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Week in pictures: 16 – 22 February 2019

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright Mohammad Ponir Hossain / REUTERS Image caption A fast-moving fire swept through the historic Chawkbazar district of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, killing at least 78 people. Image copyright Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters Image caption College basketball player Zion Williamson was injured after only 33 seconds of a match when his Nike shoe fell apart. The Duke University forward, hailed by double NBA champion Kevin Durant as a “once in a generation athlete”, hurt…

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Week in pictures: 9 – 15 February 2019

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright Alexander Kuznetsov/REUTERS Image caption A person poses beneath a vibrant display of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) near Inari in Lapland, Finland. Image copyright Emma McIntyre/Getty images Image caption Lady Gaga performs on stage at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. Gaga won three prizes, including best pop performance for Joanne and best pop duet for Shallow, from the Oscar-nominated film A Star Is Born. Image copyright Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports/reuters Image caption…

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Valentine’s Day: People share their 14 February horror stories

Image copyright Getty Images Flowers, chocolates and a romantic dinner for two? Or how about discovering that your long-term partner is cheating on you when he accidentally gives you the wrong Valentine’s Day gift? That is what happened to Claire from Manchester, who is among those sharing their 14 February horror stories. “It was quite a few years ago,” said Claire, who was in a serious relationship with her boyfriend at the time. “I got some presents – a personalised mug, a personalised card, a red rose and some chocolates.…

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India parliament panel says to summon Twitter chief on February 25

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – An Indian parliamentary panel is summoning Twitter Inc’s chief executive to appear before it later this month, after he did not attend a hearing on Monday to discuss citizens’ rights on social media. FILE PHOTO: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Twitter’s algorithms and content monitoring on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo The parliamentary committee on information technology (IT) has decided to summon Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Feb. 25, panel chairman…

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Equine Flu: British horse racing cancelled until at least 13 February

Doncaster was one of the fixtures called off on Thursday Horse racing will not resume in Britain until Wednesday, 13 February at the earliest after an outbreak of equine flu, the British Horseracing Authority has announced. All fixtures on Thursday were called off by the BHA after three vaccinated horses tested positive for the disease. Trainer Donald McCain has confirmed the horses came from his Cheshire stables. Horses from the infected yard raced on Wednesday, potentially exposing a significant number of horses. “This precautionary approach is intended to ensure we…

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Week in pictures: 26 January – 1 February 2019

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright Monica Almeida / Reuters Image caption Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira pose backstage with their Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award for the film Black Panther at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Award in Los Angeles. Image copyright Ilya Naymushin / Reuters Image caption Mykh, a two-year-old Great Gray Owl, sits on the head of ornithologist Daria Koshcheyeva during a training session to tame wild animals…

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Dry January: Does it lead to binge-drinking in February?

Image copyright Getty Images An estimated 4.2 million people in the UK said they were planning to abstain from drinking in January – and the official Dry January campaign says it’s designed to “reset” people’s relationship with alcohol. So does a month off drinking help people form new habits, or is it likely to lead to a February binge? The idea that having a “dry” month leads to heavier drinking afterwards seems to be backed up by some studies – mainly on rats. In one study, rats were given alcohol…

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Trump to meet Kim Jong-un by end of February

Image copyright EPA Image caption Kim Yong-chol is close to the North Korean leader US President Donald Trump is to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a second summit by the end of February, the White House say. The announcement came after Mr Trump met top North Korean negotiator Kim Yong-chol at the White House. He had been expected to deliver a letter from Kim Jong-un to Mr Trump. Little progress has been made on denuclearisation since their historic summit in Singapore last June. No venue has been announced…

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Stormont: Main parties meet for first talks since February

Image caption The talks at Stormont were organised by the Alliance Party leader Naomi Long Northern Ireland’s main parties have met for the first time since the breakdown of talks in February. The discussions at Stormont on Monday featured the DUP, Sinn Féin, the UUP, the SDLP and the Alliance Party as well as independent assembly member Claire Sugden, People Before Profit’s Gerry Carroll and Steven Agnew of the Green Party. The TUV’s Jim Allister did not attend. The meeting was organised by Alliance leader Naomi Long. Who’s calling the…

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Israel plans to land unmanned spacecraft on moon in February

YEHUD, Israel (Reuters) – An Israeli non-profit group plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon in February in the first landing of its kind since 2013. Israeli scientists stand next to an unmanned spacecraft which an Israeli team plans to launch into space at the end of the year and to land it on the Moon next year, in Yahud, Israel, July 10, 2018 REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun The craft, which is shaped like a round table with four carbon fiber legs, is set to blast off in December from…

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