BBC News - World 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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French school bus crash driver charged

The school bus was cut in two after being hit by a train on a level crossing, killing six children.

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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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Philippines ferry: Deaths as boat capsizes off Quezon

Several people have died and many more are missing as boat capsizes off Philippines coast.

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The sea rangers safeguarding the Great Barrier Reef

The Indigenous Sea Rangers work to protect the Queensland coast and the Great Barrier Reef.

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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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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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Frozen embryo record parents on 'miracle' baby

Tina Gibson's daughter was born from an embryo that had been frozen for nearly 25 years.

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North Korean calendars show no birthday for Kim Jong-un

North Korean citizens still in the dark about the Supreme Leader's date of birth.

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Turning point

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

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Solidarity with Karim

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

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