Fatal bomb blast rips through central Bangkok

At least 18 people were killed and more than 100 injured in the explosion in the Thai capital Source: Associated Press


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Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, dies aged 65 after fight with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, has died. He was 65.

Allen's company Vulcan Inc. said in a statement that he died Monday. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, had returned.

Allen, who was an avid sports fan, owned the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks

Allen and Gates founded Microsoft Corp. in 1975. Microsoft's big break came in 1980, when IBM Corp. decided to move into personal computers. IBM asked Microsoft to provide the operating system.

The decision thrust Microsoft onto the throne of technology and the two Seattle-natives became billionaires. Both later dedicated themselves to philanthropy.

Over the course several decades, Allen gave more than $2 billion to a wide range of interests, including ocean health, homelessness and advancing scientific research.

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2012 file photo, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen appears on the field prior to an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Seattle. Allen, billionaire owner of the Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks and Microsoft co-founder, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at age 65. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had returned.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Allen was an avid sports fan and owned an NFL team and an NBA franchise. Source: Associated Press


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Watch: Police in California lure pig 'the size of a mini horse' home with Doritos

Deputies in California have used Doritos to lure a pig "the size of a mini horse" back home.

The pig was running around a neighbourhood when the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office received the call on Sunday.

One of the deputies, who had responded to previous calls about the pig and knew where to take him, had Doritos in her lunch bag.

Source: Instagram/San Bernardino County Sheriff

Video shows her leaving a trail of the chips, which the pig followed.

He was returned to his pen, and deputies secured the gate.

Deputies in California have used Doritos to lure a pig "the size of a mini horse" back home. Source: Instagram/sanbernardinocountysheriff


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Missing Saudi journalist died during botched embassy interrogation, sources tell CNN

Sources have told CNN today that Saudi Arabia is preparing a report admitting that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed during an interrogation gone wrong.

It’s believed Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside his country’s embassy in Turkey, causing a diplomatic crisis. Source: Breakfast

Mr Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was last seen in public when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 (October 3, NZT).

The sources told CNN the report is still being finalised, and that it will likely say the interrogation was carried out without clearance and that the ones who did it will be held responsible.

Saudi Arabia has maintained that Mr Khashoggi left the consulate the same day he arrived, but has given to evidence to support that.

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2011, file photo,  speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Washington Post said Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, it was concerned for the safety of Khashoggi, a columnist for the newspaper, after he apparently went missing after going to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Source: Associated Press

His fiancee Katice Cengiz was waiting outside, and says she did not see him come out.

US President Donald Trump earlier spoke with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on the phone, later telling reporters that he gave a "flat denial" on the killing of the journalist.

Mr Trump said he thought "rogue killers" could be responsible for the journalist's death.

"We are going to try to get to the bottom of it very soon," he said.

Another source told CNN last week that Turkey has audio and visual evidence that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

This image taken from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet and made available on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday, October 2. Source: Associated Press


US embassy in Canberra accidently sends fake meeting invite featuring PJ-wearing cat

The United States' embassy in Canberra has apologised for a "training error" after distributing a fake meeting invitation, complete with a photo of a pyjama- wearing cat.

The email, titled "meeting", featured a photo of a tabby cat wearing a blue Cookie Monster outfit and holding a plate of choc-chip biscuits, beneath the title "cat pajama-jam".

In a clear case of misdirected correspondence last week, the email also contained a section of Latin and recipients were given the option to hit an RSVP tab.

It's unknown how widely the email, sent by the US Department of State, was distributed.

US Mission to Australia public affairs counsellor Gavin Sundwall kept his apology lighthearted.

"Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this 'cat pajama- jam' party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise," he wrote in a follow-up email two days after the original.

"It was a training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform."
Mr Sundwall said "strong new management controls" would be added to prevent a repeat of the mistake.

US embassy in Canberra's cat invite
US embassy in Canberra's cat invite