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Pakistani humanist denied UK asylum after failing to identify Plato

Man who renounced Islam says he has received death threats from family members in PakistanA Pakistani man who renounced his Muslim faith and became a humanist has had his application for asylum in the UK rejected after failing to correctly answer question

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India rape and murder: Suspect in Haryana case found dead

The discovery of the teenage boy's body in Haryana followed the killing of a 15-year-old girl.

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South Africa v India: Lungi Ngidi takes 6-39 on debut to seal hosts' series win

Debutant Lungi Ngidi takes 6-39 as South Africa beat India by 135 runs in the second Test to win the series with a game to spare.

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Why Rappler is raising Philippine press freedom fears

The decision to revoke news site Rappler's licence ignites a debate about Philippine press freedom.

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UN chief and rights groups raise concerns over Rohingya deal

First group of refugees to be sent back to Myanmar next week but critics say details are unclearConcerns are growing among United Nations agencies and humanitarian groups over an agreement between the Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to repatriate sever

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Space Invaders: Japan celebrates 40 years of the video game

A new exhibition marks 40 years of the classic video game.

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Jallikattu: Three gored to death India bull-taming sport

The men were spectators at the controversial sport, known as Jallikattu, which is held in Tamil Nadu.

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Japanese train barks like a dog to prevent accidents

Railway experiment hopes to put an end to collisions with deer drawn to the track.

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Immigration deal distant as leaders try to avert shutdown

Conservative lawmakers have dampened GOP leaders' plans to prevent a government shutdown.

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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong jailed for second time over 2014 protest

Wong jailed, along with fellow activist, for obstructing clearance of encampment during pro-democracy protestHong Kong activist Joshua Wong was jailed for three months on Wednesday for obstructing the clearance of a major encampment during mass pro-democr

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Former CIA agent arrested after fears that China spy network was betrayed

Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee accused of having unauthorised notebook that had the identities of undercover US informantsUS authorities have arrested a former CIA agent, Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, after discovering he had an unauth

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Aanchal Thakur: Meet the girl who won India's first skiing medal

Aanchal Thakur talks about the significance of winning India's first winter sports medal.

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Indonesia teenager jailed for President Widodo insults

The teenager broke the country's internet law by posting Facebook messages about the president.

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Japanese broadcaster issues North Korean missile alert by mistake

NHK posts online messages urging people to take shelter, days after similar error in HawaiiJapan’s public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert warning citizens about a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then retr

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China exam tests students on teacher names

Students who could not identify and name their teachers had 41 points deducted from their score.

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Human rights undermined in Hong Kong, says Ashdown

In report for NGO, former Lib Dem leader says rule of law, democracy and interference by Beijing are areas of concernFreedoms in Hong Kong have been increasingly eroded and human rights have been undermined, according to a report by Paddy Ashdown, the for

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East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

Ship was carrying 136,000 tons of oil that now threatens to pollute some of China’s most important fishing watersThe Iranian oil tanker Sanchi sank off the coast of Shanghai on Sunday, after a week of burning and sending plumes of smoke hundreds of

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Moshe Holtzberg: Boy who survived 2008 attack returns to Mumbai

Moshe Holtzberg, 11, has been living in Israel since being saved from gunmen by his Indian nanny.

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Japanese city on alert for deadly fugu blowfish

The fugu fish, which can be more poisonous than cyanide, was sold without the toxic parts removed.

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Japan: hunt for deadly fugu fish sold in error by supermarket

Loudspeakers across Gamagori warn people not to eat delicacy after five packages were sold without removing poisonous liversA Japanese city has activated an emergency warning system to alert residents to avoid eating locally purchased blowfish after a mix

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China lifts yuan midpoint to highest in over two years

Tuesday's official midpoint was 202 pips, or 0.31 percent — the strongest since Dec.11, 2015.

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Edible insects: Do insects actually taste any good?

Insects are often portrayed as a sustainable superfood - and many are delicious.

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Wallaby captured after hopping across Sydney Harbour Bridge

The unusual sight surprises motorists before prompting a brief chase and some fun online.

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