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Donald Trump has rubbished a report alleging he made a promise to a foreign leader, something that sparked a whistleblower's formal complaint. The Washington Post said the intelligence official found the comment "so troubling" they went to the department's inspector general. In a tweet, Mr Trump dismissed the claims as "fake...
South Korean police believe they may have solved the case of a notorious serial killer who raped and murdered women 30 years ago. Police dedicated some 1.8m working days from 1986 to 1991 to investigate 10 women's deaths in rural parts of Hwaseong, south of Seoul. New DNA tests linked Lee...
The world's top rugby nations are poised for the start of the Rugby World Cup with the outcome as uncertain as any of the previous eight editions. New Zealand have won the past two World Cups, but Ireland are currently ranked as the best team in the world. A resurgent South...
Former PM David Cameron has revealed he asked whether the Queen could "raise an eyebrow" about the prospect of Scotland voting for independence. He told the BBC he sought help from royal officials days before the 2014 vote amid "mounting panic" he may lose. What was discussed was not "anything that...
The White House has stripped California of its right to set its own vehicle emissions standards and banned other states from setting similar rules. The waiver allowed the state - America's most populous - to set stricter standards than the federal government. President Trump says the move will cut car prices...
Saudi Arabia's defence ministry has shown off what it says is wreckage of drones and cruise missiles that proves Iranian involvement in weekend attacks on two oil facilities. It said 18 drones and seven cruise missiles were fired from a direction that ruled out Yemen as a source. Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi...
The ex-head of Ukraine's national bank has told the BBC she fears for her life after one of her homes near Kiev was badly damaged in an arson attack. Valeria Gontareva was also injured last month when she was knocked down by a car in London, where she now lives. Ms...
Two separate suicide attacks in Afghanistan have killed at least 48 people and injured dozens others. In Parwan province, north of the capital Kabul, an election rally where President Ashraf Ghani was due to speak was attacked, and 26 people died. Another blast, near the US embassy in central Kabul, killed...
New Zealand is poised for another Middle-earth-tied economic boost after Amazon Studios picked the country as the location for its much-anticipated Lord of the Rings television series. The show is widely tipped to be the most expensive ever made, at a cost of at least $1bn (£801m). The Amazon unit wants...
A newly-identified amphibian is possibly the largest on the planet, according to DNA from museum specimens. Reaching nearly two metres in length, the South China giant salamander is critically endangered in the wild. Scientists say renewed conservation efforts are needed if the animal is to be saved from extinction.

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