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Saudi antiquities site, long seen as haunted, tries to woo visitors

AL ULA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – In a remote northern corner of Saudi Arabia sit the relics of an ancient civilization, which the kingdom hopes to turn into a global tourism destination as it tries to open up to the world and diversify its economy away from oil. Rock shaped like an elephant is seen in the city al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser Backed by billions of dollars in state-led investment and a French cultural partnership, the authorities expect al-Ula and its majestic rock-hewn tombs of…

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Halloween: Haunted house ‘reduced a rugby player to tears’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat goes bump in the night at Llancaiach Fawr manor house? A housekeeper burned to death and a six-year-old boy who plummeted 40ft to his doom – welcome to the 16th Century manor house that reduced an international rugby player to tears. Llancaiach Fawr manor house claims to be one of the most haunted in the UK. Dating back to about 1550, the house in Nelson, Caerphilly county, was built for Dafydd ap Richard. By the mid-1600s it had become a tenanted…

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Grenfell Inquiry: Call operator haunted by victim’s voice

Image caption Aisha Jabin, a control room operator for the North West Fire Control, took calls from Grenfell when the fire brigade’s London base was overwhelmed A control room operator has told the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry the voice of one victim kept “going round and round” in her head after she finished work on 14 June last year. Aisha Jabin spoke to a woman called Debbie, believed to be victim Deborah Lamprell, 45, whose body was found in a 23rd floor flat with six others. Ms Jabin said she…

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