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PM's bid for 15 October election fails

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US school 'sorry' for foster care threat

A Pennsylvania school that warned parents to pay outstanding lunch fees or risk their children going into foster care has apologised and accepted a donation to cover the debt.

Wyoming Valley West School District had initially turned down the offer by a local businessman to pay off the ...

Polio: The final battle

She had been greeted by a group of men with no intention of letting her inside. The stand-off only ended when another relative appeared - a doctor. The polio team then managed to vaccinate all the children except the sobbing girl. They decided to try again the next day.

The headmaster ...

Unseen 9/11 photos found after CD sale

Many of those who worked in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks went on to suffer illness, with about 400,000 people believed to have been exposed to toxic contaminants, or suffered injury or trauma on the day itself according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Letter makes plea to rich over climate

Stands for 'Anthropogenic Global Warming', which means the rise in temperatures caused by human activity like the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil. This produces carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases, which trap heat in the atmosphere and cause the planet to become wa...

Joe Biden launches 2020 presidential bid

"I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time. But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch tha...

UK seeks new Brexit delay until 30 June

Instead, she was offered a short delay to 12 April - the date by which the UK must say whether it intends to take part in the European Parliamentary elections - or until 22 May, if UK MPs had approved the withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU. They voted it down for a third time last week.

Nasa: India missile test could threaten ISS

China provoked international alarm with a similar test in 2007. The Nasa chief said "a lot" of the debris created by that test remained in orbit. The US military is in total tracking about 10,000 pieces of space debris, nearly a third of which is said to have been created by the Chinese test. ...

'No vaccine, no school' in Italy

Under Italy's so-called Lorenzin law - named after the former health minister who introduced it - children must receive a range of mandatory immunisations before attending school. They include vaccinations for chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella.

On Monday - the last day for...

The bridge of desperation - BBC News

The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has led to one of the largest mass migrations in Latin America’s history.

President Nicolás Maduro blames “imperialists” - the likes of the US and Europe - for waging “economic war” against Venezuela and imposing sanctions on many members of his gov...