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At least eight dead and dozens missing in floods in southern India after heavy rain

At least eight people have officially died and another 12 are missing after the southern Indian state of Kerala was hit by flooding.Local media put the number killed even higher, with reports saying that at least 12 bodies have been recovered from Kottayam and three more bodies recovered from Idukki, the two worst hit areas. Flash floods and landslides followed downpours on Saturday that left rescue services scrambling to help.Among […]

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Russian actress, director and cosmonaut back on land after 12 days filming in space

An actress and film director have returned to Earth after spending nearly two weeks in space making a movie on the International Space Station.Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko emerged from the Russian capsule smiling after it landed on the Kazakhstan steppe along with cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky inside. Two of the group had rocketed into orbit on 5 October for a 12-day stint to film segments of a movie called The […]

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17 American missionaries, including children, kidnapped by gang in Haiti

A group of 17 US missionaries - including children - have been kidnapped in Haiti.They were on their way home from building an orphanage in the capital of Port-au-Prince, Christian Aid Ministries said. A voice message sent to a number of religious missions said: "This is a special prayer alert. Pray that the gang members would come to repentance."Haiti has seen a spike in the number of gang-related kidnappings after […]

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Man who was 13 when he killed a four-year-old boy granted parole after decades behind bars

A man who was 13 when he killed a four-year-old boy has been granted parole.Eric M Smith was convicted of second-degree murder in 1994, and jailed for nine years to life.A year earlier, he had lured Derrick Robie into the woods and struck him on the head with a rock in the New York village of Savona.Smith first became eligible for parole in 2002, but Derrick's parents Dale and Doreen […]

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Eighteen people die after drinking alcohol containing methanol

Eighteen people have died from alcohol poisoning in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.Between 7 and 14 October, the victims were sold alcohol containing methanol, which is poisonous and usually used for industrial purposes.Russia's Investigative Committee said two people have been arrested in connection with the deaths.The country's TASS news agency cited Valery Gorelykh, the spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry's branch for the Sverdlovsk region, as saying that the suspects […]

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Robert Durst on ventilator with COVID – days after being sentenced to life in prison for murder

US real estate heir Robert Durst has tested positive for COVID-19 and is on a ventilator in hospital - days after being sentenced to life in prison for murdering a friend in 2000.The 78-year-old had appeared to be ill during his murder trial and subsequent sentencing - and his lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, told NBC News that he was the "worst I've ever seen him" on Thursday. Mr DeGuerin added: "He […]

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Norway bow and arrow attack victims named as investigation launched into actions of police

Five victims of a bow and arrow attack in Norway have been named as authorities in the country announced an independent investigation into the actions of police will take place. Five people were shot dead and three people - including an off-duty police officer - were injured during the attack in Kongsberg on Wednesday. A 37-year-old man named Espen Andersen Braathen, who police say admitted to the killings, has been […]

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NASA launches first probe to head to asteroid ‘swarm’, exploring origins of solar system

NASA has launched a probe into space that will fly to a 'swarm' of asteroids orbiting the sun for the first time to look into the origins of the solar system.The Lucy probe will explore one group of the little-known Trojan asteroids which follow roughly the same orbit of the sun as Jupiter, in the outer solar system. The probe will then return to Earth again before using its gravity […]

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US commits to offer ‘condolence payments’ to relatives of 10 Afghan civilians wrongly killed in drone strike

The US has promised condolence payments to the relatives of 10 civilians killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan.The victims, including seven children and an Afghan aid worker, were killed on 29 August in a strike the US said was aimed at a suicide bomber.But Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said on Thursday that the 10 civilians were not a threat to US forces, who were in the process of […]

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Record £184m EuroMillions jackpot won at last – by French ticket-holder

A record £184m EuroMillions jackpot has been won by a French ticket-holder, the National Lottery has said.The amount went unclaimed after Tuesday's draw - and led to a surge of entries for Friday's game. The winning numbers were 21, 26, 31, 34, 49 and the Lucky Star numbers were 02 and 05.The winner would now be able to count themselves richer than singer Adele, who has a net worth of […]

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