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China zombie factories and unborn cities China zombie factories and unborn cities
In just a few years, the world's second biggest economy has undergone rapid change - leaving an eerie legacy across the landscape China is an unrivalled powerhouse in the global economy. For the last three decades, its growth has outpaced that of all other nations. Entire industries that took decades to mature in the West have sprung up in just a few years. Much of this activity takes place in de...
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Turkey coup: 136 diplomats and relatives seek Germany asylum Turkey coup: 136 diplomats and relatives seek Germany asylum
Germany says it has received 136 asylum requests from Turks holding diplomatic passports since the July coup attempt against the Turkish president. The figure is a total for the period August 2016 to January 2017, German media report. Turkey has urged Germany not to grant asylum to any military officers. Some posted to Nato bases in Germany are thought to be among the group. In Greece, tw...
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Turkey reverses female army officers' headscarf ban Turkey reverses female army officers' headscarf ban
A ban on female army officers in Turkey wearing the Muslim headscarf has been lifted by the government. The military is the last Turkish institution to see the ban removed. It has long been seen as the guardian of Turkey's secular constitution. Wearing headscarves in public institutions was banned in the 1980s. But Turkey's Islamist-leaning President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, argues that the...
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Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing wounded Palestinian attacker Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing wounded Palestinian attacker
An Israeli soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian attacker in a high-profile case that split opinion across the country has been jailed for 18 months. Elor Azaria was found guilty of manslaughter for shooting dead 21-year-old Abdul Fatah al-Sharif in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, last March. Azaria had told a colleague that Sharif, who had stabbed another soldier, "deserved to die". ...
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New Zealand part of sunken continent: scientists New Zealand part of sunken continent: scientists
WELLINGTON: New Zealand sits atop a previously unknown continent — mostly submerged beneath the South Pacific — that should be recognised with the name Zealandia, according to scientists. Researchers said on Friday that Zealandia was a distinct geological entity and met all the criteria applied to Earth’s seven other continents — elevation above the surrounding area, distinctive geology, a well...
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Kim Jong-nam death: North Korea asks for return of body Kim Jong-nam death: North Korea asks for return of body
North Korea has asked Malaysia for the body of a man believed to be leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother. Kim Jong-nam is thought to have been poisoned as he waited to board a flight in the capital Kuala Lumpur on Monday. Local authorities are carrying out an autopsy to establish the exact cause of Mr Kim's death, but Pyongyang has reportedly objected. Police have arrested one woman in conne...
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North Korean leader's brother Kim Jong-nam 'killed' in Malaysia' North Korean leader's brother Kim Jong-nam 'killed' in Malaysia'
The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam, has been killed with poison in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, reports say. Malaysian police said a North Korean man waiting at the airport for a flight to Macau on Monday had fallen ill and died on his way to hospital. However, they named him as "Kim Chol", not Kim Jong-nam. The late Kim Jong-il's eldest son is though...
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France avalanche: Four killed at Tignes ski resort France avalanche: Four killed at Tignes ski resort
Two teenage boys are among four snowboarders killed in an avalanche at the ski resort of Tignes in France. The snowboarders, led by an instructor, died when the wall of snow swept through an off-piste area just after 10:30 local time (09:30 GMT) on Monday. It had been feared more people had been caught up in the disaster. But Albertville Deputy Prefect Nicolas Martrenchard told a press co...
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North Korea ballistic missile test sparks condemnation North Korea ballistic missile test sparks condemnation
North Korea's latest ballistic missile test has been widely condemned. South Korea and US officials said the missile, launched on Saturday night, flew east towards the Sea of Japan for about 500km (300 miles). South Korea's defence ministry called it an armed provocation to test the response of President Donald Trump. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, standing next to Mr Trump on a visit...
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Jakarta vote: Indonesia hardliners call for Muslim governor Jakarta vote: Indonesia hardliners call for Muslim governor
Tens of thousands of Indonesians have gathered in Jakarta to urge people to vote for a Muslim candidate to be the capital city's next governor. The incumbent, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, is an ethnic Chinese Christian currently on trial after being accused of insulting Islam. Despite the court case, Mr Purnama is still expected to win Wednesday's vote. The campaign against him ...
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