Measles: To vaccinate or not?



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The US has been measles-free for 15 years but there has been a new outbreak, which started at Disneyland in California. The theme park has been praised for its handling of the outbreak, which may have been triggered by an overseas visitor. The spread of cases across seven states and Mexico is being blamed on parents who have chosen not to give their children the MMR vaccine, due to concerns about potential side effects. No authoritative research has been published to back up claims that the vaccine may be linked to autism and bowel disease.
Alistair Leithead reports from Orange County in California.

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Kosovo war: The conflict that won't go away – BBC News



On 24 March 1999, the US and its Western allies began a bombing campaign over Serbia that ended the Kosovo war.

But for many Kosovo Albanians and Serbs, the conflict has never been resolved.

The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen, Albana Kasapi and Dejan Anastasijevic reported on the war and its aftermath. They explain why it can’t be put to bed.

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Assam NRC: People queue to check they are on list – BBC News



People have been queuing across the Indian state of Assam to check if their name is on the National Register of Citizens.

India has published the final version of a list which effectively strips about 1.9 million people in the north-eastern state of their citizenship.

Families have been required to provide documentation to show their lineage, with those who cannot prove their citizenship deemed illegal foreigners.

India says the process is needed to identify illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

The BBC’s South Asia correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan has been to the village of Katajhar to meet some of the people who say they are at risk.

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Biden and Ukraine: What we know about corruption claims – BBC News



The US President Donald Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry following a conversation with Ukraine’s president in which he asked for an investigation into former Vice-President Joe Biden.

But what are the allegations against Biden? The BBC’s Jonah Fisher explains what we know so far.

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Corbyn: Johnson over-estimates himself – BBC News



Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says “no one underestimates this country”, but it is “deeply worried that the new prime minister over-estimates himself”.

He says the country has been “held back” by nine years of austerity, and opportunity and freedom have been “taken away”.

Cuts to government spending, he says, were a “political choice”, not an “economic necessity”.

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Turkish forces clash with Kurdish fighters in Syria – BBC News



Around sixty thousand people have fled their homes in North Eastern Syria on the second day of a major air and ground assault by Turkish forces. There’s been heavy fighting in the central border region. Some civilians have been killed and dozens more have been injured on both sides of the border. Turkey’s President Erdogan regards the Kurdish fighters in Syria as terrorists – he claims more than a hundred have been killed.

Turkey is trying to seize land just inside the border to create what it claims is a “safe zone” in Syria to settle some of the millions of Syrian refugees who have fled the eight-year war.

Sophie Raworth presents a roundup of the day’s news with the BBC’s International Correspondent Orla Guerin, Middle East Correspondent Quentin Sommerville and North America Editor Jon Sopel.

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How to reduce your carbon footprint when you fly – BBC News



Travelling by plane has never been more popular, with four billion passengers flying every year.

But aviation emissions contribute to climate change, and scientists say we need to do more to tackle the problem.

BBC research has found that only a tiny fraction of passengers travelling with the world’s biggest airlines are choosing to offset their carbon footprints.

Carbon offset schemes involve paying extra in order to contribute to environmental projects that reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, though some say it’s just an excuse to continue polluting.

But it’s not the only way to reduce the impact of your flight on the planet.

BBC environment reporter Laura Foster explains some of the things you can do to reduce the carbon footprint of your flight.

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Germany shooting: Suspect posted videos online days before the attacks – BBC News



A suspected far-right extremist carried out the attacks on two shisha bars in western Germany, killing at least nine people, officials say.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said there were many signs the attacker in the city of Hanau had acted out of racism.

Federal prosecutors are treating the case as terrorism. Some of those killed were believed to be of Turkish origin.

The 43-year-old suspect killed himself, police say. He was found dead at his home along with the body of his mother.

Local media have identified the suspect as Tobias R, a German citizen. The Bild tabloid reports he had a firearms licence, and that ammunition and gun magazines were found in his car.

Authorities are examining a video that appears to be from the suspect, posted online days before the attacks, in which he expresses right-wing conspiracy theories. Bild said he had also left a letter of confession.

The attack comes amid growing concerns about far-right violence in Germany. Speaking in Berlin, Mrs Merkel said: “Racism is a poison. Hate is a poison and this poison exists in our society and is already to blame for many crimes.”

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Trump impeachment trial begins with witness battle – BBC News



US Democrats have ruled out a “witness swap” with Republicans in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

Lawmakers who are seeking to remove the president from office hope to hear testimony from his former National Security Adviser John Bolton.

But Democrats refused any deal to allow the son of former US Vice-President Joe Biden to be called as a witness.

Mr Trump is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He strongly denies any wrongdoing.

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Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam 'arrested' in Brussels – BBC News



Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been wounded in the leg and arrested in a raid in Brussels, a police source and local media say. Shots were earlier heard in the Molenbeek area of Belgium’s capital.

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