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'Random' Michigan shootings kill six

At least six people have been killed in the US in a series of apparently random shootings in the Michigan city of Kalamazoo, police said. Four people were killed at a restaurant and two at a car dealership. A 14-year-old girl was also “gravely injured”. The attacks are being linked to an earlier shooting at a car park, which left ...

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IS 'beheads' Hindu priest in Bangladesh

The so-called Islamic State group has said it was behind the beheading of a senior Hindu priest and wounding two worshippers in northern Bangladesh. In a statement IS said that “caliphate soldiers” carried out the assaults using “light weapons”. The IS-linked Amaq “news agency” also reported the claim. Jogeswar Roy, 45, was attacked by two assailants armed with pistols and ...

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Water crisis fears in Delhi over unrest

The Indian capital Delhi is on the brink of a severe water crisis after a key supply was cut during protests over jobs in a neighbouring state. Demonstrators from the Jat community damaged equipment in the Munak canal, a major source of water to Delhi. The city has introduced strict water rationing. Some areas could run dry on Sunday, officials ...

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Samsung S7 phones restore lost features

Samsung’s latest flagship phones restore a couple of popular features dropped from the previous generation. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge both accept MicroSD cards, allowing their storage to be expanded, and can also be submerged underwater. In addition, they feature new gaming tech and a rear camera that should cope better in low-light conditions. Their overall design, however, ...

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'Cheers' at German migrant shelter fire

A fire which broke out at a building planned to house migrants in eastern Germany was greeted with cheers from some onlookers, police say. The fire in the town of Bautzen in the early hours of Sunday morning destroyed the roof of a former hotel, which was being converted into a migrant shelter. Police said some of the crowd tried ...

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Donald Trump marches to S Carolina win

Donald Trump has won the South Carolina primary in the Republican race for president, cementing his status as the man to beat for his party’s nomination. In the Democratic contest, Hillary Clinton beat Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in a tight race in Nevada. Both results will be key ahead of the “Super Tuesday” round on 1 March, when a dozen ...

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Syrian explosions kill more than 100

Bomb blasts in the Syrian cities of Homs and Damascus have left more than 100 people dead, monitors and state media say. In Homs, at least 57 people, mainly civilians, were killed in a double car bombing, a monitoring group reported. At least four blasts later struck the southern Damascus suburb of Sayyida Zeinab, causing at least 50 deaths, state ...

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Pope's plane reports laser flash

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Alitalia flight landed in Mexico City after the incident Crew on Pope Francis’s flight from Cuba to Mexico last Friday reported a laser beam incident, the airline has said in a statement. The captain, Massimiliano Marselli, reported the laser sighting to the control tower at Mexico City. Alitalia flight AZ4000 was travelling from Havana ...

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Walesa 'was paid Communist informant'

Image copyright AP Image caption Lech Walesa was president of Poland from 1990 to 1995 Poland’s history institute says that newly seized documents suggest former president and Solidarity hero Lech Walesa was an informer. The documents were taken earlier this week from the home of a former communist-era interior minister, Gen Czeslaw Kiszczak. Lukasz Kaminski, head of the Institute of ...

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Australia town consumed by 'hairy panic'

Media caption‘Hairy panic’ tumbleweeds invade Australia town A fast-growing tumbleweed called “hairy panic” is clogging up homes in a small Australian town. Extremely dry conditions mean the weeds pile up each day outside a row of homes at Wangaratta, in Victoria’s northeast. Frustrated residents are forced to clear out the weeds for several hours every day, with piles of hairy ...

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