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North Korean ‘spy’ charged over NHS cyber attack

US prosecutors have charged a North Korean man alleged to have been involved in creating the malicious software used to cripple the UK’s National Health Service. The 2017 incident left NHS staff reverting to pen and paper after being locked out of computer systems. Park Jin Hyok is said to …

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Russia evacuates children as Crimea town ‘coated in rust’

Russia has evacuated more than 4,000 children from a town in Crimea hit by noxious sulphur dioxide gas, allegedly from a huge nearby titanium plant. Armyansk, home to about 22,000 people, lies near the de facto Ukrainian border. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in March 2014. The Russian-installed Crimean leader, …

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South Sudan soldiers jailed for rape and murder

A military court in South Sudan has sentenced 10 soldiers to jail terms ranging from seven years to life for a rampage in which a journalist was killed and foreign aid workers raped. The court also ordered South Sudan’s government to pay each rape survivor $4,000 (£3,000) in compensation. The …

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Egyptian ‘harasser’ stripped by crowd

An Egyptian minibus driver who was stripped to his underwear after being accused of sexual harassment may himself have been the victim of a scam, Egyptian prosecutors say. Initial reports suggested the unnamed man had tried to harass or kidnap a lone woman onboard his vehicle. A crowd intervened and …

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Japan hit by deadly earthquake and mudslides

Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido has been hit by a powerful earthquake, triggering landslides that engulfed houses. At least nine people have been killed and about 40 are missing, say local media reports. The magnitude 6.7 quake cut power to around three million homes after a thermal power plant was …

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US woman jailed for smuggling cocaine in high heels

A US woman who said she was tricked by a fake internet suitor into smuggling drugs into Australia has been jailed. Denise Marie Woodrum, 51, was arrested at Sydney Airport last year after border officials found cocaine stuffed inside high heels and other belongings in her luggage. In January, she …

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Boston police captain’s son jailed for IS terror plot

The son of a Boston police captain has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for planning a terror attack. The FBI described Alexander Ciccolo, 26, as a “committed soldier” of the Islamic State terror group. He was arrested in 2015 after his father alerted authorities over concerns about his …

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New York Times Trump op-ed denied by senior officials

A number of top US officials have denied that they are the author of a damning anonymous editorial that attacks President Donald Trump. The New York Times article, said to be written by a senior White House official, says Mr Trump’s appointees are trying to stifle his agenda. There is fierce …

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