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  1. Real Madrid have announced that head coach Jose Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge of the Spanish giants.

     

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez broke the news at a packed news conference on Monday.

     

    The 50-year-old Mourinho, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea, won the league and Copa del Rey at Madrid.

     

    "Nobody's been sacked, it's a mutual agreement," said Perez. "We've decided to bring our relationship to an end."

     

    Real are currently 13 points behind Barcelona in the league and were beaten by city rivals Athletico in the Spanish Cup last Friday.

     

    They also lost in the semi-finals of the Champions League in each of their three seasons under former Porto and Inter Milan boss Mourinho.

     

    Real Madrid have two games left this season. They are away at Real Sociedad on 26 May before Mourinho takes charge at the Bernabeu for the final time on 1 June against Osasuna.

     

    "The club and manager agree the timing is right to bring our relationship to an end," Perez added. "On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for all his hard work.

     

    "The team has improved in his three years and we wish him all the best."

     

    Real had not won a trophy in the two years preceding Mourinho's appointment.

     

    His deal was scheduled to run until 2016 after he had signed a contract following last season's La Liga success.

     

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  2. Police say they were overwhelmed by the large crowd when a stampede killed four people at a church in Ghana's capital, Accra, on Sunday.

    Thousands of people flocked to the evangelical church for "holy water", which they believed had healing powers, leading to the crush.

    "All of us were caught by surprise. No-one knew the crowd will be so huge," said police spokesman Freeman Tetteh.

    The church is run by prominent Nigerian preacher TB Joshua.

    He is one of the wealthiest and most popular evangelical clerics in Africa and his Synagogue Church of All Nations claims it can perform miracles, such as curing blindness.

    Mr Tetteh told the BBC's Newsday programme there was a larger than expected crowd at the service after church officials announced that "holy water" would be given to worshippers.

    "The church was also caught by surprise... Nobody can apportion blame [at this stage]," he said.

    "We need to investigate and establish responsibility."

    Some of the wounded were in a critical condition in hospital, Mr Tetteh said.

    The stampede took place when people at the back of the church began to push to get to the altar, AFP news agency reports.

    "The crowd surged forward and became uncontrollable," Mr Tetteh told the BBC.

    One worshipper, Gertrude Sumbamala said she had suffered a broken leg after being caught up in the stampede, AFP reports.

    "People from the back, they pushed... and they fell on us. So we were battered by a lot of forces," Ms Sumbamala is quoted as saying.

    The church's Rev Sam McCaanan told local radio station Citi News that the stampede was regrettable.

    "We are devastated, it's very unfortunate and we are very sorry," he is quoted as saying.

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  3. Emergency workers in the US are continuing to search for survivors of the massive tornado that tore through a suburb of Oklahoma City on Monday.

    Rescuers worked through the night in the rubble of homes, schools and a hospital in Moore, the worst-hit area.

    Neighbourhoods were flattened by winds of up to 200mph (320km/h).

    At least 24 people were confirmed dead, Oklahoma City's medical examiner said. Earlier, the official death toll was put at 51 with another 40 bodies found.

    "We have got good news. The number right now is 24," Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer at the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, told reporters.

    "The prior figure of 51 dead may have included some double-reported casualties."

    Earlier, the chief medical examiner's office said at least 20 children were among the dead. It is not clear if this figure will be revised.

    Emergency services are looking for residents trapped in shelters, cellars and the rubble, says the BBC's Jonny Dymond in Moore.

    Heavy-lifting equipment was deployed under bright floodlights as the operation went on through the night and continued as dawn broke.

    More than 200 Oklahoma National Guardsmen as well as personnel from other states were called in to help in the search-and-rescue effort.

    In the background, huge lightning strikes - every 20 to 30 seconds - could be seen as the weather remained unsettled.

    President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma and ordered federal authorities to join in the search efforts.

    Monday's storm hit Moore, a suburb of about 55,000 people, at 15:01 (20:01 GMT) and remained on the ground for about 45 minutes.

    About 120 people are being treated in hospitals, but the number of people injured is reported to be higher.

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  4. Yahoo has agreed a deal to buy New York-based blogging service Tumblr for $1.1bn (£723m; 857m euros) in cash.

    Yahoo's chief executive Marissa Mayer said that as part of its promise "not to screw it up", Tumblr would operate independently.

    David Karp, will continue as chief executive officer of Tumblr.

    The deal is the largest made by Ms Mayer since she took the helm at Yahoo last July, and she described the acquisition as a "unique opportunity."

    "On many levels, Tumblr and Yahoo couldn't be more different, but at the same time, they couldn't be more complementary," added Ms Mayer.

    Mr Karp, 26, who owns 25% of the privately-owned company he co-founded with Marco Arment in 2007, said he was "elated" to have the support of Yahoo.

    "Tumblr gets better faster with more resources to draw from," he added. Mr Karp emphasised that neither its aims or team was changing as a result of Yahoo's purchase.

    The $1.1bn price tag for Tumblr represents a significant premium on its $800m valuation when it last raised money from private investors.

    Tumblr's 2012 revenue was just $13m, according to a report by Forbes magazine, leading analysts to suggest Yahoo had overpaid for the deal.

    "Even if revenue was $100 million, it means Yahoo paid 10 times revenue," said BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis. "Ten times is what you pay to date the belle of the ball. It's on the outer bands of M&A."

    Tumblr combines elements of blogging with social networking, and its simple design has attracted millions of users since its launch.

    According to its homepage, it now hosts 108 million blogs, with a total of 50.7 billion posts.

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  5. A man has shot four people dead in a bank in southern Israel before turning the gun on himself, police say.

    One person was injured, while a woman held hostage for about an hour was freed before the gunman killed himself.

    Police initially described the incident as a robbery, but later said the man may have entered the bank with the intention of shooting.

    Investigators think he was refused a settlement over a 6,000-shekel (£1,070) overdraft, Israeli media said.

    "It appears that we are talking about a lone individual who came to the bank in the morning hours, sought cover for a debt, a loan, and did not get it," said Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch.

    He told Army Radio that the man found he could not withdraw money from an automatic cash machine, and came back to the Bank Hapoalim branch in Beersheba with a pistol before opening fire.

    Witnesses were quoted as saying the gunman had killed a security guard at the bank before shooting three people who were lying on the floor.

    "He took a hostage, held her for close to an hour or more," Mr Aharonovitch said. "The moment the police forces burst in, he killed himself - shot himself and committed suicide."

    Media reports identified the attacker as a Jewish man in his 40s formerly employed as a paramilitary border guard.

    "We are not convinced entirely at this point that we are talking about a robbery or an attempted robbery," said national police chief Yohanan Danino.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the incident as a "great tragedy".

    "It is not a common event in Israel," he was quoted as saying. "An attack like this must not [be allowed] to recur."

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  6. Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will not compete again this year as he awaits trial for murder.

     

    Pistorius, 26, is on bail after being charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but can compete before his court case is heard.

     

    His agent, Peet van Zyl, said the six-time Paralympic champion was not mentally ready to return to the track.

     

    "There was never any pressure from me or his coach (Ampie Louw) to return, it's his decision," said van Zyl.

     

    It means the South African will not compete in the IPC World Championships in Lyon in July.

     

    Pistorius was arrested after shooting Steenkamp dead on 14 February and has not competed since.

     

    The double amputee, known as Blade Runner because of the carbon fibre prosthetic blades he races in, claimed he mistook Steenkamp for a burglar and has denied murder.

     

    On 22 February, Pistorius was granted bail and had certain conditions lifted which meant he could compete in events outside his homeland.

     

    Coach Louw was quoted by Eye Witness News in South Africa as saying his athlete was "nowhere close" to being in a position to train.

     

    Pistorius had not been invited to compete in July's London Anniversary Games, with UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner saying he did not want the meeting to turn into a "media circus".

     

    However, Pistorius's agent said plenty of meeting organisers had been in touch to invite Pistorius to compete in their events.

     

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  7. Flooding and landslides across nine southern Chinese provinces have killed more than 50 people and left 14 missing, officials say.

    Guangdong was hardest hit, reporting 36 deaths after days of heavy rain, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

    Six people had died in Jiangxi, added the ministry.

    And further bad weather is forecast for Guangdong later on Saturday, with warnings of heavy wind and rain causing more flooding in the next few days.

    Teams of relief workers have been sent to oversee the recovery efforts in the hardest hit areas, officials said.

    Heavy rainstorms in Guangdong reportedly caused widespread flooding in the province's mountainous areas and affected nine cities including the provincial capital, Guangzhou.

    Nearly 900,000 people had been affected across the state, with floods destroying 2,675 houses, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.

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  8. Rafael Nadal dropped only four games as he beat Roger Federer in 68 minutes to win his seventh Italian Open title.

     

    In the 30th career meeting between the pair, who share 28 Grand Slam singles titles, the Spaniard raced to a 6-1 6-3 victory at Rome's Foro Italico.

     

    In 2006 Nadal edged a classic final against Federer in this event, but this year he prevailed with plenty to spare.

     

     

    He has now won six of his eight tournaments since returning in February from a seven-month break due to injury.

     

    "If you'd told me that four or five months ago I would have said you are crazy," said the 26-year-old, who has won 36 of 38 matches in 2013.

     

    "So after eight tournaments, six victories and two finals, it's a dream for me."

     

    Nadal heads to the French Open in tremendous form as he looks to win an Open-era record eighth title at Roland Garros, and knowing he is likely to be seeded fourth - and so potentially avoid leading rival Novak Djokovic until the semi-finals.

     

    With 11 wins in their 13 previous matches on clay, the Spaniard was a heavy favourite against Federer in Rome, but the manner of this victory was still mightily impressive.

     

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  9. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's top aide has resigned over his role in a growing expenses scandal.

    Nigel Wright quit after revelations he had secretly given a senator a C$90,000 (£58,000; $87,000) cheque to help repay improperly claimed housing expenses.

    The conservative prime minister said he had accepted the resignation of his chief of staff "with great regret".

    Mr Wright is now expected to be replaced by Ray Novak, media reports in Canada say.

    Sen Mike Duffy, a former journalist, resigned from the Conservative caucus on Thursday two days after revelations about the cheque emerged.

    Nigel Wright is a managing director of a major Canadian private equity firm who has been on secondment to the prime minister's office since 2011.

    Opposition lawmakers say his cheque broke ethics rules barring senators from taking presents.

    On Sunday, Mr Wright said in a statement that he had decided to step down "in light of the controversy surrounding my handling of matters involving Senator Duffy".

    He stressed that he had not informed the prime minister about the cheque.

    The federal ethics commissioner is now examining the matter.

    On Friday, Senator Pamela Wallin also resigned from the Conservative caucus over an audit into her travel expenses.

    She is among four senators whose expenses have been under scrutiny since December of last year.

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  10. The US man accused of imprisoning three women for a decade in his house in Ohio will plead not guilty to all charges, his lawyers say.

    Ariel Castro, aged 52, is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.

    The women were abducted at different times and held in Mr Castro's house in Cleveland. One of them escaped earlier this month and raised the alarm.

    "He's not a monster and he shouldn't be demonised," said lawyer Jaye Schlachet.

    Speaking to the AFP news agency, he added that details of Mr Castro's innocence "will be disclosed as the case progresses".

    Craig Weintraub, another defence lawyer, told WKYC-TV that his client "loves dearly'' the child he fathered with 27-year-old Amanda Berry - one of the three alleged kidnap victims.

    The other women freed from Mr Castro's house were Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32.

    The defence lawyers said they had spent four hours speaking to Mr Castro in prison.

    Prosecutors in Ohio have said they also plan to seek aggravated murder charges that could carry the death penalty.

    The charges relate to alleged forced miscarriages suffered by one victim.

    The prosecutors are still preparing their case against Mr Castro and there has yet to be an arraignment hearing.

    'Sexual predator'

    Mr Castro made his first court appearance in Cleveland on 9 May without entering a plea.

    County prosecutor Brian Murphy told that hearing: "The charges against Mr Castro are based on premeditated, deliberate, depraved decisions to snatch three young ladies from Cleveland West Side streets to be used in whatever self-gratifying, self-serving way he saw fit."

    He is charged with four counts of kidnapping, covering the three initial abduction victims and Jocelyn, Ms Berry's six-year-old daughter, who was apparently conceived and born in captivity.

    The former school bus driver also faces three counts of rape, one against each woman.

    Bail was set at $8m (£5.1m), meaning in effect that he has remained in custody ever since. He is currently on suicide watch and is being kept in isolation.

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