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117-year-old Jamaican woman is now the world’s oldest living person

117-year-old Violet Mosse Brown from Trelawney in Jamaica is now the world’s oldest living person. She now holds the record following the passing of the previous record holder, Emma Morano, on April 15. The Italian Morano was also aged 117 years old but was born a few months earlier on November 29, 1899. She was the last living link to …

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China urges diplomatic solution to US-N Korea feud

China has called on the US and North Korea to find a peaceful solution to rising tensions after a war of words erupted after the North conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests in defiance of UN sanctions. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing on Tuesday that the standoff between the two nations could only be …

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Australia to introduce stricter rules on working visas

Australia will introduce stricter visa requirements for skilled workers from overseas, the government said. The 457 visa programme is used mainly to hire foreign workers in the restaurant, IT and medical industries – the majority came from India, the UK and China. But PM Malcolm Turnbull said it will be abolished to prioritise the recruitment of Australian nationals. Critics of …

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Five die as light aircraft crashes in Portugal

Five people died when a Swiss-registered light aircraft crashed into a supermarket warehouse in the suburbs of Lisbon on Monday, rescue services said. The fatalities comprised the pilot and all three passengers ,a Swiss and three French nationals who were aboard the aircraft, plus a Portuguese truck driver who was at the warehouse at the time, they said in a …

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FGM: Detroit doctor Jumana Nagarwala faces life in jail

A doctor in the US city of Detroit has been charged with carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country. Prosecutors said Jumana Nagarwala had been performing the practice on girls aged between six and eight for 12 years. She was investigated after the …

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MOAB strike: US bombing of IS in Afghanistan ‘killed dozens’

A US military strike with a weapon known as the “mother of all bombs” (MOAB) killed 36 IS militants and destroyed their base, the Afghan defence ministry says. The biggest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat was dropped on an IS tunnel complex in Nangarhar province. No civilians were affected by the explosion, the ministry said. Former Afghan President Hamid …

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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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