In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

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LeBron James: Los Angeles Lakers forward has scored 31,425 points in a storied career.  Photograph:  Jake Roth-USA Today

LeBron James took another milestone in his stride as he passed Wilt Chamberlain to become the fifth most prolific scorer in National Basketball Associ(...)

People look at an artwork depicting Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, in Doha. Since the imposition of a boycott of Qatar by other Gulf states, Tamim has become the object of a fervent personality cult. Photograph: Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters

For the emir of Qatar, there has been little that money can’t buy. As a teenager he dreamed of becoming the Boris Becker of the Arab world, so his par(...)

 Pope Francis  speaks to journalists aboard his flight to Italy at the end of his visit to South America on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Luca Zennaro

Pope Francis has apologised to victims of clerical sex abuse on Sunday, acknowledging he had “wounded many” in comments defending a Chilean bishop wh(...)

The world’s largest social network added a video tab last year, and it has been dropping hints for months that it wanted to become a source of original and well-produced videos

Facebook has made its biggest move to date to compete in the television market by expanding its video offerings with programming ranging from professi(...)

The tower of the former Lucky Strike tobacco factory looms over Durham,  North Carolina, a reminder of the industry that thrived there for almost 200 years. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images

August is the time of escape from Washington, when thousands of workers and political types leave the swampy heat of the nation’s capital and escape t(...)

Instagram could end up being as strong a revenue component for Facebook as YouTube has been for Google. Photograph: iStock

Facebook’s Instagram is bringing more than 30 advertisers into one of its fastest-growing features, Instagram Stories, in a bid to boost advertising r(...)

Opponents of North Carolina’s HB2 law protest at the state’s House of Representatives chamber in North Carolina on Tuesday. Photograph: Jonathan Drake/Reuters

North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature on Wednesday rejected a bid to repeal a state law restricting bathroom access for transgender peop(...)

Arsenal fan Aliko Dangote says he will buy football club in the next four years making him the first African owner of a Premiership team. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote plans to buy London-based Arsenal football club within four years. Mr Dangote, a Nigerian worth $10.9 billion (€9.(...)

Lara Trump, daughter-in-law of US presidential candidate Donald Trump, attends the opening of the Republican National Committee’s “victory office” in south Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Marilyn Bain proudly wears her home-made sequined “I support Team Trump” t-shirt. She is excitedly waiting for Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara t(...)

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