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60 raped in Congo village attacks

Armed men raped 60 people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the past 10 days in the latest spate of mass sexual attacks in the region, the United Nations has said.

Two attacks took place in the villages of Nakatete and Kitumba in the South Kivu province. International health organisation Medicins Sans Frontieres treated 60 people, including children, who said they were raped in the attacks.

Birdsong right up mayor's tweet

It may sound like a bird-brained idea, but the mayor of a Californian city wants to brighten the streets by broadcasting bird songs.

The mayor believes inhabitants of the city in the Mojave Desert will benefit from exposure to tweets of the ornithological kind. Lancaster Mayor R Rex Parris said there was science to show that listening to birdsong made people happier.

Sorry not hardest word for Elton

Elton John apologised after swearing on air during an appearance on a Radio 2 breakfast show.

The programme's host, Chris Evans, was telling the star that Jools Holland starts the day by playing the piano, when John sighed and swore.

'Dr Phil' guest accused of abuse

An Alaska woman has been charged with child abuse because of a 'Dr Phil' TV show appearance that featured a video of her disciplining her son (7) by putting hot sauce in his mouth and forcing him into a cold shower.

The lawyer for 36-year-old Jessica Beagley says she's pleading not guilty. The municipal prosecutor says Beagley's methods were unreasonable.

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