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Giant python swallows Indonesian farmer whole

Body of missing man, who vanished while harvesting his crops, found in belly of seven-metre snake A farmer has been found inside the belly of a giant python after the animal was caught near where he vanished while harvesting his crops in Indonesia. The body of Akbar, 25, was discovered …

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Lionel Messi: Barcelona ‘indignation’ at forward’s Argentina ban

Barcelona have described Lionel Messi’s four-match international ban with Argentina as “unfair and totally disproportionate”. The 29-year-old Barca forward was suspended for directing “insulting words” at an assistant referee during Thursday’s 1-0 win over Chile. He remains free to play for his Spanish La Liga club. In a statement, Barcelona …

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Nigeria’s biggest airline ‘shut down’ over industrial dispute

Angry workers have shut down Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik Air, accusing the management of failing to reinstate sacked colleagues, local media report. The Nigerian government announced a takeover of the airline last month to prevent it going bust. But the main union representing aviation workers has accused the new management …

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SA woman ‘raped by gang in front of son’

South African police are investigating reports that a gang is using fake minibus taxis to lure and rape women in the commercial capital Johannesburg. One woman has given shocking details to local media on how she was gang-raped. She said that on Sunday, while with her 10-year-old son, she hailed …

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UK mother denies plotting against Rwanda’s leader

A pregnant mother from the UK has appeared in court in Rwanda on charges of spreading state secrets, trying to harm President Paul Kagame and attempting to form an armed group. Violette Uwamahoro, a Rwandan-British national, pleaded not guilty to the charges when she appeared in the High Court in …

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Manchester United 1-0 FC Rostov (Agg: 2-1)

Manchester United edged a nervy encounter with Russian minnows FC Rostov at Old Trafford to reach the Europa League quarter-finals with a 2-1 aggregate victory. Juan Mata got the decisive goal for United when he stabbed in from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s flick, but Rostov threatened to take the game to extra …

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