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Walt Palmer, left, pictured with one of his many trophies.

Killer of Cecil the lion was dentist from Minnesota: Zim Officials

Conservationists in Zimbabwe have accused an American man of being the alleged killer of Cecil, one of Africa’s most famous lions and the star attraction at the Hwange national park. On Tuesday, the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said the man thought to have paid $50,000 (£32,000) for ...

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Philippine ferry: Survivors are clinging onto the overturned hull

Manila – At least 33 people were killed after a passenger ferry with 173 on board capsized in rough waters in the central Philippines on Thursday, a disaster monitoring official said. Rescue boats picked up dozens of survivors who clung to the overturned hull of ...

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Alabama lowers Confederate flag

Washington – The Confederate battle flag was taken down on Wednesday outside Alabama’s state legislature as Americans increasingly shun the Civil War era saltire (flag) after the Charleston church massacre. Two workers were seen quietly and quickly lowering the flag that has long flown alongside ...

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Nelly Murillo lays on a trolley as she and her baby arrive in Quibdo, Colombia, after the light aircraft in which they were travelling crashed in a forest. (Colombian Air Force, AFP)

‘Miracle’ mom, baby survive Colombia jungle plane crash

Bogota – A mother and her infant son who disappeared in a plane crash in the dense jungles of north-western Colombia several days ago were found alive and well on Wednesday in what authorities called a “miracle”. Nelly Murillo, 18, and her son Yudier Moreno, ...

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Titanic music composer James Horner dies

James Horner, the Hollywood composer who wrote the score for the Oscar-winning film hit Titanic, has died in a California plane crash aged 61. A trained pilot, he is reported to have been alone aboard a small private plane which crashed north of Santa Barbara ...

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UN peacekeepers ‘barter goods for sex’

UN peacekeepers regularly barter goods for sex with people in the countries the world body is meant to be helping, a draft UN report says. The document by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) says it has found that hundreds of women in ...

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Former Fifa top official, Chuck Blazer

Fifa crisis: Ex-official Chuck Blazer details bribe-taking

Former top Fifa official Chuck Blazer has admitted that he and others on the executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the choice of South Africa as 2010 World Cup host. The American said he also helped to arrange bribes over the 1998 ...

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This is the first coronation in five decades, after the coronation of King Xolilizwe Sigcau in 1965. Source: SABC

AmaXhosa King Sigcawu crowned

(SABC) King Mpendulo Sigcawu has been crowned as monarch of the Xhosa people at a spectacular coronation ceremony at Nqadu Great Place near Willowvale in the Eastern Cape. The Judge President of the Eastern Cape, Judge Themba Sangoni, performed the act of crowning the king ...

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ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi

Egypt’s ousted President Morsi jailed for 20 years

(BBC) An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in jail for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters during his rule. It is the first verdict he has received since his overthrow and is one of several trials he faces. Morsi ...

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Former Ivory Coast First Lady, Simone Gbagbo

Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo jailed

(BBC) Ivory Coast’s former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for her role in the violence that followed the 2010 elections. Gbagbo, 65, had been charged with undermining state security. Her husband, former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, is awaiting ...

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