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Four people are feared to have died when a civilian helicopter crashed in eastern England on Thursday evening, emergency services said, in the latest in a series of helicopter crashes in Britain over the past few months. The East of England Ambulance Service said in a statement: "sadly it is believed that four people in the helicopter are believed to have died in the crash." No further details were immediately available. The crash happened some 45 miles (72 km) from where four crew members died when a U.S. military helicopter crashed on a training mission in January. Last November, 10 people died when a helicopter crashed into a crowded bar in Scotland's second city, Glasgow.
Attackers armed with knives killed three people in China Friday, an official said, ruling out terrorism two weeks after a mass stabbing blamed on Xinjiang militants left 29 people dead and stunned the nation. "Three people died," an official in Changsha, the capital of central Hunan province, told AFP by phone. After an argument between two vendors from China's far-west Xinjiang region, one man stabbed the second, then attacked other people, killing three bystanders and seriously wounding two more before running away, the Hunan Evening News reported. Three people were killed, it said on its account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, citing police.
BAGHDAD (AP) — A contentious draft law being considered in Iraq could open the door to girls as young as nine getting married and would require wives to submit to sex on their husband's whim, provoking outrage from rights activists and many Iraqis who see it as a step backward for women's rights.