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Fruit, prawns off the menu at China's austere party Congress

No free fruit in hotel rooms, no free hair cuts and no prawns on the menu - delegates at this week's Communist Party Congress in China can expect austere treatment in keeping with President Xi Jinping's pledge to crack down on corruption and extravagance.

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Freed Canadian hostage says baby was killed, and wife raped

A US-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in Afghanistan, returned to Canada on Friday where the husband said one of his children had been murdered and his wife had been raped.

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Death toll climbs as California fires rage

Fire officials in Northern California continue to battle the most lethal outbreak of wildfires in the state's history.

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