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Caliphate ‘a living hell’

For the millions forced to endure the Islamic State group’s brutal rule, life in the “caliphate” was a living hell where girls were enslaved, music was banned and homosexuality was punishable by death. The jihadists a

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Hundreds airlifted

A cruise liner that ran into trouble in rough seas off Norway was being towed to port yesterday after hundreds of passengers were helicoptered to safety. The Viking Sky lost power and started drifting mid-afternoon Saturday in perilous

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Thai junta takes shock lead

Thailand’s ruling junta took an unexpected lead in the country’s first election since a 2014 coup with more than 90 percent of ballots counted, putting it on course to return to power at the expense of the kingdom’s p

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Djokovic, Osaka win openers

Novak Djokovic put his Indian Wells disappointment behind him on Friday at the ATP and WTA Miami Open with a ruthless 7-6 (7/2) 6-2 destruction of Australian Bernard Tomic to move into the third round. The Serbian world number one endured a meek exit at the hands of German Philipp Kohlschreiber i

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Sterling downs Czechs

Raheem Sterling showed that he is coming of age on the international stage as his hat-trick saw England start their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign by hammering the Czech Republic 5-0, while Antoine Griezmann inspired France to a battering of Moldova. Manchester City attacker Sterling had scored ju

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Rare albino penguin makes debut at Polish zoo

A rare three-month-old albino penguin made its first public appearance at a zoo in the Polish Baltic port city of Gdansk, where its keepers claim it is the only one of its kind in captivity. The all-white African Blackfoot penguin was born on December 14, but zoo staff decided to keep its arrival

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School shooting survivor takes own life

A teenager who survived the Parkland school shooting in Florida has killed herself while struggling with survivors’ guilt, local media reported Friday. Sydney Aiello, 19, was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas last February 14 when a former student opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon

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Norway airlifting 1,300 passengers off cruise ship

Emergency services said yesterday they had begun airlifting 1,300 passengers off a cruise ship in trouble off the Norwegian coast. The Viking Sky cruise ship sent an SOS message due to “engine problems in bad weather”, southern Norway’s rescue centre said on Twitter, while polic

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'Caliphate' wiped out

Kurdish-led forces pronounced the death of the Islamic State group’s nearly five-year-old “caliphate” Saturday after flushing out diehard jihadists from their very last bastion in eastern Syria. Fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces raised their yellow flag