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Brazilian president Michel Temer has survived a first vote by politicians in a case that holds the potential of suspending him from office. A Chamber of Deputies committee voted 39-26 against putting the president on trial on charges of obstruction of justice and leading a criminal organisation.

 

India's famed monument of love, the white marble Taj Mahal, is finding itself at the heart of a political storm, with some members of the country's ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming that the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor does not reflect Indian culture. The most recent attack came this week when Sangeet Som, a lawmaker from the Bharatiya Janata Party, called the 17th century monument "a blot on Indian culture" that was built by "traitors."

 

Two security guards have been jailed for their part in staging a A 7 million cash-in-transit heist after stealing money from a depot at Heathrow Airport. Loomis employees Mohammad Siddique and Ranjeev Singh used their van to steal cash belonging to Credit Suisse from inside a British Airways cargo depot at the airport.

 

A Labour MP has recalled when she "survived on cereal" in order to feed her son meals following benefit delays. Laura Smith said she wanted to give colleagues an "insider look" at being a single parent relying on the benefits system.

 

Omid Saidy, 20, was killed outside the London station on Monday, where 30 people were injured in a terror attack last month. Mr Saidy, from Fulham, was knifed after asking a drug dealer and another man to leave the area, Metropolitan Police said.

 

A couple have been charged with Modern Slavery Act offences after allegedly luring a childhood friend from Poland to work for a pittance in Britain. West Midlands Police said Tadeusz Ondycz, 32, and 26-year-old Marta Dombrowska, from Willes Road in Winson Green, Birmingham, arranged the man's travel and secured work at a recycling plant in the Black Country.

 

Thousands of people took to the streets of Somalia's capital Wednesday in a show of defiance after the country's deadliest attack, as officials said two people have been arrested in connection with Saturday's massive truck bombing that killed more than 300. Wearing red headbands, the crowd of mostly young men and women marched through Mogadishu amid tight security.

 

Spain's prime minister has urged Catalonia's leaders to back down from their bid to gain independence, a day before a central government deadline that could significantly deepen the country's political crisis. Mariano Rajoy has given Catalan president Carles Puigdemont until Thursday morning to clarify whether he is making the wealthy region independent.

 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will officially open the Hywind project about 15 miles off the shore of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, which could provide power for 20,000 homes. The project has been developed by Norwegian state energy company Statoil - although Ms Sturgeon stressed Scottish firms had been involved in the work.

 

Nine females - three aged 11 - have been approached and sexually touched by an attacker in the last three months, police said. Two women aged 27 and 25, and seven children aged 11 and 13, have been approached by a man who assaulted them before fleeing on foot in the Greenwich and Lewisham areas of London.

 

Joshua Boyle, a Canadian who was rescued with his family last week by Pakistani troops, said Tuesday that his wife had to be rushed to the hospital and remains there. Boyle told The Associated Press in an email that his wife, Caitlan Boyle, was admitted Monday.

 

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returns to the Fort Bragg courthouse after a lunch break on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, on Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl, who walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. less Sgt.

 

In 2014, ISIL seized the once vibrant metropolis, transforming it into the epicentre of its brutal rule where opponents were beheaded and terror plots were planned A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter, waves his Kurdish party flag at the front line of the battle against the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa, Syria, Oct. 16, 2017. BEIRUT - U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Tuesday, a senior commander for the force said, adding that clearing operations were underway to remove land mines left behind and search for the extremist group's sleeper cells.

 

Storm Ophelia has caused further disruption after three people died in hurricane-force winds and hundreds of thousands were left without power. Ireland and Northern Ireland bore the brunt of the storm as it battered the British Isles, with more than 200,000 homes and businesses still without power in the republic on Tuesday.

 

A Taliban attack on a police training centre in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province has killed at least 14 people, including civilians. Health ministry spokesman Waheed Majroo said dozens were also wounded in the attack on Tuesday in Gardez, the provincial capital.

 

Theresa May would have won a Conservative majority in the House of Commons if June's snap general election had taken place under proposed new constituency boundaries, experts have estimated. The new boundaries, drawn up under plans introduced by David Cameron to reduce numbers on the green benches from 650 to 600, would have given Mrs May around 308 MPs, enough for an overall majority of 16. The analysis, by Professors Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher of the University of Plymouth, will fuel criticism from opposition parties that the proposed changes will work in Tories' favour in future elections including the next one planned for 2022.

 

Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have agreed to "accelerate" efforts to find a Brexit deal but offered little sign of tangible progress. Following a working dinner in Brussels on Monday, the Prime Minister and Mr Juncker said in a joint statement that their meeting had been "constructive and friendly".

 


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