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Burning oil tanker sinks off China after one week

An oil tanker burning in the East China Sea for more than a week has finally sunk, Chinese media say. The Sanchi and a cargo ship collided 260km (160 miles) off Shanghai on 6 January, with the tanker then drifting south-east towards Japan. Iranian officials now say all 32 crew members – 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis – on the tanker are dead. The tanker was carrying 136,000 tonnes of ultra-light crude but Chinese officials say there is no major slick. China Central Television said that the Sanchi had gone…

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Sophie Lionnet death: Couple admit burning French nanny's body

A couple who deny murdering a French nanny have admitted they tried to dispose of her body by burning it. The charred remains of Sophie Lionnet, 21, were discovered in the garden at a house in Southfields on 20 September. Police were initially unable to identify the body but later confirmed it was Ms Lionnet, originally from Troyes in north-east France. Sabrina Kouider, 34, and her partner Ouissem Medouni, 40, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. At the Old Bailey, the pair, of Wimbledon Park Road, Wandsworth, south…

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'I'd take pay cut to avoid burning out'

Media playback is not supported on this device England and Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola says he would take a pay cut to play less rugby and believes players are at risk of “burning out”. Vunipola learned on Sunday he will be out for four months after injuring a knee during Sarries’ defeat of Sale. The 24-year-old had only recently returned after a year blighted by knee and shoulder problems, the latter forcing him out of the Lions tour. Speaking prior to his latest setback, he said “something has to…

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Burning fuel hits crowd at Australian drag-racing event

Media playback is unsupported on your device Twelve people have been injured after a competition car sprayed burning fuel over fans at a drag-racing event in central Australia. The car was doing burnouts at the Red CentreNATS competition in Alice Springs when it sent lit fuel into the crowd. Footage of the incident on Sunday showed flames reaching spectators and people scrambling away. Eleven of the 12 people treated were taken to hospital. One man, 47, suffered critical injuries. He was flown to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with burns to…

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Celebrities at Burning Man: Paris Hilton, Kyle Sandilands and Shanina Shaik

As sure as night follows day, Paris Hilton attended Burning Man. The hotel heiress and occasional DJ and singer, 36, whose life seems to be like one long Burning Man, ensured she abided by rule number one of the dusty festival at Black Rock City, Nevada – constantly reminding everyone that you’re at Burning Man. Australian model Shanina Shaik and her fiance DJ Ruckus. Photo: Shanina Shaik/Instagram Taking to her Instagram with 7.4 million followers, she documented her trip with numerous posts of her ensemble changes, complete with Mad Max-style headgear, braids, goggles, nipple coverings…

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A Brief History of Book Burning, From the Printing Press to Internet Archives

When al-Qaida Islamists invaded Mali, and then Timbuktu in 2012, among their targets were priceless manuscripts—books that needed to be burned. But the damage could’ve been much worse if not for men like Abdel Kader Haidara, who risked their lives to protect the medieval works. He and others succeeded in smuggling out 350,000 manuscripts, proving not only how much the books were valued, but also the lengths to which ordinary people were willing to go to save them. It was a remarkable victory in the long history of books threatened…

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