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US rescuers comb tornado-hit area The rescue effort after the Oklahoma twister that killed 24 people nears an end, as it emerges the storm was more powerful than thought. Details US immigration bill passes hurdle A sweeping immigration bill that would offer a chance of citizenship to millions living in the US illegally takes a stride forward in Congress. Details N Korea leader sends envoy to China North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent a special envoy to Beijing, state media announces, amid cooling relations after weeks of tension. Details Sinai security hostages 'freed' Seven members of the Egyptian security forces abducted in the Sinai peninsula last week have been freed, officials say. Details IPL cricketer denies spot-fixing Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth, arrested last week over allegations of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League, insists he is innocent. Details Tax and energy to dominate EU summit EU leaders will seek to curb tax evasion, which costs EU states 1tn euros a year, and bring down energy prices to boost competition. Details Notre-Dame suicide a 'political act' France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen pays tribute to the man who killed himself in the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, saying it was a "political act". Details Imran Khan discharged from hospital Pakistani politician Imran Khan is discharged from hospital two weeks after falling from a platform at an election campaign rally. Details Spanish couple kidnapped in Colombia Two Spanish tourists are kidnapped in north-western Colombia while driving to a tourist attraction in La Guajira, near the Venezuelan border. Details Parents quit Singapore death probe The family of a US man found hanged in Singapore withdraw from an inquiry into his death, saying they no longer have confidence in the system. Details Apple's Tim Cook defends tax claim Apple boss Tim Cook defends its tax strategy at a Senate hearing, after the tech giant is accused of being among America's largest tax avoiders. Details Key pair barred from Iran election Two prominent figures in Iran, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, are barred from standing in next month's presidential election. Details Russia: Eurovision snub 'outrageous' Russia's foreign minister calls Azerbaijan's failure to award any Eurovision points to Russia "outrageous" and promises a response. Details