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EU leaders have dismissed talk of renegotiating the draft Brexit deal and warned the UK's political situation could make a "no-deal" more likely. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was "no question" of reopening talks as a document was "on the table". Meanwhile French PM Edouard Philippe said there was a need to prepare for a no-deal because of UK "uncertainty". The...
Ever thought of getting a health check but worried about having to, well, drop your pants? Meet the Testimatic. That's a booth to allow New Zealand men to have their testicles checked without having to face a doctor. Testicular cancer is the number one cancer in young men in Western nations and the booth is being rolled out with fanfare at...
One of Walt Disney's earliest films has been discovered in Japan. An anime historian had the cartoon for 70 years before he realised it was one of seven lost films. The two-minute short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a precursor to Mickey Mouse. Yasushi Watanabe, 84, bought the film from a toy wholesaler in Osaka when he was a teenager, paying only...
The director of the US emergency agency says a California town ravaged by wildfire will need a "total rebuild" job that will take several years. Brock Long, administrator of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said the damage to Paradise was "one of the worst disasters" he had ever seen. So far 56 people have been found dead in the Camp Fire...
The management of K-pop stars BTS have apologised after a photo emerged of a band member wearing a hat with a badge resembling Nazi insignia. It comes immediately after a furore over a different band member wearing a T-shirt with a picture of an atomic bomb on it. Bit Hit Entertainment said both incidents were "in no way intentional" and not...
A pearl and diamond pendant that belonged to ill-fated French Queen Marie Antoinette has been sold for $36m (£28m) in what Sotheby's auction house says is a world record for a pearl. The star lot at Sotheby's Geneva show was bought after a fierce bidding. It had been valued at about $2m. It was part of a major collection of jewellery sold...
An Indonesian woman whose fiancé was on a Lion Air flight which crashed into the sea has gone ahead with her wedding pictures alone. Intan Syari and Rio Nanda Pratama were due to get married on 11 November. But Mr Pratama died as he was coming home for the wedding, when Lion Air flight JT 610 crashed on 29 October shortly after taking...
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has suspended the president's move to dissolve parliament, as a political crisis in the island nation deepens. President Maithripala Sirisena shocked the nation by sacking parliament and calling snap elections on Friday. The dramatic decision came two weeks after Mr Sirisena fired his prime minister and replaced him with the country's former leader. But his actions have been...
Papua New Guinea (PNG) might be the least likely place to spot world leaders shaking hands. But that's exactly what's happening over the next few days. Notoriously dangerous Port Moresby is hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit this week, and it's shaping up to be quite an unusual meeting. Among the stranger features of the gathering: some of the...
Apple shares sank by 5% on Monday, dragging down US markets and wiping more than $40bn (£31bn; €35bn) off the tech giant's market value. The fall followed a profit warning from some of the firm's suppliers, which exacerbated concerns that demand for iPhones is slowing. The declines made the company one of the biggest losers on the Dow, which closed down...

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