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North Korea soldier shot while defecting

A North Korean soldier has defected to South Korea at the heavily protected Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), South Korea’s military says. The soldier was shot and injured by his own military as he crossed to the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area in the village of Panmunjom. The defector …

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First Class air war intensifies with suites replacing seats

The airline battle for big spenders has intensified, with Emirates launching what it claims to be “game-changing” First Class” – with design inspired by a car maker.  At the start of the Dubai Air Show at its home base, the airline said each First Class passenger on its Boeing 777 jets …

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Train crash ‘kills 33’ in DR Congo

A train crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 33 people, UN radio station Okapi reports. It happened in Buyofwe in the province Lualaba, in the south of the country. Radio Okapi said that the train caught fire after crashing into a ravine. According to reports, it was …

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Deadly tremor hits Iraq-Iran border region

A strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing scores .At least 61 people died in western Iran, state media said, with four more reported dead in Iraq. The death toll is likely to rise. The earthquake sparked panic, with residents fleeing their homes …

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Iraq begins fight for final IS-held town, Rawa

Iraqi forces have launched an offensive to recapture Rawa, the last town controlled by so-called Islamic State. The town, and a few small parcels of land, are all that remains under the militants’ control in Iraq, after the larger town of al-Qaim fell last week. The group’s last urban stronghold …

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Three Chinese students injured in car attack in Toulouse, France – MyJoyOnline.com

A driver has ploughed into a group of pedestrians near the French city of Toulouse, injuring three Chinese exchange students. A 23-year-old woman was seriously injured, and two men aged 22 and 23 were also hurt, police said. The incident occurred outside a college in the suburb of Blagnac. The …

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DR Congo’s Kavumu child rape trial opens

Eighteen militiamen are on trial in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on charges of raping 46 children. Some of the victims from the village of Kavumu were just 18 months old. The men allegedly targeted young girls between 2013 and 2016 because a spiritual adviser told them …

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Wife of Texas gunman Kelley describes abuse and death threats

The ex-wife of Texas church gunman Devin Kelley has said he subjected her to abuse and violence and threatened to kill her and her entire family. Kelley “had a lot of demons or hatred inside of him”, said Tessa Brennaman, 25, in an interview with CBS News. The former US …

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Christmas monster advert divides opinion

A giant snoring monster called Moz has split critics online, after it was revealed as the star of this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert. The eagerly anticipated ad from the high street store tells the story of a little boy and his friendship with an imaginary monster living under his …

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Four charged for booing Grace Mugabe

Four people have appeared in a Zimbabwean court for allegedly booing First Lady Grace Mugabe, state-owned media reports. The Herald says they were arrested after a rally in Bulawayo, where Mrs Mugabe spoke last Saturday. They reportedly face charges of undermining the president’s authority. It is not clear how they …

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