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Saturday 21 October 2017

Dad accused of killing 5 children

A man will be charged with killing his five children and then driving for hours before dumping their bodies, wrapped in individual garbage bags, on a rural dirt road, authorities said.

Timothy Ray Jones Jr (32) led investigators to the site where the bodies of the children were found, off a two-lane highway, said Alabama Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Steve Jarrett.

The children ranged from 1 to 8 years old and were reported missing by their mother on September 3, authorities said.

Scientists eye up €1m prize

Seven US-based researchers are sharing a €1m prize from a Portuguese foundation for their work developing treatment for angiogenic diseases of the retina, the leading cause of blindness in the developed world.

The recipients included six researchers from Harvard Medical School and one from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

Angiogensis refers to the growth of new blood vessels which can help spread cancer, and the prize aims to finance further research in the field.

12,000 foreign rebels in Syria

More than 12,000 foreigners from 74 countries have gone to fight with rebels in Syria, a leading terrorism expert has said.

Of these, 60-70pc came from other Middle Eastern countries and about 20-25pc from western nations.

Professor Peter Neumann, who directs the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London, said the Syrian conflict has sparked the most significant mobilisation of foreign fighters since the 1980s war in Afghanistan.

Five killed in plane crash

Mexican officials say mysteries surround a small plane crash that killed five people in the northern state of Sinaloa.

A spokesman for the Sinaloa state prosecutors' office says the six-passenger Cessna crashed near the city of Guasave.

The plane's wreckage and the victims were burned beyond recognition, as was the plane's registration number.

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