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Elephant tramples safari tourists to death

Two tourists have been trampled to death by an elephant after they got too close to the animal while taking pictures. Police in Zambia said the holidaymakers were killed on Saturday while on safari. “A lady from Belgium aged 57 and a 64-year-old man from the Netherlands were killed as …

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Undercover cops fight each other in drug bust

Undercover police officers from two different divisions in Detroit are under investigation after they apparently began fighting each other when a drug operation went wrong. Two special operations officers from the 12th precinct were posing as drug dealers as part of the “push off” operation in the Seven Mile area …

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Army deserter Bergdahl apologises to soldiers

 Bowe Bergdahl has apologised to the troops who were injured searching for him after he abandoned his Afghanistan outpost in 2009. The 31-year-old is facing a lifelong prison sentence and a dishonourable discharge from the US army after pleading guilty earlier this month to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. …

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Trump disputes dead soldier’s widow over call

 Donald Trump has denied claims he failed to remember the name of a fallen US serviceman during a phone call with the soldier’s wife. Myeshia Johnson, widow of Sgt La David Johnson, told ABC News that the US President made her cry as “he couldn’t remember my husband’s name” until …

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Can sex cure panda’s habit of walking backwards?

A young female panda at Berlin Zoo is being set up with a male lover in the hope that sex will help cure her unusual habit of walking backwards. Zookeepers believe the frustrations associated with life in captivity may be behind four-year-old Meng Meng’s strange afflicition. They hope being romanced …

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Police hunt for conman puts focus on daughters

Police are targeting two young sisters in the hunt for their fugitive father Mark Acklom who is on the run with them in Europe. Detectives are concerned for the girls’ emotional welfare and are urging the public to try to identify them. Officers believe the key to tracing conman Acklom, …

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N Korean test was ‘prelude to containing Guam’

 Kim Jong Un has ordered more missile tests and described the most recent launch as a “meaningful prelude” to containing Guam. The North Korean leader’s comments came as the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss Tuesday’s test of a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload …

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