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Polar vortex claims eight lives as US cold snap continues

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChicago is using fire to melt snow on the railway and keep the trains runningAt least eight people have died in the US Midwest as the region shivers in the grip of its worst cold snap in decades.An Iowa student found dead outside a college building is…
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UK, France and Germany create payments system to trade with Iran

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Iranian protests against re-imposition of US sanctions The UK, Germany and France have created a new payments system to allow European businesses to trade with Iran without falling foul of US sanctions.All three opposed last year's decision by President Donald Trump to abandon a 2015 deal under which international…
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Sarah Sanders says 'God wanted Trump to be president'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sarah Sanders also said it was "very hard" to take morality lessons from the Democratic Party White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has told a religious television network that God "wanted Donald Trump to become president".Ms Sanders made the claim in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN),…
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Mystery illness sees Canada halve its Cuba embassy staff

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A 14th person has now been affected by the symptoms at Canada's embassy in Havana Canada will cut its embassy staff in Cuba by up to half after a mystery illness affected another person there, authorities in Ottawa have said. Medical testing after the reappearance of unusual symptoms in November…
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Why some Japanese pensioners want to go to jail

Japan is in the grip of an elderly crime wave - the proportion of crimes committed by people over the age of 65 has been steadily increasing for 20 years. The BBC's Ed Butler asks why.At a halfway house in Hiroshima - for criminals who are being released from jail back into the community -…
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Venezuela protests: Maduro rejects calls for fresh elections

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMr Guaidó urged Venezuelans to "choose freedom, democracy and prosperity"Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has dismissed calls for new presidential elections ahead of fresh protests against his leadership. In a show of defiance, he insisted his victory in polls last spring had been legitimate. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó…