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ENGLAND – Rapist who pretended to be ghost jailed for 26 years

EXETER – A rapist who manipulated a girl into having sex with him by pretending to be a ghost has been jailed for 26 years. Liam Clarke knew she was terrified of evil spirits and used that to exploit her, Exeter Crown Court heard. Clarke, 35, of Crediton, Devon, was convicted of four rapes, three […]

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ENGLAND – Commonwealth urged to name Prince Charles as its next leader

LONDON – The Queen has appealed to Commonwealth leaders to appoint her son, Prince Charles, to succeed her as their head. She said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles takes over “one day”, as she opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. The role is not hereditary and will not […]

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INDIA – Indian women’s commissioner push for stricter laws for rape

New Delhi – The head of Delhi’s Commission for Women (DCW) is staging an indefinite hunger strike to push for stricter laws for rape in India, including the death penalty, after a series of horrific attacks on young girls. Swati Maliwal, chairwoman of the DCW, has been refusing food since April 13, as protests flared […]

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USA – One dead after jetliner blows an engine in flight

PHILADELPHIA — A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine at about 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday, killing a passenger and injuring seven others, authorities said. The plane, a twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an […]

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USA – Efforts on to arrange unprecedented meeting between US and North Korean

PALM BEACH  – President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States is engaged in direct talks at “extremely high levels” with North Korea to try to set up a summit between him and its leader, Kim Jong Un. Trump made the comment as he and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe opened two days of […]

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Thousands attend Winnie Mandela’s funeral

WORLD – Crowds gathered in South Africa for the funeral of the anti-apartheid campaigner, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Thousands of mourners crowded into a stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, where the campaigner was given a high-level send-off. Her casket was draped in the national flag, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy. Mrs Madikizela-Mandela, former […]

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ALGERIA – Algerians mourn victims of deadly military plane crash

ALGIERS – Algerians, many of them weeping, queued at a hospital on Thursday to identify the victims of the country’s worst plane disaster which killed 257 people. The Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military transporter crashed on Wednesday after takeoff from the Boufarik air base southwest of Algiers. Witnesses said a wing had caught fire. Most of […]

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USA – Trump puts off Syria strike decision, will talk to allies

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS –  President Donald Trump and his national security aides on Thursday discussed United States (US) options on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison gas attack, as a Russian envoy voiced fears of wider conflict between Washington and Moscow. Worries about a confrontation between Russia, Syria’s big […]

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ALGERIA – Military plane Crashes, kills 257

ALGIERS — A hulking military transport plane crashed just after takeoff in Algeria Wednesday, killing 257 people in the worst aviation disaster in the North African nation’s history and plunging the country into mourning. Soldiers, their family members and a group of 30 people returning to refugee camps from hospital stays in Algeria’s capital died […]

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NEW YORK – Facebook to notify on Cambridge Analytica data misuse Monday

Facebook will begin alerting users whose private data may have been compromised in the Cambridge Analytica scandal starting Monday. All 2.2 billion Facebook users will receive a notice on their feeds titled “Protecting Your Information.” It will have a link to information on which Facebook apps they use and what information they have shared with […]

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CANADA – 14 killed in Saskatchewan junior hockey team bus crash

A crash involving a bus carrying a junior ice hockey team has killed at least 14 people and critically injured three others in Saskatchewan, Canada. The Humboldt Broncos team, which has members aged between 16 and 21, were en route to a play-off game when their bus collided with a lorry on a rural road. […]

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GERMANY – Three dead as van ploughs into crowd in Muenster

Three people have been killed in the western German city of Muenster after a van drove into people sitting outside a popular restaurant. The driver of the vehicle died after shooting himself, police said. They are not looking for more suspects. About 20 people are reported injured in the incident, which occurred near the Kiepenkerl […]

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GERMANY – Several dead as van ploughs into crowd in Muenster

Several people have been been killed in the city of Muenster, in western Germany after a van drove into pedestrians. The driver of the vehicle has killed himself, police said. About 30 people are reported injured in the incident, which occurred near the Kiepenkerl statue in the old town. Police asked people to avoid the […]

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USA – Trump begins informal prep for potential Mueller interview

President Donald Trump has begun the initial steps of preparing for a possible interview with the special counsel, a White House official and a person familiar with the situation said Friday, a sign the President’s legal team is intensifying its deliberations over whether to allow him to come under Robert Mueller’s questioning. One source familiar […]

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BRAZIL – No surrender

Brazil’s Lula misses deadline to turn himself over to police SAO BERNARDO DO CAMPO – Brazil’s ex-President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva has missed a deadline to hand himself in to start his 12-year prison term for corruption. Lula refused to surrender at police HQ in southern Brazil but his lawyers are negotiating with police. […]

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USA – Facebook scandal

. . . affected more users than thought: up to 87 MILLION NEW YORK — Facebook revealed Wednesday that tens of millions more people might have been exposed in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal than previously thought and said it will restrict the user data that outsiders can access. Those developments came as congressional officials […]

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USA – Trump secures border

Impatient for wall, US president wants military to man border WASHINGTON — Frustrated by slow action on a major campaign promise, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants to use the military to secure the United States-Mexico border until his promised border wall is built. Trump told reporters he’s been discussing the idea with Defense Secretary […]

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