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Colombia boat sinking: Six killed and 16 missing

At least six people died when a passenger boat sank on a reservoir in north-western Colombia, officials say. They say that 133 people were rescued, but 16 are still missing after the four-deck Almirante went down near the popular resort town of Guatapé. There were about 170 people on board. Witness Juan Quiroz told the BBC the boat sank in …

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Kenyan SH1.2 billion bridge collapses

Kenyan media are reporting that a bridge that was under construction has collapsed less than a month after the president inspected it: SH1.2 BILLION Sigiri Bridge in Budalangi Constituency collapses a fortnight after President Kenyatta visited to inspect its construction. pic.twitter.com/2fm19byVOy — NationBreakingNews (@NationBreaking) June 26, 2017 The 'famous SIGIRI Bridge in Budalangi collapsed at night pic.twitter.com/VmUNA4Agbc — Philip Etale …

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Trump gift leaves Australian PM Turnbull bemused

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull could only grin after receiving a cheeky gift of a pink tie emblazoned with the words “Donald J Trump”. The official Trump-branded item was given to Mr Turnbull as part of a joke by Sydney’s Coptic Orthodox church. His relationship with Mr Trump became a talking point after the US president was reported to have abruptly …

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Boy, 16, charged with rape of girl, 8, in Manchester

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the rape of an eight-year-old girl in a park. Police were called to Nuthurst Park in Moston, Manchester, just before 18:55 BST on Saturday. Greater Manchester Police said officers responded to reports of a girl being raped and the suspect being chased off by members of the public. A boy was arrested in …

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Two men due in SA court accused of forcing man into coffin

Two white farmers are due to go on trial in South Africa today accused of pushing a black man into a coffin and threatening to douse him in petrol and burn him alive. When Victor Mlotshwa resisted, the farmers are alleged to have threatened to put a snake into the coffin with him. The accused, Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson, …

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Harry Potter turns 20: Business empire with humble start

After years of rejection letters, British author J.K. Rowling finally published the first volume of the Harry Potter saga 20 years ago, on June 26, 1997. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was the first of seven novels that spawned an empire comprising eight movies, a play, theme parks in the United States and Japan, a sightseeing tour in Scotland …

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Thai flight attendants welcome Britney Spears with ‘Toxic’ video

Who could forget the music video for Britney Spears’ 2003 hit “Toxic”? The American pop star plays a flight attendant in the video, directed by award-winning music video director Joseph Kahn. The racy track remains one of Spears’ best-loved hits. Real-life flight attendants might be more used to serving difficult passengers than working as undercover spies — as Spears does …

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Sniper hits ISIS target from over 2 miles away

A Canadian special operations sniper successfully hit an ISIS fighter from a record-breaking distance of more than two miles away while assisting Iraqi forces in the push to retake Mosul, according to Canadian Special Operations Command. The unnamed marksman was part of Canada’s elite Joint Task Force 2 special operations unit that is currently deployed in an “advise and assist” …

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Glastonbury 2017: Johnny Depp hints at Trump ‘assassination’

Actor Johnny Depp appeared to threaten US President Donald Trump during a speech at the Glastonbury Festival. “Can you bring Trump here?” he asked the audience, as he introduced a screening of his film The Libertine. After receiving jeers from the crowd, he added: “You misunderstand completely. When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” “I want to …

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India policeman lynched in Kashmir

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir say a policeman has been lynched outside the main mosque in Srinagar, the summer capital . Muhammad Ayub had been deployed in plain clothes outside the Jamia Masjid mosque during the Friday prayers, police told BBC Urdu’s Riyaz Masroor. Locals allege that the officer had fired his gun into a crowd after getting into a brawl …

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