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At least 15 civilians have been killed in a barrel bomb attack on a wake being held for children who died in earlier air strikes in the rebel-held Syrian city of Aleppo.

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American girl abused, killed and chopped up on her 10th birthday

It was in early morning darkness that officers scrambled to sort out the chaos at an Albuquerque apartment complex where a couple had reportedly been attacked, the woman bleeding from a head injury and the man sporting a black eye and wearing blood-stained shorts.

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Hiker survived a month in hut after watching her partner die in the wilderness

Pavlina Pizova says she could not free her partner after he slipped down an icy bank and became wedged between rocks and branches.

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Texas college students pack sex toys as part of gun protest

To protest a law that makes the carrying of concealed handguns legal in college classrooms, students at the University of Texas openly displayed sex toys, an act considered illegal under local indecency laws.

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Nicolas Sarkozy launches presidential bid with burkini ban pledge

Nicolas Sarkozy said he would impose a nationwide ban on burkinis if elected back to the presidency in 2017, positioning himself as a strong defender of French values and a leader tough on immigration.

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Relief for residents as evacuation of Damascus suburb begins

Besieged residents and rebels began leaving the Damascus suburb of Daraya as an evacuation to end one of the longest stand-offs in Syria’s five-year war began.

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Richard Branson’s lucky escape after high-speed crash

Entrepreneur Richard Branson said he thought he was going to die after coming off his bicycle in a high-speed crash.

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France overturns controversial burkini ban

France’s top administrative court has overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean town, in a decision that should set legal precedent regarding a swimsuit crackdown that has divided the country and provoked shock around the world.

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Aftershocks quash hopes of finding more quake survivors

Strong aftershocks have damaged two key access roads into quake-struck Amatrice, threatening to isolate the tiny Italian hilltop town as hopes fade that firefighters will find any more survivors from the earthquake that killed at least 278 people.

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27 new millionaires to celebrate Team GB haul

Team GB’s success will see the creation of 27 UK millionaires as the Lotto celebrates the athletes’ haul of gold medals.

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QUIRKY WORLD ... Florida man survives latest attack from nature

USA: Lightning, a spider, and now a snake — a central Florida man is proving to be a survivor.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson wrestles way to top actor pay list

Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson topped a Forbes magazine list of the world’s highest paid actors with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5m.

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