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Wanted: Zimbabwe hangman — 50 people apply

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | At least 50 people want to become Zimbabwe’s hangman, a job that fell vacant over a decade ago, officials said Tuesday, stressing that applicants were “very interested” in the role. The country, which has an unemployment rate of more than 90 percent by some measures, last …

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Monaco poor box thief caught red-handed

Nice, France | AFP | In Monaco, home to the super-rich on the French Riviera, a worker at the cathedral was caught literally red-handed stealing from the poor box. In early 2016, a newly arrived priest at the cathedral started to suspect the sexton of pilfering after noticing a drop …

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Suspect practised before Kim Jong-Nam murder, court told

Shah Alam, Malaysia | AFP | One of the women on trial for murdering the North Korean leader’s half-brother was filmed on CCTV apparently practising on another person two days before the assassination, a court heard Tuesday. Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong was filmed at the airport where Kim Jong-Nam was killed …

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Two killed in vehicle ambush on Kenya coast

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Two university employees were killed and two police officers and a driver injured Tuesday morning when unknown gunmen fired on a vehicle close to Diani, a popular coastal tourist resort in Kenya. The car was transporting officers and staff members from Diani to the Technical University …

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Danish police find decapitated head of Swedish journalist

Copenhagen, Denmark | AFP | Danish police said Saturday that divers had recovered the decapitated head and the legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who vanished in August while interviewing a Danish inventor aboard his homemade submarine. In a grisly case worthy of a Nordic noir thriller, Copenhagen police inspector Jens …

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Authorities thwarted planned 2016 attacks on New York

New York, United States | AFP | An undercover FBI agent helped thwart a jihadist plot to attack targets including New York’s subway and Times Square, authorities announced in unsealing the charges Friday. Three people have been charged with involvement in the planned attacks, which were to be carried out in …

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Las Vegas shooter also considered Boston and Chicago: reports

Chicago, United States | AFP | The Las Vegas gunman who carried out the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history also had scouted possible locations in Chicago and Boston, US media reported Thursday. Stephen Paddock booked two rooms during the Lollapalooza music festival in August at Chicago’s Blackstone hotel, which …

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6 girls, 2 women from one family shot dead in S.Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Eight female members of one family were shot dead in their homes in South Africa, police said Wednesday, with attackers also setting fire to the houses. Six of the victims were aged between three and 18, while two were older women. Police said the cause …

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Gaga urges gun control amid artist shock at Vegas carnage

New York, United States | AFP | Lady Gaga urged US leaders Monday to act quickly to tighten gun laws following the carnage in Las Vegas as artists voiced shock at the deadliest shooting in modern US history. While most artists left their comments to general messages of sympathy after the …

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