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Sri Lanka's Pidurangala Rock: Bare bums stir trouble

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Sri Lankan police Sri Lankan police have arrested three men who were among a group who took semi-nude photos of themselves at an ancient sacred site. The young Sri Lankan men posted the images of themselves at Pidurangala Rock on Facebook. It prompted an angry reaction from people who considered them […]

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South Africa anger after girl 'raped' in restaurant

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright AFP Image caption South Africa is battling to curb high levels of sexual abuse South Africans have expressed outrage following the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl in a restaurant toilet. A 20-year-old man allegedly followed her into the women’s restroom before snatching her and raping her in the men’s section, […]

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US-Iran: Trump set to chair key UN Security Council session

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright EPA Image caption President Trump is seeking to isolate Iran internationally US President Donald Trump is expected to voice fresh criticism of Iran later when he chairs a UN Security Council session on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It is only the third time a US leader will have […]

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Venice considers nightly ban on carrying alcohol

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Venice in August – a throng of visitors Venice is set to ban carrying bottles in the streets in its latest effort to combat the torrent of tourists that flood the city every year. The city is considering fines for anyone found carrying alcohol after 19:00 – […]

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'I was lost at sea three times': How one Indonesian teen defied fate

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Eva Aruperes Image caption Mr Adilang was working on a rompong when he was sent adrift into the sea An Indonesian teen was recently rescued after spending 49 days adrift at sea in a fishing hut. But as Aldi Novel Adilang reveals to BBC Indonesian, it’s not his first tale of […]

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Erdogan defends footballer Ozil ahead of Germany trip

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ilkay Gündogan and Mesut Ozil, along with Everton’s Cenk Tosun, pose with the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended Mesut Ozil, a German footballer with Turkish roots who has faced criticism for posing in photos with Turkey’s leader. Ozil, 29, quit international football in July, citing […]

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Japan woman arrested for leaving baby's body in locker

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The woman had dumped her baby in a coin locker and continued paying the storage fees for years Tokyo police have arrested a 49-year-old woman suspected of leaving her stillborn baby in a coin locker for several years. Emiri Suzaki turned herself in to the police and […]

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Workers on Qatar 2022 'unpaid': Amnesty

sponsored advertisement: Lusail is a planned city in Qatar which will eventually be home to 250,000 people Dozens of migrants working on the city that will host the final of the 2022 Qatar World Cup have gone unpaid for months, Amnesty International says. An investigation by the human rights group found that a contractor in […]

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Aadhaar: India top court upholds controversial biometric scheme

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Getty Images India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s controversial biometric identity scheme is constitutional and does not violate the right to privacy. However the court limited the scope of Aadhaar, saying it could not be compulsory for bank accounts, mobile connections or school admissions. The world’s largest biometric ID […]

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Europe migration: 'Horrific experiences' on the crossing from Libya

sponsored advertisement: The number of migrants attempting the journey from Libya to Europe has gone down since last year, but the proportion of those who die on the way has risen. One person died or went missing for every 18 people who crossed via the central Mediterranean route between January and July 2018, compared to […]

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Will Smith bungee jumps out of helicopter for 50th birthday

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Will Smith/YouTube Will Smith has celebrated turning 50 in style. Bungee jumping probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but at least he won’t forget his big day in a hurry. And this wasn’t a standard bungee jump, the star decided to do it out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, […]

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Orange turns purple: Australian scientists solve fruit mystery

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Neti Moffitt Image caption The fruit changed colour within hours of being cut up with a knife What could cause a freshly sliced orange to suddenly turn purple? Australian health authorities say they have solved a mystery that prompted much speculation earlier this month. It began when a Brisbane woman, Neti […]