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The unlikely Boston marathon runner-up

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The unlikely runner-up will return to her full-time job with $75,000 in prize money A two-time Olympian, Desiree Linden, became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985 on Monday – but it’s the runner-up who is making headlines. Sarah Sellers ran the 26.2 mile (42km)…

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R Kelly accused of new sexual misconduct

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption R Kelly is accused of “predatory, controlling and abusive behaviour” R Kelly is facing a fresh allegation of sexual misconduct, from a former partner who claims he “intentionally” infected her with an STD in Dallas. According to her lawyer, the unnamed woman was the victim of “unlawful restraint” during…

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Man gets ‘third face’ in French transplant

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Hamon is still recovering in a hospital in Paris after the January transplant The first person in the world to receive two facial transplants says he is feeling well, three months after his latest groundbreaking operation. Jérôme Hamon had his first transplanted face removed last year after signs of…

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Defend democracy, Macron urges EU

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Macron has a safe majority in the French parliament to enact reforms French President Emmanuel Macron has urged Europeans to resist rising authoritarianism and renew their commitment to democracy. “I don’t want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers that has forgotten its own past,” he told the European…

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Actress kidnapped by North Korea dies

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Choi was one of South Korea’s most famous actresses during the peak of her popularity A South Korean actress, once kidnapped by North Korea and forced to make films for the state, has died at 92. Choi Eun-hee was a leading actress in the South when she was kidnapped…

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Facebook facial recognition to go on trial

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook must face a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology, a California judge has ruled. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook gathered biometric information without users’ explicit consent. It involves the “tag suggestions” technology, which spots users’ friends in uploaded photos; the lawsuit says this breaches Illinois state…

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China’s economy grows 6.8% in first quarter

Image copyright Getty Images China’s economy grew 6.8% between January to March according to official data, slightly beating forecasts for the period. The growth rate compares expansion with the same three months in the previous year. The latest GDP figures are also above Beijing’s 2018 annual growth target of “around 6.5%”. The data shows resilience…

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Chemical inspectors to be allowed in Douma

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Residents ride through the ruined streets of Douma on Sunday, a week after the attack Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria will be permitted to visit the site of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday, Russia has said. The international team has been in the country since Saturday, but has not…

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Going for a pub crawl by helicopter

Heading out for a beer in Australia could almost be considered a national sport but in the vast Australian outback, great distances (and crocodiles) makes being social challenging. So now some helicopter firms are turning this into a business opportunity. The Experience Economy is a weekly series exploring the trend of consumers placing a higher…

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Delay for Nasa planet-hunter

Image copyright Artwork: Tess Image caption Tess’s four-camera system will search about 85% of the sky during its primary mission The launch of Nasa’s Tess planet-hunter has been postponed and it will not now lift off until Wednesday at the earliest. The telescope was due to go up from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 18:32…