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Deadly bombing at restaurant packed for Christmas

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say at least six people have died in a suicide bomb attack on a crowded restaurant in the eastern city of Beni. Police prevented the bomber from entering the building, but he blew himself up at the entrance...

Man found with crossbow at Windsor Castle sectioned

A man has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act after being found in the grounds of Windsor Castle with a crossbow, police have said. The Metropolitan Police said a 19-year-old man from Southampton was arrested at about 08:30 GMT on Christmas Day. It said...

Desmond Tutu: South Africa mourns anti-apartheid hero

South Africa is holding a week of events to mark the passing of the anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who died on Sunday aged 90. The plans include two days of lying in state before an official state funeral on 1 January in Cape Town....

Alibaba fires woman who claimed sexual assault

Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba has fired a woman who said a colleague and a client had sexually assaulted her. The dismissal letter said she had spread falsehoods that had damaged the company’s reputation. The employee went public with her allegations in August because she said...

Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein pilot testifies he flew Prince Andrew

Paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein’s long-time pilot has testified at the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell that he flew VIPs to luxury locations worldwide. Larry Visoski, the first witness in Ms Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial, recalled flying Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Kevin Spacey. Ms Maxwell...

US tourists fined for sneaking into Rome’s Colosseum for a beer

If you’ve travelled to Rome, you may have been warned that drinks in popular tourist spots can be rather expensive. Well, earlier this week, two American travellers likely racked up one of the priciest drinks bills in the Italian capital’s long history. The pair, both...

Metropolitan Police officer charged with rape

A Metropolitan Police officer has been charged with rape. PC David Carrick, 46, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, is due to appear via video link at court later. He was off-duty at the time of the alleged offence on 4 September last year in St Albans, police...

Evergrande: Company set to update market on ‘major transaction’

Chinese property giant Evergrande’s shares have been suspended as investors await a statement about its future. The crisis at the world’s most indebted property developer has triggered fears that its potential collapse could send shockwaves through global markets. The firm said the trade halt came...

Cryptocurrency heist hacker returns $260m in funds

The hacker behind one of the largest ever cryptocurrency heists has returned almost half of the $600m (£433m) stolen assets. On Tuesday, blockchain platform Poly Network wrote a letter on Twitter, asking the individual to get in touch “to work out a solution”. The website said...