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News Digest: Twenty perish in Moscow subway train crash

A rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow killing 20 people and with at least 150 others sent to hospital, many with serious injuries, officials said.

Alexander Gavrilov, deputy chief of the Moscow emergency services, said rescuers had recovered seven bodies and were working to extract more.

Moscow's transit system has been previously targeted by terrorists, but Russian officials have dismissed terrorism as a cause of the tragedy.

Rigby's killer wins right to appeal 45-year jail sentence

One of the Islamic fanatics who murdered soldier Lee Rigby has been given permission to appeal against his sentence.

Michael Adebowale was convicted of mowing the young soldier down and hacking him to death in a brutal attack staged with fellow extremist Michael Adebolajo on May 22 last year.

A spokesman for the judiciary confirmed yesterday that Adebowale was given permission to appeal against the sentence by a High Court judge.

A full appeal hearing in front of three judges will take place at a later date. In February Adebowale (23) was given a life sentence with a minimum of 45 years for his role in the slaying.

Airstrike on apartments kills 11

An airstrike demolished an apartment block yesterday killing at least 11 civilians, officials said.

The four-storey apartment block in Snizhne appeared to have been hit in two separate spots, causing the collapse of several floors. A nearby house was also destroyed.

Rescue workers in the rebel-dominated Donetsk region managed to pull one small child with broken legs alive from the rubble as grieving residents sifted for belongings.

Government officials denied resident claims that the strike was carried out by Ukraine's air force but did not say who was responsible. Rebel forces are not known to have access to airpower.

Ukraine's Defence Ministry insisted the bombing could not have been carried out by the air force as none of its planes was on sorties at the time.

Security Council spokesman Andrei Lysenko called the incident a "cynical and bloody provocation" aimed at discrediting the armed forces.

Authorities said yesterday that 258 servicemen have been killed in fighting and 922 injured. On Monday, Ukraine said one of its military transport planes carrying eight personnel was shot down by a missile.

Suicide bombing leaves 38 dead

At least 38 people have died after a suicide bomber blew up his car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in the east of the country.

Mohammad Reza Kharoti, an administration chief, said the attack in the Urgun district of Paktika province also wounded more than 40 people.

All the casualties were civilians, Mr Kharoti said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which destroyed several shops.

The bombing was the first major attack since a weekend deal between the two Afghan presidential contenders, brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, averted a dangerous rift in the country's troubled democracy.

The casualty figure is likely to rise, Mr Kharoti added, since many people were buried under the rubble.

The bombing took place hours after a roadside bomb ripped through a minivan carrying employees of the presidential palace in eastern Kabul, killing two passengers.

Rare pandas born in a zoo for the first time

Two rare red pandas are the first of their kind to be born at a zoo.

The male and female twins were born at Drusillas Park in Alfriston and were discovered by head keeper Mark Kenward during his early morning rounds.

Female red pandas are fertile for just one day a year and can delay implantation until conditions are favourable. They inhabit the Himalayan mountains of China, India and Nepal, where there are less than 10,000 left.

Soldier shot colleagues after SpongeBob jibes

A South Korean soldier involved in a deadly shooting spree has testified that he opened fire on colleagues after seeing their drawings depicting him as SpongeBob SquarePants, according to military investigators.

The soldier, surnamed Yim, was arrested last month after allegedly killing five soldiers and wounding seven near the North Korea border.

Brigadier General Seon Jong-chul said Yim told investigators he had suffered stress because of the drawings.

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