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Lombok quake: Facebook 'regrets' earthquake balloons

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook says it “regrets” that members posting about a deadly earthquake in Indonesia saw their messages adorned with confetti and balloons. On Sunday, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Lombok, killing more than 130 people. Many Indonesian speakers wrote messages using the word “selamat”, which can mean “unhurt” or […]

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Zimbabwe arrests MDC's Tendai Biti 'at Zambia border'

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tendai Biti is accused of pre-empting the official election results and inciting protests A senior member of Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC Alliance, Tendai Biti, has been arrested at the border with Zambia, his lawyer says. Police accuse Mr Biti of inciting violence following last month’s election – the first since long-time […]

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Ex-world champion hurdler dies in crash

Kenya’s Bett wins 400m hurdles gold Kenya’s former 400m hurdles world champion Nicholas Bett has died aged 28, following a car crash on Wednesday. Bett had just returned from the Africa Championships in Nigeria when he died in Nandi, north west Kenya. In 2015, he made history in China by becoming the first Kenyan to […]

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Malaysia ex-PM Najib charged with money laundering

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Najib has seen a dramatic fall from grace after losing the election Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been charged with three counts of money laundering linked to a multi-million dollar corruption scandal. He is accused of having received 42m ringgit ($10m; £8m) from state fund 1MDB in […]

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Iván Duque: Colombia's new president sworn into office

Image copyright AFP Image caption He became Colombia’s youngest elected leader after being sworn in at Bogota’s Bolivar Square Colombia’s newly-elected President Iván Duque took office on Tuesday, pledging to unite the country and improve economic growth. The conservative political newcomer was elected in June after a divisive election campaign where he saw off left-wing […]

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Drought declared in entire state of New South Wales

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Farmers are struggling to afford even feeding their animals Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), is now entirely in drought, officials have confirmed. A dry winter has intensified what has been called the worst drought in living memory in parts of eastern Australia. NSW produces about a quarter […]

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Beijing Olympics 2008: A hope lost or fulfilled?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Bird’s Nest stadium where the Olympics were held is one of Beijing’s most famous buildings Ten years ago this week, the Beijing Olympic Games drummed themselves onto television screens across the globe. It brought waves of hype in China that the country was preparing to celebrate not only […]