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Friday 17 August 2018

Ban will stay on as UN chief

The UN General Assembly has voted unanimously to give Ban Ki-moon a second term as secretary-general, praising him for strengthening the world body's role and visibility in difficult circumstances.

The assembly applauded loudly as it adopted a resolution giving the 67-year-old South Korean diplomat another five years at the helm of the UN.

Mr Ban announced earlier this month that he wanted a second term.



Jamelia slams 'racist' police

Pop star Jamelia has accused British police of racism, saying she is regularly pulled over when she is driving.

The singer said that she was stopped "at least once a month" because of the colour of her skin.

Writing on Twitter, she said: "The police make me f****** sick... The amount of times I've been pulled over for nothing is ridiculous... racism is alive and kicking people."



Dozens sue for US visa gaffe

Dozens of people who were mistakenly told they had won a spot to apply for a US visa through the annual visa lottery system are suing the US government.

French native Armande Gil is a psychologist in Miami who is among those seeking class action status for a federal lawsuit filed last week in Washington.

Ms Gil said she spent time and money preparing for her new life and was devastated to learn it was just a bureaucratic mistake.

She and others want to be reinstated as lottery winners.



Picasso raises ¤15m funding

Millions of pounds was raised for medical research when a Picasso masterpiece went under the hammer.

The Spanish artist's portrait of his lover, Marie-Therese Walter, exceeded expectations when it was sold at Christie's in London for £13,481,250 (¤15m) to an anonymous bidder last night.

Last year, the painting, called Jeune fille endormie, was donated to the University of Sydney by an anonymous donor on the condition it was sold with the proceeds funding scientific research.

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