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Court ruling could see wider euthanasia

The European Court of Human Rights has allowed France to take a man in a coma off life support, in a case that has torn a family apart and could influence the extent to which euthanasia is endorsed by law across the continent.

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Chinese cruise disaster liner Eastern Star is raised

The banged-up, white-and-blue Eastern Star emerged from grey waters of the Yangtze River as Chinese disaster teams raised the capsized ship with cranes to better search for nearly 340 people still missing. So far, 103 bodies have been found.

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Colorado shootings spark fears of serial killer

Police in northern Colorado are investigating any possible link between the killing of a man on a neighbourhood sidewalk and previous shootings of a cyclist and a driver.

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Tariq Aziz, loyal Saddam Hussein defender, dies aged 79

Tariq Aziz, the debonair Iraqi diplomat who made his name by staunchly defending Saddam Hussein to the world during three wars and who was later sentenced to death as part of the regime that killed hundreds of thousands of its own people, has died in a hospital in southern Iraq, officials said. He was 79.

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Cheers to Angela Merkel, says Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg

The head of Nato has spoken of his admiration for German chancellor Angela Merkel — particularly her capacity for drinking white wine.

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Couple accused of sex act at Hyde Park concert

A couple “blotted their copy books” when they indulged in a sex act during a BBC Radio 2 concert in Hyde Park, a court heard.

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Newly discovered marsupials engage in ‘suicidal sex’

Two chubby marsupial species that would literally die for sex (albeit 14-hour sessions) have been discovered, researchers report.

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US brothers wrongfully jailed released after 3 decades

Two US brothers wrongfully imprisoned for three decades in the killing of an 11-year-old girl say pardons will help them move on “with not just a clear conscience, but a clear name.” It will also help them adjust to life on the outside with hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation. The governor’s action this week qualified the brothers for $750,000 (€675,000) from the state.

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IS social media backfires for ‘moron’

IS fighters have frightened parents and pundits around the world with their highly effective use of social media to spread propaganda.

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Germanwings crash co-pilot had contacted many doctors

A state prosecutor says a co-pilot with a history of depression who crashed a Germanwings airliner into the French Alps had reached out to dozens of doctors ahead of the disaster, a revelation that suggests Andreas Lubitz was seeking advice about an undisclosed ailment.

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Rugby world in shock as All Blacks star Jerry Collins and wife Alana Madill die in crash

Former All Blacks rugby star Jerry Collins and his wife Alana Madill have died after their car was hit by a bus on a road outside the southern French town of Beziers.

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QUIRKY WORLD ... Feminist award is one in the sty for male chauvinist pigs

USA: Screen and TV star, diva and beloved Muppet Miss Piggy has been recognised for her contributions to society with a feminist award at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

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Cyber criminals targeting medical data

Whoever was behind the latest theft of personal data from US government computers, they appear to be following a new trend set by cyber criminals: targeting increasingly valuable medical records and personnel files.

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