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    Thai police asked to probe Kirsty Jones murder claim




    Thai Police have been asked to investigate a man named on a Youtube video as a possible suspect in a Welsh backpacker's murder 11 years ago.

    Kirsty Jones, 23, from Tredomen, near Brecon, Powys, was raped and strangled at a guesthouse on 10 August, 2000.

    Her murder is unsolved but a video has been posted on the internet naming a man allegedly seen near the guesthouse.

    Dyfed-Powys Police said it and the Foreign Office had asked Thai authorities to investigate the claim.

    Despite a number of arrests, no charges have ever been brought over Ms Jones' death.

    The Liverpool University graduate was found dead in a room at the Aree guest house in Chiang Mai, which is north of Bangkok.

    She was three months into a two-year around-the-world trip.
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    The information has been passed to the Thai authorities ” Det Ch Supt Steve Wilkins Dyfed-Powys Police
    Dyfed-Powys Police have assisted the Thai Police with the investigation in the past.

    Det Ch Supt Steve Wilkins said the force was aware of allegations made in the video.

    He said: "This allegation, and its source, has been subject of discussions between Dyfed-Powys Police and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for some time, with a request to the Thai authorities to thoroughly investigate.

    "The information has been passed to the Thai authorities as they retain primacy in the investigation.

    "We are continuing to liaise with them, via Interpol and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in relation to this information and other lines of inquiry."

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    'Celebrity' Ferrari fetches £66,500 at auction



    A yellow Ferrari previously owned by British rock guitarist Eric Clapton and radio presenter Chris Evans has fetched £66,500 at auction.

    The rare 2003 Ferrari 575 Maranello, which has 10,000 miles on the clock, was snapped up by a private buyer at a sale in Silverstone on Saturday.

    Auction manager Guy Loveridge said the vehicle exceeded its guide price.

    The yellow Maranello was bought new by Mr Clapton, who signed its service book, and was later sold to Mr Evans.

    Mr Loveridge said the Ferrari - which was described by Silverstone Auctions as a desirable car in its own right - was in lovely condition.

    "Famous name provenance is always a help," he said.

    "It's a great car and we are not surprised that it fetched such a large amount of money."

    The car had been expected to go for between £58,000 and £66,000 at the Classic Sale at Silverstone, Northamptonshire - the home of the British Grand Prix.

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    Same-sex couple Ray Durand, left, and his partner Dale Shields kiss while having their picture taken after their wedding ceremony at the Manhattan City Clerk's office on the first day New York State's Marriage Equality Act goes into effect on July 24 in New York City. Today was the first day gay couples were allowed to legally marry in New York State after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the historic legislation into law.

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    Tour de France: the final stage



    Having claimed the overall lead from Andy Schleck in Saturday's time-trial, Australia's Cadel Evans is all but certain to win the Tour today. Alongside him on the start line are Samuel Sánchez (King of the Mountains) in the polka-dot jersey, Mark Cavendish (thus far the best sprinter) in the green jersey, and Pierre Roland (best young rider) in the white jersey. Theoretically, the only one of those jerseys which is still up for grabs is Cavendish's ... unless something calamitous happens to Evans, that is



    Evans sips champagne at the start of the 95km journey to Paris. He thinks the win is a formality



    Oh wait, what's this? Evans seems to be having some trouble with his bike. Fortunately a replacement is swiftly available and he's back on his way

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    Mark Cavendish sits among his HTC team-mates as they prepare for the final sprint down the cobble stones towards the Arc. Cavendish must finish in the top three to guarantee himself the green jersey

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    The Manxman darts to the front and looks uncatchable. His team-mate is celebrating already!



    Over the line he goes and the victory is his. It's the 20th stage win of his career and most importantly it's secured his status as the best sprinter of the 2011 Tour. He amassed 334 points, beating José Joaquin Rojas Gil into second place by 62 points



    Evans, meanwhile, crosses the finish line among the peloton to secure his first overall Tour victory. He completes the Tour in a total time of 86 hours 12 mins and 22 secs

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    Having beaten the Schleck brothers, Evans goes one step further and upsets Frank Schleck's baby



    At 34, Evans is the oldest rider to win the Tour since the Second World War. Surely the Schlecks, who were pipped by Alberto Contador last year, will have better luck next year?

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    The German Grand Prix









    Mark Webber spurns yet another pole position with a dreadfully sluggish start, allowing Lewis Hamilton to race past him into turn one. Felipe Massa makes a flying start from fifth, but his line on the outside is blocked by the ensuing scrap between Vettel and Fernando Alonso


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    Jenson Button is forced to retire with a hydraulics problem after climbing into contention



    the 2008 world champion drives clean around the Spaniard on a long left-hander to resume control of the race and set up a vital victory






    Alonso has to catch a ride back to parc ferme on Webber's car after his Ferrari ran out of fuel



    Hamilton clasps his hands after a thrilling win which lifts him to third in the championship standings, though he's still 82 points behind Vettel and five behind Webber

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    Ageless Love
    Phyllis Siegel, 76, right, kisses her new spouse, Connie Kopelov, 84, after exchanging vows at the Manhattan City Clerk's office on Sunday, the first day that same-sex couples could legally marry in New York state.

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    US invites North Korea to talks on nuclear impasse



    A North Korean envoy has been invited to the US this week for exploratory talks on resuming international nuclear negotiations, Washington has said.

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said an invitation had been extended to Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan to visit New York.

    There was no immediate comment from the North on the talks offer.

    This week North and South Korea's nuclear envoys and foreign ministers held unexpected talks.

    The North abandoned the talks on its nuclear programme in 2008.

    The secretive communist state, which has technically been at war with the South since the war which split Korea in the 1950s, is gripped by a food crisis and labouring under UN sanctions.

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    Mass arrests in Mexico human trafficking raids



    More than 1,000 people have been arrested in a crackdown on human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Ciudad Juarez, officials in Mexico say.

    The arrests were made during raids that began on Friday, in which police say they also rescued 20 underage women.

    Dozens of bars and hotels in the city centre were searched for missing people, authorities said.

    Ciudad Juarez - on the border with the US - is one of the most violent places in the country.

    The city saw more than 3,000 murders in 2010, making it by far Mexico's deadliest city.

    But human rights groups have often drawn attention to the disappearance of young women in the area.

    Analysts say that much of the violence in Mexico, particularly in the north, is linked to the trade in drugs and humans.

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    Mass mourning in Norway - more pics








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    Adrian Pracon, one of the survivors of the Utoeya island massacre on Friday, speaks about his experience from his bed at Ringerike hospital July 24, 2011.





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    Rebel fighters run for cover at the front line near the southwest desert hamlet of Qawalish on July 24 as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi start attacking them.





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    Revelers dance around on the central point at Plaza Nueva Square during La Revoltosa dance in honor of Saint Ana, a regional patron of the small town of Tudela, northern Spain, on July 25.

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    Amanda Knox reacts in court before the start of a session of her appeal trial in Perugia, Italy, on July 25. Knox was sentenced in December 2009 to 26 years in prison for the 2007 killing of British student Meredith Kercher.


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    Uruguayan players raise the trophy at the end of the 2011 Copa America soccer tournament final against Paraguay held at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 24. Uruguay won 3-0.

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    A two-and-a-half year old girl is carried on a stretcher from the scene of the crash involving two trains on July 24 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. The accident occurred on the evening of July 23 when the D301 train, travelling from Beijing to Fuzhou, collided with the D3115 train, travelling from Hangzhou to Fuzhou, which had stalled on the line after a suspected lightning strike













    Women cry inside a morgue where people had gathered to search for their missing kin on July 25

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    Amy Winehouse and the 27 Club



    Amy Winehouse died on 23 July 2011 after years of excess spent in the public eye



    Jim Morrison died on 3 July 1971. The Doors singer was a heavy drug user. He was found dead in a bath at his Paris flat, but there were claims he overdosed at a club and was dumped back home. His death certificate read 'natural causes'



    Kurt Cobain took his own life on 5 April 1994. The Nirvana frontman became the voice of a generation after the release of Nevermind in 1991



    Janis Joplin died from a heroin overdose in a Los Angeles motel on 4 October 1970



    Jimi Hendrix died on 18 September 1970. One of the greatest guitarists of all time, Hendrix died at his girlfriend’s flat in London of an alleged overdose



    Brian Jones drowned on 3 July 1969. The body of the Rolling Stone was found in his swimming pool. The coroner pronounced it 'death by misadventure'

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    Funeral workers carry the body of Amy Winehouse outside her house in London July 23, 2011.



    A handout picture shows armed policemen aiming their weapons near a burning office as they try to rescue hostages in a police station during a clash in Hotan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region July 18, 2011.

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