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Syria war: Evacuation begins in besieged towns

The Syrian government and rebel groups have begun an operation to move people away from four besieged towns, activists say. People from the north-western towns of Foah and Kefraya are being taken to government-held areas near Aleppo. Evacuees from rebel-held Madaya, near Damascus, have been bussed to Idlib province. It is not clear if nearby Zabadani, included in the deal, …

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Python with anorexia swallows £800 in vet bills

A bearded dragon with an abscess, and a Burmese python with anorexia were among a record number of pets treated under insurance policies last year. The bearded dragon, a kind of lizard, had its sore jaw treated at a cost of £410. The food-resistant python proved even more expensive, costing £790 to treat. They were both among 932,000 pet insurance …

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Bernard Matthews sale ‘failed to protect pensions’

A private equity firm has been criticised for rejecting a buyout offer for Bernard Matthews that would have protected the firm’s pension scheme. Rutland Partners refused to sell the firm outright to food tycoon Ranjit Boparan last summer, letters released by the Work and Pensions Committee have revealed. Instead it opted for a pre-pack administration – which “drastically reduced” the …

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How I slept with a dog for money

A Nigerian student has recounted her rare s*xual experience with an Alsatian dog as organised by some white men for a huge amount of money. Relationship adviser and psychologist Joro Olumofin has broken the internet with a shocking story of bestiality involving a seemingly young lady. According to the story, the person in question who is orphaned and poverty-striken signed …

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First UK rail freight service to China to depart

The first rail freight service from the UK to China will depart on a 7,500-mile journey from Essex on Monday. Thirty containers will carry British goods including whisky, soft drinks, vitamins and pharmaceuticals. A DB Cargo locomotive will leave the DP World London Gateway rail terminal in Stanford-le-Hope for the city of Yiwu in Zhejiang province, eastern China. After going …

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Eight killed in clashes during by-election in Kashmir violence

Eight people have been killed and scores injured after police clashed with protesters during a by-election in Indian-administered Kashmir. Paramilitary forces fired bullets and shotgun pellets as people protesting against Indian rule stormed polling stations near Srinagar on Sunday. Separatist leaders had called for a boycott of the vote. Muslim-majority Kashmir is at the centre of a decades-old territorial dispute …

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Shell corruption probe: New evidence on oil payments

The BBC has seen evidence that top executives at Shell knew money paid to the Nigerian government for a vast oil field would be passed to a convicted money-launderer. It also had reason to believe that money would be used to pay political bribes. The deal was concluded while Shell was operating under a probation order for a separate corruption …

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US imposes new sanctions on Eritrea’s Navy over North Korea links

Eritrea has once again found itself on the wrong side of international norms as a U.N. report accused the East African country of violating an arms embargo by buying military communications equipment from North Korea. This marks the third consecutive year that Eritrea has been named by the U.N. panel monitoring sanctions on North Korea, said Hugh Griffiths, coordinator of …

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A guy was turned down by his prom date so he took Kylie Jenner

Prom is taken incredibly seriously in the U.S, with the chance of “proposals” (or the grand gesture of inviting someone to prom with you) going viral on Facebook and Twitter, kids are taking the annual event more and more seriously. Some students are turning to the world of celebrity in order to score a date, going that extra mile to …

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Nigerians stand against deportation of chained compatriot in KLM flight

A group of Nigerians on board a Dutch KLM flight stopped the flight from departing, demanding that a fellow Nigerian who was handcuffed as well as chained like a hardened criminal, scheduled for deportation back to Nigeria be removed from the flight. In a viral video on social media, the group of Nigerians who were unhappy about how the deportee …

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