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Family tell of ‘torment’ over Milly Dowler’s last hours

Serial killer’s account of the 14 hours during which he raped, tortured, and strangled teen finally revealed.

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Turkey lashes out at UN demands to open border to Syrian refugees

Turkey’s leaders have lashed out at the UN and others who are pressing the country to open its border to thousands more Syrian refugees, accusing them of failing to shoulder the refugee burden or stop Russian bombings that have triggered the exodus.

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Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders coast to victory on a wave of voter anger

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders coasted to victory on a wave of voter anger in the New Hampshire presidential nominating contest, thrashing traditional US politicians in a display of anti-establishment power.

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Hillary Clinton fails to rally women in bid to make history

Hillary Clinton made the prospect of her being elected the first woman president of the US a centrepiece of her campaign, then lost a critical nominating contest to a 74-year-old man, Bernie Sanders, in part because women preferred him.

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Vladimir Putin's bodyguard tells of confronting bear at house

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s former bodyguard, who recently has been appointed regional governor, said he once confronted a bear outside Putin’s residence.

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Doubts cast over meteorite strike death in India

Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in the southern state of Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared.

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Donald Trump: Refugee crisis may signal the ‘end of Europe’

US Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said German Chancellor Angela Merkel was wrong to let in thousands of migrants into Germany and that the refugee crisis could trigger revolutions and even the end of Europe.

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Australia confirms pregnancy Zika case

A pregnant woman in Australia has tested positive for the Zika virus after travelling overseas.

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Former SS guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp to stand trial

A 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp is going on trial today on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, the first of up to four cases being brought to court this year in an 11th-hour push by German prosecutors to punish Nazi war crimes.

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Woman plunges 60ft off balcony at John Lewis store and lands on bed

A woman has had a lucky escape in England after plunging over the side of a balcony in a John Lewis store and landing on a display bed.

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Adam Johnson pleads guilty to sexual activity with girl in UK

England footballer Adam Johnson pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

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UK Police told to produce ‘tip-off’ evidence of Birmingham bombings

West Midlands Police’s chief constable has been ordered to produce any information surrounding a claim the force may have been tipped off in advance of the Birmingham pub bombings by an IRA “mole”.

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Quirky World: D-Day for wartime sweethearts as they reunite after over 70 years apart

Some of the stranger stories from around the globe

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Harry Potter play script to be published as book

A new Harry Potter book will be released nine years after JK Rowling’s final story, The Deathly Hallows.

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‘Tumble dryer fires reported daily’ in the UK

Tumble dryers cause almost one blaze reported to British fire brigades every day, according to new figures.

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A prodigious talent steps forth for the Festival of Youth Orchestras

THE Festival of Youth Orchestras takes place at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Saturday. Along with groups from all over the country, Cork School of Music’s Chamber Orchestra will be taking to the road.

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