BBC News - Home 22 December 2017

Catalonia election: Puigdemont calls for talks with Spain

The ousted separatist leader uses election results to call for a political solution to the crisis.

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Jerusalem: Palestinian leader Abbas spurns US peace plan

Mahmoud Abbas puts a new US peace initiative in doubt as fallout over Jerusalem's status continues.

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Opioid crisis linked to two-year drop in US life expectancy

The rate declines for a second consecutive year, the first time this has happened since 1962-63.

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Charles Dutoit: Conductor relieved of duties after sex assault claims

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cancels Charles Dutoit's appearances "for the immediate future".

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Dick Enberg, award-winning US sports broadcaster, dies at 82

Dick Enberg, famous for his cries of "Oh my!", suffered a suspected heart attack, his family says.

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Bitcoin loses third of value over week

The roller coaster ride continues for the virtual currency as it falls from almost $20,000 to $13,400.

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France couple in China unreachable after Liu Xiaobo tribute

Two French artists were reportedly taken away after painting a tribute to Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.

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Higher temperatures linked to EU asylum figures

Asylum seekers to the EU could almost double because of rising temperatures in farming areas around the world.

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Reindeer hunted by wolverines get safety app

It is designed to protect the animals, which have a special role in Christmas tradition, from predators.

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North Korea brands Trump's US security report 'criminal'

Pyongyang says the US is seeking "the total subordination of the world" with its security strategy.

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Boris Johnson says UK wants better relations with Russia

Boris Johnson and Sergei Lavrov clash over cyber-attacks but also trade jokes after talks in Moscow.

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India woman burned to death during argument in Hyderabad

Police said there were allegations the attacker had pursued her with marriage proposals for two years.

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South Korea's Lotte Group founder jailed for embezzlement

The founder of Lotte Group, Shin Kyuk-ho, is sentenced to four years in prison for embezzlement.

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'Iconic' blue British passport to return after Brexit

The 'iconic' design will replace the burgundy passports that have been in use for almost 30 years.

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How a weightlifting champion became a refugee

Ajmal, a sportsman, from Afghanistan describes his dangerous journey to Greece.

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Russia's dog experiment enrages animal rights activists

Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin demonstrated latest research into liquid breathing to the Serbian president by submerging a dog into an oxygen-rich liquid.

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Africa's best pictures of the week

A selection of the best photos from across and about Africa this week.

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Does vote move Catalonia closer to independence?

An election triumph reinvigorates the independence cause in Catalonia.

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Yemen TV presenter announces brother’s death on air

Yemeni Mohammed al-Dhabyani steeled himself as he gave news of his brother's death in an air strike.

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How did your country vote on the Jerusalem resolution?

Three quarters of countries voted to criticise the US - who were they, and who backed the US?

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Graeme Murty: Rangers appoint interim boss as manager for rest of season

Interim boss Graeme Murty is appointed Rangers manager until the end of the season.

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Frank de Boer & Slaven Bilic in frame to be new Swansea City manager

Former Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer and ex-West Ham boss Slaven Bilic are in the frame to succeed Paul Clement at Swansea.

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Mark Hughes: Stoke City boss denies he must win West Brom game to prevent sack

Stoke boss Mark Hughes denies he will be sacked if his side fail to beat West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.

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