BBC News - Home 14 December 2017

Walt Disney buys Murdoch's Fox for $52.4bn

The deal ends Rupert Murdoch's more than half century of media empire building.

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Putin: Trump opponents harm US with 'invented' Russia scandal

The US president's opponents "invented stories" to make his work seem illegitimate, says Vladimir Putin.

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Morgan Spurlock admits sexual misconduct

Super Size Me documentary maker Morgan Spurlock tells of paying to settle a harassment case.

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Joe Biden comforts John McCain's daughter over cancer

The ex-VP offers words of advice on the senator's cancer during an emotional TV talk show encounter.

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Niki Austrian airline failure strands many passengers

Some 5,000 passengers are stuck abroad after the Austrian airline opens insolvency proceedings.

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EU leaders wrestle with migrant quotas at summit

There are sharp divisions over relocating asylum seekers in the EU.

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India happiness minister sought as murder suspect in Madhya Pradesh

The man charged with the wellbeing of India's Madhya Pradesh state has been missing since Tuesday.

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Colombia's main gang declares unilateral ceasefire

The Gulf Clan is Colombia's most powerful criminal gang, smuggling drugs as far as Russia.

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Bryn Terfel is the latest star to quit Tosca

The baritone pulls out of an ill-fated production, which has already lost all its other main stars.

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Harry Potter gets a weird new chapter from a computer

Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash is the title of a new story created by computer wizards.

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Airbus A380 draws giant Christmas tree over Germany

An Airbus pilot has festive fun flying in the shape of a Christmas tree on a test flight over Germany.

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Delhi zoo hosts party for Rita the chimp, aged 57

A cake is cut as schoolchildren sing "happy birthday" to India's oldest living chimpanzee.

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Ashes: Dawid Malan hits maiden Test century on day one in Perth

Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow put England in a strong position on the opening day of the third Ashes Test in Australia.

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Chris Froome case handling is a scandal - Tony Martin

The handling of Chris Froome's adverse drugs test is a "scandal" and suggests double standards, says four-time world time trial champion Tony Martin.

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F1 'grid girls' under 'strong review' - have your say in our vote

The "delicate topic" of 'grid girls' in Formula 1 is "under strong review" by the sport's new owners.

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