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Japanese ski resort hit by avalanche after volcanic eruption – video

A Japanese ski resort has been struck by an avalanche after a nearby volcano erupted. One person has died and at least 12 others have been injured. Footage shows skiers trapped by the avalanche. As well as the snow, volcanic rocks fell from Mount Kusatsu-

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Indian education minister dismisses theory of evolution

Scientists condemn Satyapal Singh for saying ‘Darwin’s theory is scientifically wrong’India’s minister for higher education has been condemned by scientists for demanding the theory of evolution be removed from school curricula

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US air wars under Trump: increasingly indiscriminate, increasingly opaque

Lack of transparency over looser rules of engagement is hallmark of administration, writes Julian BorgerThe escalating air war in Somalia is part of a global pattern of an ever broader and unfettered use of air power that has it roots in the Obama adminis

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Japan: avalanche engulfs skiers after volcano erupts at ski resort

Rescuers search for missing skier after rocks rain down on the slopes of Kusatsu-Shirane, injuring fifteen peopleSkiers in Japan have been injured and one is missing after a volcano erupted near a ski resort, triggering an avalanche and sending rocks rain

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Sweden summons Chinese ambassador over 'kidnapping' of Gui Minhai

Sweden’s foreign minister says the situation has worsened since the bookseller was taken by police while travelling on a train to BeijingSweden has summoned China’s ambassador to Stockholm to explain the dramatic snatching of a Swedish books

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Jimmy Carr criticised for saying New Zealand city needs earthquake to look better

Comedian branded insensitive for tweet that Dunedin, the country’s oldest city, would benefit from a rebuildBritish comedian Jimmy Carr has caused offence in New Zealand by suggesting the country’s oldest city – Dunedin – could

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Pakistani student kills school head in blasphemy law row

Boy had argued with college principal after missing classes to attend protestsA Pakistani student shot and killed his school principal in a dispute that stemmed from the student missing classes to attend rallies supporting strict blasphemy laws. Sareer Ah

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Bodies of second world war sailors in Java sea 'dumped in mass grave'

Illegal metal scavengers accused of disposing of remains from British and Dutch warshipsThe remains of second world war sailors who died on British and Dutch warships in the Java sea were secretly dumped in an anonymous mass grave by modern-day metal scav

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New Zealand 'six degrees of separation' experiment reaches PM Jacinda Ardern

Prime minister receives 18 letters from school children whose messages were only allowed to pass through a maximum of five sets of handsA New Zealand school experiment to prove the six degrees of separation theory has outdone itself by getting 18 letters

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Taliban claim responsibility for Kabul hotel attack – video report

At least six people have been killed in an attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen, who were reportedly wearing suicide vests, entered the hotel on Saturday evening and began shooting before taking a number of staff and guests hostage. The

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US shutdown exposes 'chaotic political system', China's news agency says

Xinhua commentary questions ‘viability and legitimacy’ of western democracy in broadside aimed at Trump administrationThe shutdown of the US government exposes “chronic flaws” in the country’s political system, Chinaâ€

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Jan Koum got the idea for $19 billion WhatsApp after missing too many iPhone calls at the gym

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum says he co-founded the company in 2009 so he wouldn't miss calls on his iPhone while at the gym.

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'Buy a flat, meet Trump Jr' offer criticised as 'ethics atrocity'

Trump Towers project in India lures investors with offer of meeting US president’s sonThe developers behind a Trump Towers project near the Indian capital, Delhi, are offering to fly the first 100 investors in the property to the US to meet Donald

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Mother and daughter shot dead while immunising kids from polio in Pakistan

Prime minister condemns attack by gunmen in south-western city of Quetta, where two policemen also died in separate incidentGunmen have shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were immunising children against polio in Pakistan’s south-western

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Al-Qaida moves in to recruit from Islamic State and its affiliates

Switch of loyalties seen as a key indicator of resilience of Isis as it evolves after territorial collapseAl-Qaida has been trying to win over extremists from Islamic State, while the Isis “caliphate” collapses amid heavy losses of men, materi

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Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand prime minister pregnant with first child

Labour PM says deputy Winston Peters will take over for six weeks when baby is born in JuneNew Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has announced she is pregnant with her first child.Ardern, who was sworn in to office in October, said in a Fac

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