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Week in pictures: 8 – 14 December 2018

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP Image caption A French soldier stands guard at Strasbourg Christmas Market in France, after gunman Cherif Chekatt opened fire there, killing three people. Chekatt was shot dead by police on Thursday. Image copyright Stefan Rousseau / PA Image ...

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How many terror attacks are by people known to police?

Image copyright Getty Images The gunman who killed three people in Strasbourg’s Christmas Market had been radicalised in prison, French authorities say. Sadly, the reality that they were aware of Cherif Chekatt, but unable to prevent the attack, follows a pattern seen in other countries. At George Washington University, we have looked at 76 jihadist attacks in Western Europe and ...

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Do autistic people ‘get’ jokes?

Originally dubbed “little professors” by Viennese paediatrician Hans Asperger, autistic people have often been thought to be a rather serious bunch. So do autistic people even have a sense of humour? A new BBC podcast, 1800 Seconds on Autism, aims to dispel that no-humour myth, among other assumptions – with razor-sharp wit running through it. The first time you heard ...

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Brexit: Amber Rudd urges MPs to ‘forge a consensus’

Image copyright Getty Images MPs across the political divide should “abandon outrage” and attempt to “forge a consensus” over Brexit, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has said. In the Daily Mail, Ms Rudd wrote: “Brexit is in danger of getting stuck”. It comes after the PM’s bid to make her Brexit deal more acceptable to MPs suffered a blow ...

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Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The status of Jerusalem has long been a highly contested issue Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that his government will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. However, he said Australia’s embassy would not move from Tel Aviv, until a peace settlement was achieved. He added Australia also recognised the aspirations of ...

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Yemen war: Can ceasefire deal finally bring peace?

Image copyright EPA Image caption The war has pushed millions to the brink of starvation A ”forgotten war” is now in the eyes of the world. Beyond all expectations, a week of talks, brokered by the UN at a postcard-perfect Swedish castle, took Yemen a step closer to its elusive peace. ”Our collective achievements this week were a significant step ...

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Yemen war: Firing in Hudaydah raises fears for new truce

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Children displaced by recent fighting in the port city Fighting has resumed on the fringes of Yemen’s port city of Hudaydah, according to residents, raising fears for a newly agreed truce. The ceasefire for the port was only agreed between the government and rebels at talks in Sweden on Thursday. It is hoped Hudaydah, occupied ...

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