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Kabul: Gunman shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

Media playback is unsupported on your device An eyewitness has told the BBC of the terrifying moment gunmen burst into Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday. The man, who is not being named for security reasons, said he was spared after saying he was an Afghan. “Where are the foreigners?” they shouted. At least six civilians were killed in the 12-hour siege, officials said. The interior minister said the recent decision to transfer security to a private company had been a mistake. Some 160 people were rescued after Afghan troops…

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Century after pandemic, science takes its best shot at flu

The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after one of history’s most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe. There’s no way to predict what strain of the shape-shifting flu virus could trigger another pandemic or, given modern medical tools, how bad it might be. But researchers hope…

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Rihanna's cousin shot dead in Barbados on Boxing Day

Rihanna has called for an end to gun violence after her cousin was killed on Boxing Day. She’s been paying tribute to her 21-year-old relative – they had just spent Christmas together. Rihanna added the hashtag #endgunviolence to an emotional post on Instagram. “RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!” she wrote. The message was put up with a photo gallery dedicated to her cousin. Rihanna didn’t name him, but according to local Barbadian news station Nation News, the victim…

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UVF killer Haggarty shot Catholic to hide double life

The most senior loyalist ever to agree to become a so-called supergrass volunteered to kill a Catholic to cover up the fact he was an informer. Sean McParland died after being shot while babysitting in Belfast in 1994. The Ulster Volunteer Force was to decide the identity of the killer by flipping a coin, Belfast Crown Court heard. But Gary Haggarty volunteered to be the “primary gunman” because he feared he was suspected of being a police agent. Gary Haggarty: Full list of charges The intended target was a relative…

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Justin Rose birdies final hole to win Turkish Airlines Open by one shot

Turkish Airlines Open final leaderboard -18 J Rose (Eng); -17 D Frittelli (SA), N Colsaerts (Bel); -16 P Harrington (Ire); -15 T Olesen (Den); -14 E Pepperell (Eng), K Aphibarnrat (Tha); -13 F Zanotti (Par), J Suri (US), S Lowry (Ire) Selected others: -10 T Hatton (Eng), S Gallacher (Sco); -9 L Westwood (Eng), I Poulter (Eng); -8 T Fleetwood (Eng); -6 R Ramsay (Sco) -5 A Johnson (Eng) Justin Rose birdied three of the final four holes to complete back-to-back European Tour wins with a one-shot victory at the…

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O'Sullivan lets spectator take shot after she runs around table

Ronnie O’Sullivan let a spectator who evaded security and ran around the table take his last shot as he won in the third round at the English Open. The woman entered the playing arena at the Barnsley Metrodome as five-time world champion O’Sullivan was about to seal a 4-1 win over China’s Zhang Yong. He carried on playing to pot the pink ball – leaving him on a 129 break – then handed his cue to the spectator. She had two attempts at sinking the black before being led away….

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