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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Models present creations by Rick Owens during the men's spring/summer 2014 ready-to-wear fashion show

Punk rocks: Rick Owens embraces the apocalypse – in sportswear

Designer hoists Eastern European punk band to the rafters for Paris fashion show

Woman is 500th inmate executed in Texas

Texas has marked a sombre moment in criminal justice, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed capital punishment in 1982.

Senator Wendy Davis delivered a 10-hour speech in the Texan state capitol to delay the vote on the bill on Tuesday

Senator Wendy Davis vows to fight abortion bill again after marathon filibuster

Texas governor Rick Perry calls special legislative session to force through controversial bill to ban abortions in his state

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, left, who tries to filibuster an abortion bill, reacts as time expires (AP)

Texas governor Rick Perry mounts new bid for abortion restrictions after Wendy Davis filibuster blocked bill

The governor has now called for another special legislative session to reconsider the proposal

The News Matrix: Thursday 27 June 2013

American footballer in murder charge

Standing up for a woman's right to choose: Wendy Davis in action this week

Senator Wendy Davis putting the time in with 11 hour filibuster to stop anti-abortion bill

In a feat of stunning oration, the Democrat spoke for half a day to stop an anti-abortion bill being passed in Texas. Just who is this loquacious heroine?

Wendy Davis' 10-hour speech propels her into the filibuster super league. She's in varied company

The rules for speaking in the Texas Senate are strict, so Davis' speech blocking an anti-abortion bill is a historical achievement - even if she missed her self-imposed target

Controversial Texan restrictive abortion bill fails after marathon filibuster speech by Senator Wendy Davis leads to hours of confusion and furious protests

Numerous twists and turns as bill appears to run out of time, then gets passed, before it is later 'killed off' by officials who failed to sign it in time

Santorum: 'I just want to portray faith as it really is'

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum to head firm making films with Christian message

'We want good writers, actors, and producers who want to make honest, uplifting content'

Miller Barber: Golfer known as ‘Mr X’ who was famed for his unique swing

Miller Barber: Golfer known as ‘Mr X’ who was famed for his unique swing

Miller Barber, who died on 11 June at the age of 82, was a golfer with a unique swing who made the most combined starts on the PGA and Champions tours. Nicknamed “Mr X,” he played in 1,297 tournaments on the PGA Tour and the 50-and-over circuit. He won 11 times in 694 PGA Tour starts and added 24 victories in 603 events on the Champions Tour.

Solar-powered plane lands near Washington

A solar-powered plane bidding to fly across the U.S. has landed at Dulles International Airport near the nation's capital, with one leg to New York left.

A large explosion and fire tore through a chemical plant in the US state of Louisiana today reportedly leaving at least 30 injured

Blast at Louisiana chemical plant leaves 'at least 30' injured

A large ball of flame and thick column of smoke could be seen coming from the plant

Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane is currently receiving emergency treatment in hospital.

Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane treated for blood clot on his brain

British folk stars Mumford & Sons have been forced to postpone three upcoming shows after one of their number developed a clot on his brain.

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