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Kabul hit by deadly car bomb

A car bomb has exploded in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 10 people, say officials. Several people were also injured in the blast and the number of casualties is expected to rise. Details of the explosion, in the western area of the capital, were not immediately clear but ...

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Myth busters

Image copyright AFP Image caption For a majority of Indians, their first point of exposure to the internet is via their phone Earlier this year, mobs in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand beat seven people to death in two separate incidents that horrified the country. After the dust had ...

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South China Sea: Vietnam halts drilling after ‘China threats’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Vietnam and other neighbours contest China’s territorial claims in the area Vietnam has reportedly terminated a gas-drilling expedition in a disputed area of the South China Sea, following strong threats from China. A source in the south-east Asian oil industry has told the BBC that ...

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Scot shot in chest hours before Philippines wedding

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Tarek Naggar was outside a shop with his fiancee when he was shot in the chest A Scottish man has been shot during a robbery hours before he was due to get married in the Philippines. Tarek Naggar, 44, was outside a shop in Cebu ...

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India police investigate crude oil theft gang

Image copyright AFP Image caption Cairn India’s oilfield in Rajasthan Police in India have broken up a criminal network accused of using water tankers to steal millions of litres of crude oil from the country’s biggest onshore field in Rajasthan. The investigation centres on the Cairn India oilfield in Barmer ...

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Baby boom

Image copyright AFP Image caption There are some 60,000 Parsis in India A jubilant Katy Gandevia passed around a box of celebratory sweets she had received in her office at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. “That,” she said, gesturing towards the sweets, “was to celebrate the birth ...

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Symbolic fight

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Karnataka has had an unofficial ‘Kannada flag’ since the 1960s The government in the southern Indian state of Karnataka recently set up a panel to explore if the state can have its own separate flag. The BBC explains why it has become such a ...

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Trump snub?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Akie Abe first met US President Donald Trump in February Japan woke up with surprise on Friday morning to see the intense scrutiny of its First Lady’s proficiency in English. It followed US President Donald Trump’s comment, as part of his broad-ranging New York Times ...

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Thai Buddhism crisis

Image copyright YouTube Image caption Wirapol Sukphol was seen flying in a private aircraft in a YouTube video released in 2013 It was a jarring image; a group of Buddhist monks, with shaven heads and orange robes, sitting back in the soft-leather seats of an executive jet, passing luxury accessories ...

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‘American nightmare’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJustine Damond’s family held a silent dawn vigil on Sydney’s Freshwater Beach Many Australians were just arriving at work on Monday when the confusing first reports emerged that a Sydney woman had been fatally shot in Minneapolis. Days later, as the week ...

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Chinese mahjong lovers take to the river to beat the heat

Image copyright Empics Mahjong lovers in China have found a unique way to deal with a merciless heat wave descending on their city. What do you do if it’s way too hot but you just can’t stay away from your favourite boardgame? Well, kick your shoes and socks off, grab ...

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‘K-golf’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Korea’s Park Sung-hyun has won her first women’s major Newly-crowned golfing champion Park Sung-hyun has become the latest name in a stellar series of female winners from South Korea. This week, Park, 23, won the US Women’s Open by two shots to claim ...

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