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US shutdown looms amid immigration feud

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Congress has until Friday to pass a bill keeping the government open The US government is two days away from a shutdown as lawmakers and the White House feud over immigration. Congress faces a Friday deadline to pass a stopgap measure that would fund federal agencies until next month. […]

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Apple to pay $38bn on foreign cash pile

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple chief executive Tim Cook at the iPhone X launch in November Apple will pay about $38bn (£27.3bn) in tax on the roughly $250bn cash pile it holds outside the US following recent changes to American tax rules. The sum is expected to be the biggest payment under the […]

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Pope Francis urges end to Chile's Mapuche conflict

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pope Francis said that violence turns a “just cause into a lie” Pope Francis has used a public address in Chile to denounce violence and call for unity in one of the country’s longest-running conflicts. Speaking in southern Araucania region, the pontiff said “destructive violence” between the indigenous Mapuche people […]

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France scraps controversial Nantes airport proposal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protesters react after the French government’s official announcement to abandon the project France has scrapped a controversial project to build an airport near the western city of Nantes, saying it did not have broad popular support. The plan was opposed by environmental groups that set up camp at the proposed […]

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Belarusian border guards catch 'trolley drone'

Image copyright gpk.gov.by Image caption Belarusian border guards take the trolley drone into custody Belarusian border guards are used to dealing with smugglers’ novel methods of trying to get contraband into the country, but even they were surprised by their first encounter with a drone on rails. Guards on the frontier with Lithuania, which is […]