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‘Amazing’ rediscovery of rare Australian tree-rat

Image copyright DBCA Image caption The black-footed tree rat as captured by remote cameras in Western Australia’s Kimberley forests A rare mammal has been discovered living in Western Australia (WA) decades after it was thought to have been wiped out of the region. The distinctive black-footed tree rat was spotted ...

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Australian spy chief criticised for Duterte fist photo

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Critics have described the photo as inappropriate The boss of Australia’s foreign intelligence agency has been criticised for clenching his fist in a photo with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Mr Duterte used the pose in his 2016 presidential campaign, a symbol of his tough and ...

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Indians have right to privacy, Supreme Court rules

Image copyright AFP Image caption The ruling is likely to have implications for the Aadhaar biometric scheme India’s Supreme Court has ruled that citizens have a fundamental right to privacy, in a landmark judgement. The nine-judge bench ruled that the right to privacy “is protected as an intrinsic part of ...

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New Balance wins record China trademark award

Image copyright Getty Images New Balance has won a record payout in a Chinese trademark case after three local shoemakers were found to have infringed the brand’s “N” logo. A Chinese court awarded the US sportswear firm more than 10 million yuan (£1.2m; $1.5m). Lawyers believe it to be the ...

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Typhoon Hato: Twelve killed as storm sweep south China

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The typhoon brought Hong Kong to a standstill with many businesses staying closed A powerful storm has swept across southern China, leaving 12 dead and hundreds of people injured. Typhoon Hato made landfall at noon on Wednesday near Zhuhai city in Guangdong province, bringing ...

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Australia dual citizen saga: Court to hear cases in October

Image copyright EPA Image caption Australian Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce will face questions over his New Zealand citizenship A dual citizenship saga that has gripped Australian politics for almost two months will not be tested in court until October. The court will decide whether seven MPs are ineligible to sit ...

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Pay up or pack up

Image copyright Nicolas Axelrod/Getty Images In February this year, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said that both he and US President Donald Trump shared a view of the media as “anarchic” troublemakers. Two days earlier, a government spokesman had referenced Mr Trump’s treatment of journalists in a Facebook post that ...

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Trial of rice

Image copyright EPA Six years ago Yingluck Shinawatra, a novice who had only been in politics for two months, led the Pheu Thai party, founded and funded by her older brother Thaksin, to a resounding election victory. It was a stunning result for a party which had seen two previous ...

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The child’s maths lesson outraging India

Image copyright iStock A few days ago a school friend sent me a very disturbing video on WhatsApp of a three-year-old being taught maths at home. The tutor, whose face cannot be seen, appears to be a family member – she’s either the child’s mother or aunt or another relative. ...

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Cat and mouse

Image copyright AFP Image caption Davidson broke out of Bali’s notorious Kerobokan prison in June with three other prisoners In June, four foreign prisoners broke out of a notorious prison in Bali, Indonesia and, as Ian Lloyd Neubauer writes, one has been using social media to taunt those hunting for ...

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Thailand charges dropped against BBC reporter

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jonathan Head arrives at court on Wednesday to fight the defamation charges Charges have been withdrawn against a BBC journalist in a criminal defamation case in Thailand. Jonathan Head faced up to five years in jail if he had been convicted. He and a co-defendant ...

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India’s railway chairman resigns after two derailments

Image copyright AFP Image caption Emergency workers look for survivors in the wreckage of a carriage after a train derailed in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday The administrative head of India’s railways, AK Mittal, has resigned after two train derailments in five days in the northern state ...

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