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Man dies fighting raging wildfires near Sydney, Australia

A man has died while trying to defend his home from Australia’s raging wildfires.<p>The 63-year-old suffered a heart attack while battling the inferno in a coastal community north of Sydney.<p>At least 100 homes have been destroyed and thousands of people have been forced to evacuate the area.<p>The fire …

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Villagers swap loud speakers for mobile phones

People in a small village in Mexico are able to use mobile phones for the first time, after building their own mobile network.<p>The villagers of Talea de Castro in the state of Oaxaca have delivered important messages by loud speaker for decades, because telecoms companies said they could not justify …

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US shutdown deal hopes rise as famous landmarks set to reopen - video

The Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty are to reopen as US states provide funds to pay staff following the government shutdown. Optimism is rising over a possible deal to avert a default, after opinion polls showed a collapse in public support for the Republicans stand against …