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America’s Cup hopefuls come forward

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Maid 'died of stress' after five nights stuck in Oman airport

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Militants caused blast on Japanese tanker, says UAE

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Hayward's yacht wins at Cowes Week.

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Ayton and Clark win women's 470 class

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Somali pirates free UK-flagged ship after ransom

Somali pirates have released a British-flagged ship they seized on 1 January, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said on yesterday, and the European Union Naval Force said the release came after a ransom was paid.

Air passenger found with circuits in shoes

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