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Five killed in train explosion

Firefighters work on the site where a cargo train derailed and exploded in the village of Hitrino, Bulgaria.

Cargo train carrying propane-butane explodes and smashes through 20 buildings in Bulgaria.

Family fly to Indonesia for body

The van following the crash (left) and at the bottom of the cliff it plunged off, killing passenger Danielle Angus.

The family of an Aucklander killed when a Contiki van crashed enroute to a surf beach flew to Indonesia to retrieve her body.

Suicide bomber kills 50

At least 50 Yemeni soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber at a base in the city of Aden.

At least 50 Yemeni soldiers killed in another major attack claimed by Islamic State.

Russia tried to help Trump video

US President-elect Donald Trump addresses supporters during his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, US.

The CIA says Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency.

Rats lay siege to Paris

Rats have closed five parks and the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower.

Paris is waging war on a plague of rats that has closed attractions including at the Eiffel Tower.

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    Last Obama Christmas card

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    US President Barack Obama has sent out his last official White House card, and it's absolutely gorgeous.

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    A dog gets to see his dying owner one last time to say goodbye.

    Saved by delivery driver

    James Jordan, 33, has been charged with a range of offences after the incident in a Missouri home.

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    Qantas set for world's longest flight

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    The Perth to London route is expected to be cleared for take off next week.

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    Dreamworld reopens today video

    Dreamworld has been closed for more than six weeks.

    Safety paramount as theme park welcomes visitors for the first time since the tragic accident that claimed four lives.

    Qantas set for world's longest flight

    The Perth to London route is expected to be cleared for take off next week.

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    Russia's human rights abuses 'baloney' video

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    Video shows church shooter after killings video

    Dylann Roof is seen leaving the historic Charleston church with a gun in his hand.

    Jurors in Dylann Roof's trial have seen video of him leaving the Charleston Church with a gun in his hand.

    Last Obama Christmas card

    US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with their daughters Sasha, 15, at left, and Malia, 18.

    US President Barack Obama has sent out his last official White House card, and it's absolutely gorgeous.

    Dog's final goodbye to owner video

    Before Ryan Jessen died, his dog Mollie got to see him one last time.

    A dog gets to see his dying owner one last time to say goodbye.

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    James Jordan, 33, has been charged with a range of offences after the incident in a Missouri home.

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    Eiffel Tower disappears in thick smog

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