News from around the world, February 22

A fire has killed 67 people in densely packed buildings in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.
A fire has killed 67 people in densely packed buildings in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

Britain and EU haggle over Brexit deal

Britain and the EU have played down the chances of clinching an immediate Brexit divorce deal but diplomats say they are edging closer to a legal compromise.

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Venezuela closes border with Brazil

Venezuela is blocking attempts to bring in humanitarian aid and is set to close the border with Brazil, as the opposition continues to prepare the first aid delivery.

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Smollett 'staged attack to advance career'

Actor Jussie Smollett paid two brothers thousands of dollars to beat him in a staged racist and homophobic attack because he was dissatisfied with his salary on the hip-hop TV drama Empire, police say.

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Pope vows 'concrete' steps against abuse

Pope Francis has promised that concrete action against child sexual abuse by priests will result from a conference he has opened.

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Fire guts old Dhaka district, dozens dead

A fire has raced through densely packed buildings in a centuries-old district in Bangladesh's capital, killing at least 67 people.

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Morrison makes fleeting first trip to NZ

Scott Morrison will be confronted with lingering and thorny trans-Tasman disagreements as he makes his first brief visit to New Zealand as prime minister.

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Roger Stone in court after Instagram post

US President Donald Trump's former adviser Roger Stone is appearing in court after he posted a photo on Instagram of a judge and what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun.

Australian Associated Press