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Army chief warns of Russian threat in rare speech

Britain’s armed forces would struggle to match the Russian army in battle, the head of the Army will say. General Sir Nick Carter will say the British Army’s ability to respond to threats “will be eroded if we don’t keep up with our adversaries”. The speech – approved by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson – comes amid speculation of potential defence cuts. The warning comes after Russia practised simulated attacks across northern Europe. In the speech, which will take place at the Royal United Services Institute on Monday, General Carter will…

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Gene therapy for rare form of blindness wins US approval

U.S. health officials on Tuesday approved the nation’s first gene therapy for an inherited disease, a treatment that improves the sight of patients with a rare form of blindness. It marks another major advance for the emerging field of genetic medicine. The approval for Spark Therapeutics offers a life-changing intervention for a small group of patients with a vision-destroying genetic mutation and hope for many more people with other inherited diseases. The drugmaker said it will not disclose the price until next month, delaying debate about the affordability of a…

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Buckingham Palace makes rare statement about Prince Harry's 'love life' following engagement rumours

Since the first photos were released of American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, rumours have circulated about the royal pair’s relationship. Last year Harry came out in an official statement asking the public to leave his girlfriend alone, and naturally, everyone went crazy because the word girlfriend confirmed the suspicion that the pair were officially romantically involved.   Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle attend the wheelchair tennis competition at the Invictus Games in Toronto. Photo: AP Months later, the big question remains: are the celebrity pair engaged? Following…

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Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid: Derby ends in rare stalemate

Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid shared a rare goalless draw in the first derby at the Wanda Metropolitano in a result that will have delighted league leaders Barcelona. The last time a LaLiga clash between the two capital clubs finished 0-0 was back in 2005, and since then only one of 39 meetings between the rivals in all competitions had failed to produce a goal – the 2014/15 Champions League quarter-final first leg. But defences ruled the roost at Atletico’s impressive new 68,000-capacity home ground, which provided an electric atmosphere…

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Rare Magical Manuscripts and Objects Go on Display at the British Library

Do you believe in magic? If not, “Harry Potter: A History of Magic,” the latest exhibition at the British Library in London, might very well make you a believer. Opened last month, the exhibition contains a collection of original manuscripts and illustrations from the popular Harry Potter series of novels by British author J.K. Rowling, along with historical objects and rare books related to magical traditions and folklore found throughout human history. The exhibition comes on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the release of “Harry Potter and the…

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Family's hardships, triumphs with son who has rare craniofacial disorder

It was a frigid February night in New York City when Magda Newman was in labor with her first child. With her husband Russel Newman by her side, she labored for nearly 17 hours before giving birth to their son. But when she finally delivered, the couple’s moment of expected happiness quickly turned to anguish. Watch the full story on ABC News “20/20” THIS FRIDAY at 10 p.m. ET “I don’t remember fainting, but I certainly remember screaming… ‘Oh my god, oh my god, what happened? What’s happened? What’s happening?”…

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Trinity Site Offers a Rare Chance to Visit Ground Zero of the World’s First Atomic Bomb Explosion

July 16, 1945 was a day that changed the world forever. At 5:29 a.m. Mountain War Time, just minutes before sunrise, the night sky above central New Mexico was illuminated in a brilliant fireball of white light as the U.S. military tested the world’s first atomic bomb. Called Trinity Site and located on the grounds of the White Sands Missile Range about 70 miles west of Alamogordo, the site is typically off limits to civilians—but on October 7, visitors can experience it firsthand during its biannual open house. Held on…

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