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France raises bird flu risk level to ‘high’

France raises bird flu risk level to ‘high’

France raised to “high” the risk level across the country after the detection of several cases of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu strain in farms even as South Korea expanded a cull of chickens and ducks to contain a bird flu outbreak. The highly pathogenic avian flu strain was detected in farms in southwestern […]

Qandeel Baloch’s brother, cousin charged with her murder ahead of trial

A Pakistani court has charged brother of slain social media star Qandeel Baloch with her murder, the final step before a trial begins in one of the country’s highest-profile “honour killings”. The model, who shot to fame for her provocative selfies that polarised the conservative Muslim country, was strangled in July by her brother Muhammad […]

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China users complain of iPhones ‘catching fire or exploding’

Several Chinese iPhone users have claimed their handsets caught fire or exploded, according to a Shanghai consumer watchdog which called on tech giant Apple to address the complaints. Fresh on the heels of Samsung’s worldwide Galaxy Note 7 safety fiasco, the state-run Shanghai Consumer Council said it had received eight reports in recent months of […]

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South Korea’s Park says will accept impeachment only if it’s upheld by court

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, engulfed in an influence peddling scandal, said if she was impeached she would wait for a court to uphold the decision, a party official said on Tuesday, a sign a political crisis could drag on for months. Park’s embattled presidency faces a critical juncture, with parliament expected to hold an […]

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Saudi court sentences 15 linked to ‘Iran spy cell’ to death

A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death and several others to prison terms in a case involving an alleged Iranian spy cell, a sign of the continuing tension between the two Middle East powers. A Riyadh criminal court handed down the sentences to the 32 people who were charged in […]

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Meet China’s Obama lookalike who makes $1000 per show

For former security guard Xiao Jiguo, a Chinese Barack Obama-lookalike who commands as much as $1,000 per performance, the future is looking uncertain as the US president prepares to leave office. Xiao now worries whether he will still get calls to shows where he copied Obama, speaking in “fake English”, after the American leader completes […]

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Hundreds of nude selfies of women taken as collateral for Chinese loans

Hundreds of photos and videos of naked women used as collateral for loans on a Chinese online lending service have leaked onto the web, highlighting regulatory problems in the fast-growing peer-to-peer marketplace. A 10-gigabyte file posted on the internet exposed the personal details of more than 160 young women who were asked to provide the […]

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Trump supports Dakota pipeline, will review situation: Spokesperson

President-elect Donald Trump supports the construction of a pipeline in North Dakota, his spokesman said on Monday when asked about the government’s ruling against the controversial project. “With regard to the Dakota Access Pipeline, that’s something that we support construction of and we’ll review the full situation when we’re in the White House and make […]

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Venezuela to print 20,000-bolivar bank note to tackle economic crisis

Inflation-stricken Venezuela will launch a new 20,000-bolivar banknote to help shoppers struggling with huge wads of currency in the country’s economic crisis, the central bank said. The biggest denomination banknote currently in circulation is 100 bolivars — worth fewer than three cents of a dollar at current market rates. The Venezuelan central bank said in […]

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New York to clamp down on hate crimes after Muslim police officer attacked

New York City officials vowed on Monday to swiftly find and prosecute any and all hate-crime suspects after a man threatened to kill an off-duty policewoman wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf. “If anybody’s thinking in New York City about engaging in this type of behaviour, just rest assured that you will be identified, you […]

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