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NASA's Mars spacecraft braces for 'seven minutes of terror'

The first spacecraft to study the deep interior of Mars will attempt on Monday a perilous descent to the dusty surface. Just 40% of missions to the red planet have safely made it through the thin atmosphere. NASA hopes combination of a heatshield, parachute and retrorockets will slow InSight from …

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Clashes as migrants try to storm US border

All border crossings have been halted as hundreds of caravan migrants are trying to breach a Mexico-US border fence. Several hundred Central American migrants stormed the international border crossing between Tijuana and California to pressure the US into hearing their asylum claims. US agents have shot tear gas at migrants …

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'Master' magician and Boogie Nights actor dies

The “greatest”, a “genius” and “truly remarkable” are just some of the words magicians, actors and directors have used to describe Ricky Jay, who has died aged 72. The American star – known as one of the most compelling figures in magic – also appeared in films such as Boogie …

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Stand-off on how to recover missionary killed by tribe

Indian police are planning how to recover the body of a US missionary buried on an island after he was killed by a tribe in a “hail of arrows”. It comes amid a nervous stand-off between officers and the remote people of North Sentinel island following the death of John …

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Mexico denies plans for asylum waiting area

Mexico has denied that it has made a deal with the US allowing asylum seekers to wait in the country while their claims are processed by American courts. The denial casts further doubt over discussions surrounding the “Remain in Mexico” deal, pushed by Donald Trump and seen as a way …

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Facebook documents seized by UK parliament

Facebook documents have been seized in an unusually aggressive step by the UK parliament. A number of internal documents belonging to the social media giant were taken using parliament’s legal powers as MPs continue to probe the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The documents are reported to contain information on the …

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Black man killed by police was 'likely' not the gunman

Police have admitted a black man they shot dead while responding to a shooting at a shopping centre in Alabama was “likely” not the attacker. Hoover police initially told reporters Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr, 21, had shot an 18-year-old at the mall on Friday – but a day later retracted …

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Rain helps to bring California wildfires under control

Deadly wildfires that have ravaged northern California for weeks are almost contained thanks to several days of rain. Search crews are still carrying out the meticulous task of combing through ash and debris that are now damp and muddy. Destroyed neighbourhoods are being searched for a second time as hundreds …

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Aretha Franklin's Detroit mansion sells for $300,000

Aretha Franklin’s mansion in Detroit has reportedly been sold for $300,000 (£233,964). The late singer died of pancreatic cancer in August in her Detroit riverfront apartment at the age of 76. According to public records, her former 5,600-square-foot 1927 brick home, adjacent to the Detroit Golf Club, was sold last …

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