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Fighter jet crashes during Children's Day airshow in...
A fighter jet crashed, killing the pilot, at Hat Yai International Airport, Songkhla​, Thailand this morning during an ...

Rafsanjani in 2015. (Image: Siamak Ebrahimi.)Former Irani president Rafsanjani dies, aged 82
Yesterday, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, president of Iran from 1989 to 1997, died in hospital in Tehran after a heart attack, Iran's state television reported. He was 82 years old. Rafsanjani in 2015. Image: Siamak Ebrahimi. Born in 1934, Rafsanjani studied theology in Qom. He was one of the leaders of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran which overthre...

Puri in 2010. (Image: gdcgraphics.)Indian actor Om Puri dies
Indian film actor Om Puri died this morning of heart failure at his Mumbai home, according to reports. He was 66. Born in Haryana in 1950, Puri trained at the Film and Television Institute of India. He starred in both arthouse and conventional movies, making his début in Ghashiram Kotwal in 1976. He gained national prominence in the 1980s and 1990s. Internati...

The Hollywood sign as it normally appears. (Image: Oreos.)Hollywood sign modified to read 'Hollyweed'
The Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California was modified to read "Hollyweed" on Sunday. Security camera footage shows the perpetrator was dressed all in black, said Sergeant Robert Payan. The Hollywood sign as it normally appears. Image: Oreos. Christopher Garcia, a spokesperson of the Los Angeles Police Department, said the suspected male offender is...

Lady with an Ermine (Image: Leonardo da Vinci.)Poland pays €100m for Czartoryski art collection
Poland yesterday announced the purchase of the Czartoryski art collection for about €100million (US$105m; £85m). It is worth an estimated €2billion. Amongst the roughly 86,000 artworks is Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci. Lady with an Ermine alone is thought to be worth more than the government paid for the full collection; it is insured, the governme...

The crashed aircraft in May this year. (Image: Alexander Usanov.)Plane carrying 92 crashes into Black Sea near Sochi
A military plane carrying 92 people crashed into the Black Sea two minutes after departing Sochi, Russia yesterday. The crashed aircraft in May this year. Image: Alexander Usanov. The Tupolev Tu-154 was heading to Syria and was carrying 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, Russia's military choir. Nobody is thought to have survived. At least eleven bo...

Redžepova at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. (Image: Albin Olsson.)Macedonia's 'gypsy music queen' Esma Redžepova dies
Esma Redžepova, a Macedonian singer nicknamed the "Queen of Gypsy Music", was on Sunday reported to have died. She was 73. Redžepova at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. Image: Albin Olsson. An ethnic Roma, Redžepova spent decades performing and was an early Balkan singer to use the Romany language. She combined Roma, Macedonian, and contemporary music ...

A plate of the famous dish. (Image: Evan Joshua Swigart.)Chinese chef Peng Chang-kuei's death announced
Peng Chang-kuei, a Chinese-born chef credited with creating the internationally popular dish General Tso's chicken, was yesterday announced to have died by his son. Chuck Peng told The Associated Press his father died of pneumonia in Taipei, Taiwan on Wednesday. The chef fled China to Taiwan in 1949 and invented the dish shortly thereafter. In the 1970s Peng ...

64 blocks of ice were used to construct the cube. (Image: Dennis Bratland.)Ten-ton ice cube melting in Seattle park
A cube of ice, weighing about ten tons (about 9000 kg) and measuring 80 inches (2m) per side, is melting in Seattle, Washington's Occidental Park. The temporary art installation, set up yesterday morning, "showcases the stages of the natural water cycle as the ice shifts from opaque to translucent", the artists said. How long it will take to melt is uncer...

File photo of The Expo floor in 2015. (Image: GabboT (flickr).)Debut from Booker-winner, final Canadian appearance ...
Saturday, September 3, acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood is to launch her graphic novel Angel Catbird, with illustrator Johnnie Christmas. The panel includes a question and answer session and an opportunity to purchase the book before its general release date. Other recent firsts from the 76-year-old Booker Award-winning Atwood include a chamber opera ...

File photo of the Dalai Lama, George W. Bush, and Wiesel in 2007. (Image: Chris Greenburg.)Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel di...
On Saturday, acclaimed writer Elie Wiesel died in New York City at age 87, his family said, following a lengthy illness. Wiesel was born 1928 in the town of Sighet in Romania. Twelve years later, in 1940, his town was included in an annexation by Hungary. In 1944, Wiesel, fifteen at the time, and his family, along with the entire Jewish population in Sighet, ...

Rob Ford in 2011. (Image: The City of Toronto.)Former Toronto, Canada mayor Rob Ford dies after str...
Former mayor of Toronto, Canada Rob Ford died yesterday morning aged 46, following a cancerous tumor found in his abdomen in 2014 and two more in his bladder in 2015. A statement issued by Ford's chief of staff Dan Jacobs called Ford a "dedicated man of the people" who "spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto." The former mayor, whose father, a busine...

Umberto Eco, 2005. (Image: Università Reggio Calabria.)Italian writer Umberto Eco dies, age 84
Umberto Eco, semiotician, philosopher, and novelist, died on yesterday night at the age of 84 at his home in Milan, according to his family. He had cancer. Eco was born in Alessandria, northern Italy, on January 5, 1932 and attended University of Turin, focusing on Medieval philosophy and literature. In 1956–1964 worked closely with the Italian television sta...

File photo of Rickman (Image: Justin Hoch.)Alan Rickman dies at 69 due to cancer
Today, the family of English actor Alan Rickman announced his death at the age of 69 in London from cancer. As per the family statement "he was surrounded by family and friends" at the time of death. File photo of Rickman Image: Justin Hoch. Rickman started his film career as an antagonist in Die Hard — in which he played the role of Hans Gruber in 1988...

Human doll character. (Image: Paul Budd.)Wikinews visits haunted attraction 'Doc Wilkes House...
ss="published">Saturday, October 10, 2015  Human doll character. Image: Paul Budd. Clown character in hallway. Clown character in faux freezer. Texas Related articles 10 October 2015: Wikinews visits haunted attraction 'Doc Wilkes House of Horrors' 10 October 2015: Shooting kills one near Texas Southern University housing comple...

File photo of the Gatineau River. The Quebec Toponomy Commission states Nigger Rapids, a part of the Gatineau River, is to be renamed. (Image: Nickclose.)Eleven Quebec locations to be renamed to remove raci...
The Quebec Toponomy Commission, a Quebec public body which is responsible for naming places, cataloguing place names, and suggesting changes to their names, has announced in a press release on Friday that eleven locations in Quebec, whose names contain a racial slur, are to be renamed. The organization said they yet to decide on the locations' future names. A...

Cliff Hanger ride, shown arriving at fairgrounds for setup. (Image: Paul Budd.)100th annual East Texas State Fair opens
The 100th annual East Texas State Fair opened in the city of Tyler, Texas yesterday. Equipment for rides and attractions for the fair began arriving at the fairgrounds earlier in the week. Several food vendors and artisans were also setting up their displays as early as Monday. The event is a highly publicised mainstay in the city of Tyler. Several days are ...

File photo, Duchess of Cambridge, 2012. (Image: Carfax2.)Royal Birth: Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to bab...
The announcement also said Catherine and the baby are "doing well." The daughter of the royal couple was said to weigh 8lbs 3oz. Earlier in the day Catherine was admitted in labour into the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. Kensington Palace released a statement that the Duchess went to the hospital by car and was admitted into Saint Mary's at 6am ...

From file, Gallipoli dawn service 2009. (Image: Gnangarra.)Over 10,000 attend Gallipoli dawn service for ANZAC ...
A crowd of over 10,000 people attended the dawn service on Saturday at Gallipoli, Turkey for the 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops there in 1915. The solemn remembrance ceremony was held at the site of the original Gallipoli landings, now known as Anzac Cove. The Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War is remembered as ...

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