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US musician Tom Petty dies aged 66

US musician Tom Petty has died in California aged 66, says a statement issued on behalf of his family. Petty was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home early…

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Stephen Paddock: Vegas suspect a gambler and ex-accountant

Las Vegas concert gunman Stephen Paddock was a wealthy former accountant who appeared to be living in quiet retirement with his girlfriend in a desert community. The 64-year-old, of Mesquite, Nevada, had pilot’s and hunting…



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Ruling expected in Bombardier-Boeing trade dispute

The aerospace firm, Bombardier, is to find if it will suffer financial penalties as a result of a trade dispute with its rival Boeing. Boeing alleges Bombardier got unfair state subsidies from the UK and…


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India court blames ‘promiscuous’ rape survivor

A recent Indian court order suspending the jail terms of three young men guilty of gang-rape and blackmail, even labelling the victim as “promiscuous”, stands out for being regressive, writes the BBC’s Geeta Pandey in…



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US Marines get first female infantry officer

A female US Marine has made history by becoming the first woman to complete the Corps’ famously gruelling infantry officer training. The lieutenant, who wants to keep her identity private, graduated in Quantico, Virginia, on…


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Palestinian gunman kills three Israelis in West Bank

Three Israelis have been shot dead by a Palestinian at the entrance to a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israeli police say. The gunman, a 37-year-old from a nearby village, was also shot…