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US employment rises again in August

The expanding US economy added another 151,000 jobs in August, according to the US Labor Department. That was a smaller increase than the average monthly rise of 204,000 seen in the previous 12 months. The figure for the country’s “non-farm payrolls” shows that the number of people out of work was unchanged at 7.8 million in August. That gave an ...

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Kenyan MP pushes for law to recognise intersex people

A Kenyan MP has asked the country’s parliament to pass a law to recognise a third gender to end discrimination against those who identify as intersex. Isaac Mwaura is also asking for funding for gender alignment surgery and a public awareness campaign to end stigma against intersex people. “They see me as a curse,” one person born female who later ...

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Italy's PM criticises government led fertility campaign

Italy’s prime minister has distanced himself from a campaign promoted by his health minister which encouraged couples to have more children. The Fertility Day campaign was criticised on social media for appearing not to understand the reasons behind Italy’s low birth rate. In one advert a woman holds an hourglass next to the words: “Beauty has no age limit. Fertility ...

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Samsung recalls Note 7 flagship over explosive batteries

Samsung Electronics is recalling its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and said that battery problems were behind phones catching fire. The decision follows reports in the US and South Korea of the phone “exploding” during or after charging. The South Korean company said customers who had already bought the phone would be able to swap it for a new one. ...

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Pakistan blast at court leaves several dead in Mardan

A suicide bomber has attacked a court in the northern Pakistani city of Mardan, killing at least 10 people and injuring 30, officials say. The attacker threw a hand grenade before running into the court area and detonating a bomb, police told the BBC. Lawyers, police officers and civilians are said to be among the dead. Also on Friday, four ...

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Irish cabinet meeting about Apple tax ruling to resume

The Republic of Ireland’s cabinet are to resume discussions on the European Commission’s decision that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13bn (£11bn) to Apple. It is expected to decide whether or not to appeal the decision. Finance Minister Michael Noonan has previously said the Irish government will appeal the ruling. Independent ministers have sought the recall of ...

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SpaceX rocket explodes at Cape Canaveral ahead of launch

A rocket operated by the aerospace company SpaceX has exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral where it was being test-fired ahead of a launch. The force of the blast shook buildings several miles away. SpaceX said “an anomaly” had occurred while the rocket was being loaded with fuel. No-one was injured, it said. The rocket’s payload, an Israeli-built ...

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Australian PM 'read riot act' to missing ministers

Australia’s prime minister has said he “read the riot act” to three ministers after they went home early, meaning his government lost a series of votes. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative coalition holds a majority of one seat in the parliament. The opposition Labor Party came within a single vote of calling for a royal commission into Australian banks. Coming ...

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Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov 'critically ill'

Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov is critically ill, the Uzbek government has said in a statement carried by local media. He is reported to have been taken to hospital on Saturday after suffering a stroke. His health has sharply deteriorated over the past 24 hours, the government said on Friday. Opposition news reports have suggested that Mr Karimov, 78, has died. ...

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Zika: Two billion at risk in Africa and Asia, study says

More than two billion people could be at risk from Zika virus outbreaks in parts of Africa and Asia, according to scientists writing in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Populations in India, Indonesia and Nigeria are some of the most vulnerable to transmission, the researchers said. They used data on air traveller numbers to help model their predictions. However, they acknowledge ...

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