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Xi Jinping is the first Chinese leader to visit Nepal in decades — why and what’s at stake?

Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Nepal over the weekend for a two-day state visit — the first by a Chinese leader to the Himalayan country in 23 years. Nepalese officials had prepared a wish list of 11 projects for Mr Xi, who arrived fresh from meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Nepal had hoped for an infrastructure boost involving ...

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Donald Trump attacks see Hunter Biden step down from Chinese company board

The son of former US vice-president Joe Biden has announced that he will step down from the board of a Chinese-backed private equity company amid fierce attacks by President Donald Trump. Hunter Biden, the 49-year-old son of Mr Biden, revealed his plan in an internet post written by his lawyer, George Mesires. The post defended Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine ...

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Syria’s refugees flee to cities without food or water as Turkish forces advance

In north-east Syria, Lazgin Ahmed and his infant daughter Ilana are among an exodus of Kurds fleeing the advance of Turkish forces. He left his border town of Darbassiyah a week ago and has moved south, away from the shelling. He is now sharing a mudbrick home with two other families, and is struggling to find food and water. “The ...

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Japan typhoon Hagibis death toll rises to 66 as rescuers continue search for missing

The death toll in the worst typhoon to hit Japan for decades has climbed to 66 as rescuers slogged through mud and debris in an increasingly grim search for the missing, and as thousands of homes remained without power or water. Typhoon Hagibis slammed into the nation on Saturday night but even before it arrived it had brought hours of ...

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Dutch family found locked away after nine years in secret farmhouse room

Five siblings and a man believed to be their father are receiving medical treatment after Dutch police discovered them locked away in a secret room at an isolated farm, officials in the Netherlands say. The five siblings, estimated at 18 to 25 years of age, and a man they identified as their ailing father were found near Ruinerwold, a village ...

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The Kurds – a bitter history of betrayal

Donald Trump has given the green light for a Turkish invasion of Kurdish territory. He’s not the first US leader to turn his back on this ethnic group The old Kurdish proverb is quoted so often that it would be hackneyed if it were not so true. An ethnic minority of about 30 million people spread across the Middle East, ...

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Bomb kills Kenyan police near Somali border

Several Kenyan police officers were killed on Saturday when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb near the Somali border, authorities said. “Unfortunately we lost some officers and the vehicle they were travelling in has been severely damaged,” said the Kenyan chief of police, Hilary Mutyambai, without giving an exact number of fatalities. Another police source who asked not to be ...

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Army deployed in Ecuador as protests descend into violence

Demonstrators in capital Quito attack television station and national government buildings President Lenín Moreno ordered the army on to the streets of Ecuador’s capital Quito after a week and a half of protests over fuel prices devolved into violent incidents, with masked protesters attacking a television station, newspaper and the national auditor’s office. Moreno said the military enforced curfew would ...

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Is the world ready for virtual graffiti?

Imagine a world that’s filled with invisible graffiti. Open an app, point your phone at a wall, and blank brick or cement becomes a canvas. Create art with digital spraypaint and stencils, and an augmented reality system will permanently store its location and placement, creating the illusion of real street art. If friends or social media followers have the app, ...

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Trump threatens to sue top Democrats Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi amid impeachment inquiry

President Donald Trump threatened on Saturday night to sue top congressional Democrats Rep. Adam Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amid the House impeachment inquiry into the President. Trump, who has a long track record of calling for lawsuits against his critics and not following through, said, “We’re going to take a look at it. We’re going after these people. ...

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