BBC News - World 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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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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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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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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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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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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Australian sentenced to 46 years for torturing and killing niece

The judge describes the crime as a "depraved and sadistic act" by a man his victim trusted.

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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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Chinese man jailed for stamping on Genghis Khan portrait

A man is convicted of inciting ethnic hatred after trampling on the Mongol ruler's portrait.

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Sonia Gandhi retires as India Congress party president

Her son, Rahul, has been elected unopposed as the new president of India's main opposition.

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South Africa's Jacob Zuma: Scandals and successes

Jacob Zuma has faced some controversies during his time as ANC leader.

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Indian carol singers arrested after 'conversion' complaint

The incident occurred in Madhya Pradesh state, which is known for its strict anti-conversion laws.

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'Catastrophic blow'

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

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