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Strauss-Kahn case 'dropped'

The sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn is likely to be dropped by New York prosecutors, officials say.

The source said prosecutors will probably tell his accuser today that they will not pursue the case because of doubts about her credibility and a lack of evidence proving a forced sexual encounter.

A lawyer for Mr Strauss-Kahn did not immediately respond after the New York Post first reported prosecutors' likely decision. The Manhattan District Attorney's office has also declined to comment.

Mr Strauss-Kahn has been accused of trying to rape a hotel maid. He denies the charges.

Killer tornado

lashes Ontario

A tornado swept through a south-western town in Ontario, Canada, killing one person and causing severe damage.

Businesses, buildings and several churches lost their roofs and upper floors as the twister ripped through Goderich.

Police said the damage is widespread in the city centre.

The 61-year-old victim was working in a salt mine in Goderich when the storm hit.

Police said there are reports of multiple injuries.

Fossil find is oldest ever

Relics of the dawn of life 3.4 billion years ago have been unearthed in Australia.

The microscopic fossils are the oldest ever discovered and date back to a time when the forms of bacteria survived in an oxygen-free world.

"At last we have good solid evidence for life over 3.4 billion years ago," said Professor Martin Brasier, from the department of earth sciences at Oxford University.

"It confirms there were bacteria at this time, living without oxygen."

Aerodrome has had its day

Aerodrome and charabanc are among the words presumed to have become extinct in the past year, according to new research.

Collins Dictionary experts have compiled a list of words which have fallen out of use by tracking how often they appear.