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Air Guitar World Championships entertain thousands

Thousands of people have gathered to watch the final of the Air Guitar World Championships.

Originally intended as a one-off joke, the event has grown into a global competition in the past 20 years.

The final, held in Oulu, Finland, saw competitors take to the stage to give their renditions of selected songs in the hope of winning a handmade electric guitar.

The championship was won by Kareel "Your Daddy" Blumenkrants, the first ever Russian victor.


At least 20 dead after tropical storm strikes Caribbean

Hundreds of homes, bridges and roads have been destroyed.

At least 20 people have died after a huge tropical storm left a trail of destruction through the Dominican Republic.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the island had been set back 20 years by Tropical Storm Erika, which destroyed hundreds of homes, bridges and roads.

An elderly blind man and two children were killed when a mudslide engulfed their home in the southeast of Dominica, while another man was found dead in Santo Domingo following a mudslide at his home.

The storm began to lose steam on Friday and was expected to be weakened further as it moved towards high mountains on the island of Hispaniola.


Much more action needed to solve migrant crisis, says UN

A vigil was held for the victims of the Austrian lorry tragedy in Budapest. Credit: Reuters

Governments must do "much more" to solve the migrant crisis, the UN's Secretary-General has said.

Ban Ki-moon said he was "horrified and heartbroken" by the recent deaths, including the "grim" discovery of 71 bodies in a lorry found abandoned on an Austrian motorway.

He said: "I commend those leaders and communities who have stepped up to our shared responsibilities and obligations. But much more is required.

"I appeal to all governments involved to provide comprehensive responses, expand safe and legal channels of migration and act with humanity, compassion and in accordance with their international obligations.

"Let us do all we can to provide people in the most desperate circumstances with a measure of safety and a sense of hope."

Earlier, Hungarians held a vigil for the victims of the Austrian discovery outside Budapest's main train station, where thousands of migrants have been sheltering for weeks.

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