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Zac Efron struggled to ‘separate’ himself from Ted Bundy in new biopic: ‘It was almost impossible’

Today 00:35 GMT

Zac Efron’s new role as serial killer Ted Bundy apparently took a toll on the actor, best known for starring in Disney's smash-hit “High School Musical” movies. At the London premiere of “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” on Wednesday evening, the 31-year-old actor was asked about separating himself from his character, who was convicted of killing three women and confessed to murdering more than 30 others across the U.S. in the 1970s before his execution by electric chair in January 1989.

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Source: The Guradian

Death toll in Sri Lanka bombings revised down to 253

Today 01:30 GMT

Sri Lankan authorities have revised the death toll from Easter Sunday’s string of bombings down to 253 people from the previous estimate of 359.

“The death toll from the Easter Sunday attacks is at least 253, our first estimates were 290 and it will be reduced to 253,” the director-general said in a statement. The country’s director general for health services issued the correction on Thursday, citing the difficulty of identifying victims due to the nature of the bombings, some of which took place in closely confined spaces and left some bodies in pieces.

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Source: BBC

Strikes on Raqqa 'killed 1,600 civilians'

Today 01:29 GMT

More than 1,600 civilians were killed in US-led coalition air and artillery strikes during the offensive to oust the Islamic State group from the Syrian city of Raqqa in 2017, activists say.

Amnesty and Airwars said that following an unprecedented investigation they had been able to build a database of the civilians reportedly killed as a direct result of US, UK and French air strikes and US artillery strikes carried out in Raqqa from June to October 2017 in support of a ground offensive by the SDF.

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Source: The Guradian

From Christchurch to Colombo, Islamists and the far right are playing a deadly duet

Thursday 23:40 GMT

• Scott Atran is an anthropologist and founding fellow of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at the University of Oxford

In reaction to last month’s massacre at mosques in Christchurch, Isis spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir called for Muslims “to avenge their religion” anywhere and everywhere. And that, according to a video posted this week under the Isis banner, was precisely the “bloody reward” meted out to worshippers and tourists in Sri Lanka.

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Source: BBC

Tracking the toxic air that's killing millions

Today 01:30 GMT

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says air pollution causes the death of seven million people a year and accounts for a third of fatalities from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease, with more than 90% of children breathing toxic air every day.

"To understand and act against toxic air properly everywhere we need to be able to measure pollution better," says Jenny Bates, clean air campaigner at environmental lobby group Friends of the Earth. "And technology such as AI shows promise in providing us with more information about the levels of pollution in the air we breathe.

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Source: The Guradian

In rare sentencing, ex-Florida officer gets 25 years for killing musician

Today 01:30 GMT

The fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja was the first Florida law enforcement agent in nearly 30 years to be convicted and sentenced for an on-duty killing – and one of only a few officers nationwide.

Raja’s attorneys had argued that he acted in self-defense both as a police officer and under Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law, which a previous judge rejected. Raja, of Asian descent, was in plain clothes for an auto burglary investigation team when he spotted Jones’ SUV at 3.15am on 18 October 2015.

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Source: DW

South Africa: Dozens killed in devastating floods

Today 01:29 GMT

Around 70 people have been killed and some 1,000 displaced due to flooding in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Eastern Cape provinces.

More than 1,000 people in South Africa have had to leave their homes after heavy rains and flooding caused buildings to collapse and toppled electric wires. The weather service has warned that more rain is on the way.

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Source: The Guradian

Texas executes 'avowed racist' behind brutal killing of James Byrd Jr

Today 00:35 GMT

John William King, who was white, received lethal injection on Wednesday for the slaying nearly 21 years ago of James Byrd Jr, who was chained to the back of a truck and dragged for nearly three miles ( five kilometers) along a secluded road in the piney woods outside Jasper, Texas.

An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in US history was executed in Texas for the dragging death of a black man.

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Skateboarder part of San Francisco skate crew dubbed ‘most fearless’ killed by dump truck, officials say

Thursday 05:10 GMT

Part of a San Francisco crew known for death-defying stunts, Ramirez finally found himself unable to elude fate Tuesday, when a dump truck ran him over and killed him while he was skateboarding, officials said.

Seemingly in awe of the confidence oozing from Pablo Ramirez -- the talented and fearless skateboarder who glided through busy California traffic without looking -- filmmaker Ryan Garshell once marveled: "Somehow he always makes it."

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Source: BBC

Texas hate crime killer to be executed

Thursday 15:25 GMT

One of three men convicted in the 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr, one of modern America's worst hate crimes, is to be executed in Texas.

Jasper's former sheriff, Billy Rowles, told KFDM News that King's execution would finally provide closure for the community.

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Large, flightless bird that killed Florida man set to be auctioned

Thursday 12:39 GMT

A large, flightless exotic bird likened to a 'living dinosaur' and infamous for killing its 75-year-old owner in Florida this month is back on the market.

Gulf Coast Livestock Auction said in a Facebook post the auction of the killer cassowary is in accordance with the last wishes of Marvin Hajos. The razor-clawed cassowary is one of among 100 exotic animals from the departed owner's estate going up for auction.

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Source: DW

Northern Ireland's New IRA: What is it?

Thursday 12:39 GMT

The group has its origins in republican splinter organizations that formed in opposition to the Northern Ireland peace process of the 1990s.

The Belfast-based New IRA — with members across the UK and Ireland — is now seen as the most dangerous dissident republican faction. The group's strongholds are in Catholic-majority western parts of the province, such as Derry, Strabane and Country Tyrone.

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British aid worker killed by Nigerian kidnappers during attack on holiday resort

Tuesday 09:54 GMT

A British aid worker and a Nigerian man were shot dead after being kidnapped with three other people in an attack at a resort in Nigeria on Friday, officials said.

The British High Commission said in a statement Sunday that Faye Mooney, 29, was killed when gunmen attacked the Kajuru Castle holiday resort in Kaduna state, located in the north-central part of Nigeria. Mooney worked as a communications specialist for the aid group Mercy Corps, and was one of 12 tourists traveling to Kaduna from Lagos, according to Kaduna state police spokesman Yakubu Sabo.

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Source: ABC News

'Start Here': Joe Biden hopeful, Sri Lanka fearful, Boy Scouts apologetic

Thursday 08:59 GMT

The question for weeks, if not months, was not if former Vice President Joe Biden would be running for president but when.

According to data compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists, a nonprofit that promotes press freedom, nine journalists have been killed so far in 2019, after 78 were killed worldwide in 2018.

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Source: DW

Afghanistan: NATO, Afghan forces kill more civilians than Taliban

Thursday 08:03 GMT

Security forces in Afghanistan killed more civilians in the first part of 2019 than the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

Afghan civilians were killed in greater numbers by NATO and pro-government security forces in the first three months of 2019 than by armed militants, according to UN figures. It's the first time that fatalities caused by security forces in Afghanistan have exceeded those caused by the Taliban.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte