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‘Pray for Marawi’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Philippine policemen walk with evacuees from Marawi at a checkpoint on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao Why did a hashtag originating in the Philippines go global after the suicide attack in Manchester? On social media, the reaction was immediate. In the wake of the ...

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Indian woman ‘forced to marry Pakistani at gunpoint’ returns

Image copyright Ravinder Singh Robin Image caption Uzma arrived in India after going to Pakistan earlier this month An Indian woman who alleges she was forced by a Pakistani man to marry him at gunpoint has returned to India, a day after a court in Islamabad granted her request to ...

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Wedge-tailed eagle captured swooping on drone

Image copyright Leigh Nairn Image caption The drone crashed to the ground and needed to be repaired A farmer in Western Australia has described the moment a wedge-tailed eagle attacked his drone and sent it crashing to the ground. Leigh Nairn said his drone was badly damaged in the incident ...

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Imaginary creatures to light up Sydney Opera House

Image copyright Destination NSW Image caption An artist’s impression of Ash Bolland’s Sydney Opera House spectacle When the sun sets on Friday, the Sydney Opera House will light up with imaginary animals inspired by both nature and science-fiction. The colourful motion graphics will illuminate the iconic building’s sails to help ...

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Bikram Choudhury: Judge issues arrest warrant against yoga founder

Image caption Mr Choudhury fled California shortly after he was ordered to pay his former lawyer punitive damages. A Los Angeles judge has issued an arrest warrant against the founder of hot yoga after he failed to pay more than $6m (£4.6m) to his former lawyer in a sexual harassment ...

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South Korean soldier given suspended jail term for gay sex

Image copyright AFP Image caption Military law says those who engage in homosexual activity can be put in jail for up to two years A South Korean military court has given an army captain a suspended six-month prison sentence for having sex with another male soldier. The unnamed captain collapsed ...

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South China Sea: US warship sails close to disputed Mischief Reef

Image copyright Reuters Image caption China has built extensively on Mischief Reef and installed military positions A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing’s claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office. According ...

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Star turn

Image caption The Tamil actor is one of Asia’s best-paid stars Last week, India’s Tamil cinema superstar, Rajinikanth, again made noises about joining politics. Speaking to his fans, the 66-year-old actor told them to be “ready for war” at the right time to take on the “corrupt” political system and ...

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‘Cultural bias’

Image copyright Jimmy Widders Hunt Image caption Mutitjulu elders gather at Uluru for a historic summit this week The future of Australia’s relationship with its indigenous peoples could be significantly influenced by a meeting at Uluru this week. It will discuss changing the constitution, but may also include support for ...

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Indian army award frightens Kashmir ‘human shield’

Image caption Farooq Ahmad Dar says the army decision puts him in “danger” A man who was tied to an army jeep and used as a human shield in Indian-administered Kashmir has said he is “afraid” after the officer responsible for the incident was awarded a commendation by the military. ...

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Mount Everest: Bodies of four climbers found in tent

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mount Everest has claimed 10 lives so far this season Four climbers have been found dead inside a tent on Mount Everest, taking the death toll this season to 10. The bodies were discovered by a rescue team that was retrieving the body of ...

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North Korea border object was balloon, says South

Image copyright AFP Image caption The object flew over the demilitarised zone, the border that separates the two Koreas South Korea says an object which drifted over the border from North Korea on Tuesday appears to have been a balloon carrying propaganda leaflets. South Korean troops fired about 90 machine ...

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