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Two nuns admit embezzling cash for Vegas gambling trips Two nuns admit embezzling cash for Vegas gambling trips
Two nuns who worked at a Catholic school in California have admitted embezzling about $500,000 and using it to gamble in Las Vegas. Sisters Mary Kreuper and Lana Chang took the money from St James' Catholic School in the city of Torrance, near Los Angeles, to spend in casinos. The pair, who are said to be best friends, took funds from an account holding tuition fees and donations. The sis...
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Grace Millane: Man appears in court charged with backpacker's murder Grace Millane: Man appears in court charged with backpacker's murder
A 26-year-old man has appeared in court in New Zealand charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane. Miss Millane disappeared in Auckland on 1 December - police ended their search on Sunday after finding a body on the outskirts of the city. The man, who cannot be named, is due back in court next month. Court documents showed he had been living at the Citylife Hotel on Queen...
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Italy nightclub stampede kills six and injures 100 Italy nightclub stampede kills six and injures 100
Six people have been killed and more than 100 injured, 10 of them seriously, in a stampede at a nightclub in Italy, officials say. The incident took place near the eastern coastal city of Ancona. Some reports say there was panic after pepper spray was fired inside the club in the town of Corinaldo. The Lanterna Azzurra club was hosting a concert by rapper Sfera Ebbasta and up to 1,000 peo...
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France protests: Tourist sites to close on Saturday amid Paris riot fears France protests: Tourist sites to close on Saturday amid Paris riot fears
Tourist sites in Paris are to close on Saturday amid fears of further street violence from "yellow vest" anti-government protests. Across France, 89,000 police officers will be on duty and armoured vehicles will be deployed in the capital, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced. Police have urged shops and restaurants on Paris's Champs-Elysees to shut and some museums will also be closed....
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Huawei finance chief Meng Wanzhou arrested in Canada Huawei finance chief Meng Wanzhou arrested in Canada
The daughter of the founder of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United States. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer and deputy chair, was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December. Details of the arrest have not been released but the US has been investigating Huawei over possible violation of sanctions against Iran. China's embassy...
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Chris Dawson: Arrest in podcast-highlighted Australian mystery Chris Dawson: Arrest in podcast-highlighted Australian mystery
Australian police have arrested the husband of a Sydney woman whose disappearance in 1982 has been the subject of a popular crime podcast. Chris Dawson, 70, is to be charged with murdering Lynette Dawson, New South Wales (NSW) authorities said. Mr Dawson has denied killing Mrs Dawson, with whom he has two children. He has said that she abandoned the family for a religious group. A podcast...
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France fuel protests: 'Yellow vests' pull out of PM meeting France fuel protests: 'Yellow vests' pull out of PM meeting
Protesters from France's "gilet jaunes" (yellow vests) movement have pulled out of a meeting with PM Edouard Philippe scheduled for Tuesday. Some members of the group said they had received death threats from hardline protesters warning them not to enter into negotiations with the government. The "yellow vests" have been protesting about a controversial fuel tax since mid-November. But th...
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Egyptian actress Rania Youssef charged over revealing dress Egyptian actress Rania Youssef charged over revealing dress
An Egyptian actress who wore a revealing dress to the Cairo Film Festival is to go on trial on charges of "inciting debauchery", reports say. Rania Youssef appeared in a lacy, black, see-through outfit that exposed most of her legs, outraging many Egyptians, though some said she should be able to wear what she wanted. She could be jailed for up to five years if found guilty, a judicial sourc...
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Ukraine bars Russian men aged 16-60 from entry Ukraine bars Russian men aged 16-60 from entry
Ukraine will not allow Russian men aged 16-60 into the country following the imposition of martial law, Kiev says. An exception would be made for "humanitarian cases" such as those travelling to funerals. Russia says it is not planning retaliatory measures. Martial law has been imposed in 10 Ukrainian regions until 26 December. This came as Ukraine's president voiced fears of a Russian in...
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Australia says orphanage trafficking is modern-day slavery Australia says orphanage trafficking is modern-day slavery
Australia has become the first country in the world to recognise so-called orphanage trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery. The legislation forms part of a wider drive to stop Australians taking part in "voluntourism" schemes which harm rather than help the children. It is estimated 80% of children living in the world's orphanages have at least one living parent. In many cases, they...
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