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DJ's death stirs up euthanasia debate

Much loved Italian disc jockey, DJ Fabo, passed away on Monday after choosing assisted dying in Switzerland. He saw it as the only option after becoming severely disabled after a road accident. His death at a clinic in Zurich has reignited the debate in Italy about laws on assisted dying, with moving tributes on front pages and in social media. ...

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S Africa 'may drop Commonwealth Games'

Durban may be unable to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games because of financial constraints, South Africa’s sports minister has said. “We gave it our best shot but we can’t go beyond. If the country says we don’t have this money, we can’t,” Reuters quoted Fikile Mbalula as saying. He said a final decision would be made by the Commonwealth Games ...

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California plane crash: Three dead as aircraft 'nosedives' into homes

Three people were killed and two others injured when a small plane crashed and burst into flames in a residential area in California, officials said. A married couple and three teenagers were on board the flight, which had just taken off from Riverside airport on Monday. They were returning home to San Jose following a cheerleading event at the Disneyland ...

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UK child migrant so hungry she 'ate grain meant for pigs'

A woman who was sent from England to Australia as a child was raped and left so hungry she ate grain meant for pigs, an inquiry has heard. Marcelle O’Brien, now in her 70s, was four years old when she was sent to a home in Pinjarra, western Australia, run by the Fairbridge Society. She was molested by the deputy ...

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Deal struck over BHS pension scheme

Sir Philip Green has agreed a £363m cash settlement with the Pensions Regulator to plug the gap in the BHS pension scheme. Workers will get the same starting pension that they were originally promised. It brings to a close a long-running negotiation over benefits for former workers of the collapsed retailer. The regulator had launched enforcement action against Sir Philip ...

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Footballer Adam Johnson appeal bid judgement reserved

Disgraced ex-England footballer Adam Johnson will have to wait to learn whether a fresh appeal against his child sex conviction has been allowed. The 28-year-old was jailed for six years last March for sexually touching and grooming a 15-year-old schoolgirl. He was later refused leave to appeal his conviction and sentence, but launched a second bid late last year. A ...

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Sandy Saunders: WW2 'Guinea Pig' pilot dies from cancer

One of the last surviving members of a group of World War Two pilots who underwent pioneering plastic surgery has died from cancer. Dr Sandy Saunders, who was badly burnt in a RAF crash in 1945, died on Sunday. The 94-year-old, from Leicestershire, along with other wounded veterans were given experimental skin grafts – they were dubbed the Guinea Pig ...

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Drug and mental health admissions highest for a decade

More patients are being admitted to hospital in England for drug-related mental health issues or poisoning than at any time in the past 10 years. Official figures reveal 15,074 cases of people in hospital with illicit drug poisoning in 2015-16, 51% more than 2005-06. Mental health issues had drugs as a cause in 81,904 cases. Public health experts say falling ...

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South Lakes Safari Zoo: Report shows hundreds of animal deaths

Almost 500 animals have died in four years at a zoo where a keeper was mauled to death by a tiger, a report has said. South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton-in-Furness opened in 1994 and now houses more than 1,500 animals, including tigers, giraffes and rare birds. Barrow Council is considering whether to grant the site a new zoo licence. ...

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Yemen conflict: Red Cross appeals for access to key port

Aid workers say fighting in Yemen has made it virtually impossible to ship humanitarian supplies to a key harbour when the country is at risk of famine. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has had to halt deliveries to the Red Sea port of Hudaydah. It said this was partly because it had not received security guarantees. The ...

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