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Oscar Pistorius trial: Prosecutor Gerrie Nel launches intensive cross-examination

It was the most damning day yet of cross-examination in the Pistorius trial as the prosecutor landed a series of blows on the defendant. Little wonder the Paralympian’s lawyer was showing the strain

The explosion, that left 71 dead and 124 wounded, marked the bloodiest terrorist attack ever in Abuja

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Oscar Pistorius trial: Paralympian mobbed by fans outside Pretoria's High Court ahead of murder trial evidence

Oscar Pistorius was greeted with cheers from a group of fans as he returned to the witness stand to give evidence about the fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp.

Twin blasts at a bus station packed with morning commuters on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital killed dozens of people

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How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

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Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

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Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit