his nationalist and anti-globalisation agenda.

Singer stops gig after fan 'groped' - 19 Aug 2017 at 7:35am - The Architects interrupt a gig in Amsterdam because the lead singer claims he sees a fan being groped.

Two men appear in court charged with Shiney Row murder - 19 Aug 2017 at 7:18am - The body of Quyen Ngoc Nguyen was found in a burning car by firefighters.

Burgled sci-fi charity feels the force of good - 19 Aug 2017 at 7:07am - The charity has received dozens of donations following the theft of Star Wars and Star Trek toys.

'Available for anything' - 19 Aug 2017 at 6:58am - As well as hosting hit game shows, he was in movies, a TV sitcom and tried to crack America.

UK terror threat increased by IS losses, security minister says - 19 Aug 2017 at 6:12am - The security minister says the terror group is inspiring home-grown attackers across Europe.

'Bruce span 80 times a day' - 19 Aug 2017 at 6:09am - Arlene Phillips on her former Strictly Come Dancing colleague Bruce Forsyth.

Jeremy Corbyn Welsh visit 'on your side' pledge to voters - 19 Aug 2017 at 5:50am - The Labour leader takes his summer campaign tour to north Wales, promising jobs and investment.

No gambling, sex please - China widens crackdown on overseas deals - 19 Aug 2017 at 5:28am - SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A recent crackdown by China on overseas investments has been assumed to be mainly focussed on high-profile acquisitions of things like hotels and football teams around the world.

Nervous Japanese hold drill in case North Korea fires missiles over them - 19 Aug 2017 at 4:55am - KOTOURA, Japan (Reuters) - Residents of a town on the Japanese coast held evacuation drills on Saturday to prepare for any launch of North Korean missiles towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, that would fly over their homes.

Big Ben's Ayrton Light to be switched off - 19 Aug 2017 at 4:13am - The Ayrton Light was installed in 1885 and was last turned off during World War Two.

Liz MacKean: A tribute by her former colleagues - 19 Aug 2017 at 3:20am - Newsnight pays a moving tribute to its former reporter who has died aged 52 after a stroke.

Woman, 90, on sixth degree 'addicted' to studying - 19 Aug 2017 at 3:03am - Joy Gibson, from Stratford-upon-Avon, re-entered academia at the age of 59.

The Papers: 'Didn't he do well' - Sir Bruce mourned - 19 Aug 2017 at 1:05am - The front pages mark the passing of television entertainment legend Sir Bruce Forsyth aged 89.

Keyboard warriors - South Korea, U.S. gear up for war games to counter North ... - 19 Aug 2017 at 12:27am - SEOUL (Reuters) - In air conditioned bunkers and at military bases across South Korea, it is with keyboards - not tanks - that South Korean and the U.S. forces will launch military exercises on Monday, denounced by North Korea as a rehearsal for war.

Struggling after giving birth? You're not alone - 19 Aug 2017 at 12:23am - These mums had traumatic births, and they want more to see more honesty about the toll it can take.

Chinese Nobel laureate's widow makes first appearance since funeral - 18 Aug 2017 at 11:07pm - SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has appeared for the first time since her husband's funeral in an online video in which she said she was recuperating and asked for time to mourn.

South Africa has granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity - source - 18 Aug 2017 at 8:54pm - JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model, a security source said on Friday.

How to get up mountains in a wheelchair - 18 Aug 2017 at 8:43pm - Michelle, who has multiple sclerosis, is going on a trek in the Lake District for the first time in more than 10 years.

Woman leaves letters of support for other new mothers - 18 Aug 2017 at 8:09pm - Ren Benson leaves handwritten random notes around York for mothers to find.

How Al Pacino... - 18 Aug 2017 at 7:47pm - Sensing an epileptic fit is imminent Frank turns to a tried and tested way of controlling his episodes and leans on Al Pacino in a pub.

Are degrees worth it? - 18 Aug 2017 at 7:38pm - Rising fees mean more students want to know if their degree will be worth it.

Selling teeth - 18 Aug 2017 at 5:25pm - Only 4% of the UK's adult population - and more women than men - now use a pawnbroker to get a loan.

Sir Bruce Forsyth wound up Sir Sean Connery - and other stories - 18 Aug 2017 at 3:11pm - Friends share their memories of TV legend Sir Bruce Forsyth, who has died at the age of 89.

Vince Cable defends MPs over spending claims - 18 Aug 2017 at 1:38pm - The Liberal Democrat leader says his party has nothing to apologise for after questions were raised about campaign spending.

Nicola Sturgeon would change SNP name - 18 Aug 2017 at 12:52pm - The SNP leader said that if she could turn the clock back 90 years and change the SNP's name she would.

Young people should 'think twice' about university - Frank Field - 18 Aug 2017 at 12:10pm - Labour's Frank Field says apprenticeships can be more worthwhile than degrees.

How Sir Bruce Forsyth entertained us over the decades - 18 Aug 2017 at 11:38am - From Strictly to The Price Is Right, we look back at the career of the British TV legend.

Obituary: Sir Bruce Forsyth - 18 Aug 2017 at 11:36am - In a 70-year career, Bruce Forsyth went from struggling variety performer to the king of Saturday night TV.