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China anger after doctor sued over smoker's death

Chinese social media users are reacting angrily after a doctor was ordered to pay compensation for his alleged role in a smoker's death.The doctor, surnamed Yang, was told by a court in central Henan province that he must pay compensation of 2,200 dollars as a matter of "principle fairness" to the family of an elderly man surnamed Feng, who died in May.


Australian parliamentarians 'to disclose citizenship'

Australia's Prime Minister has announced new rules to make all federal politicians declare their citizenship status. It comes amid a dual citizenship saga, which has led to six politicians losing their office. In Australia, dual citizens are not allowed to run for federal office. Malcolm Turnbull unveiled the new disclosure rules today in a bid to clear up the uncertainty around politicians' eligibility in Canberra. However, the plan will need to be voted on, in both, the upper and lower houses in Australia's parliament, before coming into force.

Catalan leader hands himself to Belgian police

Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont and four former advisers have turned themselves in, to Belgian police. An investigating judge would decide by tomorrow morning whether to execute an EU arrest warrant issued by a Spanish judge on Friday.


Donald Trump embarks 12 day tour of Asia


US President Donald Trump has embarked on an 12-day trip to Asia during which he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. It will be the longest tour of Asia by a US president in 25 years.


IS loses Deir al-Zour in Syria and Al-Qaim in Iraq on same day

The so-called “Islamic State” has lost control of two of its last remaining strongholds in Syria and Iraq. Early yesterday, Syria's army announced it had taken Deir al-Zour. Later in the day the Iraqi prime minister said Al-Qaim, across the border, had been recaptured by government forces. Iraqi forces say they have also seized the last border post between Iraq and Syria that was held by IS. Last month, a US-backed Syrian alliance took control of Raqqa in Syria, the former capital of the Islamic State's self-styled "caliphate". Although its ideology remains powerful, the territorial ambitions of the IS are now almost destroyed.

Sacked Catalonian ministers held in Spanish jails.

Eight sacked Catalan ministers have been remanded in custody by a Spanish high court judge over the region's push for independence. Prosecutors had asked the judge to detain eight of the nine former regional government members who turned up for questioning in Madrid. They are accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. Prosecutors are also seeking a European Arrest Warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont

Octopuses found crawling along Welsh beach

Dozens of octopus have been spotted emerging from the ocean and crawling along the Welsh coast. Up to 25 curled octopuses were seen three nights in a row at New Quay beach in Ceredigion in west Wales.
Octopuses usually hide in the rocks some two or three metres below the water surface.


New York truck attack suspect charged with terrorism

An Uzbek immigrant has been charged by US prosecutors with causing the deaths of at least eight people in New York by mowing them down in a truck.Sayfullo Saipov, 29, is also accused of providing material support and resources to Islamic State (IS) group. He was shot and injured by police at the scene of the attack, and received treatment in hospital. Prosecutors say he spoke freely to them, waiving his right to avoid self-incrimination while in custody

Iraq 'to take control of Kurdistan border crossings

The Iraqi military has said it is preparing to take control of the autonomous Kurdistan Region's only border crossings with Turkey and Syria. A statement said a delegation had visited the Ibrahim al-Khalil and Fish Khabur posts to determine requirements.


Record surge in atmospheric Carbon Dioxide seen in 2016

The World Meteorological Organization states that concentrations of Carbon Dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016. Last year's increase was 50 percent higher than the average of the past 10 years. Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon drove Carbon Dioxide to a level not seen in 800,000 years. Scientists say this risks making global temperature targets largely unattainable. The figures published by The World Meteorological Organization are the remaining levels of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere, after significant amounts are absorbed by the Earth's "sinks", which include the oceans and the biosphere.

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