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Hillary Clinton prepares for showdown with Donald Trump

8 June, 2016 Hillary Clinton was looking ahead today to a general election showdown against Donald Trump, hours after making history by clinching the Democratic Party nomination. “Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone,” a beaming Clinton told ecstatic supporters in New York, “the first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee.” The ...

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Chinese Muslims observe Ramadan

8 June, 2016 Millions of Muslims across China began observing Ramadan on Monday, which lasts from June 6 to July 6 this year. During the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual reflection, Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink between sunrise and dusk. It is widely observed by ethnic minorities in China, including the Hui, Uygur, Kazakh, Uzbek, ...

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Obama’s origami figures to be displayed in Hiroshima museum

8 June, 2016 The origami cranes made by US President Barack Obama, who donated them to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum during his visit to the city, will be exhibited in the museum, starting Thursday. Along with the cranes, the museum will also display the message the US leader wrote in its guest book, a museum spokesperson told Efe news ...

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Muhammad Ali: ‘Greatest’ boxer, showman, ambassador

More than 60 years ago, a bicycle thief in Louisville, Kentucky, unknowingly set in motion one of the most amazing sports careers in history. An angry 12-year-old Cassius Clay went to a policeman on that day in 1954, vowing he would find the thief who took his bike and have his revenge. The policeman’s advice was to learn to box ...

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Chinese city bans students from tearing up textbooks, state media says

A Chinese city has banned high school students from tearing up textbooks or yelling in hallways to relieve exam pressure, state media said. The ban, issued by the Xiamen Education Bureau, comes 10 days before the National College Entrance Examination. Almost ten million students across China sit for the notoriously difficult, two-day exam every year. High schools should instead provide ...

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Micro Bit computer becomes a commercial product

The BBC Micro Bit, the tiny computing device designed to get children coding, is going on sale to the general public. The device is already being delivered, free, to one million Year 7 children in schools across the UK. Now it will also be available to buy from the various partners in the project for £12.99. Commercial availability of the ...

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Euro 2016 in France could be extremist target, US warns

The US has warned that the Euro 2016 football championship being held in France next month could be a target of militant attacks. “The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists,” the State Department said. The event is being hosted from 10 June to 10 July at various venues. France is ...

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Islamic State group hits back as Iraqi army moves into Falluja

Militants from the so-called Islamic State have launched a dawn counter-attack as Iraqi government troops push into the city of Falluja. A day after troops advanced through the southern suburb of Nuaimiya, scores of IS fighters attacked them, army officers told news agencies. The army defeated the attackers but suffered casualties, the sources said. Aid workers are increasingly concerned for ...

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Migrant crisis: ‘Document forgers’ held in Greece and Czech Republic

Police in Greece and the Czech Republic have arrested more than 20 people suspected of forging travel documents for migrants trying to enter Europe. European police agency Europol said visas and passports were sold for up to £2,500 ($3,600) and sent across the EU, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Greek police said the criminal networks were also involved in ...

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Why the plan to rename Pikachu has made Hong Kong angry

Japanese game-maker Nintendo is about to release two new games in its hugely popular Pokemon series. But a decision to use only Mandarin Chinese names for the characters has proved controversial in Hong Kong. The BBC looks at why fans and linguists are so riled. 1. What’s in a name – Beikaciu or Pikaqiu? Pokemon characters’ names used to be ...

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