Repeating fast radio bursts from deep space ‘could be aliens’
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Repeating fast radio bursts from deep space ‘could be aliens’

Mysterious repeating energy bursts from deep space that some experts have suggested could be evidence of advanced aliens have been detected for only the second time in history. Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are millisecond-long flashes of radio waves whose origin is unknown. Most scientists believe they are generated by powerful astrophysical phenomena such as black…

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Trump walks out on Democrats and calls shutdown talks ‘a waste of time’
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Trump walks out on Democrats and calls shutdown talks ‘a waste of time’

Donald Trump abruptly ended a critical meeting with Democratic leaders on Wednesday, calling it a “total waste of time” as the partial shutdown of the US government dragged into its 19th day with no end in sight. The further deterioration of negotiations over the funding lapse affecting nearly 800,000 federal employees came a day after…

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Riot police deployed in DRC ahead of presidential election results
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Riot police deployed in DRC ahead of presidential election results

Riot police have been deployed to protect election officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as it braced for the announcement of the results of the presidential vote held 11 days ago. Security forces took up positions outside the offices of the DRC’s election commission and elsewhere in the capital Kinshasa, amid fears that…

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Theresa May loses grip on Brexit deal after fresh Commons humiliation
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Theresa May loses grip on Brexit deal after fresh Commons humiliation

Theresa May’s room for manoeuvre should her Brexit deal be rejected next week was further constrained on Wednesday night, after the government lost a second dramatic parliamentary showdown in as many days. An increasingly boxed-in prime minister must now set out her plan B within three working days of a defeat next Tuesday, after a…

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Report sparks concerns over poor air quality on London Underground
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Report sparks concerns over poor air quality on London Underground

Fresh concerns over air quality on the London Underground have been raised after researchers found that the concentration of particulate pollution in tube stations was up to 30 times higher than beside busy roads in the capital. Air pollution experts have called for more analysis of the possible harmful effects of the underground’s particulates. In…

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Oxford and Cambridge reject Adonis proposal for ‘access’ colleges
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Oxford and Cambridge reject Adonis proposal for ‘access’ colleges

A radical proposal by the former education minister Andrew Adonis for a new breed of Oxbridge colleges designed to improve access for under-represented students has been greeted with little enthusiasm by the two universities. Under the plan Oxford and Cambridge universities could speed up their efforts to widen participation by opening new colleges focusing exclusively…

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Matteo Salvini says Italy and Poland could build new Europe
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Matteo Salvini says Italy and Poland could build new Europe

Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has said that Italy and Poland could trigger a “European spring” that could break the dominant “Germany-France axis” as he strives to forge far-right alliances before the European parliamentary elections in May. Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of the far-right League, travelled to Poland on Wednesday for…

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