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China claims Indian drone ‘invaded airspace in crash’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A March 2017 file picture of an Indian army drone An Indian drone has “invaded China’s airspace and crashed” on its territory, Chinese state media said. Zhang Shuili, deputy director of the western theatre combat bureau, said the incident took place in “recent days”. …

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Rescuing the lost children of IS

Image copyright dubrovskaya Tens of thousands of foreign fighters joined so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – many of them from Russia. What has become of their families now the self-declared caliphate is crumbling? In the breakfast room of Baghdad’s grandest hotel, among the businessmen and official delegations, they …

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Getting Nigeria’s railways back on track with China’s help

Nigeria has unveiled a major railway expansion project to ease congestion on roads and to boost the economy, writes Ijeoma Ndukwe from the commercial capital, Lagos. A train pulls into Ebute Meta station on mainland Lagos. The station is housed within an old railway compound built during British rule in …

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Democrats urge Senator Franken to quit amid groping claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Minnesota senator has faced mounting allegations of sexual misconduct Up to 30 Democratic senators have called on US Senator Al Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct claims. In statements released almost simultaneously on Wednesday, a group of Democratic lawmakers said the embattled Minnesota …

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A closer look at ‘3.67m-year-old’ skeleton

It took 20 years to excavate, clean and put together Little Foot, whose skeleton was found in caves north of Johannesburg. Its exact age is debated, but South African scientists say the remains are 3.67 million years old. This would mean Little Foot was alive about 500,000 years before Lucy, …

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Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, says Donald Trump

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy the city of Jerusalem matters President Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, overturning decades of official US policy. Mr Trump described the move as “a long overdue step” to advance the Middle East peace …

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Raza Khan: Fears over activist missing in Pakistan

Fears are growing over the fate of a Pakistani activist who has been reported missing since the weekend. Raza Khan from Lahore disappeared after attending a public discussion on a recent, controversial protest by a hardline religious group. Earlier this year a number of social media activists were “disappeared,” before …

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Person of the Year: Time honours abuse ‘silence breakers’

Time magazine has named “the Silence Breakers” – women who spoke out against sexual abuse and harassment – as its Person of the Year. The movement is most closely associated with the #MeToo hashtag which sprung up as allegations emerged against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. But Time says the hashtag …

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Russian seven-year old gets army call-up papers

Russian seven-year old gets army call-up papers By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images Image caption Military service normally begins at 18 A boy in Russia’s Far East was surprised to receive his military call-up papers this week – in particular because he’s …

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Argentina stolen baby reunited with relatives 40 years on

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Adriana (centre) gave an emotional news conference in Buenos Aires A woman taken from her mother as a newborn in Argentina has been reunited with her relatives by campaign group Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo. Adriana, 40, who asked not to have her surname …

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