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World in brief: Migrants on run from Calais camp

Hundreds of Afghan and Iraqi migrants living in squalid conditions on the outskirts of Calais fled their tarpaulin homes yesterday in a bid to avoid being rounded up by armed police in an anticipated raid today.

Following pressure from the UK, the French government has vowed to destroy “the jungle” — in a bid to discourage traffickers and would-be migrants from using Calais to smuggle people on lorries headed across the Channel.

Jackson funfair ride touring US

A Ferris wheel once owned by Michael Jackson is quietly touring the American Midwest. A liquidation sale scattered many of the rides from Jackson's Neverland Ranch in California. Co-owner Theresa Noerper said Archway Amusements bought the 65ft wheel last year.

Australian dies at beer festival

AN Australian tourist has died after being hit by a train as he headed back to his campsite from the Oktoberfest, Munich's annual beer festival. Munich police said the accident happened as the Australian and a fellow tourist from New Zealand walked along commuter train tracks early yesterday.

Seven killed in Bhutan ‘quake

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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook the remote mountain nation of Bhutan yesterday, killing at least seven people when their houses collapsed and damaging buildings across the region, officials said. The afternoon earthquake was centred in a little-populated eastern region of the tiny nation of Bhutan.

Iranian leader’s Holocaust ‘pride’

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he is proud that his denial of the Holocaust has enraged the West, as he prepared for a trip to the United Nations to stress a message of “peace and friendship”. Ahmadinejad's latest comment comes as Iran is locked in a bitter dispute with the US and other Western nations over its nuclear programme.

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