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British, French, Hungarian, Hong Kong and Japanese nationals are among 19 tourists killed in a hot air balloon crash near the Egyptian city of Luxor. Eyewitness Christopher Michel: “We heard a loud explosion”
Two US sailors have pleaded guilty to the rape of a Japanese woman in Okinawa, in a case that led to a curfew for all US troops in Japan. The case has deepened resentment over the US military presence on Okinawa
Ang Lee won his second Oscar for directing Life of Pi, the adaption of Yann Martel’s fantasy novel about a boy stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. The film won four Oscars in total, more than any other film.
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has left the Indian High Commission in the capital, Male. Mr Nasheed did not explain why he left, but expressed hope he would be able to continue his political activities