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13 siblings held captive in filthy California home, police say

<b>(CNN) —</b> A couple was arrested after police discovered that their 13 children had been held captive in their California home in filthy conditions, some shackled to beds with chains and padlocks, officials said Monday.<p>The victims ranged in age from 2 to 29, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department …

Crime

May faces tougher transition stance from EU amid Norway pressure

Exclusive: Norwegian officials tell Brussels they may seek radical rethink of their terms if UK has to single market for key sectors<p>Theresa May has been hit with a double Brexit blow as the EU toughened up its terms for a transition period and Norway privately warned Brussels that giving in to the …

Brexit

Poppi Worthington inquest: Coroner rules toddler was abused before her death

A senior coroner has ruled that Poppi Worthington was abused before her death.<p>David Roberts is delivering his conclusions at the second inquest of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington - more than five years after she died.<p>The toddler's controversial first inquest was quashed by the High Court and deemed …

Crime

UK's saving after Brexit even bigger than 350 million pounds, Johnson says

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will have even more money to spend on public services than the disputed 350 million pounds a week Brexiteers promised after the country leaves the European Union, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in an interview published on Tuesday.<p>The 350 million pound ($482 …

Brexit

UK ministers pressed to reveal legal advice on reversing Brexit

MPs seek transparency on whether article 50 can be overturned as Commons prepares to votes on EU withdrawal bill<p>Pro-EU MPs will attempt to force the government to reveal its legal advice on whether article 50 could be reversed, allowing the UK to potentially withdraw from the Brexit process.<p>A …

Brexit

Brexit creeps up UK risk managers' worry list: survey

LONDON (Reuters) - Risk specialists in British businesses are more worried about Brexit and other regulatory change than they were a year ago, though cyber attacks remain the biggest concern, a survey showed on Tuesday.<p>The risk of changes in legislation and regulation, including concerns over …

Brexit

Woman raped and abused as a child incapable of caring for toddler, family court judge rules

A woman who was abused and raped as a child is not capable of caring for her toddler daughter, a family court judge has ruled.<p>Judge Jessica Pemberton …

British Columbia

Prominent Serb politician and suspected war criminal shot dead outside Kosovo office

Oliver Ivanovic shot four times outside party HQ in Kosovska Mitrovica.<p>Leader of the SDP Civic Initiative party was awaiting retrial for suspected …

Extremism

When is Holocaust Memorial Day 2018? Special events will take place across UK and the world to remember the Jews killed

Every year in January Holocaust Memorial Day is held to remember the six million Jews brutally killed during World War 2.<p>Hitler's genocide, also …

European History

Malaysia says it won't let politics derail Singapore train projects

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore and Malaysia vowed on Tuesday to push ahead with two ambitious rail projects linking the two countries as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak played down political uncertainty ahead of a general election to be held this year.<p>Najib and his Singapore counterpart, Lee …

Lee Hsien Loong

Pope Francis under pressure to confront sex abuse in Chile during visit

SANTIAGO, Chile — Pope Francis will be under pressure Tuesday to confront a priest sex abuse scandal during his first full day in Chile, an Andean nation where the majority identifies as Roman Catholic but strong currents of skepticism and even contempt for the church are increasingly present.<p>Many …

Christianity

China claims it is still in control of Tiangong-1 space station and can decide where it will crash

China reportedly claims that Tiangong-1's re-entry will be controlled and that the space station will fall into a designated area.<p>Recent reports over …

Exploration

Trump Hotels Refuses to Leave Panama Despite Vote To Oust Company

An attempt to try to strip President Donald Trump's name from a hotel building in Panama has turned bitter, with the U.S. leader's hotel company …

Corruption

Snow bomb hits UK as temperatures plunge to -7C

<b>Parts of the country have woken up to a thick layer of snow as plunging temperatures threaten more ice across the UK.</b><p>Severe weather warnings have …

Weather

Philippine lawmakers start talks for switch to federal system of government

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine lower house lawmakers on Tuesday kicked off discussions on possible changes to the 30-year-old constitution, with the aim of shifting to a system of federal government and allowing the president up to two terms in office.<p>The switch to a federal system was one of the …

Asia

Woman kidnapped and gang raped in broad daylight in Clacton-on-Sea cemetery

Police are hunting down the attackers and appeal for witnesses.<p>Police are appealing for information after a woman in the UK seaside town of …

Crime

'The feeling of freedom': empowering Berlin's refugee women through cycling

When NGO Bikeygees set out to teach female refugees how to ride a bike they were shocked by the demand. Now hundreds have benefitted from the scheme<p>Emily is a 21-year-old Afghan refugee living in Berlin, and her best experience in Germany so far has been, without a doubt, learning to ride a …

Cycling

North Korea scoffs at Trump's 'nuclear button' tweet

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea's state-run media say U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than leader Kim Jong Un's is the "spasm of a lunatic."<p>Rodong Sinmun, the ruling party newspaper, lashed out at Trump in a commentary on Tuesday that took issue with the U.S. …

North Korea

Venezuela’s Rebel Helicopter Pilot Believed Killed in Police Siege

A dissident Venezuelan police officer who gained fame last year after stealing a helicopter and attacking the country’s Supreme Court was reportedly …

Nicolás Maduro

Woman who claimed she was attacked with acid sensationally changes story to admit horrific injuries are SELF INFLICTED

A woman who claimed she was attacked with acid has has sensationally changed her story to admit her gruesome injuries were SELF INFLICTED.<p>Lizzie Dunn …

Crime

Woman claims jealous lover tipped urine on her and ate her earrings in controlling relationship

Faye Hook said the relationship left a huge impact on her as she felt like she was "living in a trapped world".<p>A woman from Pentwyn, Cardiff, has …

Relationships

Iceland to go ‘plastic-free’ on all own brand products by 2023

<b>Iceland has become the first major retailer to announce it will be going plastic-free on all its own label products within the next five years.</b><p>The …

Recycling

Fire rips through 17th century heritage building in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A huge fire destroyed most of a Dutch colonial heritage site dating back to the 17th century, including a maritime museum, in the north of the capital Jakarta on Tuesday.<p>Television images showed flames ripping through the red-tiled roof of the whitewashed rectangular buildings. …

Indonesia

Mystery of 'extremely loud explosion' which stunned Merseyside residents

A mystery loud noise shocked and panicked residents after a suspected thunder storm roared through Merseyside.<p>Dozens of people took to Twitter after …

Liverpool

New US Embassy denigrated by Trump set to open in London

LONDON (AP) — The new U.S. Embassy in London, denigrated last week by President Donald Trump as too expensive and in a poor location, is set to open to the public.<p>The embassy, in the formerly industrial Nine Elms neighborhood, will open for public business Tuesday.<p>It replaces the embassy in …

Donald Trump

Czech PM Babis to ask lawmakers to lift his parliamentary immunity

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Tuesday he would ask lawmakers lift his parliamentary immunity to face allegations of EU subsidy fraud.<p>Police are investigating whether he illegally received a 2 million euro EU subsidy a decade ago by hiding ownership of a farm and …

Czech Republic

Man threatens ex-wife with hammer and tries to strangle her for moving his belongings into a shed

Modou Jammeh pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and causing criminal damage.<p>A Handsworth, Birmingham man tried to strangle his …

Crime

World's biggest air purifier? China builds over 300 feet tall tower to combat air pollution

The massive air purification tower has already reportedly produced over 10 million cubic metres of clean air every day.<p>1 of 3<p>China has reportedly …

Pollution

Trump accuses Democrat of undermining trust on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump turned his Twitter torment on the Democrat in the room where immigration talks with lawmakers took a famously coarse turn, saying Sen. Dick Durbin misrepresented what he had said about African nations and Haiti and, in the process, undermined the trust …

Donald Trump

Valiant Donald Trump keeps umbrella to himself while Melania and Barron are rained on

Who said chivalry was dead? Donald Trump went to great lengths to make sure that his own hair was protected as he boarded Air Force One but left wife …

Donald Trump

Hong Kong democracy activists appeal jail terms

Hong Kong’s leading democracy activists appealed Tuesday against their jail terms in a case seen as a litmus test for the independence of the city’s …

Hong Kong

Just a fifth of commuters see improvement in train services in spite of £900m investment, Which? survey finds

Just a fifth of commuters have rated their train service as better than a year ago in a downbeat passenger survey carried out by consumer group Which?<p>In spite of roughly £925m being spent on the railway last year and fares rising by an average of 3.4pc at the start of 2018, only 20pc said they had …

Trains

PBOC official says China's centralized virtual currency trade needs to end: source

BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior Chinese central banker says authorities should ban centralized trading of virtual currencies as well as individuals and businesses that provide related services, an internal memo from a government meeting seen by Reuters showed.<p>In the memo outlining details of …

China

Russia's underwater drone can carry a 100-megaton nuclear warhead, leaked Pentagon documents claim

This is the first time the Pentagon has acknowledged the presence of the drone, dubbed Autonomous Underwater Vehicle or AUV.<p>A recently leaked …

War

Russia's hidden world of North Korean labor

<b>St. Petersburg, Russia (CNN) —</b> In pre-fabricated buildings, down a muddy track on the outskirts of St. Petersburg lies a world of hidden North Korean labor in Russia.<p>On a construction site near their shabby living quarters, a group of laborers building apartment blocks told CNN they are from North …

North Korea

Burma pushes ahead with vast camp for returned Rohingya despite fears it will become a prison ghetto

Burma has pledged to begin the return of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh next week despite international warnings that they will be held in squalid internment camps that may result in long-term ghettos and a “powder keg” of radicalisation.<p>More than 650,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims have been …

Asia