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Search for US tornado survivors The search for victims of the gigantic tornado that struck an Oklahoma City suburb continues into a second day, with 24 people confirmed dead. 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 Suicide inside Notre-Dame de Paris A far-right historian shoots himself dead inside the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in the French capital, police say, causing its evacuation. 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 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 Deadly virus kills Tunisian man A man has died of the novel coronavirus (NCoV) in Tunisia, in what is believed to be the first such case in Africa. Details Vatican denies 'exorcism' by Pope The Vatican denies media reports that Pope Francis performed an exorcism, after pictures showed a man apparently reacting as he was prayed for. Details Microsoft unveils Xbox One console Microsoft unveils the third generation of its video games console in an event at its headquarters at Redmond, Washington. 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 Pacy pigeon Bolt sets world record A Belgian racing pigeon called Bolt is sold to a Chinese businessman for a world record price of 310,000 euros (£260,000; $400,000). Details