UK teen to face court over acid attacks

UK teen to face court over acid attacks

A 16-year-old boy is due in court charged in connection with five acid attacks which took place in less than 90 minutes in London. The teenager is charged with 15 offences including grievous bodily harm and possession of an item to discharge a noxious substance. He is expected to appear before Stratford Youth Court on Monday. Police say the teenager has been charged with one count of GBH with intent, one count of possession of…

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Cameroon forces ‘kill 97 Nigerian fishermen’ in Bakassi

Nigeria’s parliament is investigating reports that 97 fishermen have been killed in the Bakassi peninsula, which the country ceded to Cameroon. Reports say that the killings happened last week when a Cameroonian paramilitary unit was enforcing a $300 (£230) fishing levy. Nigerian Interior Minister Abdulrahman Dambazau accused Cameroon of breaching an agreement to protect its citizens. The Cameroonian government is yet to comment. Cameroon took control of oil-rich Bakassi in 2008 after an International Court…

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UK police arrest teenager after spate of acid attacks

  Arrest comes after five acid attacks in east London left several people with facial injuries, police say. Police were called to five ‘acid incidents’ within an hour and a half, all in east London [File: EPA] British police said they arrested a teenager after five acid attacks in east London left several people with facial injuries including one with “life-changing” effects. One of the victims had been on a moped when two assailants –…

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EU, China unite behind Paris climate deal as Trump mulls US withdrawal

EU, China unite behind Paris climate deal as Trump mulls US withdrawal

    (CNN)European Union leaders and China vowed Thursday to push forward with the Paris Agreement on climate change as the world waits to see whether US President Donald Trump will pull out of the landmark accord. Trump has said he will announce his decision on the climate deal later Thursday. Two senior US officials familiar with Trump’s plans told CNN on Wednesday that he is expected to withdraw from the Paris accord. US is…

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Sally Yates on Flynn warning: ‘There was nothing casual about this’

Sally Yates on Flynn warning: ‘There was nothing casual about this’

(CNN)Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Tuesday shot down the White House’s efforts to downplay the severity of her warnings about former national security adviser Michael Flynn. “There was nothing casual about this,” Yates said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, reacting to White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s assertion that her warning about Flynn’s interactions with Russian representatives was a “heads up.” “I absolutely did not use the term heads up,” Yates…

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Dozens killed as wall collapses at wedding in India

Dozens killed as wall collapses at wedding in India

New Delhi (CNN)At least 24 people were killed in India when a wall collapsed onto wedding guests Wednesday evening, police say. Twenty-eight other people were injured, most suffering from head injuries, Anil Tank, superintendent of police in the city of Bharatpur, told CNN. The 90-feet-long wall at the venue was built without proper support and had collapsed in heavy winds, Tank said. The dead bodies had to be manually recovered after the power supply failed,…

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US to provide ‘limited arms’ to Kurdish fighters in Syria

US to provide ‘limited arms’ to Kurdish fighters in Syria

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has authorized the limited arming of Syrian Kurds to help in the fight against ISIS, the Pentagon announced Tuesday, in a move bound to antagonize Turkey. “Yesterday, the President authorized the Department of Defense to equip Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces as necessary to ensure a clear victory over ISIS in Raqqa, Syria,” chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement referring to ISIS’ self-declared capital. The equipment…

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Gene mutations in brain linked to OCD-like behavior

Gene mutations in brain linked to OCD-like behavior

Researchers provide further evidence of how gene mutations in a certain brain region might fuel behaviors associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The findings could pave the way for new treatments for the condition. Researchers reveal how certain gene mutations in the corticostriatal brain region might play a role in OCD-like behavior. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a condition characterized by uncontrollable thoughts, obsessions, and compulsions. Obsessions include repetitive thoughts or mental images that trigger anxiety, while compulsions refer…

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Wrecks of sunken warships disappear from ocean floor

Wrecks of sunken warships disappear from ocean floor

(CNN)In early November, an international diving expedition set out from Indonesia into the Sea of Java to find the wrecks of several Dutch warships that sank during World War II. The team planned to place a plaque next to the wreck of a Dutch admiral’s warship to commemorate the upcoming 75th anniversary of its sinking. Instead, the expedition made a startling discovery. “We were and are all shocked that the ships were gone,” said Lt….

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China orders Xinjiang residents to surrender passports to police

China orders Xinjiang residents to surrender passports to police

Beijing (CNN)Millions of residents in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region have been ordered to surrender their passports to local police, in a move rights groups say is an attack on personal freedom. The order came from the Shihezi Public Security Bureau Immigration Office in Xinjiang on October 19, which said that passports would be held by police after an “annual check.” Residents wishing to travel abroad would have to seek permission from local authorities, the statement…

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