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US to shiver in 'once-in-a-generation' polar vortex US faces 'once-in-a-generation' cold snap

The most extreme arctic blasts, caused by a spinning pool of cold air known as the polar vortex, could bring temperatures as low as -53C (-64F)


World's oldest Nobel prize winner Arthur Ashkin World's oldest Nobel prize winner Arthur Ashkin

96-year-old scientist will make electricity cheap for all


Shaky truce in key Yemeni port of Hudaydah Shaky truce on front lines in Yemen

This vital warehouse still stores a sea of wheat sacks in a country on the cusp of famine


Bungaree: Indigenous man who helped Flinders explore Australia Indigenous 'king' who helped explore Australia

Bungaree was born in the area now known as Broken Bay, just north of modern day Sydney, in about 1775


Indian election 2019: Are fears of a mass hack credible? Can India's voting machines be hacked?

With 800 million voters and nearly 2,000 political parties taking part, India's elections are a staggeringly challenging exercise


Amar Ekuhsey Boimela getting bigger, more reader-friendly Amar Ekuhsey Boimela getting bigger, more reader-friendly

Works on the stalls and the main stage are almost finished


Australia horse deaths: Wild animals perish at dried-up waterhole Mass death of wild horses in Australia heat

About 40 of the animals had already died from dehydration and starvation


Pakistani boy exposed police for killing his family in Sahiwal shooting Pakistani boy exposed police for killing his family

The police had described Umair Khalil's father Mohammad Khalil, his mother Nabeela, sister Areeba and his father's friend Zeeshan as terrorists


How will history judge President Trump?

How will history judge President Trump?

The paranoia of Richard Nixon, who in his final days railed, King Lear-like, at portraits hanging on the White House walls


Can Prince Philip be charged with a crime? Can Prince Philip be charged with a crime?

Back in 2002 Princess Anne became the first senior member of the Royal family to be convicted of a criminal offence after her dog attacked two kids


Brexit: Theresa May scraps £65 fee for EU citizens to stay in UK May axes Brexit fee for EU citizens

MPs are due to vote on a modified version of the deal next Tuesday


Chang'e-4: Can anyone 'own' the Moon? Can anyone 'own' the Moon?

Since the Apollo 11 mission of July 1969, the Moon has remained largely untouched - no human has been there since 1972


Vogue sorry for misidentifying journalist Noor Tagouri Vogue misidentifies US Muslim journalist

Vogue magazine has apologised for misidentifying Muslim American journalist Noor Tagouri as a Pakistani actress in its February issue


Britain's Prince Philip still driving at 97 Britain's Prince Philip still driving at 97

Once motorists reach 70 in Britain, they need to renew their licences every three years, though they do not need to retake their driving test


The widow who asked eight French presidents for the truth The widow who asked eight French presidents for the truth

The 87-year-old is telling me about her life with Maurice Audin, a fellow maths student at the University of Algiers in the 1950s


US government shutdown: Six ways it could end Six ways the US shutdown ends

Mr Trump continues to call the border a national security crisis while Democrats say he is holding America hostage over an exaggerated threat


US shutdown after four weeks - food banks and job fairs US shutdown after four weeks - food banks and job fairs

Volunteer groups are collecting food to hand out, towns are organising job fairs, and banks and telecommunications firms have loosened rules


How one heatwave killed 'a third' of a bat species in Australia How 'one-third' of a bat population died in two days

The animals, also known as spectacled fruit bats, were unable to survive in temperatures which exceeded 42C


Rahaf Mohammed: Saudi teen says fleeing 'worth the risk' Saudi teen refugee 'had nothing to lose'

Rahaf Mohammed, 18, locked herself in a Bangkok hotel room and refused to fly back home earlier this month


Kumbh Mela: How to plan a festival for 100m people Kumbh Mela: How to plan a festival for 100m people

Hindus believe that doing so will cleanse them of their sins and help them attain "moksha", setting them free from the cycle of birth and death


Why Padmavat should be named India’s national epic Why Padmavat should be named India’s national epic

Padmavat is well known and much loved and hence can have considerable influence


Who is Ali Bongo, president of Gabon? From playboy prince to Gabon's president

Gabon's President Ali Bongo is a man of many faces


Saudi teen Rahaf granted asylum in Canada Saudi teen Rahaf granted asylum in Canada

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok, but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting


Rahaf al-Qunun: Unpicking the tweets that may have saved her life #SaveRahaf: How Twitter saved a Saudi woman

Fleeing her Saudi family in Kuwait, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, sent out a series of tweets pleading for help from an airport hotel room in Bangkok


The men who stay awake so India's rich can sleep The men who stay awake so India's rich can sleep

Two men, dressed in dark blue jackets and caps with the word "security" sewn in bright yellow, have just begun their nightly patrol


Nepal woman and children die in banned 'menstruation hut' Nepal woman and children die in banned 'menstruation hut'

The traditional practice of exiling menstruating women from the family home is banned in Nepal but it is still widely practised in rural areas


Serbia-Kosovo: Where neighbours do not share a coffee The town where neighbours won't share a coffee

The town's population is majority Serb, but in the wider region Albanians are more numerous


Harappa grave of ancient 'couple' revels secrets Secrets of ancient 'mystery couple' skeletons revealed

In 2015, archaeologists and scientists from India and South Korea found these two "very rare" skeletons in a Harappan


India transgender gurus in landmark Hindu procession India transgender gurus in landmark Hindu procession

Thousands throng the streets of Allahabad to seek blessings from transgender sadhus (holy people)


Saudi woman left Bangkok airport 'under care of' UNHCR Saudi woman left Bangkok airport 'under care of' UNHCR

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun told she ran away from her family while travelling in Kuwait because they subjected her to physical and psychological abuse


Who rescues migrants in the Channel?

Who rescues migrants in the Channel?

In 2018, the Home Office says 539 people attempted to travel to the UK on small boats


How worried should we be about China's economy? How worrying is China's slowdown?

Adding to the worries, China's stock market was the world's worst performer last year, ending with a loss of 28%


Justin Trudeau: Three challenges facing him in 2019 Justin Trudeau: Three challenges facing him in 2019

Canada also managed to clinch an updated - though still to be ratified- free trade deal with the US and Mexico


Anak Krakatau volcano: Satellites get clear view of collapse

Satellites show extent of volcano collapse

Poor weather conditions over Indonesia's Sunda Strait had frustrated spacecraft that view the Earth in the same type of light as our eyes


Mrinal Sen: The extraordinary chronicler of middle class life Mrinal Sen: The extraordinary chronicler of middle class life

His three Kolkata-centric films — Interview (1971), Kolkata 71 (1972) and Padatik (1973) — are a pointer to this fact


Reality Check: Where is the plastic waste mountain? Where is the plastic waste mountain?

Many Chinese recyclers moved their operations abroad to benefit from cheap flows of plastic in the region


Who died in 2018? Who died in 2018?

Bollywood's first female superstar Sridevi Kapoor who appeared in 300 films in a career spanning 50 years


Putin's Russia: Icy Siberia reveals cracks in society Icy Siberia reveals cracks in Putin's Russia

It takes hours for the morning steam to lift from the river in Irkutsk and for the temperature to creep up from around -20C


Zuckerberg sees 'progress' for Facebook after tumultuous year Zuckerberg sees 'progress' for Facebook after tumultuous year

He added that Facebook's systems were also being retooled with the aim of helping "improve people's well-being," based on research it conducted

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