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UK politicians approve 'extreme surveillance' law

The Investigatory Powers Bill legitimises previously murky data-collection practices.

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Obama urges Trump to stand up to Russia's Putin

In a news conference with Germany's Merkel, US president urges successor to defend democratic values and rule of law.

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Spanish king shunned by left-wing MPs at parliament

Left-wing MPs wore anti-monarchy sweatshirts and refused to greet the king during the parliament's opening ceremony.

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Obama meets European leaders to discuss challenges

Talks in Germany on security and economic issues possibly US president's last in such a setting before Trump takes over.

Barack Obama and Angela Merkel

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More than 240 refugees die in Mediterranean this week

Latest death tolls from Mediterranean shipwrecks lift total number of people who died this year to more than 4,500.

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Russia pulls out from International Criminal Court

Moscow's decision follows UN report on Russian rights abuses and discrimination in Crimea.

Vladimir Putin

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Scores feared dead as another boat capsizes off Libya

Rescue effort under way in the Mediterranean, with only 23 rescued so far from a boat carrying more than 120 people.

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France's Nicolas Sarkozy faces Gaddafi payment claims

France-Lebanese businessman tells French news site he delivered cash from late Libyan leader in 2006 and 2007.

Nicolas Sarkozy

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Russia: Alexei Ulyukayev arrested, fired over $2m bribe

Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev is the most senior government official to face charges in years.

Alexei Ulyukayev

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Leaked memo says UK government has no plan for Brexit

Leaked memo, prepared by a consultant, allegedly shows that British government has no formal strategy for Brexit.

Brexit

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