BBC News - Home 19 March 2018

The UK and EU agree terms for Brexit transition period

The deal is called a "decisive step" - but more work is needed on issues including Northern Ireland.

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Texas explosions: New Austin blast 'may be tripwire-activated'

Austin police say the explosion, following deadly parcel bombings, may have been tripwire-activated.

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Video console death: US boy, 9, 'kills sister, 13, over controller'

The girl, 13, was shot in the head in Mississippi after refusing to give up the controller, police say.

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MH17 crash: Ukraine pilot blamed by Russia 'kills himself'

Moscow's claim that Capt Voloshyn's military jet downed the Malaysian airliner in 2014 was discredited.

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Russia election: Muted Western reaction to Putin victory

Western leaders are slow to send congratulations, and observers say there was no real choice for voters.

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French consulate worker 'smuggled arms from Gaza'

The consulate employee used a diplomatic vehicle to evade detection, Israeli officials say.

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Syria war: Afrin looted by Turkish-backed rebels

Rebel fighters reportedly raid homes and shops after seizing the Syrian city from Kurdish forces.

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Venezuela town issues own currency amid cash shortages

With banknotes hard to come by due to hyperinflation, the town of Elorza issues its own.

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Russian spy: EU offers solidarity over Salisbury poisoning case

It urges Russia to give "immediate, full and complete" disclosure of its nerve agent programme.

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Daphne the duck: Giant inflatable found off Perth after Australian search

The inflatable duck, which is the size of a caravan, had been bought as a marker in a swimming race.

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Who controls the world's most toxic chemicals?

The organisation keeping track of the deadly chemicals held by countries around the world.

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Anger as TV broadcasts exclude Crimea from Ukraine map

When maps of Ukraine excluding the region annexed by Russia were broadcast, social media users took notice.

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World Rugby to look at Spain's World Cup qualifying defeat by Belgium

World Rugby said it will investigate the "context of events" around Belgium's controversial win over Spain in a 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifier.

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Lyon face European ban after Uefa charge while on suspended ban

Lyon face a European ban after being charged by Uefa over crowd trouble at Thursday's Europa League defeat by CSKA Moscow, while on a suspended ban.

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Australian Grand Prix: Mercedes chief predicts three-way fight for F1 title

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says he expects the new season to be a "three-way fight" with his team, Ferrari and Red Bull.

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Man Utd trigger one-year Ashley Young extension

Manchester United trigger a one-year extension clause in Ashley Young's contract which will keep him at the club until summer 2019.

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