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Man bought private jet with borrowed council money

A businessman cheated a council out of tens of millions of pounds and went on a spending spree with the cash, an investigation has discovered. Leaked documents reveal how Liam Kavanagh used Thurrock Council’s money to buy luxury goods, including a yacht and a private jet. The council has been made effectively bankrupt after investing…

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Paul Reubens: Pee-wee Herman actor dies age 70

US actor Paul Reubens, who rose to fame in the 1980s as the character Pee-wee Herman, died at 70 on Sunday after a private struggle with cancer. “Paul bravely and privately fought cancer for years with his trademark tenacity and wit,” said a statement released by his estate on Monday. Reubens’ iconic cult Herman character…

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Afghanistan: Taliban burn ‘immoral’ musical instruments

The Taliban have burned musical instruments in Afghanistan, claiming music “causes moral corruption”. Thousands of dollars worth of musical equipment went up in smoke on a bonfire on Saturday in western Herat province. Since taking power in 2021, the Taliban have imposed numerous restrictions, including on playing music in public. Ahmad Sarmast, Afghanistan National Institute…

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