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Refugee Bahraini footballer boards plane leaving Thailand for Australia: Reuters witness

FILE PHOTO: Jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi leaves Thailand’s Criminal Court, in Bangkok, Thailand February 4, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha BANGKOK (Reuters) – A refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia boarded a plane in Thailand early on Tuesday that would fly directly to Melbourne, where he has lived since 2014 and plays for a local football club. Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, boarded a Thai Airways flight at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport shortly after midnight, according to a Reuters witness. He was seen talking happily as he walked past the…

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Ikea apologises after leaving New Zealand off a map

Ikea apologises after leaving New Zealand off a map By Patrick Evans BBC News Image copyright Jibbles666 Image caption Reddit user Jibbles666 spotted the offending map at an Ikea outlet in Washington DC The furniture chain Ikea has apologised after becoming the latest offender to leave New Zealand off a map. An eagle-eyed Reddit user spotted that the shop is currently selling the map with a blank space where the country should be. User Jibbles666 spotted the mistake while shopping at an an Ikea outlet in Washington DC, USA. He…

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Michael Jackson doc Leaving Neverland is ‘disturbing and devastating’

Image copyright Getty Images Michael Jackson gave a young boy jewellery in exchange for sexual acts, according to new documentary Leaving Neverland. The “devasting and disturbing” film has been shown at The Sundance Film festival in Utah, America. It focuses on two men who claim Michael Jackson had abused them as children. His estate deny the claims saying it’s “an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in” on the singer, who died in 2009. USA Today reporter Patrick Ryan was at the world premiere on Friday. Wade Robson…

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Leaving the EU: What do you want Parliament to do?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘The politicians’ job is to sort something out’ It’s not just the MPs who say they will reject Theresa May’s deal that have their own ideas on what Brexit should look like – up and down the country the voters have very different visions of the UK’s departure from the EU. With the vote just hours away, various BBC programmes have been canvassing their views. ‘That makes me feel a little bit sick’ Great Yarmouth has the fifth-highest leave vote in the…

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Car ploughs into group in Liverpool leaving man seriously hurt

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCar ploughs into group of men in Liverpool leaving one seriously hurt A man has been seriously injured by a car which ploughed into a group of people in Liverpool city centre. The victim, 19, was one of four men crossing Slater Street at about 02:45 GMT when they were struck by a white car. The driver of the Ford Kuga did not stop at the scene and Merseyside Police is investigating. A 19-year-old man from Stoneycroft has been arrested on suspicion…

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Brexit: Remainers criticise Corbyn’s pledge to pursue leaving the EU

Image copyright Reuters Remain supporters have criticised Jeremy Corbyn for saying he would continue to pursue Brexit if his party won a snap general election in 2019. Speaking to the Guardian, the Labour leader said he would go to Brussels to negotiate a better deal than the one Theresa May has offered to Parliament. Asked what stance Labour would take if another referendum took place, he said it would be for the party to decide. Labour’s Chuka Umunna said the interview was “deeply depressing”. Mr Corbyn also admitted he was…

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WADA denied Moscow lab data access, leaving Russia facing ban

TORONTO (Reuters) – Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is again on the verge of suspension after a World Anti-Doping Agency inspection team visiting a Moscow laboratory was denied access to raw data to complete its full reinstatement, WADA said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A sign is on display outside the office of Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov The five-member WADA team had spent a week in Russia but left the Moscow lab and returned home frustrated and without having retrieved any of the data…

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Brexit: How could another referendum on leaving the EU work?

Image copyright Getty Images The former prime minister Tony Blair has renewed his call for another referendum – if there is no parliamentary majority for any one Brexit outcome. “Parliament’s gridlocked, Parliament can’t decide and therefore we’ve got to go back to the British people to decide”, the former Labour leader told Radio 4’s Today programme. Labour’s official position is to try to force a general election if Theresa May’s deal is rejected. If that attempt fails, the party says that supporting another referendum could be an option. However, the…

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Brexit: Your simple guide to the UK leaving the EU

Image copyright AFP Feeling a little lost on Brexit? Never really got your head around it in the first place? Let us walk you through it. What is Brexit? Brexit is short for “British exit” – and is the word people use to talk about the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU (European Union). What is the EU? The EU is a group of 28 countries which trade with each other and allow anyone to easily move between the countries to live and work (click here if you want…

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Texas newlyweds die in helicopter crash leaving wedding

Image copyright Facebook/Bailee Ackerman Image caption The couple were killed in a helicopter crash after departing their own wedding A young couple from Texas were killed when a helicopter carrying them away from their own wedding crashed late on Saturday night, according to officials. Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman Byler were both students at Sam Houston State University. Their deaths were first reported by the student newspaper. The crash occurred near Uvalde, about 85 miles (135km) west of San Antonio. On social media, wedding attendees have been posting their condolences…

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