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At least 34 people are feared drowned after a boat sank on the River Congo. Police said 76 passengers were rescued from the whaleboat - a flat-bottomed vessel used to transport people on lakes and rivers. It was travelling to DR Congo's capital Kinshasa from Mai Ndombe province, north of the city. The cause of the accident is not yet known, but...
A US teenager has been jailed for 15 months for involvement in a prank call leading to an innocent man's death. Casey Viner, 19, from Ohio, conspired with fellow gamer Tyler Barriss to make a so-called "swatting" call to police. In the 911 call, Barriss claimed he was holding his family hostage but when police visited the address provided, they shot...
The film Jojo Rabbit has won the influential People's Choice Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The World War II satire about a young boy in 1940s Germany who discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their house stars Scarlett Johansson and Roman Griffin Davis. Johansson also appears in the film that was first runner-up, Marriage...
Charlie Cole, one of the photographers who captured the famous Tank Man on film during the Tiananmen Square protests, has died. The image of one man standing in the way of a column of tanks, a day after hundreds possibly thousands of people died, has become a defining image of the 1989 pro-democracy protests. Cole won the 1990 World Press Photo award...
Singer Adele has filed for divorce from her husband Simon Konecki, according to legal documents filed in the US. A representative said the pair were "committed to raising their son together lovingly". Adele gave birth to her son, Angelo, in 2012. She married Konecki - an investment banker turned charity boss - in 2016 after five years of dating. The best-selling north...
The crew of the boat destroyed by a fire off California's coast were all asleep when the blaze started, US officials say. Under federal law the Conception scuba boat should have had a crew member acting as a "night watchman". The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a preliminary report into the 2 September fire. All 34 passengers sleeping below...
Astronomers have for the first time discovered water in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting within the habitable zone of a distant star. The finding makes the world - which is called K2-18b - a plausible candidate in the search for alien life. Within 10 years, new space telescopes might be able to determine whether K2-18b's atmosphere contains gases that could...
A family of three who got stuck on a raging waterfall were rescued after floating an SOS message in a bottle down a river. Curtis Whitson, his girlfriend, and his 13-year-old son were on a backpacking trip in central California in June. Their plan was to follow the Arroyo Seco river through a canyon until they reached the waterfall. At the waterfall,...
Two freefalling parachutists nearly collided in mid-air with two US fighter planes travelling at almost 350mph (560km/h), a report has revealed. The skydivers recorded the aircraft pass under them on a helmet camera as they fell at 120mph (190km/h). The pilots from RAF Lakenheath should have been told by air traffic control the Cambridgeshire parachute site was active, said the UK Airprox...
More details have emerged of an alleged high-level spy the US reportedly extracted from Russia amid fears his cover was about to be blown. Russian media named him as Oleg Smolenkov, who worked for a key aide to President Vladimir Putin. Mr Smolenkov was not senior, had been fired years ago and the extraction reports were fiction, the Kremlin said. A CNN...

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