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Week in pictures: 19 – 25 May 2018

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright Danny Lawson/Reuters Image caption The Duke and Duchess of Sussex kiss on the steps of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle following their wedding. American actress Meghan Markle became the newest member of the UK’s Royal Family […]

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Coming home after 130 years

When a Syrian stonemason and his family were granted asylum in Greece last year they immediately made their way to the island of Crete – completing a journey begun by their great-grandparents 130 years ago. Entering a small shop in Chania, on Crete’s north-west coast, Ahmed began to introduce himself. The owner looked at him […]

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Cyclone Mekunu kills girl of 12 in Oman

Image copyright EPA Image caption The cyclone made landfall near Salalah, Oman’s second city Cyclone Mekunu has hit southern Oman with high winds and rain, killing a 12-year-old girl and leaving three other people injured, officials say. The girl died after wind swept her against a wall, police say. State TV showed large areas of […]

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Mussels test positive for opioids in Seattle's Puget Sound

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists at the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife have found that mussels in Seattle’s waters are testing positive for opioids. The finding suggests “a lot of people” are taking oxycodone in the Puget Sound, researchers say. Scientists used mussels as a way to test pollution in Seattle’s waters and […]

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British men 'increasingly' targeted by sextortion

There’s been a three-fold rise in the number of cases of sextortion being reported to police in the UK over the last three years, where criminals trick their victims into sexual activity online and then blackmail them. Experts say that Ivory Coast in West Africa has become a hotspot for the scammers, as Angus Crawford […]

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Brazil short on basic goods as fuel strike grinds on

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Highways around São Paulo have been blocked Brazilian President Michel Temer has ordered the armed forces to clear roads blocked for the past five days by truck drivers angry at fuel price rises. He said a radical minority had rejected an agreement reached on Thursday and was holding the population […]

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Trump: North Korea summit could still happen on 12 June

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump: ‘North Korea meeting could still happen’ US President Donald Trump has said his summit with North Korea’s leader could still happen on 12 June, despite earlier cancelling the meeting. “We’ll see what happens. It could even be the 12th. We’re talking to them now. They very […]