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Brexit and security loom large at EU summit

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeaders of the 28 member states have plenty to discuss during the two-day summit, Elaine Jung explainsEU leaders are heading to a Brussels summit amid heightened security after a foiled terror attack at the Belgian capital's main railway station.A Moroccan man, found to have Islamist links, was shot dead by a soldier on Tuesday after detonating a bomb. Security will be high on the summit agenda, not least because London and Paris were shaken by more jihadist terror attacks recently.But the leaders will also be focused on Brexit.UK Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to offer a quick agreement on residency for EU nationals and employment rights.She will brief the other 27 nations on Thursday night. But the EU will leave detailed discussions to the Brexit delegations which finally began talks on Monday. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The UK election on...image

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Rich heritage

Image caption Sea Face Park has rounded and box balconies Atul Kumar pointed to the pictures on the screen in front of him. "Look," he said, his excitement rising, "Look at the grill work, look at the brass lamps!" Swiping one image after the next on his ipad, Kumar rummaged through a series of shots of art deco buildings in the western city of Mumbai; buildings he has known and loved for years. Now he is trying to bring them to the wider attention of the public, and put the city's art deco heritage in a definitive way on the global map. In December last year, a small team assembled by Mr Kumar began working on documenting exactly how many art deco buildings there are in the city. Urban legend has it that there are at least 200, and anecdotally, Mumbai is believed to have the second highest number of...Sea Face Park

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Sea of troubles

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'We wasted the last 24 years'A generation after Canada declared a moratorium on northern cod fishing off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, the species is making a comeback. But can the province's troubled fishery survive to take advantage of cod's resurgence? The wharf in Petty Harbour is quiet, and Todd Chafe, a 46-year-old fisherman, is slicing up cod for a nearby family restaurant in a shack near the water."Some fellas like to point fingers: 'Ah, this done it, foreigners done it'," he says.Chafe is talking about the collapse of northern cod off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador 25 years ago. "We all done it, every single person that went fishing done it. Everybody fished for it so everybody had a hand in destroying it." Image caption Todd Chafe has been fishing since his early teens On 2 July 1992, after...image

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Battle for Mosul: IS 'blows up' al-Nuri mosque

Image copyright Iraqi Joint Operation Command Image caption The Iraqi military provided this image showing the destruction at the mosque compound So-called Islamic State (IS) has blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraqi forces say.The ancient landmark with its famous leaning minaret was where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a "caliphate" in 2014.However, IS claims that US aircraft destroyed the complex, in a statement issued by its news outlet Amaq.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said blowing up the mosque was "an official declaration of defeat" by IS.Aerial photos show that the mosque and minaret has been largely destroyed.The Iraqi commander in charge of the offensive to retake Mosul said troops were within 50 metres of the mosque when IS "committed another historical crime".A senior US commander in Iraq said IS had destroyed "one of Mosul and Iraq's great treasures"."This is a crime against the people of...This aerial view taken on June 21, 2017 and provided by Iraq's Joint Operation Command reportedly shows destruction inside Mosul's al-Nuri mosque compound

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Michigan airport knife attacker shouted 'Allahu Akbar', says FBI

Image copyright LinkedIn Image caption Lieutenant Jeff Neville has worked for more than 20 years as a law enforcement officer Authorities are treating the stabbing of a police officer at an airport in Michigan as an act of terrorism.The suspect, Amor Ftouhi, 50, shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest" in Arabic) before knifing the officer in the back and neck, said officials. Lieutenant Jeff Neville is in a stable condition in hospital after Wednesday morning's attack at Bishop International Airport in Flint.Lt Neville helped take the suspect, a Canadian, into custody at the scene. Security camera footage showed Mr Ftouhi loitering at the airport with baggage before pulling out a 12in (30cm) blade and carrying out the attack in a non-secured, public area.Lt Neville was standing at the top of the escalators when he was approached from behind and knifed at shortly after 09:00 local time (13:00 GMT). Image copyright...the officer

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