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India remembers its World War One dead

Events are being held to remember thousands of Indian soldiers who fought alongside the British in a key battle in France in World War One. Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed a wreath at the India Gate memorial in Delhi on Tuesday, marking the centenary of the battle of Neuve Chapelle. The army is holding an exhibition, recreating scenes from the ...

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New Zealand reveals milk formula 1080 poison threat

New Zealand authorities say a national farming body and dairy giant Fonterra have been sent letters threatening to poison milk formula. Federated Farmers and Fonterra received the anonymous letters in November, said officials, along with sachets of contaminated product. The letters appeared to be a protest over the use of the pesticide 1080 in agriculture. PM John Key said milk ...

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Myanmar riot police beat student protesters with batons

Hundreds of baton-wielding police in Myanmar have broken up a demonstration by students who say a new law stifles academic freedom. A BBC Burmese reporter at the scene said dozens of protesters were injured and at least 30 people arrested. The clashes took place in Letpadan, 140km (90 miles) north of Yangon. The BBC’s correspondent in Myanmar (also known as ...

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US diplomat warns Europe of ‘dangerous’ defence spending cuts

A senior US diplomat has warned of a “dangerous” gulf emerging between US and European defence spending. Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, has appealed to European governments to spend more. She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that cuts to defence budgets in Europe were “concerning”. Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK already met the ...

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Suicide bomber kills 10 in northeastern Nigeria market

A suicide bomber in a tricycle taxi blew himself up outside a busy today fish market and killed at least 10 people in Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, according to witnesses and a security officer. “I saw many dead bodies lying on the ground, many dead, and several others badly injured,” said fish seller Idi Idrisa. People are ...

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IS ‘destroying ancient Iraq site’

Islamic State militants have begun destroying the ruins of the ancient city of Hatra, Kurdish sources in northern Iraq say. Hatra was founded in the days of the Parthian Empire over 2,000 years ago and is a Unesco world heritage site. Earlier this week, IS militants began bulldozing the nearby ruins of the Assyrian city of Nimrud. IS, which controls large ...

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Egypt carries out first death sentence after mass trials of Morsi supporters

An Egyptian man has been executed for pushing a teenager from a building, the first time that Egypt has enacted any of the death sentences given to hundreds of people accused of taking part in the unrest that followed the removal of Mohamed Morsi as president in 2013. Mahmoud Ramadan was hanged for his role in the murder of a young Morsi ...

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Top China official to face prosecution for corruption

Former senior official Su Rong has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for corruption and faces prosecution, said the country’s top anti-corruption body. Mr Su was a vice-chairman of China’s parliamentary advisory body. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said he had used his position to obtain “large bribes”. State media had announced in June 2014 that the ...

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Astronaut set to spend one year in space

NASA is sending astronaut Scott Kelly to live on the International Space Station for a year. That’s the longest any U.S. astronaut has spent in space and twice as long as crew members usually stay on the space station. A year is a long time to stay anyplace. But staying a year in space has some special challenges. There’s what ...

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