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The fight over the Indian baby born in a bank queue

Image caption Khazanchi Nath was born two years ago as his mother Sarvesha Devi stood in a bank queue to withdraw cash He arrived in the world with a bang. His birth in a bank queue made global news. But two-year-old Khazanchi Nath is now at the centre of a bitter fight between the two […]

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My Neighbour Totoro: Studio Ghibli classic gets China release after 30 years

Image copyright GKids/1988 Studio Ghibli Japanese animation classic My Neighbour Totoro is finally being screened in Chinese cinemas, 30 years after it was first released. The film, by Studio Ghibli and famed director Hayao Miyazaki, follows the story of two sisters who encounter Totoro and other forest creatures. Despite the movie’s cult following, it has […]

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Indian national jailed over sex assault on US flight

Image copyright Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Image caption The accused was sitting next to his wife when he allegedly assaulted someone sitting next to him A US court has sentenced an Indian man to nine years in jail for sexually assaulting a woman who sat next to him on a US flight in January. Prabhu […]

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Queensland Cyclone Owen: Powerful system may ‘wreak havoc’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Australia’s east coast has been pummelled by heavy rain in recent days Australian authorities have issued a warning about a powerful cyclone that is tracking towards the coast of Queensland. Cyclone Owen is moving slowly over waters off the Northern Territory with winds of up to 200km/h (124mph), meteorologists said. […]

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China buys US soybeans for first time since trade war

Image copyright Reuters Image caption China’s purchase of 1.13 million tonnes of US soybeans has been hailed as a wonderful, great step by US officials. China has bought US soybeans for the first time since the trade war between the two countries started in July – a move hailed as a “great step” by US […]

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Canadian Michael Spavor missing in China

Image copyright AFP Image caption Michael Spavor (left) helped arrange ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea in 2013 Canada’s foreign ministry says it is trying to make contact with a second Canadian who is believed to have been detained in China on suspicion of harming national security. Businessman Michael Spavor had contacted Canadian […]

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North and South Korea soldiers cross DMZ in peace

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The historic moment was caught on camera by both sides North and South Korean soldiers have made several friendly crossings into each other’s territory for the first time since the countries were divided. The men were checking the dismantling of guard posts in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) along the […]

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Leopard kills India Buddhist monk meditating in forest

Image copyright Abhishek Bhatpalliwar  A monk meditating in a forest in the Indian state of Maharashtra has died in a leopard attack, officials say. The man, identified as Rahul Walke, had been “meditating under a tree” in the Tadoba forest, which is a protected tiger reserve, officials told PTI. Walke had been attached to a […]

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Australia seizes squirrels ‘smuggled on plane from Bali’

Image copyright Australian government Image caption One of the squirrels seized at Brisbane Airport on 4 December A man was intercepted at an Australian airport after flying from Indonesia with two live squirrels smuggled in his luggage, authorities say. The Australian resident may face criminal charges after the animals were detected at Brisbane Airport last […]

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Canada is seeking consular access to ex-diplomat detained in China

Image copyright International Crisis Group Image caption The International Crisis Group says it is working for Mr Kovrig’s release Canada says it is seeking consular access as soon as possible to a former Canadian diplomat who has been detained in China. Michael Kovrig was held on Monday by the Beijing National Security Bureau. His current […]

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