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The chief executive of the French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, one of the most powerful and colorful figures in the energy industry, was killed when his business jet collided with a snowplow Monday night on the runway of Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow.Andrew E. Kramer
With a judge seeking to strike a balance between mercy and retribution, Oscar Pistorius, the South African track star, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.Alan Cowell
One of two members of the Canadian military who was run over in a parking lot, an episode that the government believes was an act of terrorism, has died, police in Quebec said Tuesday.Ian Austen
Oscar Pistorius, the South African track star once seen as an emblem of triumph over adversity, was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.Alan Cowell
The chief executive of the French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his business jet collided with a snowplow late Monday night on the runway of Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow.Andrew E. Kramer
Six days after a catastrophic storm bore down on a several trekking routes in Nepal’s central Himalayan region, a spokesman for Nepal’s home minister said Monday that there was “no one left to rescue” from the area.Nida Najar
Philippine authorities want to question five US service personnel over the death of a transexual in a hotel room. The US recently upgraded its military alliance with the Philippines in the face of perceived Chinese maritime aggression.Michael Holtz
The enormous Goliath spider, spotted recently in Guyana, conjures images of horror movies. But don't worry: A spider probably can't get that big.Lisa Suhay
This week's four-day Fourth Plenum in Beijing is one indicator of President Xi's consolidation of power in the party-state. The fate of security czar Zhou Yongkang, who has been detained during an anti-graft probe, is on the agenda.Peter Ford
The Orionid meteor shower peaks in the early hours of Tuesday, with meteors flitting across the sky at an average pace of about one every three to four minutes.Pete Spotts

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