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US tornado rescue effort nears end 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 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 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 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 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 Syria and Israel in exchange of fire Israeli and Syrian forces trade fire across the ceasefire line in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Details Afghan women 'jailed over morals' The number of women in Afghanistan jailed for "moral crimes" has risen by 50% in the past 18 months, says Human Rights Watch. Details Oscar Pistorius' brother acquitted The brother of South African athletics star Oscar Pistorius, Carl, is acquitted of culpable homicide over the death of a motorcyclist in 2008. Details Nigeria to free 'terror' women Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan orders the release of all women held over "terrorist activity" - a Boko Haram condition for holding peace talks. 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