Pope arrives in Mexico City

Pope Francis arrives in Mexico City to a spectacular welcome ceremony at the airport; describes his meeting with the Russian Orthodox Patriarch as frank and congenial.

Cameron defends Britain's desire for sovereignty before EU summit 9:38am GMT

HAMBURG, Germany Prime Minister David Cameron defended Britain's desire to protect its sovereignty on Friday, appealing for understanding from the European Union in his talks for better membership terms that could be decided next week.

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Presses to fall silent at Independent as paper goes online-only

12 Feb 2016

LONDON Britain's Independent is to disappear from news stands next month after its owner took the left-leaning title online only, one of the first national newspapers in the world to buckle under pressure from the internet.

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Zika link to birth defects could be proven within weeks - WHO

10:25am GMT

GENEVA/LONDON The suspected link between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, the birth defect microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, could be confirmed within weeks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. | Video

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Heralding Schengen suspension, EU gives Greece three months to fix borders

12 Feb 2016

BRUSSELS The European Union took a step on Friday towards suspending its cherished free-travel Schengen zone for two years by setting a deadline for Greece to stem the chaotic influx of migrants into the bloc.

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FTSE records best day in five months as commodities shares surge

12 Feb 2016

LONDON Britain's top share index ended higher on Friday, recording its best one-day percentage gain in more than five months, as banking and commodities-related stocks rebounded from a slump in the previous session.

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Entertainer Rolf Harris to face further sex crime charges

12 Feb 2016

LONDON Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, currently serving a six-year jail term for child sex crimes, is to be charged with seven more indecent assault offences dating back 45 years, Britain's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Friday.

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Protests support Brisbane hospital's refusal to release asylum baby

Supporters gathered in front of a hospital in Brisbane Australia where doctors are refusing to release a baby girl to face deportation. Julie Noce reports.

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