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Oxford University has been ranked first in an international league table for the fourth year in a row. The annual Times Higher Education world rankings put Cambridge in third place and Imperial College London in tenth. But there is a warning from the compilers of the rankings that other UK universities...
Nigeria has denied allegations it has detained thousands of children for suspected links to Islamist militant group Boko Haram. A report released by US-based group Human Rights Watch says children have been held for years in "horrific conditions". The group has urged the country to release the children.
At least 31 people have been killed in a stampede during commemorations for the Shia holy day of Ashura in the Iraqi city of Karbala, officials say. A health ministry spokesman said another 100 people were injured and warned that the death toll could rise. The stampede reportedly occurred when a...
Forensic experts will carry out tests on bones found in a house believed to have been the summer retreat of former Paraguayan military ruler Gen Alfredo Stroessner. Squatters came across the bones when they occupied the property near the city of Ciudad del Este last week. Gen Stroessner ruled Paraguay from...
An Austrian football stadium has been transformed into a native central European forest. Designed by Klaus Littmann, the installation is a statement against climate change and deforestation. Hosting almost 300 trees, the stadium hopes to attract wildlife during the seven weeks the installation is open. It was inspired...
Alibaba chairman Jack Ma is due to step down from the e-commerce giant on Tuesday, marking the end of an era for the firm. The former English teacher co-founded Alibaba in 1999 and it has become one of the world's biggest internet firms. Mr Ma's success and colourful style has made...
The iPhone launch is the most important date in Apple’s calendar. At least it would be, in a normal year. In 2019, it’s 15 December that matters most for America’s richest company. That’s when Donald Trump has threatened to impose a sweeping new round of trade tariffs against imports from China. According to analysis...
Record heatwaves in June and July caused the deaths of 1,435 people in France this year, according to the country's health minister. Speaking on French radio, Agnès Buzyn said half of those who died were aged over 75. But Ms Buzyn said, thanks to preventative measures, the rate was 10 times...
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are appealing to President Donald Trump for help as they march near the US consulate general in the city. Some are carrying banners reading, "President Trump, please save Hong Kong" and "Make Hong Kong great again". The protests, now in their 14th straight week, have continued...
South Africans have disrupted a speech in Johannesburg by a veteran politician who was trying to quell tensions following a recent wave of deadly riots and xenophobic attacks. Mangosuthu Buthelez was heckled by a rowdy section of the crowd. Dozens of men marched through the area calling for foreigners to leave.

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