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Bangladesh fire: Blaze kills dozens in Dhaka historic district

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The blaze broke out in residential building also used as a chemical warehouse A fast-moving fire has swept through a historic district of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, killing at least 69. The blaze broke out Wednesday evening in a multi-storey residential building with one floor reportedly used to store flammable chemicals. […]

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India Catholic Cardinal Oswald Gracias ‘failed abuse victims’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cardinal Oswald Gracias told the BBC it pained him to hear accusations that he had neglected victims of alleged abuse One of the Catholic Church’s most senior cardinals has admitted that he could have better handled sexual abuse allegations that were brought to him. Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of […]

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Greater Bay Area: China’s ambitious but vague economic plan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China’s Greater Bay Area plan aims to boost growth in the world’s second largest economy China’s ambitious plan to develop the so-called Greater Bay Area is designed to spur the economy, but analysts question whether its lofty goals can be achieved, as the BBC’s Ana Nicolaci da Costa explains. […]

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Samsung unveils foldable smartphone

Media captionWATCH: First look at the Galaxy Fold and S10 models Samsung has unveiled a foldable smartphone – the Galaxy Fold – alongside a 5G Galaxy S10 handset and three other Galaxy S10 mobiles. The Fold will go on sale in just over two months time, earlier than many expected. The Galaxy S10 5G features […]

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Shamima Begum will not be allowed here, Bangladesh says

Media captionShamima Begum: ‘I got tricked and I was hoping someone would have sympathy with me’ Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen and there is “no question” of her being allowed into the country, Bangladesh’s ministry of foreign affairs has said. The UK has stripped the 19-year-old – who fled London to join Islamic […]

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Uighur Australian’s plea to ‘save’ his family in China

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China has been accused of imprisoning Uighurs on a mass scale An ethnically Uighur Australian has called on his government to help “save” his wife and baby son, saying they are at risk of being detained in China. The man says he was separated from his wife, a Chinese […]

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Billionaire Ambani risks jail over missed Ericsson payments

Image copyright Getty Images Indian billionaire businessman Anil Ambani is facing a prison sentence after a deal between his cash-strapped firm Reliance Communications (RCom) and telecoms giant Ericsson collapsed. Ericsson is owed 5.5bn rupees (£59.3m) by RCom under the terms of an agreement to manage and operate its network. RCom failed to comply with India’s […]

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Poppy farms: How the global opioid crisis is biting Australia

About half the world’s legal poppy straw is harvested in Australia’s smallest state, Tasmania. Poppies form the base for common medicines such as codeine and morphine, making them big business globally. But efforts to curb the US opioid crisis are eroding that demand – threatening the livelihoods of Tasmanian farmers. Video by Simon Atkinson. Poppy […]

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Emoji number plates launched in Queensland

Image copyright Facebook/PersonalisedPlatesQueensland If a personalised number plate simply isn’t enough to express your complex personality, worry not – soon you will be able to add an emoji to the mix. Ok, you’ll have to move to Queensland, Australia – but once that’s sorted, you can get your own little smiley starting next month. The […]

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Pulwama attack: Four Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir gun battle

Media captionIndian troops patrol the area where the attack took place Four soldiers have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in a gun battle with militants, police say. The clash occurred in Pulwama district, where more than 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed in a suicide attack on Thursday, raising tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. […]

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