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Murderer rapist gets right to die

A Belgian convicted of murder and rape who has been imprisoned for almost three decades has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychiatric condition was incurable, an official and a lawyer said.

Frank Van Den Bleeken sought the right to die because he was "suffering unbearably" from his psychiatric condition, his lawyer said.

Unable to control his sexual urges, the convict had no prospect of living in freedom.

Euthanasia for the terminally ill is widely accepted in Belgium. However, a February decision by the country's lawmakers to extend the euthanasia law to terminally ill children under 18 stirred some controversy.

Bomb kills five police recruits

A powerful explosion killed five Egyptian police conscripts and an officer near the border town of Rafah in the restive Sinai Peninsula, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of a local al-Qaida-inspired group, Egyptian security officials said.

The Interior Ministry and a security official said the bomb was hidden deep under the asphalt of a highway, in an area called Wadi Halfa, where a joint police and army force was passing early in the morning.

Cashless system for Underground

A contactless payment system has been introduced for passengers on London Tube and rail services.

The Transport for London scheme is available for travellers on London Underground, London Overground, mainline rail services that accept the Oyster card, and also on Dockland Light Railway

The new payment option means there will no longer be any need to spend time topping up Oyster balances because fares are charged directly to payment card accounts.

Eight dead in plane crash

A Syrian military aircraft crashed into the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, killing at least eight people, as thousands of residents fled to nearby villages in anticipation of expected US airstrikes against the militants.

It was not yet clear whether the plane was shot down or developed a fault.