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Ronald Reagan's would-be assassin allowed to leave mental hospital permanently

The man who tried to assassinate US president Ronald Reagan will be allowed to leave a Washington mental hospital to live in the community.

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This cat amazingly survived a 60C washing machine cycle

Poor Bobby is lucky to be alive after being soaked through and in shock from the spin.

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'Small' explosion reported near migration office in Germany

Latest: German police have deployed officers near a refugee centre outside Nuremberg where an explosion involving a suitcase was reported today.

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Watch out, there's an ostrich about in Ayrshire

No-one knows where the family have escaped from.

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44 killed in latest 'Islamic State' bombing

The so-called 'Islamic State' group has claimed responsibility for a twin bombing has struck a crowd in a predominantly Kurdish town in northern Syria, killing 44 ...

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Ice bucket challenge funds breakthrough for ALS sufferers as new gene NEK1 is found

It is hoped the new findings will help drug development.

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This was the scene after a lorry crashed into a house in England

A major road has been closed after the crash.

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Turkey issues warrants for arrest of newspaper journalists and executives

Turkey has issued warrants for the detention of 47 former executives and senior journalists of the Zaman newspaper, allegedly associated with a US-based Muslim cleric ...

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Geneva police step up airport sweeps as part of French probe

Geneva police have increased a deployment at the city's airport and are conducting a sweep of identity papers and other checks after receiving unspecified information ...

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Boy, four, dies in house fire in Wales

A four-year-old boy has died in a fire in Wales.

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A woman who has been force fed for 16 years is to run in India's state elections

A 44-year-old woman who has been on hunger strike for nearly 16 years in protest at alleged brutality by India's military has said she will end her fast and run ...

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I could have done more to stop Tube knifeman, says victim

A have-a-go hero has insisted he could have done more to stop a Tube attack by an Islamic State-inspired knifeman, who will be sentenced today.

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Some hospitals in England have paid consultants almost £1k for four hours of work

Spending on premium-rate overtime by hospitals in England has risen by more than a third in the past two years, a Freedom of Information request has found.

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Eye and smell tests may reveal early dementia signs

Simple eye and smell tests could be used to spot dementia years before sufferers experience memory symptoms, new research suggests.

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Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law 'kidnapped for €33m ransom'

Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law has been kidnapped in Brazil for a ransom of £28m (€33m), according to reports.

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Theresa May continues Brexit tour determined to keep 'closest possible relationship' with Ireland

The new British Prime Minister is continuing her whirlwind diplomacy tour of Europe with a visit to Italy.

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Church terrorist wore electronic tag during priest's murder

One of the terrorists involved in slitting the throat of a priest in Normandy was wearing an electronic surveillance tag at the time of the attack.

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Hillary Clinton: We've cracked the glass ceiling

Hillary Clinton has told Democrats they have "just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling" by nominating her for US president on a night awash with history.

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Care home massacre suspect sent smiling to prosecutors

The man suspected of carrying out a mass stabbing attack that left 19 people dead at a Japanese care home for the mentally disabled has been moved from a local police ...

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Hillary Clinton wins historic US presidential nomination

Hillary Clinton has claimed the Democratic White House nod in a historic moment for America - the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major US political ...

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Priest's 'killer' had twice tried to get to Syria and was wearing electronic tag

One of the men who attacked a Normandy church, killing an 85-year-old priest, twice used relatives' ID cards in attempts to reach Syria, France's anti-terrorism ...

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Londoners' missing cat found after eight-and-a-half years ... in Paris

The pair have since set up a crowdfunding page to thank the French shelter which rescued their pet. Awww.

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Man jailed for murdering wife in row over Elvis tribute act tickets

A gambling addict has been jailed for at least 15 years for bludgeoning his estranged wife to death with a hammer after a row over tickets to an Elvis tribute act.

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Tesla car 'was speeding at time of crash'

The driver killed when his Tesla car crashed while in self-driving mode was travelling at 9mph above the speed limit just before hitting the side of a tractor-trailer, ...

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Gas leak in City of London causes hundreds to be evacuated

Police said there were no fatalities or injuries.

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Why is France the top IS terror target in Europe?

When militants loyal to Islamic State seek to inflict pain on Europe, France is their preferred target, a grim reality borne out yet again with today's killing of ...

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Try not to freak out when we tell you scientists believe cockroach milk could be the next superfood

Researchers have good reason to believe the Pacific beetle cockroach is worthy of our attention.

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'Islamic State' claims attack in France that killed Catholic priest of 85

A nun who escaped said she saw the attackers video themselves.

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Key points about the church siege in Normandy

ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Major anti-IS offensive underway, says Afghan official

The Afghan military has launched a major offensive against the Islamic State group in the country's far eastern region near the border with Pakistan, after a massive ...

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Dolly the sheep's cloned 'siblings' are ageing healthily

The Nottingham Dollies are part of a flock being monitored by scientists.

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10 killed by suicide bomber outside United Nations offices

Ten people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car outside the United Nations Mine Action Service offices in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, ...

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Doctor shot dead in Berlin; shooter kills himself

A man has shot dead a doctor before killing himself at a Berlin hospital. It is understood the man was a former patient of the doctor's.

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Raw eggs are safe for pregnant women to eat, experts conclude

New report states that the risk of salmonella in UK eggs produced under the Lion code is “very low”.

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Latest: Hostage-takers slit throat of elderly priest in Normandy church; one person arrested

Latest: One person has been arrested in France after an attack on a church in which an elderly priest was killed.

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Let my son come home, pleads mother of Briton held for 'trying to shoot Donald Trump'

Lynne Sandford said she would not abandon her son Michael.

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Latest: 'At least' one dead as hostage siege at French church ends, local media reports

Update 10.48am: Local reports have quoted police sources as saying that "at least" one of the hostages have been killed during a siege of a church in France today.

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Two more suspects arrested in connection with Nice attack

Two new suspects have been detained in the investigation into the Bastille Day attack in Nice in which more than 80 people were killed.

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Solar flight completes first round-the-world journey

Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg took more than a year to complete their record-breaking journey.

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Australia 'deeply shocked and appalled' as video emerges of mistreatment of children at detention centre

Australia's prime minister has ordered a sweeping investigation into claims that teenagers were abused at a juvenile detention centre in the country's north.

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Erdogan accuses EU of breaking refugee pact with Turkey

Turkey's president has accused the European Union of failing to honour its side of a deal to stop refugees entering Europe - and defended a possible reintroduction ...

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Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama try to heal wounds in Democratic Party

America's first lady has joined Bernie Sanders to make an impassioned plea for Democrats to get behind Hillary Clinton's bid to be the nation's next president.

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Former employee kills 19 in attack at centre for disabled

At least 19 people were killed and about 20 wounded in a knife attack at a centre for disabled people near Tokyo last night - Japan's worst mass killing in generations. ...

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19 dead, 20 injured after knife attack at Japanese disabled centre

19 people are dead and 20 injured following a knife attack outside Tokyo, it is reported.

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Geologists analyse air sample from 815-million-year-old rock salt sample

An international collaboration made the discovery possible.

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Man 'terrified' after finding a large black snake in his back garden

The father-of-three was working outside his home when he saw the snake slithering away.

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FBI investigates as Clinton campaign blames Russia for email hacks

The FBI said it is investigating how thousands of Democratic National Committee emails were hacked, a breach that Hillary Clinton's campaign maintains was committed ...

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Your favourite curry could help fight cancer

A popular ingredient in the dishes has been found to suppress the growth of colon cancer cells.

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Mistake by 'overworked' air traffic controller led to near miss

Two passenger jets came within 700 feet (213 metres) of each other after a mistake by a British air traffic controller, according to a near-miss report.

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