Tasmania penguin deaths: Dozens killed in suspected dog attack

Image copyright Auscape/Getty Image caption The little penguins, which grow to around 30cm, were returning for breeding season Wildlife officials are investigating a suspected dog attack in Tasmania, after 58 penguins were found mauled to death. A member of the public alerted rangers to the dozens of penguin bodies strewn …

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Ariana Grande takes social media break

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ariana Grande is taking a break from social media Ariana Grande has announced she is taking a break from social media. Posting on Instagram stories after taping NBC special A Very Wicked Halloween, she hinted it was related to her recent break-up. In a …

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BBC TV licence: Over-75s 'richer' than when policy began

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The exterior of the BBC’s New Broadcasting House building A report looking at free TV licences for the over-75s suggests older households have seen “a marked improvement” in their living standards since the policy was introduced. The BBC-commissioned report said pensioners are now less …

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California student 'baked grandma's ashes into cookies'

Image copyright Getty Images Police are investigating reports that a US schoolgirl gave cookies containing her grandmother’s ashes to classmates. She reportedly handed the baked goods to fellow students who were not aware of the contents. Authorities in California are said to have been alerted by students at the school, …

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Crimea college bomb kills 10 at border town

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in an explosion at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea. Officials said an “unidentified explosive device” detonated at the technical college in Kerch, where Russia has built a bridge between the peninsula and the Russian mainland. Initial reports had suggested …

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Thousands of babies in toxic homes, warns commissioner

Image copyright Getty Images Nearly 16,000 babies are growing up in households where they are at risk of severe harm, a report by England’s Children’s Commissioner is warning. The report says that of 19,640 under-ones identified as being “in need”, 15,820 were still living at home. It also estimates that …

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Hélène Pastor murder: Polish son-in-law admits ordering hit

Image copyright AFP Image caption The gunman attacked Hélène Pastor’s black minivan outside the Nice hospital where her son was being treated After years of denial, the Polish son-in-law of billionaire Hélène Pastor has confessed to ordering a mafia-style hit on the 77-year-old property heiress. Wojciech Janowski is on trial …

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