Polar vortex claims eight lives as US cold snap continues

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChicago is using fire to melt snow on the railway and keep the trains running At least eight people have died in

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Facebook adviser criticises ‘lax’ child checks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The app gave “nearly limitless access” to a teen’s device One of Facebook’s independent child safety advisers has criticised the firm over a scheme

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Equal pay: Asda loses appeal in court case

Image copyright Reuters Supermarket giant Asda has lost an appeal in the latest development in a long-running legal dispute with staff over equal pay. The decision means that lower paid

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Obscene porn rules relaxed in England and Wales

Image copyright Getty Images Guidelines about what constitutes “obscene” pornography have been relaxed in England and Wales. The Crown Prosecution Service had previously listed torture and bondage, among other acts,

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Saving my daughter from Instagram self-harm

Ian’s daughter Libby was using Instagram to post images of her self-harm injuries. He says photographs on the social media platform were more graphic than things he had seen when

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Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir mocks ‘Facebook protesters’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Omar al-Bashir has ruled Sudan since June 1989 Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has ridiculed his opponents’ use of social media to organise recent protests against

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Brexit: Unilever stockpiles Ben & Jerry’s and Magnum ice creams

Image copyright Getty Images Unilever has said it is stockpiling Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and Magnum bars ahead of the UK’s departure from the European Union. Chief executive Alan

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Drones help Galapagos tackle rat infestation

Image copyright Island Conservation Image caption North Seymour’s blue-footed booby birds dig a shallow trench to raise their chicks Drones are helping conservationists rid one Galapagos island of an infestation

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Italy in recession amid stagnant eurozone

Image copyright AFP Italy’s economy tipped into recession at the end of last year, according to latest figures. In the final three months of 2018, the economy shrank by 0.2%,

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Venezuela opposition ‘has met military’, says Juan Guaidó

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJuan Guaidó: “Maduro’s regime is killing young, poor people on the streets” Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó says he has held secret

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