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Posters or other displays that could embarrass leaders, such as mentions of Tiananmen Square, are ordered removed from tour routes Hong Kong police have launched a crackdown on political banners and images ahead of a visit to the city by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, to avoid embarrassing the countrys leaders. Swaths of Hong Kong […]

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Arab worlds leading TV channel is used to controversy but now it fears for its future as Saudi Arabia wants it shut down Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based broadcaster that has found itself at the centre of the launch of an English-language channel in 2006 was part of a dramatic global expansion that has led to the […]

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Ali Akbar Salehi, who helped negotiate 2015 deal, says US risks upsetting balance of power in Middle East The head of Irans atomic energy organisation, one of the architects of Writing in the Guardian, Ali Akbar Salehi said lavish arms purchases by regional actors a reference to the Saudi purchase of $100bn of US arms […]

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North Americas first supervised injection clinic opened in Vancouver in 2003, and now several US cities are hoping to emulate its success in saving lives Whenever Dean Wilson walks people through Vancouvers Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, he leads them past an unassuming glass door on Hastings Street before stopping at a community garden. Its here that […]

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Board of education chairman says subject is debatable, controversial and too complicated for students Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools, a senior education official has said, in a move likely to raise the ire of the countrys secular opposition. Alpaslan Durmu, who chairs the board of education, said evolution was debatable, controversial […]

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Bomb was planted in a moving car, but officers were trying to determine whether it was a suicide attack A powerful car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in southwestern Pakistan on Friday has killed 11 people and wounded 20, officials said. The explosion near the police chiefs office in Quetta, the […]

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Niranjan Rasalingam had no lawyer and was at first unaware of his full sentence for role in ATM card scam that he denies A court in Myanmar has sentenced a 30-year-old British man to 17 years in jail in a case that has attracted criticism after he was held for arrested in 2014 alongside three […]

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Theresa May emphasises the importance of British values. But Britains limpness over Hong Kong demonstrates how easily they are compromised I am too young to remember the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997 and its promise for the new world I would live in. But I have lived to see that promise trampled. […]

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New toy taking China by storm can fire needles and nails as well as toothpicks, leading to concerns over safety Handheld mini-crossbows that can fire needles and nails are the latest must-have toy in China but anxious parents want them banned before a young child gets blinded or worse. Selling online and in shops for […]

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Kunduz fell to the Taliban, but in recent months coalition forces have won ground. Now, four months into Ramadan, fasting in 40C heat has taken its toll For most of his adult life Juma Khan, a husky Afghan policeman, enjoyed breaking the Ramadan fast with his family after returning home from duty. The evening Ramadan […]

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