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Thai cave rescue: What next for the trapped boys?

[ad_1] The Thai caves where 12 boys and their football coach are trapped is a snaking system of caverns and crevices which pose a range of problems for rescuers. Some stretches of the Tham Luang cave are more than 10 metres high, while others are a tight squeeze for a grown man.Add the fact that part of the cave system is flooded, and water levels could rise, extracting the stranded
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Malawi’s President Mutharika and the police food scandal

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malawi's President Peter Mutharika initially called the claims "fake news" There have been mounting calls for the resignation of Malawi's President Peter Mutharika after a leaked report by the country's anti-graft agency accused him of receiving a kickback from a 2.8bn kwacha ($3.9m; £2.8m) contract to supply food to the police. The report claims a businessman deposited 145m kwacha into an account belonging
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Kenya dam tragedy: Arrests for ‘complicit’ officials ordered

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Local media reported that the wall of water was about 1.5m high and 500m wide Kenya's public prosecutor has ordered the arrest of several businessmen and government officials over a dam which collapsed and killed more than 47 people in May. Noordin Haji said the nine officials would be prosecuted for manslaughter and for neglecting their duty. He said investigators had found the dam
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Macron: EU’s North Africa migrant centre plans won’t work

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Macron said the EU would be dealing with migration from Africa "for decades" French President Emmanuel Macron has told the BBC that EU plans to create migrant processing centres in North Africa will not work unless the process is led by those countries.Speaking during a visit to Nigeria, Mr Macron said many African countries were worried that such centres would act as a
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‘Sultan of Coins’: Iranian police arrest man for hoarding gold

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The value of gold coins has risen sharply in Iran in recent weeks Iranian police have arrested a man they say hoarded two tonnes of gold coins in order to manipulate the local market.Tehran police chief Gen Hossein Rahimi said the unnamed 58-year-old had used accomplices to collect an estimated 250,000 coins over the past 10 months.He dubbed him the "Sultan of Coins". Iranians
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Eric Abidal: Barcelona deny former president bought illegal liver for defender

[ad_1] Eric Abidal won four league titles and two Champions Leagues during his time at the Nou CampBarcelona have denied that former president Sandro Rosell illegally bought a liver for ex-France defender Eric Abidal.Abidal, 38, who is now the club's technical secretary, had a transplant in 2012 after a tumour was found in his liver.Reports in Spain claim Rosell, who was arrested for money-laundering in 2017, purchased the organ.Barcelona say
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Star Wars: Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best considered suicide

[ad_1] Image copyright Alamy Image caption Star Wars alien Jar Jar Binks became one of the most reviled characters in film history The actor who played Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars franchise has revealed how the vicious backlash against the character left him close to suicide.Ahmed Best provided the voice and motion capture for the gawky CGI alien in the Star Wars prequels, beginning with 1999's Star Wars:
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Redoine Faid: A few ‘loyal friends’ behind helicopter jailbreak

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The getaway vehicle was found abandoned north of Paris The dramatic jailbreak-by-helicopter of notorious French gangster Redoine Faid was carried out by four or five close and loyal friends, police say.New details have emerged of the raid, in which the assailants cut their way into the visiting room of the prison before making their helicopter getaway.French police warned that "beyond his charisma and aura,
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Nantes police shooting: Deadly incident triggers clashes

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption A number of cars were set alight during the overnight clashes Groups of youths have clashed with police in France's western city of Nantes after a man was shot dead by police during a roadside check.On Tuesday night, protesters burned cars and threw petrol bombs at the police, who responded with tear gas. The full circumstances in which the 22-year-old driver died earlier on