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Pompeii victim crushed by boulder while fleeing eruption

Image copyright EPA Image caption The unfortunate victim survived the initial eruption – but did not get far Archaeologists at Pompeii have uncovered the remains of an unfortunate man who was decapitated by an enormous rock while fleeing the volcano. Nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, killing many Pompeii residents and famously freezing them […]

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Iceland's pagan Zuist religion hopes to build temple

Image copyright ZUISM.IS Image caption Zuism says it is Iceland’s fastest-growing faith, and needs somewhere to hold its congregation Members of a pagan Icelandic religious movement based on ancient Sumerian beliefs are set to get a temple in the capital of Reykjavik, it’s been reported. According to the Iceland Monitor news website, Zuists – people […]

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India police officer threatened for saving Muslim man from mob

Image copyright Twitter/Dhruv Rathee Image caption Gagandeep Singh shot to fame after a video of him saving a Muslim man from a Hindu mob went viral An Indian police officer hailed as a hero for protecting a Muslim man from being lynched by a mob has begun receiving death threats, police say. Gagandeep Singh, an […]

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Liege shootings: Gunman 'had killed day before attack'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSocial media footage captured the sound of gunshots The man who shot dead two police officers and a civilian in the Belgian city of Liège had killed someone the night before the attacks, the country’s interior minister says. Jan Jambon said the gunman, named as Benjamin Herman, […]

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Italy government: Leaders talk amid political crisis

Image copyright EPA Image caption Carlo Cottarelli (left) and Sergio Mattarella talked on Wednesday morning Fresh talks to overcome political turmoil in Italy – the EU’s fourth largest economy – are being held. Stock markets have been hit and Italy’s debt costs have gone up because there is still no government three months after elections. […]

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Liege shootings: Gunman 'killed day before attack'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSocial media footage captured the sound of gunshots The man who shot dead two police officers and a civilian in the Belgian city of Liège had killed someone the night before the attacks, the country’s interior minister says. Jan Jambon said the gunman, named as Benjamin Herman, […]

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Bill Browder arrested in Spain on Russian warrant

Image copyright EPA Financier Bill Browder, a high-profile critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been arrested in Spain. Mr Browder was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Russian court late last year, on fraud and tax evasion charges. Interpol had previously refused to enforce a similar 2013 sentence for Mr Browder, deeming […]

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Catholic Church joins sex abuse compensation scheme

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia found institutions had “seriously failed” to protect children The Catholic Church has confirmed it will be part of a national redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse in Australia. The nation recently held a five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in the […]

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Ukraine blames Russia for shooting of journalist Arkady Babchenko

Image copyright EPA Image caption Arkady Babchenko had fought in the Chechen wars Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has accused Russia of being behind the killing in Kiev of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko. “I am confident that the Russian totalitarian machine did not forgive him his honesty and principled stance,” the prime minister posted […]

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Magician David Copperfield found not liable for Briton's injuries

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption David Copperfield is the world’s highest paid magician US magician David Copperfield was negligent but not financially responsible for a UK man’s injuries during a trick, a jury says. The jury in Nevada says Gavin Cox caused his own injuries during the famous vanishing act at a show in […]

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Key Italy talks amid fears of snap poll

Image copyright EPA Image caption Carlo Cottarelli (left) and Sergio Mattarella are preparing for crunch talks later on Wednesday Italy’s PM-designate Carlo Cottarelli is to meet the country’s president, amid reports that snap elections may be called to break the political deadlock. Media reports say Mr Cottarelli, an ex-IMF economist, has failed to secure support […]