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A vigilante militia is marching on the stronghold of The Knights Templar cartel in Michoacan, and attacking the police they accuse of protecting the gang. Can they rescue the failing state?

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A thoroughly satisfying season opener

An area cordoned off by police, similar to the cordoned off house in Hartlepool where Mark Denton was found injured on New Year's Eve.

17-year-old arrested in connection with the death of Hartlepool man Mark Denton

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a former boxer died in an incident at a New Year’s Eve party.

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An inquiry is under way after three people died in a house fire.

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Inspectors from the UN nuclear agency have arrived in Tehran to visit a nuclear facility that has long been off-limits to outside experts, an Iranian news agency has said.

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Ja Rule forced to deny leaving wife for prison cell mate

The rapper's wife made the claims during an MTV documentary

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The definition of this vanishing resource slips all over the place

Nigeria eases curfew and boosts security in Maiduguri following attacks by militants

Nigerian authorities relaxed a curfew and intensified military patrols in Maiduguri on Tuesday, a day after suspected Islamist militants launched strikes on military bases in the northeast city.

British kickboxer Lee Aldhouse sentenced to 25 years for murder of US Marine in Thailand

Aldhouse was a semi-professional kickboxer who fought under the nickname 'Pitbull'

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Abdelhakim Dekhar will be formally accused of "attempted murder" and kidnapping

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House in Hillingdon, Middlesex featuring almost exclusively purple decor and furniture could be yours for £400,000

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No village or town along the road from the port town of Ormoc in southern Leyte to the provincial capital of Tacloban was spared by Typhoon Haiyan.

This house - in which Mick Philpott killed six of his 17 children - well be demolished

Philpott family home: Work begins to demolish Derbyshire house where six children were killed in fire lit by parents

Mick and Mairead Philpott jailed in April after being convicted of killing the children in a petrol-fuelled blaze

Vera Duffy looks on as the house where her six grandchildren died in a fire set by Mick and Mairead Philpott is prepared for demolition

Demolition begins at house where six children died in fire started by parents Mick and Mairead Philpott

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