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McCanns win €70k libel case

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have won €70,000 in libel damages from the Sunday Times over a story which suggested that they had kept evidence from authorities investigating their daughter's disappearance.

Kate and Gerry McCann - who said they would be giving the award to two charities - took action over a front-page article by the newspaper's Insight team which appeared in October last year.

The story falsely alleged that the couple and Madeleine's Fund had kept crucial evidence - primarily consisting of "e-fits" obtained by private investigators - secret from investigating authorities.

The solicitors, law firm Carter-Ruck, said in a statement: "The Sunday Times' allegations were completely false.

Cops told to 'say cheese'

Zimbabwe is telling its police officers to lighten up - with smiles.

The southern African country is launching a training program to get police to "say cheese" more often in hopes of winning over tourists who go to see Victoria Falls and other sights. "A smile can change a lot," Ziyambi Ziyambi, deputy home affairs minister, said.

Stampede kills 32 worshippers

At least 32 people have died in a stampede during a religious festival in eastern India, government officials said.

The stampede occurred in Patna, the capital of Bihar state, as thousands of people were returning home after attending a major Hindu festival called Dussehra, state administrator Aamir Subhani said.

Boko Haram behead pilot

A new Boko Haram video shows the beheading of a man identified as the pilot of a missing Nigerian Air Force jet and burnt out parts of a plane - the first indication that the extremist group has the capability to bring down aircraft.

It also allegedly features Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, a man Nigeria's military twice has claimed to have killed in 2009 and again this year.

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