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Racing commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan dies aged 97

Sir Peter O'Sullevan Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Sir Peter O'Sullevan has died at the age of 97.

The former BBC racing commentator, dubbed 'the voice of racing' reportedly died at his London home following a long illness.

A horse racing icon Sir Peter had a lifelong love of the sport, commentating on 50 Grand Nationals and 14,000 races during a 50 year career at the BBC before his retirement in 1997.

Professional hunter charged in Cecil the lion killing

Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst in Hwange magistrates court Credit: Reuters

A professional hunter was charged today in Zimbabwe for failing to prevent the unlawful killing of Cecil the lion, whose death has caused widespread revulsion.

Theo Bronkhorst pleaded not guilty to "failing to supervise, control and take reasonable steps to prevent an unlawful hunt" in Hwange court and was bailed for $1,000 and ordered to surrender his passport.

He is due to return on August 5 for trial. If found guilty, he could be find $20,000 or jailed for up to 10 years.

American dentist, Walter James Palmer, who paid $50,000 to kill the oldest and most famous lion in Zimbabwe, said in a statement that he believed the hunt was legal.

Parks officials said that game park owner Honest Ndlovu, who is also accused of assisting Palmer, will first testify for the state before being charged.

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'Credible information' confirms Taliban leader's death

Mullah Mohammad Omar has not been seen since 2001 Credit: Reuters

The Afghanistan Government is convinced that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar died two years ago and has called on all opposition parties to embrace new peace talks.

A statement from the presidential palace in kabul said: "The government ... based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan."

"The government of Afghanistan believes that grounds for the Afghan peace talks are more paved now than before, and thus calls on all armed opposition groups to seize the opportunity and join the peace process."

Taliban leader died two years ago, says spy agency

The Taliban's leader Mullah Mohammad Omar died two years ago in a Pakistani hospital, Afghanistan's intelligence agency has claimed.

The statement by National Directorate of Security spokesman Hasib Sediqi came after the Afghan government said it was investigating reports of Omar's death, just days ahead of an expected second round of peace talks with the Taliban.

The NDS has previously said privately that its intelligence indicated Omar was dead, but it has not provided proof.

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