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Trump dumps controversial chief strategist Bannon in latest upheaval


WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN, Md. President Donald Trump on Friday fired his chief strategist Steve Bannon in the latest White House shake-up, removing a far-right architect of his 2016 election victory and a driving force behind his nationalist and anti-globalisation agenda. | Video

Barcelona van attacker may still be alive, on the run - police 1:16am BST

BARCELONA The driver of the van that ploughed into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people, may still be alive and at large, Spanish police said on Friday, denying earlier media reports that he had been shot dead in a Catalan seaside resort. | Video

Finnish police 'quite certain' about attacker's identity - local media 1:22am BST

TURKU, Finland Finnish police raided an apartment in eastern Turku and said it was "quite certain" it had identified the attacker who killed two people and wounded eight during a stabbing rampage on Friday, local media reported. | Video

Scotland's Sturgeon says nationalism a difficult word 18 Aug 2017

EDINBURGH Scotland's pro-independence First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday she wished her Scottish National Party (SNP) had chosen another name when it was founded because of the negative connotations of nationalism.

UK publisher pulls scholarly articles from China website at Beijing's request 18 Aug 2017

SHANGHAI/LONDON Cambridge University Press, one of Britain's most respected academic publishers, has blocked online access in China to hundreds of scholarly articles and book reviews on Chinese affairs after coming under pressure from Beijing.

Britain receives record number of foreign visitors in second quarter 2017 18 Aug 2017

LONDON Britain received a record number of foreign visitors in the second quarter of 2017, and the number of Britons making trips abroad reached an all-time high for the time of year, official figures showed on Friday.

Ukraine plant sucked into North Korea missile row has fallen on hard times 18 Aug 2017

DNIPRO, Ukraine The wall around the Yuzhmash rocket factory in east Ukraine is in places overgrown with weeds, a sign of hard times at a plant which a new study says could be the source of engines that power North Korean missiles.

U.S. prosecutors recommend three years in prison for VW engineer Liang 18 Aug 2017

DETROIT Federal prosecutors on Friday recommended a three-year prison sentence for Volkswagen AG engineer James Liang for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $25 billion (19.42 billion pounds).

Germans watching Charlottesville sense echoes of their own history 18 Aug 2017

BERLIN/WEIMAR, Germany For the past decade, the pupils of the Manfred von Ardenne school in Berlin have been visiting a local cemetery to tend the graves of victims of the Nazis. | Video

Venezuela's constituent assembly assumes power to legislate 18 Aug 2017

CARACAS Venezuela's new legislative superbody on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fuelling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship.