BBC News - Home 15 December 2017

Brexit: EU leaders agree to move talks to next stage

Theresa May welcomes "important step" and calls for "rapid progress" on transition discussions.

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Russia a 'risk' to undersea cables, defence chief warns

Chief of the defence staff Sir Stuart Peach warns disruption to undersea cables could be "catastrophic".

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Harry and Meghan set wedding date

In a break with royal tradition, the wedding is being held on a Saturday rather than a weekday.

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Charlottesville: James Alex Fields Jr faces life in prison

James Alex Fields Jr is accused of killing a woman near a white supremacist rally in Virginia.

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France Millas train crash: Children killed as bus cut in two

At least four children died and at least 18 people were hurt in the collision in southern France.

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Amazon backs down in Google streaming spat

The online retailer puts streaming gadgets from Google back on sale, ending a two-year hiatus.

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Sea lion attacks swimmer in San Francisco Bay

The 56-year-old man suffered a serious arm injury in a rare attack.

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Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev gets eight years for bribery

Alexei Ulyukayev - guilty of seeking a $2m bribe for an oil deal - will go to a tough prison.

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Senegal air traffic control strike at new Dakar airport

Flights at the hub, opened only last week, are disrupted in a stoppage by air traffic controllers.

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Oscars 2018: Palme d'Or winner The Square among foreign film hopefuls

Swedish art world satire The Square is one of nine titles in contention for the foreign film award.

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BBC appoints Fran Unsworth as next head of news

Fran Unsworth is appointed the new BBC director of news, replacing James Harding, who leaves in 2018.

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The funniest wildlife photos of 2017 are here and you'll love them

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have announced their winners and the picture are just brilliant.

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Hugh Jackman's novelty top hat trick

The actor performed the trick for the '6,000th' time and explained why his Christmas would feature bad jokes.

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Sumatran rhino 'hanging on by a thread'

A genetic study shows the decline of one of the rarest mammals on Earth began during the last Ice Age.

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Egypt: Ancient child burials found near Aswan

The more than 3,000-year-old burials are among three recent discoveries near the city of Aswan.

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Paternoster: The rare lift that went over the top

As one of the last examples of a unique lift closes in Leicester, is it hasta la vista Paternoster?

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Could Russia cut undersea communication cables?

As the UK's top military officer raises fears, what would happen if Russia cut undersea cables?

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Brexit: Guidelines for the next stage of talks

What are the key phrases in the Brexit guidelines and what do they mean?

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Ashes: England's Jonny Bairstow says 'headbutt' celebration 'light-hearted fun'

England's Jonny Bairstow says his 'headbutt' celebration on reaching a century in the third Ashes Test was "light-hearted fun".

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Chris Froome: Pat McQuaid says Briton's adverse drugs test is a 'disaster' for cycling

Chris Froome's adverse drugs test is a "disaster" for cycling that could lose Team Sky all its credibility, says former UCI president Pat McQuaid.

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Chris Froome: Sir Bradley Wiggins' wife 'sorry' for comments about Team Sky rider

The wife of five-time Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins apologises after her attack on Chris Froome on social media.

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Aljaz Bedene to play for Slovenia instead of Great Britain

Aljaz Bedene, who was Britain's number two, is to switch his allegiance back to Slovenia despite becoming a British citizen in 2015.

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Ashes: Steve Smith hits 92 not out on second day of third Test

Australia captain Steve Smith hits an unbeaten 92 as the hosts finish the second day of the third Test on 203-3 - still 200 runs behind England.

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