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Pistorius jailed five years for killing

Pistorius jailed five years for killing

A South African judge has sentenced Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

French business chief killed in Moscow plane accident

French business chief  killed in Moscow plane accident

The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, has been killed in an airplane collision with a snow plough at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova says.

Royal baby due in April: palace

Royal baby due in April: palace

It has been confirmed that Prince William and Kate's second baby is due in April.

Ebola czar wants to step up US response

Ebola czar wants to step up US response

US Ebola response co-ordinator Ron Klain faces a long to-do list when he begins his new role: soothe Americans' jitters about the virus, fix federal coordination with states, and restore a sense of control over the crisis that the White House had lost.

White House halts funding on risky flu studies

White House halts funding on risky flu studies

The White House has temporarily stopped funding new research involving the flu and other pathogens in which scientists deliberately make them more transmissible or more deadly.

Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds join fight in Kobani

Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds join fight in Kobani

Turkey said it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani, while the United States air-dropped arms for the first time to help the defenders resist an Islamic State assault.

Hong Kong crisis deepens after weekend clashes

Hong Kong crisis deepens after weekend clashes

A deepening sense of impasse gripped Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth week, with the government having limited options to end the crisis and demonstrators increasingly willing to confront police.

Strikes in Germany cause travel misery for millions

Strikes in Germany cause travel misery for millions

German airline Lufthansa cancelled 1,450 flights after a pilots union called for a strike on Monday and Tuesday, adding to travellers' misery after millions were left stranded by a weekend-long train drivers' stoppage.

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