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When the gates of the Miami Federal Correctional Institution closed behind him, ending his 39-year incarceration, Cuban exile and former anti-communist pilot Antonio Bascaro emerged holding an ominous record.
At least 300 yaks have starved to death near India's border with China after getting trapped by heavy snowfall. Government official Raj Yadav said they found the corpses in the north-east state of Sikkim on Friday...
Once upon a time, I’d have rolled my eyes at the parental panic about fairy tales that seems to flare up as regularly as outbreaks of nits.
We look to fiction for eternal truths about our world and timeless insights into the human condition – either that or giddy escapism.
Many Brazilians wept after their 200-year-old National Museum was destroyed in a devastating fire last September. Twenty million objects, many of them irreplaceable, were thought to have been lost.
Two French tourists who were held hostage in Burkina Faso have thanked the French soldiers who "lost their lives to free us from this hell". Two French special forces soldiers died during the raid, which rescued four hostages and killed four kidnappers...
The story of Anna Sorokin, the German woman who pretended to be a billionaire heiress, swindling hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process, has intrigued people across the US.
Scientists in Cambridge plan to set up a research centre to develop new ways to repair the Earth's climate. It will investigate radical approaches such as refreezing the Earth's poles and removing CO2 from the atmosphere...
Time is of the essence. It's now little more than a year until the Rosalind Franklin rover is sent to Mars. Engineers across Europe and Russia are busy assembling this scientific vehicle. and the hardware that will both carry it to the Red Planet and put it down safely on the surface...
One of the seminal events to unify the young United States is being commemorated in the state of Utah. Crowds gathered to witness a re-enactment of the day 150 years ago when a golden spike was hammered into place to complete the Transcontinental railway, linking the east and west coasts.
A widespread practice in the US known as "pay to stay" charges jail inmates a daily fee while they are incarcerated. For those who are in and out of the local county or city lock-ups - particularly those struggling with addiction - that can lead to sky-high debts...
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has just turned himself in - and we may see more headline-name convicts behind bars in the near future as cases like the college admissions scandal wind through the justice system.
Meat-free foods that "bleed" like the real thing are becoming increasingly common. Could these vegetarian alternatives replace "traditional" burgers and sausages? Concerns about the environmental and health impact of our diets has seen interest in vegetarian and vegan foods grow...
Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe is auctioning off five combine harvesters and other farm equipment. An advert by a local auction firm announced plans to sell off at least 40 of his vehicles, including a luxury car and five Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks...
More than 60 years ago, when he was a child, farmer Peter Andrews saw his first dust storm. He still remembers it. “The noise was horrendous,” he says. “We hid in the house waiting for it to pass. The whole sky was dark. And the damage we saw the next day was even more terrible.”
Brunei has become the focus of global attention for its decision to impose harsh Islamic punishments for offences such as adultery and sodomy - but in the country itself there is silence, as the BBC's Jonathan Head reports. At first glance you could be in Singapore...
Even the most meticulous proofreaders make mistakes from time to time. Typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are irritants to some, sources of mirth to others and can lead to ridicule for those responsible.
Birgitte Kallestad, 24, was on holiday with friends when they found the puppy on a street, Kallestad's family said in a statement. The puppy is thought to have infected her when it bit her after they took it back to their resort...
The lakes, forests, mists and snow of the Kola Peninsula deep in the Arctic Circle can make this corner of Russia seem like a scene from a fairy tale. Yet amidst the natural beauty stand the ruins of an abandoned Soviet scientific research station.
As the original manuscript for Don McLean's 1971 classic is sold at auction, fans may finally discover what his "Song of the Century" is really about. So what are the popular theories?...

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