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Kiwis consider foreign house buyer ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The dream of home ownership is fading for many New Zealanders In one of the world’s most liveable cities, and arguably its windiest, there are tough choices for prospective first-time property buyers in Wellington, where real estate prices soared by more than 18% in …

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Sacred Tibetan monastery in Lhasa hit by fire

Image copyright Other Image caption Footage posted online showed flames billowing from the ancient compound A fire broke out at the most important shrine in Tibetan Buddhism – the Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa. Footage posted online showed flames billowing from the roof and what appeared to be at least one …

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The country breeding a generation of chess whizz kids

Since 2011, all children in Armenia from six to eight years old have compulsory chess lessons. For one boy it’s paying off, reports Emma Levine. I was trapped. Surrounded on all sides, and there was no escape. The king’s capture was imminent – and my bishop was of no use …

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Is the French wine brotherhood worried about Brexit?

Image caption The Pouilly brotherhood welcomed 10 new bailli into their fold at a January ceremony It is not every day you get asked to join a medieval-style brotherhood, and I was nervous lest the Pouilly winegrowers spot that I knew nothing about wine. What if they asked me to …

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The Indian artist challenging ‘dirty taboos’ on Instagram

Image copyright Kaviya Ilango @wallflowergirlsays Image caption Kaviya Ilango is inspired by the “dirty taboos” that don’t get discussed In an illustration on Instagram, a young woman perched on the arm of a bench can be seen letting out a fart. The Indian artist behind the sketch, Kaviya Ilango, speaks …

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The mystery of Toronto’s gay village killings

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Friends hung posters of Andrew Kinsman around the Village and Cabbagetown For years, there were whispers in Toronto’s gay community about a serial killer stalking the community. Now that one of their own has been charged with the murders of five missing men, they wonder …

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Florida school shooting: Students demand tighter gun controls

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStudent to lawmakers: “Shame on you.” Young survivors of Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida have taken part in an emotionally charged rally demanding tighter gun controls. Protesters in Fort Lauderdale chanted “shame on you”, referring to US lawmakers and President Donald Trump. …

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Israel Gaza: Four Israeli soldiers injured in border blast

Four Israeli soldiers have been hurt, two of them seriously, in an explosion near the Israeli-Gaza border. The army said a Palestinian flag was flying in the area, and when the troops approached they were hit by the blast. In response, Israel conducted air strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza. …

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Pope renews Vatican’s anti-sexual abuse panel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cardinal Sean O’Malley was re-appointed to lead the child protection panel Pope Francis has announced the renewal of the Church’s panel tasked with combating sexual abuse of children, in the wake of a fresh controversy. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is …

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