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British man identified as Texas synagogue hostage-taker

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The man who took four hostages at a Texas synagogue has been identified as a 44-year-old British citizen

Malik Faisal Akram interrupted a morning service on Saturday and died after a 10-hour standoff with police.

The incident began at around 11:00 local time (16:00 GMT) when police were called to the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue

During the standoff, there were reports of both explosions and gunfire… but all four hostages were freed and are unharmed.

Negotiators spent hours speaking with the assailant, with the hostage-taker demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who is serving an 86-year prison term in the US.

This neuroscientist was previously convicted of trying to kill American military officers while in custody in Afghanistan.

US President Joe Biden has labelled the hostage situation as “an act of terror” and says his country will continue to defend the rights and freedoms of its citizens.

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Over 20 young people mysteriously die at nightclub

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Authorities in South Africa are investigating the deaths of 22 people, who were mysteriously found in a nightclub

Victims were found spread across the tables and floors in a coastal town.

They have been taken for testing, as authorities scramble to find a cause of death.

South Africa’s President is sending his “deepest condolences” to families of the victims, most of whom are teenagers.

The tragedy has taken place during Youth Month, where South Africa pushes for more opportunities to help young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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Deadly stadium collapse at bullfighting event in Columbia

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At least four people have died, and 500 injured at a bullfighting stadium in Columbia

Videos show a stand collapsing during the event, as emergency workers race to help.

Local media reports that hospitals have begun helping those who were injured.

The nation’s newly-elected President is calling for an end to bullfighting, tweeting that tragedies like this have already happened in the past.

He is urging local authorities to not allow more shows that involve the death of people or animals.

Investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.

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Major disruption in Sydney as climate protesters take to the streets

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There’s been major disruption across Sydney, as climate protesters take to the streets and block CBD roads

NSW Police officers chased dozens of climate protesters who were seen throwing milk crates, and barricades.

One demonstrator blocked the entry to one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city.

Members from Blockade Australia kicked off the rally by attempting to stop flowing traffic by dragging rubbish bins, construction barriers and building material into the middle of the road.

The Sydney Harbour Tunnel has now reopened but the organisation says it will hold more protests this week.

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