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The final report of the public inquiry into the UK's infected blood scandal will be published on Monday. More than 30,000 people were infected with HIV and hepatitis C, from 1970 to 1991, by contaminated blood. The scandal has been called the biggest treatment disaster in NHS history, with victims campaigning for years. Some of the treatments were …
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A huge search operation is underway in Iran after a helicopter carrying the country’s President Ebrahim Raisi crashed in the mountainous north-west of the country in heavy fog. Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian was also on the aircraft.The men had been visiting Iran’s remote mountain border region with Azerbaijan to inaugurate a new d…
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Robots have integrated in our lives in different ways and have taken over some tasks which were exclusively done by humans. But, robots have not yet been able to have a sense of touch - could this be about to change?This video is from BBC Click, the BBC’s flagship technology programme.Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/1rbfUogFor more news, analysis and…
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Many cancer treatments can be harsh on patients and not all are successful despite huge progress made by researchers and scientists. However, technology like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics are now helping to discover more effective drugs which have fewer side-effects. This video is from BBC Click, the BBC’s flagship technology programme.…
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Ukrainian boxer, Oleksandr Usyk, has become the first undisputed world heavyweight champion in 25 years. He beat Britain's Tyson Fury in a fiercely competitive contest in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, which went the entire twelve rounds. Usyk, 37, won on a split decision, which meant Fury, 35, lost for the first time in his 16-year professional career…
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Warning: This film includes descriptions some viewers may find distressing.In South Korea, K-pop stars have fame, fortune and millions of female fans. But, some led a double life.This film tells the story of the female journalists who took on the task of investigating the secret chat groups where evidence of sexual crimes were being shared by promi…
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Plastic is one of the most incredible materials in the modern world - but the way we use it damages the environment. What’s the solution?Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/1rbfUogFor more news, analysis and features visit: www.bbc.com/news Video made in partnership with @bbcideas and The Open University.#PlasticPollution #BBCIdeas #BBCNews…
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Russia’s President Putin has said there are no plans to capture the country's second city Kharkiv, after Russian troops crossed the border into north eastern Ukraine. The Russian leader said his forces were advancing in order to protect the Russian border region. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has admitted that there were issues with milita…
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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has admitted that a lack of military manpower is sapping its forces' morale.He was speaking as new laws to boost army recruitment come into effect. Prisoners will now be allowed to join, and fines have gone up for men who ignore the order to fight. Ukraine’s forces are short on weapons and are trying to shore …
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Israeli forces have recovered the bodies of three hostages from Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) say.The bodies were those of Shani Louk, Amit Buskila, and Itzhak Gelerenter, it said. The IDF said they had been murdered on 7 October and their remains taken back to Gaza.Local media reported that the bodies were found in a Hamas tunnel.About 1,2…
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In 1961, the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro talked to the BBC about his land reform – passed this week in 1959 – and how he wanted peace.But it was the start of a spiralling situation between the US and Cuba that would push the world to the brink of catastrophe.Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/1rbfUogFor more news, analysis and features visit…
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Taiwan will enter a new era on Monday, as President Tsai ying-Wen hands over power. She's served two terms in office. And in that time, she has faced growing pressure from Beijing, which sees the self-governing island as a breakaway province. The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has said that what he calls 'reunification' must be fulfilled, and Taiwa…
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If you're into sports and gaming, you're pretty much covered - unless you're a boxing fan. Since EA discontinued Fight Night in 2011, boxing fans have had little to satisfy their appetite in the virtual world, but a game studio from Sheffield hopes to change that. Undisputed's developers have told BBC Newsbeat why they felt it was time for boxing t…
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The resurgence of Roaring Kitty and the meme stock rally has given the world's biggest gaming retailer, GameStop, a rollercoaster week on the US stock exchange. GameStop, the subject of the original meme stock back in 2021, saw a 179% jump on the NASDAQ this week, but almost as soon as the craze started, it looks to be fizzling out. Companies from …
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Ukrainian troops are preparing to defend the north-western city of Sumy in the Kharkiv region, as Russia continues its summer offensive. Russian forces have already penetrated the border area near Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city in recent weeks.The US-based Institute for the Study of War think tank believes Putin's main aim is to create a bu…
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Hundreds of French police reinforcements have arrived in New Caledonia amid ongoing riots in the Pacific Ocean territory which have left five people dead. A state of emergency on the islands has now been triggered as the reinforcements look to "regain control", according to French High Commissioner Louis Le Franc.The unrest erupted this week after …
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The survivors of last week's deadly floods in northern Afghanistan are continuing to search for lost loved ones. Buildings were completely wiped out and livelihoods were lost when torrents of water swept through the province of Baghlan. Noor Mohammed, 74, was one of those whose search ended with tragedy, after he lost his wife, sister, son and two …
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The UN's top court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), will hear Israel's response to a case brought by South Africa accusing Israel of genocide in the Gaza war. Israel, which has called South Africa's case "wholly unfounded" and "morally repugnant", will appear before ICJ judges today. Earlier this year, the ICJ said South Africa had a righ…
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OpenAI has unveiled its latest version of ChatGPT - called GPT-4o.It is faster than earlier models of the chatbot and has been programmed to sound conversational in its responses to prompts. It will gradually be rolled out to all users of ChatGPT, including free-users.OpenAI say they've tested it with external experts and will continue to mitigate …
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A man has been charged with the attempted murder of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. The alleged assailant has not been formally named, but local reports have widely identified him as a 71-year-old from the town of Levice. Reports say he could face up to life in prison. The politician is in a serious but stable condition after being shot several …
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Argentina's President Javier Milei has denied that it is ordinary Argentines who are paying for his radical austerity measures.In a BBC interview, Mr Milei, who campaigned with a chainsaw to symbolise his desire to slash public spending, insisted that the political class were paying for his huge cuts, not the people.The right-wing economist was vot…
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South Africa has asked the International Court of Justice to order an immediate halt to Israel's incursion in Rafah.It says as well as direct military attacks, Israel is ‘starving’ Palestinians in Gaza by obstructing access to food and medicines. Israel has insisted it is acting in accordance with international law, dismissing the claims as “basele…
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Thousands of people in western Canada are facing the wrath of wildfires this week amid severe drought.Some six thousand people were told to evacuate Fort McMurray, Alberta, where 90,000 residents were forced to flee during the 2016 wildfires.More than 3,000 others were ordered to leave Fort Nelson, British Columbia, where a fire is burning 2.5km (1…
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From the media circus outside the courthouse where Donald Trump was on trial for covering up hush money payments, to the Mexican border where he is promising to crack down on migration, to a typical Main St in a bellwether Philadelphia suburb. Newsnight's Mark Urban travels across the US asking why Donald Trump, who was written off on Jan 6 2021 as…
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The US economy is going from strength to strength so why is Joe Biden having difficulties persuading voters to give him a second term? Newsnight's Mark Urban visits the booming new green industries of the South West, where economic growth brings with it higher inflation and migration. And he talks to pro-Palestine student protesters who see no diff…
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Five Israeli soldiers have been killed in Gaza, the military says, in one of the deadliest incidents of its kind since the war began in October. Israeli media say the troops were killed when they were mistakenly hit by Israeli tank fire on Wednesday, with the military confirming they were killed "as a result of fire by our forces". It happened in J…
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Russia's president Vladimir Putin has visited China in what is his first international visit since the start of his fifth presidential term. Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed his “old friend” Vladimir Putin to Beijing. Putin said Russia and China wanted a political solution to the 'Ukraine crisis' while Xi called for a two-state solution to the…
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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is no longer in a life-threatening condition after being shot several times, the deputy prime minister has said.Tomas Taraba told the BBC Mr Fico's surgery had gone "well" and "I guess that at the end he will survive".Earlier the defence minister said Mr Fico was "fighting for his life" after being gravely injured …
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The Prime Minister of Slovakia has undergone hours of emergency surgery after being shot multiple times while leaving a government meeting and passing through crowds of people in the town of Handlova. Robert Fico was said to have been stabilised following “life threatening injuries”. It’s reported that five bullets were fired and he was hit in the …
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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is said to be in a "life-threatening condition" after he was shot and wounded.Several shots were heard, before his security detail bundled him into a nearby car. The Slovak leader has been taken to hospital and his alleged assailant detained by police. US President Joe Biden has condemned the shooting as a "horrifi…
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As the world watches the first cinematic trailer for the latest Assassin's Creed title, Shadows, Charles Benoit, Ubisoft associate game director tells BBC Newsbeat why the team decided it was time for a game set in Japan. Charles also delves into the struggles game companies sometimes face with new releases and the art of creating an engaging and e…
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Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico has been taken to hospital in a "life-threatening" condition, after an assassination attempt was carried out. The Prime Minister was "shot multiple times" in front of a building in the central Slovak town of Handlova, where a government meeting was held. Fico has been taken to hospital by helicopter and his all…
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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has been shot, according to local media reports.Mr Fico was shot in front of a cultural community centre in the town of Handlova, where a government meeting had been held, reports say.Several shots were heard, according to journalists on the scene.The Slovak leader has been taken to hospital and his alleged assaila…
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Mass protests continue as Georgia's parliament has voted through a divisive "foreign agent" law.Critics say the bill - which they call the "Russia law" - could be used to threaten civil liberties.However, the bill now faces a likely veto by Georgia's president, which the parliament in Tbilisi can override by holding an additional vote.Subscribe her…
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President Volodymyr Zelensky has cancelled all upcoming foreign trips as troops struggle to contain the new cross-border incursion, with several towns and villages coming under heavy fire. Ukraine has pulled back its troops from several villages in the border region of Kharkiv following continued pressure from Russian forces. Soldiers had come unde…
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A manhunt is underway for a prisoner who escaped from a prison van during an ambush by armed men who killed two prison officers and wounded others. The prisoner on the run, Mohamed Amra, is said to have ties to a gang in the southern city of Marseille, which has been plagued by drug-related gang violence.Known as "The Fly", Amra was being taken fro…
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Hundreds of police officers in France are hunting for an armed gang who ambushed a prison van, shooting dead two prison guards and freeing a prisoner known as ‘The Fly”.The brutal attack, which took place at a road toll booth and was captured on CCTV, has shocked France. Gunmen opened fire on prison officers, killing two and critically injuring two…
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin must pay to rebuild what he has destroyed in Ukraine. Speaking in Kyiv, Mr Blinken said Washington has the power to seize Russian assets in the US and will use them to help rebuild Ukraine. Blinken’s visit comes as the country struggles to hold back a major Russian …
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Georgian lawmakers have passed a law that will force civil society groups and media organisations to declare foreign funding. There have been weeks of mass street protests and even scuffles inside parliament. Critics say the law is modelled on a Russian law and could be used to threaten civil liberties. The government insists it's necessary for tra…
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At least two French prison officers have been killed in an ambush on a prison van near Rouen in Normandy, France. The prisoner was being taken from court to a prison and escaped after the attack. Three other officers were seriously injured after being shot with "heavy weapons", the French justice minister Eric Dupond-Moretti has said. Several hundr…
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Russian forces have been gaining ground in their most significant advance in Ukraine for many months. Troops crossed the border from Russia, north of Ukraine’s second city of Kharkiv, seizing territory in a surprise new offensive. It follows months of largely static fighting over defensive positions in the east and south of Ukraine, where Russia ha…
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An injection designed to tackle obesity could reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes - regardless of how much weight they lose while on the drug, according to a new study.Researchers looked at the effects of semaglutide - which is a prescription drug that suppresses appetite and is sold under the brand names Wegovy, Ozempic and Rybelsus.They …
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OpenAI has unveiled the latest version of the tech which underpins its AI chatbot ChatGPT.It’s called GPT-4o, and it will be rolled out to all users of ChatGPT, including non-subscribers.It is faster than earlier models and has been programmed to sound chatty and sometimes even flirtatious in its responses to prompts.The new version can read and di…
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Israeli protesters blocked aid trucks destined for Gaza on Monday, throwing food packages onto the road and ripping bags of grain open in the occupied West Bank.The lorries, which were set upon at the Tarqumiya checkpoint west of Hebron, came from Jordan and were heading to Gaza, where people are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.The White Hous…
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Ukraine as weapons from a new American aid package begin arriving at the front line.Blinken, who arrived in Kyiv by sleeper train, is expected to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky and other officials.The visit comes as the country struggles to hold back a major Russian incursion near its second biggest cit…
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More than 30 serious criminals have been jailed after UK police cracked their encrypted text messages and uncovered a violent feud over stolen drugs.Crime bosses in the Huyton Firm, had planned to murder the men they thought had taken more than £1m of cocaine from them.After a successful challenge in court, BBC Panorama obtained 10,000 of the firm'…
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Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen is testifying at a New York court in the ex-president's historic hush-money trial. Mr Cohen alleges that the former president told him to be prepared for "a lot of women" who could come forward when he entered the presidential race. It's alleged that Mr Cohen paid adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 (£…
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