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Rare cello returned after knifepoint theft in Paris

Image copyright AFP/getty Image caption Ophélie Gaillard, who is a professional-winning cellist, had the valuable instrument on loan An 18th-Century cello has been returned to a French musician after an appeal following her knifepoint robbery. Ophélie Gaillard was robbed of the instrument and her mobile phone outside her home in …

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Mexico earthquake: Helicopter crashes in emergency killing 13

Image copyright AFP Image caption The helicopter crashed on top of two vans causing fatalities on the ground A helicopter carrying senior officials has crashed while they assessed damage from Friday’s Mexican earthquake, killing 13 including three children. Mexico’s interior minister and the governor of the south-west Oaxaca state were …

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Grace Mugabe PhD: Arrest made over corruption allegations

Image copyright EPA Image caption Authorities did not say whether Mrs Mugabe herself will face charges The vice chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the awarding of a doctorate to former first lady Grace Mugabe. Levi Nyagura was detained by the …

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Iranian wrestler Karimachiani banned for throwing match

Image copyright AFP Image caption Karimachiani, right, has been banned for six months Wrestling’s global sporting body has banned an Iranian athlete for six months for deliberately throwing a match to avoid an Israeli opponent. Alireza Karimachiani was winning a match against his Russian opponent in November’s under-23 world championships …

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Zuma’s fall a chance to take moral leadership in Africa

Image copyright AFP Image caption South Africa’s new ruler will steer away from the conspiratorial culture that flourished under his predecessor It is rare in a journalistic life that one gets to sit a few yards from a president as he announces his resignation and then, within the same 24 …

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Scots study uncovers trafficking routes for pangolin

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The pangolin is being smuggled via ivory trade routes Animal traffickers are taking advantage of remote ivory trade routes to smuggle one of the world’s most endangered animals out of Central Africa, new research has found. Pangolins are scaly, ant-eating mammals. Their meat is …

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Nirav Modi fraud investigation makes first arrests

Image copyright AFP Image caption The fraud is linked to luxury jeweller Nirav Modi Three people have been arrested on suspicion of helping a billionaire jeweller to defraud one of India’s largest banks of millions. Nirav Modi, a diamond broker and luxury jeweller to celebrities, is being investigated in a …

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Woman challenges definition of ‘feminine’ on Thesaurus.com

Thesaurus.com has said it will review its entry for “feminine” after a woman complained about its “comical” synonyms for the word. Kaya Day was so disappointed with the limited selection that she wrote a letter of complaint. She says she’s trying to get different words added so that language can …

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