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Super Mario readies for October release

Nintendo has said its next major Mario game will go on sale on 27 October. The date means the firm will be able to promote Super Mario Odyssey alongside its new Switch console in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping seasons. The news was revealed at the end of a pre-recorded video stream broadcast to coincide with the start …

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Somali Bravanese break Ramadan fast in a synagogue

Members of London’s Somali Bravanese community broke their Ramadan fast in a synagogue on Sunday night. The Jewish community invited them to use their synagogue after the community centre used by the Bravanese as a place of worship was burned down by an arsonist in 2013 in an alleged Islamophobic attack following the killing of the British soldier Lee Rigby. …

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Ethiopia sharing $4m compensation to victims of deadly landslide

Authorities in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, have started disbursement of compensation to persons affected by a deadly landslide that hit the country in March this year. The Voice of America’s (VOA) Amharic service reports that over $4 million is being disbursed adding that funds were raised from private and government donations in the wake of the tragedy. Official records indicate …

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Panama’s former President Ricardo Martinelli arrested in US

Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has been arrested in Florida, the US Marshals Service says. It says Mr Martinelli, aged 65, was taken into federal custody near his home in Coral Gables. Last year, Panama made an extradition request for Mr Martinelli, who is accused of corruption and spying on political opponents. Mr Martinelli, who governed the Central American nation …

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Luther: Idris Elba to return for a fifth series

Luther fans, your prayers have been answered – the husky-voiced detective is returning for a fifth series. Idris Elba will once again don his tweed coat for the four-part season, which has been described as “utterly heart-stopping and unmissable”. The crime drama was last on screens in December 2015, although Elba reprised the role for a Sport Relief sketch last …

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7-storey building collapses in Kenyan capital, 15 people missing

15 people are reported missing after a seven-storey building in Kenya’s capital Nairobi collapsed early Tuesday morning. The building located in Kware Pipeline, Embakasi in eastern Nairobi was reported to have developed cracks and dozens of residents were evacuated before it collapsed. Kenya Red Cross is conducting an ongoing search and rescue operation at the collapse site with other security …

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French soldier jailed for molesting girls in Burkina Faso

A French soldier has been jailed for a year by a court in Paris for molesting girls aged three and five in a hotel swimming pool in Burkina Faso. Sebastien L, 40, and another soldier filmed the abuse and then befriended one of the girls’ mothers, a French woman who invited them to her house. They left the camera behind …

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Forbes rich list: Which celebrities earned the most over the past year?

It’s that time of year again – Forbes has released its list of the top 100 highest-paid entertainers and Sean “Diddy” Combs is top of the tree. His earnings of $130m (£102m) pushed him up from last year’s 22nd spot. His success is down to his recent US tour, a marketing deal with a vodka company and selling one third …

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Opel boss steps down ahead of Peugeot takeover

The chief executive of German carmaker Opel stepped down Monday, the firm said, but will remain on the board until the group’s takeover by France’s Peugeot is completed. Finance chief Michael Lohscheller will take over from Karl-Thomas Neumann as “spokesman” of the board at the General Motors subsidiary from Monday, Opel said in a statement. The move “will secure continuity …

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Manchester bombing was planned for months – Libya

The bomb attack in Manchester last month which killed 22 people was being planned since December, security officials in Libya have told the BBC. Salman Abedi was being watched in Libya more than a month before the attack. Officials in Tripoli have complained about poor security co-operation with the UK, which they say must be improved to prevent further attacks. …

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