BBC News - World 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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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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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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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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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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EU asylum numbers linked to temperatures

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

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Border wedding groom was drug smuggler

Border guards fume at news they unwittingly escorted the San Diego man to his wedding.

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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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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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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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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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Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss recorded in virtual reality

Eva Schloss was asked 1,000 questions on 116 cameras to preserve her story for future generations.

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Cara Delevingne Jimmy Choo advert called 'sexist'

The ad which shows the star being whistled at has been labelled 'tone deaf' by the #MeToo movement.

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China urges against 'dangerous' light bulb challenge

Chinese doctors are strongly urging shoppers not to take part in a potentially risky online trend.

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Shock announcement

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

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Africa's week in pictures

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

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