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'Otto Warmbier wouldn't have broken law' in North Korea

'Otto Warmbier wouldn't have broken law' in North Korea - BBC News ]]> ]]> More On: Otto Warmbier's family decline post-mortem North Korea tourism: A dangerous gamble? Trump condemns N Korea after student dies US student sent home from N Korea dies How did Otto Warmbier end up in a coma?

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Pentagon 'wasted $28m' on Afghan camouflaged uniforms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Afghan National Army troops keep guard during a gunfight in Kunduz province US taxpayers unnecessarily spent $28m on uniforms for the Afghan National Army, according to the US inspector general tasked with overseeing the war.In a scathing report, John Sopko said that officials bought "forest" pattern uniforms, despite the country's landscape being only 2.1% wooded.The decision was "not based on an evaluation of its appropriateness for the Afghan environment", he wrote.A former Afghan defence minister chose the pattern in 2007, he says.In the 17-page report, Mr Sopko writes that Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak chose the privately owned pattern over a cheaper pattern that the US military already owned.US officials, who had been searching for patterns online with Mr Wardak, authorised the purchase because he "liked what he saw", they wrote at the time."My concern is what if the minister of defence liked purple, or...Afghan National Army troops keep guard during a gunfight in Kunduz province

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Philando Castile death: Police footage released

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPolice dashcam has been released of the Philando Castile shootingA video showing the fatal shooting of a black Minnesota motorist by a police officer has been released days after the officer was acquitted.Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights last July, and the aftermath was live-streamed on Facebook by his girlfriend.The shocking 10-minute video shows a calm, polite encounter between the two men that escalated quickly.Mr Yanez says he feared for his life and Mr Castile did not follow orders.The 29-year-old police officer was found not guilty on charges of second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of intentional discharge of a dangerous weapon for endangering the safety of Mr Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter, who were both in the car at the time. He has since been fired from the police force. Media playback...image

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Police dashcam footage of Philando Castile shooting

Police dashcam footage of Philando Castile shooting - BBC News ]]> ]]> More On: Video shows death of black US motorist Officer cleared of Philando Castile death Clinton told to 'move on' from her loss Gmail scam 'cost Minnesota $90,000' 'Spam and wife' tie knot at meat museum

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Russians build three-car fidget spinner

Image copyright Garage 54 Image caption Three Lada Samaras and a lot of smoke in a stunt that would have made Top Gear proud A group of Russian motor enthusiasts have tried to make a car-based version of the fidget spinner, and very nearly succeeded in their attempts to make it spin.In a stunt that would not look out of place on BBC's Top Gear programme, the Novosibirsk-based Garage 54 team welded together the front ends of three Lada Samara cars to see if they could replicate the action of this year's cult toy, Russia's Sputnik news website reports.But instead of getting the three-headed monster to spin on the spot, all they could manage was a series of ever-increasing circles as the motors worked against themselves. "You saw it yourself. It looks like a real spinner. We didn't get the crazy spinning, as the cars started to break down," one...Three Russian cars welded together in an attempt to make a car-based fidget spinner

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