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Spinal implant helps three paralysed men walk again

Image caption Sebastian, Gertan and David have all benefited from the work of Dr Courtine Three paralysed men, who were told they would spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair, are able to walk again thanks to doctors in Switzerland. An electrical device inserted around the men’s spines boosted signals from their brains […]

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Parkinson’s disease ‘may’ start in gut

Image copyright Getty Images The brain disease Parkinson’s may actually start in the depths of the digestive system, US scientists say. In their study, people whose appendix had been removed were less likely to develop the neurodegenerative disease. And the appendix, long thought of as pointless in the human body, contained the substance that kills […]

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What America’s ‘Blexit’ gets wrong about history

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Jamal Khashoggi’s impact on the war in Yemen

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Tanzania: Anti-gay crackdown in Dar es Salaam

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stigma against same-sex relationships is widespread in Tanzania A Tanzanian governor has announced the creation of a surveillance squad dedicated to hunting down gay people. Paul Makonda, governor of the economic capital Dar es Salaam, told reporters round-ups would begin next week. The team will scrutinise social media in […]

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Royole’s bendy-screen FlexPai phone unveiled in China

Royole’s bendy-screen FlexPai phone unveiled in China

Image copyright Royole Image caption Royole showed off its flexible phone at a trade event in China A little-known California-based company has laid claim to creating the “world’s first foldable phone”. Royole Corporation – a specialist in manufacturing flexible displays – unveiled the FlexPai handset at an event in Beijing. When opened, the device presents […]

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Asia Bibi: Imran Khan attacks hardliners over court case

Media captionAsia Bibi’s escape from Pakistan death row Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has attacked hardliners and appealed for calm after the acquittal of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy. In a televised broadcast, Mr Khan said hardliners were “inciting [people] for their own political gain”, claiming they are “doing no service to Islam”. The […]

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Jin Yong: The ‘Tolkien of Chinese literature’ dies at 94

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Cha is a legend in the Chinese literary world He’s been referred to as the JRR Tolkien of Chinese literature and the grandfather of martial arts novels – but very few people have heard of him outside the Chinese-speaking world. Novelist Louis Cha, who wrote under the name Jin […]

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Australian awarded house in ‘bizarre’ 20-year squatting case

Image copyright ABC Image caption Mr Gertos discovered the house was empty in 1998 Two decades ago, Australian property developer Bill Gertos found a house sitting empty in Sydney. So he changed the locks, repaired the property – and began leasing it to tenants. Now Mr Gertos has won a legal battle to be declared […]

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Labour says it would end the welfare freeze

Image copyright AFP/Getty Labour says it would end the freeze in working-age benefits if it wins the next general election. The policy was not included in the party’s last manifesto, but at Prime Minister’s Questions, Jeremy Corbyn said he “would have ended the benefit freeze” if he had won the election. Labour later said it […]

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