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Indian police hunt for men suspected of raping and killing three sisters

Police in central India have launched a hunt for the men suspected of raping and killing three sisters, aged five to 11. Their deaths are the latest in a series of incidents of sexual violence in the country.

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'Me want cookies!' - German police hunt real-life cookie monster after theft of golden biscuit

Spokeswoman denied media suggestions that the theft and ransom note were part of a marketing stunt

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An edible ash tray, sold by Miss Cakehead, AKA Emma Thomas

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Network theory is usually used to analyse connections in social networks or the spread of disease, but theorist Albert-Laszlo Barabasi and a team from Northeastern University in Massachusetts have put it to a different use: concocting unusual - yet supposedly delicious canapés.

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Christmas thins are great to place on the table at the end of Christmas lunch or dinner

Christmas thins

Serves 4-6

Chocolate and cranberry brownies

Chocolate and cranberry brownies

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

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Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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Say it with... lyrics

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The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
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