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24 dead as gunmen open fire on Iran military parade

24 dead as gunmen open fire on Iran military parade

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At least 24 have died and 53 more people are injured after gunmen opened fire on a military parade in Iran, according to state media. A child and a woman are among the injured following the attack in Ahvaz, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.The agency claims "four or five terrorists were gunned down by the police".Fars, another state news agency, says there were four gunmen and that the attack began half an hour after the parade began at 8.30am local time (6am in the UK). Two of the attackers are dead, one wounded and another captured, according to its report.Foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif has blamed the attack on "regional terror sponsors" and their "US masters"."Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of Iranian lives," he wrote on Twitte...
Killer of 400 cats thought to be a man in his 40s, but real culprits aren't human

Killer of 400 cats thought to be a man in his 40s, but real culprits aren't human

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The mystery behind the killing and mutilation of more than 400 cats in London has been solved after a three-year investigation. The identity of the so-called "Croydon cat killer," named after a section of London, was thought by some to be a white male in his 40s but it turns out the culprits are cars and foxes, the Metropolitan Police found. “Following a thorough examination of the available evidence, officers working alongside experts have concluded that hundreds of reported cat mutilations in Croydon and elsewhere were not carried out by a human and are likely to be the result of predation or scavenging by wildlife on cats killed in vehicle collisions,” police said. The investigation into the cat killings was launched in September 2015 when Ukiyo, a 4-year-old ragdoll...
Lake Victoria, Tanzania ferry disaster death toll doubles

Lake Victoria, Tanzania ferry disaster death toll doubles

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At least 94 people have known to have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, officials say.It is feared that more than 200 people may have drowned. Recovery efforts have resumed after being halted overnight.The MV Nyerere ferry overturned near the shore of Ukara island on its way from Bugorora.It is thought the overloaded vessel tipped over when crowds on board moved to one side as it docked.Local media say the ferry's official capacity was 100 people but officials say the vessel was carrying more than 400 passengers when it capsized.Africa Live: Updates on this and other storiesThe BBC's Aboubakar Famau in Tanzania says fear has gripped residents of Mwanza region as they await to hear...
World Anti-Doping Agency votes to reinstate Russian anti-doping authority

World Anti-Doping Agency votes to reinstate Russian anti-doping authority

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Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The World Anti-Doping Agency voted Thursday to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency as compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code. Members of the executive committee voted 9-2 in favor of reinstating the RUSADA, during a meeting in Seychelles, with WADA's vice president and Oceania voting against and Europe abstaining from the vote. The committee deliberated whether Russia had fulfilled the two remaining criteria on its road map to compliance, including having the authorities responsible for anti-doping in Russia publicly accept the reported outcomes of Dr. Richard McLaren's investigation and the Russian government providing access to stored samples and electronic data in the former Moscow Laboratory. They ultimately decided to reinstate Russia on the grounds that RUS...
4 children killed in crash between train, bike

4 children killed in crash between train, bike

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Four children were killed and two other people were critically injured Thursday after a train slammed into an electric cargo bike in the Netherlands. Police said the accident happened on a railway line in the town of Oss, 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of Amsterdam, at a rail crossing close to the town's railway station. The crossing has warning lights, and red and white barriers to keep pedestrians off tracks when trains pass. Police said the electric bike belonged to a children's day care center and was taking children to school when the collision happened. Investigations were underway to establish the cause. The two critically injured victims were taken to a local hospital. Oss mayor Wobine Buijs-Glaudemans said local authorities "stand with the families, the school, the day care...