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Highway 101 reopened as death toll from mudslides climbs to 21

Highway 101 reopened as death toll from mudslides climbs to 21

California’s iconic Highway 101 in Santa Barbara reopened on Sunday nearly two weeks after it was covered with 3.7m of debris from mudslides, and a day after the discovery of a missing woman’s body pushed the death toll to 21.

Pope apologises for sexual abuse comments

Pope apologises for sexual abuse comments

Pope Francis, in an extremely rare act of self-criticism, has apologised to victims of clerical sex abuse, acknowledging that he had “wounded many” in comments defending a Chilean bishop who is under scrutiny.

Merkel takes first step in coalition talks with SPD

Merkel takes first step in coalition talks with SPD

German Chancellor Angela Merkel took the first step yesterday towards forging a new conservative-led coalition when she met with party leaders to draw up a framework for the negotiations.

Catalans defy Madrid to nominate sacked leader

Catalans defy Madrid to nominate sacked leader

Catalonia’s parliament has nominated former leader Carles Puigdemont, sacked by Spain for unilaterally declaring independence, as candidate to rule the region in a sign of defiance to Madrid and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government.

Clockwork precision

Clockwork precision

A man services a wall clock in a shop at an antiques market in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Ghana looks to convert grassroots rugby into global success story

Ghana looks to convert grassroots rugby into global success story

Some of the girls wear hijabs, others are barefoot and the sandy pitch is marked out in charcoal. But the 14 players could be Ghana’s rugby stars of the future.

Joy, hope in Liberia as Weah is sworn in

Joy, hope in Liberia as Weah is sworn in

To the cheers of a crowd fired by his promise to bring them jobs and prosperity, former football star George Weah was sworn in yesterday as president of Liberia,...

Snowfall in Tokyo

Snowfall in Tokyo

People walk on a street during a snowfall in Tokyo yesterday.

Princess Eugenie to marry boyfriend

Princess Eugenie to marry boyfriend

Princess Eugenie of York has got engaged, Buckingham Palace announced yesterday, lining up a second royal wedding this year at the church where Prince Harry will tie the knot.

Ukip chief refuses to quit despite mass resignations

Ukip chief refuses to quit despite mass resignations

Britain’s anti-EU, anti-immigration UK Independence Party was in chaos yesterday after its leader Henry Bolton refused to resign despite calls from a string of senior colleagues.

Violence, arson erupt ahead of Padmaavat release

Violence, arson erupt ahead of Padmaavat release

Violence and arson erupted in parts of BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Haryana yesterday ahead of Thursday’s release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial period drama Padmaavat..

Time and place

Time and place

A man is seen near a giant analog clock installed along a roadside in Islamabad.

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