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Afghan Taliban agree three-day ceasefire – their first

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC was given rare access to see life under the Taliban in 2017The Taliban have announced a three-day ceasefire with Afghan government forces coinciding with Eid later this month.This is the Taliban's first ceasefire since they were toppled by the 2001 US-led invasion and comes days after a unilateral truce by government troops. The group said it would stop all

Conservatives outstrip Labour donations by three to one

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP The Conservatives reported three times as many donations as any other party at the start of 2018.The Tories said they got £4.7m in the first three months of the year, compared with £1.4m given to Labour and £564,000 to the Liberal Democrats.Leading Tory donors include Ehud Sheleg, an Israeli-born businessman who recent media reports have suggested could become the party's treasurer.The party also received a £582,358

Strictly Come Dancing unveils three new professional dancers

[ad_1] Image caption The new Strictly faces (left to right): Johannes Radebe, Luba Mushtuk and Graziano Di Prima Three new professional dancers have been unveiled to join the line-up of Strictly Come Dancing when it returns to BBC One this autumn.Donning the sequins for the flagship Saturday night show will be Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe and Luba Mushtuk. Di Prima hails from Sicily, Radebe is South African and Mushtuk
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Three large wildfires break out in Highlands

[ad_1] Image copyright Skye Mountain Rescue Image caption Smoke can be seen rising from the heath fire near Sligachan on Skye Firefighters have been tackling three large wildfires which have broken out in different areas of the Highlands.About 30 fire service personnel were trying to contain a heath fire near Sligachan on the Isle of Skye.Six appliances were called to the scene shortly before 10:00. Up to 10 acres of

Riverdale: Death, jail and a supernatural season three?

[ad_1] Image copyright Netflix Image caption Archie Andrews faces a battle to clear his name in season three *Season 2 spoilers below!The Riverdale roller-coaster shows no sign of slowing down following its season two finale.The surprise Netflix hit, which follows high-schooler Archie Andrews and his peers through the dramatic, murderous happenings in the small town of Riverdale, left viewers with more questions than answers.Ambiguity over Jughead's survival, Black Hood's Zodiac-style
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Windrush: Sixty-three people may have been wrongly removed

[ad_1] Image caption Mr Javid became home secretary last month At least 63 members of the Windrush generation could have been wrongfully removed or deported from the UK since 2002, the home secretary has said.Sajid Javid told the Home Affairs Select Committee 32 were foreign offenders and 31 people removed by officials rather than a court order.He said the figures were provisional.It was the first time specific numbers have been

‘Three-quarters of public worried about nurse staffing’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Three in four people do not think there are enough nurses to care safely for patients in the NHS, a survey suggests.The poll of 1,600 UK adults - carried out by YouGov for the Royal College of Nursing - found 74% were concerned about staffing levels.Latest figures for England show one in nine posts is vacant.The RCN branded the situation dangerous, but ministers said steps
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Trump says North Korea released three US detainees

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The top US diplomat met with the North Korean leader during his visit North Korea has freed three US citizens from prison, according to a tweet from US President Donald Trump.The move is viewed as goodwill gesture ahead of a historic summit between Mr Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un.Mr Trump said he would greet the men when they return with Secretary of State

Tourism’s carbon impact three times larger than estimated

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Travellers from affluent countries are a key part of emissions growth in tourism A new study says global tourism accounts for 8% of carbon emissions, around three times greater than previous estimates. The new assessment is bigger because it includes emissions from travel, plus the full life-cycle of carbon in tourists' food, hotels and shopping.Driving the increase are visitors from affluent countries who

Dame Vera Lynn up for three Classic Brits

[ad_1] Image caption Dame Vera Lynn is the first and only centenarian to earn a Top 10 on the Official Albums Chart Dame Vera Lynn has been nominated for three Classic Brits, as the ceremony returns from a five-year hiatus.The 101-year-old is up for best female and best album, and will also receive a lifetime achievement prize at the show.Organisers hope the legendary wartime singer will attend the event in