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Hutt River: The Australian farm with a 'royal' family

Hutt River: The Australian farm with a 'royal' family

It has been an exciting week for Prince Graeme I, the newly crowned "monarch" of a micronation in Australia. More than 45 years ago his father, Prince Leonard, claimed to have seceded the family farm amid a dispute with the government over...

52 min. ago in World News
 
Mosul offensive: Iraqi army pushes closer to IS bastion

Mosul offensive: Iraqi army pushes closer to IS bastion

Iraqi government forces have resumed their push towards western Mosul, the last major stronghold of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Artillery fire could be heard in the distance, reports the BBC's Quentin Sommerville, who is embedded with governmen

57 min. ago in World News
 
North Korea Kim Jong-nam killing: Malaysia recalls Pyongyang envoy

North Korea Kim Jong-nam killing: Malaysia recalls Pyongyang envoy

Malaysia has recalled its envoy to Pyongyang in an escalating row over the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. Kim Jong-nam died in mysterious circumstances last week at a Kuala Lumpur airport - police believe h

today, 04:39 in World News
 
Brexit: Lords to begin debating bill to trigger Article 50

Brexit: Lords to begin debating bill to trigger Article 50

Peers are to begin debating the bill paving the way for the start of Brexit. MPs agreed the proposed law unchanged, authorising Theresa May to inform the EU of the UK's intention to leave. But the government does not have a majority in the House of Lords

today, 04:14 in Politics
 
East Ukraine ceasefire due to take effect

East Ukraine ceasefire due to take effect

A ceasefire is due to come into effect in eastern Ukraine following a deal in Munich over the weekend to halt fighting and withdraw heavy weapons from the front line. But there have been many such agreements in the past and the omens for peace in the reg

today, 03:21 in World News
 
Hitler's phone sold for $243,000 at US auction

Hitler's phone sold for $243,000 at US auction

A telephone used by Adolf Hitler during World War Two has been sold for $243,000 (£195,744) at a US auction. The identity of the buyer, who bid by phone, has not been revealed. The bidding in Chesapeake City, Maryland, started at $100,000. The red phone,

today, 03:15 in World News
 
Donald Trump: MPs debate president's state visit to UK

Donald Trump: MPs debate president's state visit to UK

MPs are due to debate US President Donald Trump's state visit to the UK, amid protests against the trip. It comes after two petitions received more than the 100,000 signatures required for such a debate to be considered in Parliament. A petition against

today, 02:38 in Regional
 
Syria conflict: Rebels warns truce may collapse after attacks

Syria conflict: Rebels warns truce may collapse after attacks

Rebel factions in Syria that backed recent peace moves say an intensification of government attacks has put the current truce in jeopardy. They warn that they reserve the right to respond to recent bombings of areas around Damascus, Homs and the south. T

today, 02:33 in World News
 
Google and Bing to demote pirate sites in UK web searches

Google and Bing to demote pirate sites in UK web searches

Search engines are pledging to make it harder for UK internet users to find pirated films and music and illegally streamed sport. Google and Microsoft's Bing have signed up to a voluntary code of practice and will ensure offending websites are demoted in

today, 02:08 in Regional
 
Grace Hopper's compiler: Computing's hidden hero

Grace Hopper's compiler: Computing's hidden hero

One, zero, zero, one, zero, one. Zero, one, one… That is the language of computers. Every clever thing your computer does - make a call, search a database, play a game - comes down to ones and zeroes. Actually, it comes down to the presence (one) or abse

today, 02:06 in Business
 

Council tax to rise while services cut, says LGA

Nearly every local authority in England is planning to raise council taxes this year but council leaders are warning services still face "deep cuts". The Local Government Association says funding care for increasing numbers of elderly people...

today, 02:00 in Regional
 

Trump tries to explain remark about Sweden amid ridicule

US President Donald Trump has sought to explain why he referred to a security incident in Sweden on Friday which did not actually happen. Addressing a rally on Saturday, he had said, "look at what's happening last night in Sweden", as he...

today, 01:02 in World News
 
Areas of oil and gas off Scotland 'may have been missed'

Areas of oil and gas off Scotland 'may have been missed'

Geologists say there could be reserves of oil and gas in areas around Scotland's coast which have previously been dismissed. A team from the University of Aberdeen has been studying rock formations around Rockall - a tiny outcrop 300 miles off the Wester

today, 00:54 in Regional
 
Holyrood committee to review 'hedge rage' legislation

Holyrood committee to review 'hedge rage' legislation

MSPs are to review legislation aimed at addressing "hedge rage" disputes between neighbours. Holyrood passed the High Hedges (Scotland) Act in 2013 in a bid to tackle rows over overgrown shrubbery. The local government committee is to review...

today, 00:54 in Regional
 
Single malt Scotch whisky exports top £1bn for first time

Single malt Scotch whisky exports top £1bn for first time

Single malt Scotch whisky topped £1bn worth of exports for the first time in 2016. The milestone reflects a return to growth for exports of Scotch more widely, with nearly £4bn of overseas sales in total. Exports account for around 93% of production. Tha

today, 00:54 in Regional
 


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