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Two pre-school children and an adult have been killed and 13 other people wounded in a knife attack at a creche in north-western Belgium.
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A US man apparently distraught over job problems is thought to have shot dead his wife and five young children before turning the gun on himself.
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A man murdered his estranged wife after becoming "enraged" when she changed her marital status on Facebook to "single".


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The killing of Sheikh Yassin has drawn widespread international condemnation. United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said it was not only against international law, but did nothing to help find a peaceful solution. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak described it as cowardly and King Abdullah of Jordan called it a crime. In Brussels, European Union foreign ministers condemned Israel for an "extra-judicial killing", which they...


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Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, spiritual head of Palestinian militant group Hamas, has been killed in an Israeli air strike. He was targeted as he returned from a mosque in Gaza City at daybreak. Seven others were killed and many wounded. The killing triggered unrest and calls for revenge from Palestinians, as tens of thousands took part in a funeral.


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A US soldier has been convicted of murder for his involvement in the killing of four Iraqis who were shot and dumped in a Baghdad canal in 2007. Sgt Michael Leahy Jr had confessed to investigators that he shot an Iraqi in the back of the head from close range.


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A man has been bludgeoned to death by a group of Australian motorcycle gang members in full view of dozens of people at Sydney airport.


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A man from Germany has been jailed for life for stabbing a Nottingham student 86 times after stalking his girlfriend.


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A 15-year-old boy has been convicted of murdering a two-year-old girl who was left in his care for 90 minutes.


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At least 43 people have died in missile strikes by a US drone aircraft in a militant stronghold of Pakistan.


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Police in Peru have arrested four suspected members of a gang that allegedly killed people to steal their body tissue and fat. The authorities are searching for several more suspects. The group allegedly sold the body fat to be used in cosmetics in Europe.


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Frances Inglis has been given a life sentence after being found guilty of killing her 22-year-old son Thomas. What drove a mother to inject her own child with a fatal dose of heroin when she was already on bail for a previous attempt at taking his life?


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A Turkish teenager found dead in a hole next to her house was probably buried alive, a post-mortem examination has revealed. Medine Memi, 16, was found in the hole in December. Large amounts of soil were in her lungs and stomach, according to a source who has seen the report.


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People accused me of sorcery and my mother believed them. Look, here on my stomach. She tried to kill me with a knife. It really hurt and I cannot understand why my mother did it.


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Dan McDougall spent four months delving into Cape Town's violent gang culture. He witnessed young men - gangsters and drug addicts - turn to football to try to keep their heads above water. But ultimately, he explains, his journey left him despairing of a broken society, a place where those growing up in the streets and townships of the rainbow nation are prisoners not of apartheid's legacy and race, but of the true blights of...


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Lessons must be learned from the "tragic" rape and murder of a 17-year-old girl, the home secretary has said.


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WikiLeaks has posted a video on its website which it claims shows the killing of civilians by the US military in Baghdad in 2007.


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