French MPs vote on constitution change

Image copyright AFP Image caption Wednesday’s vote is one of numerous measures that need to be passed before the constitution is finally revised French MPs are due to vote on a package of changes to the constitution, drawn up after November’s attacks in Paris. The changes would give a new status under the constitution to the state of emergency which is currently in force. They would also controversially enact the…

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German train crash 'error' dismissed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Initial reports that an 11th victim had been recovered from the train were discounted German police have rejected as speculation a report that a line controller turned off an automatic safety system shortly before two passenger trains collided in Bavaria. At least 10 people were killed and scores more were injured, 18 seriously. An unconfirmed report suggested that an automatic braking system had been…

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Horses recognise human emotions

Image copyright Victoria Gill/BBC Image caption Reading our emotions: Horses view angry human faces using their left eye more than their right Horses are able to discriminate between happy and angry human facial expressions, according to research. In an experiment using photographs of male human faces, scientists from the University of Sussex showed that domestic horses “responded negatively” to angry expressions. The scientists say domestication may have enabled horses to…

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Cuba migrants flown to Mexico-US border

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pregnant women and children were among those on board A group of vulnerable Cuban migrants have been flown by the Costa Rican authorities to a Mexican border town, from where they are expected to enter the US. The 113, including children and pregnant women, landed in Nuevo Laredo on Tuesday. They were among thousands stranded in Costa Rica after neighbouring Nicaragua denied them passage north….

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Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, leukemia survivor, fights stomach cancer

Nominees and cast mates from ”The King and I,” Ruthie Ann Miles and Ken Watanabe, arrive for the American Theatre Wing’s 69th Annual Tony Awards in Manhattan, New York June 7, 2015. Reuters/Eduardo Munoz/Files TOKYO Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, an Academy Award nominee for his performance in the movie “The Last Samurai” and lauded in the recent Broadway revival of “The King and I,” is fighting stomach cancer and will…

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Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, leukemia survivor, fights stomach cancer

Nominees and cast mates from ”The King and I,” Ruthie Ann Miles and Ken Watanabe, arrive for the American Theatre Wing’s 69th Annual Tony Awards in Manhattan, New York June 7, 2015. Reuters/Eduardo Munoz/Files TOKYO Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, an Academy Award nominee for his performance in the movie “The Last Samurai” and lauded in the recent Broadway revival of “The King and I,” is fighting stomach cancer and will…

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North Korea satellite in stable orbit but not seen transmitting: U.S. sources

A passenger walks past a TV screen broadcasting a news report on North Korea’s long range rocket launch at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, February 7, 2016. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji WASHINGTON North Korea’s recently launched satellite has achieved stable orbit but is not believed to have transmitted data back to Earth, U.S. sources said of a launch that has so far failed to convince experts that Pyongyang has significantly…

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Exclusive: U.S. & India consider joint patrols in South China Sea – U.S. official

NEW DELHI The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defense official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway. Washington wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to take a more united stance against China over the South China Sea, where tensions have spiked in the wake…

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Trump and Sanders win New Hampshire

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Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption New Hampshire marks a dramatic win for two outsiders: Republican Donald Trump (L) and Democrat Bernie Sanders (R) Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders have shaken up the US presidential race with decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary. Billionaire Mr Trump is likely to get more than twice the number of votes of the next Republican candidate. Senator Bernie Sanders, who beat…

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Climate change 'to make flights longer'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Transatlantic flights will be quicker coming from the US to Europe but significantly slower going the other way Flights from the UK to the US could take longer due to the changes in the climate, according to a new study. Global warming is likely to speed up the jet stream, say researchers, and slow down airplanes heading for the US. While eastbound flights from…

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