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Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad dies at 91

The Swedish founder of the Ikea furniture chain, Ingvar Kamprad, has died at the age of 91, the company has announced. Mr Kamprad died at his home in Småland, Ikea confirmed in a statement. The company said that Mr Kamprad was “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the 20th century”. The Ikea founder had faced questions over his past links ...

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French woman saved from ‘killer mountain’

A French climber stranded on top of one of Pakistan’s most deadly mountains is safe after a dramatic rescue operation. The search for her Polish climbing partner, however, has been called off. Elisabeth Revol and Tomasz Mackiewicz were climbing Nanga Parbat, nicknamed “Killer Mountain”, when they got stuck at 7,400m (24,280ft) on Friday. An elite climbing team from Poland who ...

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Czech president Zeman wins second term

Czech President Milos Zeman has won a second five-year term in office following a tight run-off vote against rival Jiri Drahos. Mr Zeman, a pro-Russia and strident opponent of immigration, took 52% of the vote, narrowly beating Mr Drahos, a pro-EU academic with no prior political experience, Czech television reports. Saturday’s ballot was the second round for the presidential candidates. ...

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Kabul attack: Taliban kill 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital

A suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, officials say. Attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint into a street that was only open to government workers. It happened near the old interior ministry building and offices of the European Union and High Peace ...

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Saudi Arabia elites released after paying corruption settlements

Some of Saudi Arabia’s most powerful men detained in November in an anti-corruption purge have been released. Among those set free are Waleed al-Ibrahim, the head of MBC television network, and Khalid al-Tuwaijiri, a former chief of the royal court. They have paid substantial financial settlements, reports say – though the amounts have not been made public. More than 200 ...

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Kabul bomb attack injures more than 70 in Afghan capital

More than 70 people have been injured in a suicide bombing in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, officials say. It happened near the old interior ministry building, which is close to the offices of the European Union and the High Peace Council. One news agency reported that several people had been killed. The Taliban have said they carried out ...

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Russia mocks Gavin Williamson’s attack warning

Russia has ridiculed a UK minister for suggesting it could cause “thousands and thousands and thousands” of deaths by crippling British infrastructure. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told the Daily Telegraph Moscow was spying on energy supplies which, if cut, could cause “total chaos” in the country. But Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Mr Williamson had “lost his grasp on ...

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Trump Davos speech: ‘America First policy is not America alone’

President Donald Trump has told global finance leaders he will always put the US first when it comes to trade, but “that does not mean America alone”. “The US is open for business,” he said in his inaugural address to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday. But he continued to attack “predatory” trade practices, warning partners that the ...

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Trump Davos speech: ‘America First policy is not America alone’

President Donald Trump has told global finance leaders he will always put the US first when it comes to trade, but “that does not mean America alone”. “The US is open for business,” he said in his inaugural address to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday. But he continued to attack “predatory” trade practices, warning partners that the ...

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Some BBC male presenters agree to pay cuts

Some of the BBC’s leading male presenters have agreed to take a pay cut after revelations over equal pay. Jeremy Vine, John Humphrys and Huw Edwards have agreed to reductions, either formally or in principle, the BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan said. It follows Carrie Gracie’s resignation from her post as BBC China editor in protest at unequal pay between male and ...

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