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On this day: A bomb brings PanAm Flight 103 down over Lockerbie, killing 270 people

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On this day: A bomb brings PanAm Flight 103 down over Lockerbie, killing 270 people

At 7.03 p.m. on 21 December 1988, Pan Am flight PA103 was cruising at 31,000 feet over Dumfries and Galloway when it exploded, coming down on the town of Lockerbie and a surrounding area of 850 square miles. 269 people on board and 11 on the ground were killed. The Boeing 747 jumbo jet had taken

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Adorable cheetah sextuplets step outside for the first time

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Adorable cheetah sextuplets step outside for the first time

Rare cheetah sextuplets born in September at a zoo in the Netherlands take their first steps outside.  Video block text

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Barack Obama used nuclear ‘red phone’ to warn Putin about Russian hacking of US election

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Barack Obama used nuclear ‘red phone’ to warn Putin about Russian hacking of US election

President Barack Obama used the "red phone" system set up to avert nuclear war to issue a stark warning to Vladimir Putin over Russian hacking of the US election. Mr Obama delivered the message to the Russian president in October stating that further cyber attacks would be considered

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Labour heading for a ‘bloodbath’ at 2020 election, major party donor warns

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Labour heading for a ‘bloodbath’ at 2020 election, major party donor warns

Labour is facing a "bloodbath" at the 2020 general election unless it adopts immigration policies more in tune with its traditional working-class support in the North and the Midlands, a major party donor has warned. John Mills, who chaired the Labour Leave campaign in the EU

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Australia’s oldest scientist wins battle to keep working at age of 102

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Australia’s oldest scientist wins battle to keep working at age of 102

A 102-year-old scientist has won a battle to keep working on campus at a university in Australia following concerns his presence was a “safety risk”. In August, Edith Cowan University in Perth advised David Goodall, an ecologist and Australia’s oldest working scientist, that he would have

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Richard Marx restrains ‘psycho’ passenger on Korean Air flight 

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Richard Marx restrains ‘psycho’ passenger on Korean Air flight 

Grammy-winning musician Richard Marx stepped in to help restrain a passenger on a Korean Air flight who reportedly attacked flight attendants and other passengers. The incident occurred aboard on a flight from Hanoi, Vietnam to Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday. Marx – known for hit singles

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Berlin market attack: Is public mood now turning against migrants as Germany mourns dead?

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Berlin market attack: Is public mood now turning against migrants as Germany mourns dead?

As darkness fell on what remained of the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz on Tuesday evening, the sound of hundreds of voices reciting the Lord’s Prayer rang out clearly across the streets of the German capital.  So many mourners had flocked to a memorial service at the nearby Kaiser

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Golf buggies and dodgems could require motor insurance under new EU law

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Golf buggies and dodgems could require motor insurance under new EU law

Golf buggies and fairground dodgems could require motor insurance for the first time under European law, the government has admitted.  A new EU directive may see full insurance become a necessity for all "vehicles", including those only used on private The Department for Transport

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China headmaster ‘suspended’ after 400 pupils sit exam outside during heavy smog

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China headmaster ‘suspended’ after 400 pupils sit exam outside during heavy smog

A headmaster has been suspended in China after more than 400 pupils were forced to sit an exam in an outdoor playground during toxic pollution, media reported. China is currently experiencing its most severe “airpocalypse” of the year, with smog readings more than 30 times above safe limits

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Storm Barbara threatens Christmas get-away with 90-mph winds

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Storm Barbara threatens Christmas get-away with 90-mph winds

Christmas travel plans look set to be thrown into chaos, with 90-mph winds threatening to strike large parts of the UK from Friday. The Met Office yesterday named Britain’s second official storm of the winter, Storm Barbara, as it issued weather warnings for Northern England, Scotland and

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