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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Tornado kills 10

A tornado ripped through 20 villages in eastern Bangladesh, killing 10 people and injuring about 500 others.

A local newspaper reported that the storm destroyed many homes and shops and uprooted large numbers of trees in Brahmanbaria district. One child was among the dead and the storm cut train services in the area.

Pistorius set for court

Oscar Pistorius's appeal against his bail conditions will be heard on the same day his brother, Carl, is due in another court to stand trial for culpable homicide. The double-amputee Olympic athlete's legal team will challenge some bail conditions at the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday. His brother's trial is set for Wednesday and Thursday in a court south of Johannesburg.

The cases will thrust them into another media frenzy, even if Oscar – charged with murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp – is not in court.

Monaco's royal baby

Princess Caroline of Monaco is now a grandmother.

Colombian heiress Tatiana Santo Domingo Andrea Casiraghi gave birth to a baby boy on Thursday. The baby's father, Andrea Casiraghi, is the nephew of Monaco's ruling sovereign, Prince Albert II. The Monaco palace said Princess Caroline was overjoyed by the newest addition to the jet-set royal family.

Kurdish struggle 'over'

A senior Kurdish politician said yesterday that the Kurdish rebels' armed struggle against Turkey was "99pc over", a day after the rebel leader called for a cease-fire and retreat and the insurgents gave a positive response.

Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan appealed to his fighters on Thursday to cease hostilities, a major step towards ending one of the world's bloodiest insurgencies.

32 refugees die in fire

At least 32 Burma refugees died yesterday in a raging fire at a camp in Thailand, officials said.

The fire destroyed about 100 thatch huts at the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp. About 3,300 refugees, mostly from Myanmar's Karen minority, live at the camp. More than 100,000 refugees live in Thai camps near the Myanmar border.

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