BBC News - Home 21 December 2017

Catalonia election: Voters split over ties with Spain

Separatist and pro-Spanish parties in Catalonia contest a snap regional election called by Madrid.

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Apple's iPhones slowed to tackle ageing batteries

Customers have long suspected iPhones slow down over time. Now, Apple has confirmed some models do.

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Melbourne crash: Driver arrested after hitting pedestrians

A driver who hit pedestrians has "mental health issues" but no known terrorism links, police say.

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Kaci Sullivan: 'I gave birth as both genders'

Kaci Sullivan's second child came after he began to transition and start living as a man.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement photos released

Romantic images of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are released by Kensington Palace.

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UK deputy PM fired after pornography find

The PM's deputy is asked to resign after making "inaccurate statements" after pornographic material was found on his Commons computer.

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Philippines ferry carrying 251 capsizes

Passengers say strong winds and waves meant the vessel started taking on water - and quickly sank.

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Memphis defies state ban to remove two Confederate statues

The city sold off parkland after Tennessee denied the council's bid to get rid of the monuments.

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South Korea fire at public gym and sauna kills 29

The fire produced huge amounts of toxic smoke, trapping victims in a sauna on the second floor.

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Alps murders: Suspect could give new lead to al-Hilli shooting

Police are questioning a former soldier who is the main suspect in two other cases in the area.

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Jonghyun: Family, friends and fans bid K-pop star farewell

One of K-pop's biggest stars Jonghyun took his own life this week.

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Mexico violence: Six bodies found hanging from bridges near resort

The men were tied above busy roads in the tourist region of Baja California Sur state, police say.

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Australian WW1-era naval submarine HMAS AE-1 found

The discovery of the first Allied submarine lost in WW1 solves Australia's oldest naval mystery.

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Yemen cholera cases reach one million - ICRC

About 2,220 people are thought to have died since April, but the number of new cases is declining.

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Campaigners cover eye in solidarity with wounded Syrian baby

Photos of two-month-old Karim's injuries sparked a social media campaign which has reached beyond Syria.

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'Sun standing still': Why do we celebrate the solstice?

Why the solstice is so symbolic for peoples around the world.

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Bitcoin: Should we care about its price?

With so much volatility there is arguably limited value in reporting the ups and downs of the cryptocurrency.

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Alexis Sanchez: Man City boss Pep Guardiola still keen to sign Arsenal striker

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola still has the signing of Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in his sights but may wait until the summer transfer window.

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Commonwealth Games: Birmingham announced as host of 2022 event

Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games - the most expensive sports event to be held in Britain since London 2012.

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Bristol City boss Lee Johnson enjoys 'emotional' win over Manchester United

Lee Johnson says Bristol City did not know whether to “laugh, cry or cuddle each other” as they beat Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.

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James Tarkowski: Burnley defender accepts violent conduct charge

Burnley defender James Tarkowski accepts a charge of violent conduct and will serve a three-match ban with immediate effect.

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Andy Murray: Double Wimbledon champion to delay departure to Australia

Andy Murray delays his departure to Australia but hopes to be back playing in a couple of weeks, according to his management company.

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs' plan to buy the Carolina Panthers 'brilliant'

Rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs' bid to take control of the Carolina Panthers is "brilliant" and "overdue", says former NFL player Keith Mitchell.

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