Ben Carson compares abortion to slavery

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, one of the current frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination, wants to make abortion illegal in all instances, including cases of rape and incest. He told an NBC

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Prince Harry meets Barack Obama to promote Invictus Games

A US military blimp designed to detect a missile attack that came loose from its mooring is on the ground and secure, state police say. The aerostat landed in Muncy, Pennsylvania, after

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US Federal Reserve refrains from interest rate rise

The Federal Reserve has decided to keep US interest rates unchanged after its latest meeting. The decision leaves short-term interest rates at record lows of 0% to 0.25%, the same level they

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Royal Dutch Shell pushed into loss by charges

Royal Dutch Shell has reported a loss for the third quarter of the year, after taking a big charge to reflect the cost of halting major projects. The oil company reported a

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China’s New Zealand farm-buying runs into opposition

Chinese conglomerate Shanghai Pengxin Group has been on a buying spree ever since it entered New Zealand in 2011. The food giant has bought 29 farms through local subsidiaries to become the

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Afghanistan-Pakistan quake: Cold puts homeless at risk

Aid workers have warned that some Afghans and Pakistanis made homeless by Monday’s earthquake could die from exposure. There is an urgent need for tents and blankets for those forced to spend

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UK to extend Afghanistan troops’ stay, says Fallon

The UK is to extend the stay of its troops in Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has told MPs. There are currently 450 British soldiers in Afghanistan, a level which will be

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Delhi ‘beef raid’ on Kerala government canteen causes outrage

The canteen of a Delhi guesthouse belonging to the southern Indian state of Kerala was visited by police after a rightwing Hindu group complained it had beef on its menu. Staff told

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EU parliament set to vote on net neutrality rules

The European parliament will take a key vote on Tuesday on rules affecting how internet traffic is managed. MEPs are considering a new set of rules for telecoms companies inside the EU.

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IS ‘blows up Palmyra columns to kill three captives’

Islamic State militants have killed three captives in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra by tying them to columns and blowing them up, activists say. The identities of those reportedly killed on Sunday

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