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Caster Semenya: South Africa runner’s appeal against IAAF rule begins

Semenya arrives at Monday’s hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya’s appeal against a regulation restricting testosterone levels in female runners began on Monday – as the head of world athletics again defended the rule. South African Semenya, 28, is seeking to overturn the regulation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas). But IAAF president Lord Coe said it would “protect the sanctity of fair and open competition”. The case will be heard until Friday, with a verdict expected by 29…

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Endurance: Search for Shackleton’s lost ship begins

Image copyright RGS Image caption Endurance just before it sank: Crushed at the stern, it went down bow first Antarctic scientists seeking to locate the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lost ship, the Endurance, have arrived at the search site. The team broke through thick pack ice on Sunday to reach the vessel’s last known position in the Weddell Sea. Robotic submersibles will now spend the next few days scouring the ocean floor for the maritime icon. Shackleton and his crew had to abandon Endurance in 1915 when it was…

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Climate change: UK carbon capture project begins

Image caption The project aims to capture one tonne per day of CO2 The giant Drax power station, near Selby in North Yorkshire, has become the first in Europe to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from wood-burning. Drax burns seven million tonnes of wood chips each year to drive generators to make electricity. The firm has now begun a pilot project to capture one tonne a day of CO2 from its wood combustion. The technology effectively turns climate change into reverse on a tiny scale, but it’s controversial. How does it…

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Tesla begins sales of cheaper Model 3 car variant in China

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc said it will start taking orders in China on Friday for a lower-priced version of its Model 3 car, as it seeks to accelerate China sales hit by trade friction between Washington and Beijing. The California-based firm said in a statement that Chinese customers will be allowed to place orders for a long range, rear-wheel-drive Model 3 variant whose price will start at 433,000 yuan ($64,300.56). Previously, the starting price for a Model 3 in China was 499,000 yuan, for an…

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Abortion law: Sarah Ewart begins NI challenge

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sarah Ewart spoke to the media before the court hearing on Wednesday morning A woman who is trying to change Northern Ireland’s abortion law, with a case based on her personal experience, has begun her High Court challenge. Sarah Ewart was denied an abortion in 2013, despite doctors saying her baby would not survive outside the womb. She went to England for a termination but she also spoke out publicly about the additional hardship, emotional and financial stress the journey caused. Northern Ireland’s abortion…

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Work begins to remove Severn toll booths on M4

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘I’ve been asked for a Big Mac and fries’ Work to remove the toll booths on the Severn bridges will start later as the two motorway crossings into south Wales prepare to go toll free. Drivers have been warned their journeys into south Wales may be affected as the M4 Prince of Wales bridge will shut westbound for the next three nights. The toll has been in place since the first crossing opened in 1966, but will be removed on Monday. Collector…

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Construction on $4 billion Indonesia EV battery project begins Jan 2019: minister

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Developers will begin building a lithium battery project in Morowali, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, on Jan. 11, Coordinating Maritime Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Friday. The $4 billion project involves investors from South Korea, Japan and China, Pandjaitan told reporters, without naming the companies involved or providing further details on the project. “Looking at its resources, Indonesia will become the main player in lithium batteries,” Pandjaitan told reporters, referring to forecasts for surging demand for batteries for electric vehicles. Major nickel producers have already been…

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Newspaper headlines: May begins Brexit ‘hard sell’

Newspaper headlines: May begins Brexit ‘hard sell’ By BBC News Staff Image caption The end of 20 months of Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU makes the front of the FT, after EU leaders agreed to back Theresa May’s withdrawal deal at a summit on Sunday. The paper says Mrs May is now beginning a fortnight of campaigning to sell her deal as part of a “joint political fight” alongside EU leaders. She is due to tell MPs on Monday that talks will go “back to square one” if…

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Leicester City helicopter crash: Wreckage removal begins

Image copyright PA Image caption Work on removing the helicopter wreckage is under way Work to remove the wreckage of the helicopter which crashed near to Leicester City’s stadium is under way. Club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died along with two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger when the aircraft came down moments after taking off from the King Power Stadium. Mr Vichai’s funeral is to begin in Thailand on Saturday. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said it will begin examining parts of the wreckage. An AAIB…

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Controversial HS2 burial site dig at London Euston begins

Image copyright HS2/MOLA Headland Infrastructure Image caption Over 200 archaeologists and specialists are working at the site beside Euston Station Archaeological work to remove 45,000 skeletons from a burial site to make way for HS2 construction has begun. Some 61,000 burials took place at St James’s Gardens between 1788 and 1853, beside what is now London Euston station. Protests and a memorial service were held before the site was closed to create a new terminus station. HS2 said the dig in Camden would “add to our understanding of how this…

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