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Australian man dies on return from Everest base camp

An Australian man has died while trekking back from Everest base camp in Nepal. The man became ill at the 5,380m (17,600ft) camp on Thursday night before experiencing breathing difficulties while descending the next day, Australian media reported. The father of two had not attempted to reach the summit and was travelling with local Sherpa guides. Australian consular officials are ...

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North Korea launches missile – report

North Korea has launched an unidentified missile which fell into the Sea of Japan, South Korea says. The missile was fired on Monday from the Tongchang-ri region, near the North’s border with China, the South Korean military said. Last month North Korea said it had successfully test-fired a new kind of ballistic missile in a launch supervised by leader Kim ...

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Pakistan hosts biggest cricket game in years amid tight security

Pakistan staged its largest cricket game in eight years in Lahore on Sunday, amid an enormous security operation. Eight people died in a 2009 militant attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, which ended international cricket tours to Pakistan. But Sunday’s test of a major match – the Pakistan Super League Twenty20 final – ended without incident. Thousands of ...

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Jeremy Corbyn's tax return appears to omit leader's salary

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has published his tax return as part of a call for transparency from politicians. But the return appears to omit around £37,000 he was entitled to as leader of the opposition. The figures showed that Mr Corbyn earned a total of £114,342 in salary and pension payments. The publication came as Chancellor Phillip Hammond declined a ...

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Lea Adri-Soejoko allotment death: Man charged with murder

A man has been charged with the murder of an 80-year-old woman found dead in an allotment, the Metropolitan Police has said. The body of Lea Adri-Soejoko was found in a lock-up at the north-west London allotment where she was secretary, on Tuesday. Rahim Mohammadi, 40, from Hackney, east London, was charged on Sunday with the pensioner’s murder. He will ...

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Four hour rescue as pair swept over Brecon Beacons fall

A man and women have been seriously injured after being swept over a waterfall in the Brecon Beacons. It took rescuers four hours to airlift the pair from the bottom of a gorge near Ystradfellte in Powys. Teams from the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue were joined by firefighters, police and kayakers in the scramble to save the stricken hikers. The ...

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Israel marijuana: Users to face fine rather than criminal charge

The Israeli government has taken steps to reduce the penalties for personal marijuana use. It backed plans to issue fines initially, and only resort to criminal charges for repeat offenders. Selling, buying and producing the drug will remain illegal and the move must still be ratified by parliament. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, almost 9% of ...

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Liver transplant pioneer Thomas Starzl dies aged 90

Thomas Starzl, the man who performed the world’s first liver transplant, has died days short of his 91st birthday. The American surgeon pioneered the procedure in 1963, but his first patient did not survive. After creating a new blend of anti-rejection drugs, he carried out the first successful transplant in 1967. Since then, thousands of lives have been saved by ...

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Deutsche Bank to raise billions with rights issue

Deutsche Bank plans to raise about 8bn euros (£6.9bn, $8.5bn) by issuing new shares. The share sale by the troubled German bank is part of a wider shake-up. The bank will partially float its asset management business and retain Postbank – the retail banking business it had been expected to sell. Deutsche will be reorganised around three divisions: private banking ...

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Sheerness dead baby girl 'was new-born'

A baby girl whose remains were found in a Kent street was believed to have been new-born, police have said. Officers are keen to locate the mother of the child after the remains were found in Broadway, Sheerness, on Saturday afternoon. Kent Police said the identity of the dead child is still not known and neither is the cause of ...

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