China raises heat over foreign investment

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fosun International bought Championship side Wolves last year for £45m Shares in two of China’s biggest conglomerates, Fosun International and HNA, fell by about 6% on Thursday, amid rumours that banks had been ordered to assess their loan exposure to them. Fosun bought Wolverhampton Wanderers football club last year, […]

India drops sedition charges against ‘Pakistan cricket fans’

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Pakistan beat India by 180 runs Indian police have dropped sedition charges against 15 Muslim men arrested for allegedly shouting “anti-India and pro-Pakistan” slogans during the Champions Trophy cricket final. Police in Madhya Pradesh state told reporters sedition was “hard to prove”. The men have been charged with “disturbing communal […]

Deadly car bomb targets Afghan bank

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At least 20 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a car bomb explosion outside a bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials say. Armed attackers have entered the bank and a gun battle is going on with security forces, Tolo News reports. Civilians and members of the security forces are reportedly […]

India drops sedition charges against ‘Pakistan cricket fans’

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Pakistan beat India by 180 runs Indian police have dropped sedition charges against 15 Muslim men arrested for allegedly shouting “anti-India and pro-Pakistan” slogans during the Champions Trophy cricket final. Police in Madhya Pradesh state told reporters sedition was “hard to prove”. The men have been charged with “disturbing communal […]

‘Devil wheel’ rider: It makes me happy

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Karmila Purba is the first female “devil wheel” rider on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. She began performing with a travelling show when she was just 12 years old. Each night she entertains crowds by riding a motorbike around the vertical wall. Video by Haryo Wirawan. ‘Devil wheel’ rider: It makes me happy}

China cracks down on toothpick crossbow toys

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Image copyright 1688.com If you think fidget spinners can be dangerous toys, wait until you come across a kid playing with a toothpick crossbow – and then take cover. The new gadget toy appears to be selling like hotcakes in China – much to the horror of concerned parents across the country. The tiny crossbows […]

Syria conflict: Australia resumes anti-IS air raids

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Image copyright Australian Defence Force Image caption An RAAF crew prepare to take-off in F/A-18E Super Hornets Australia has said it will resume its military air operations over Syria. A temporary suspension was declared on Tuesday after Russia warned it would treat aircraft from the US-led coalition as potential targets. That warning came after the […]

Pentagon ‘wasted $28m’ on Afghan camouflaged uniforms

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Afghan National Army troops keep guard during a gunfight in Kunduz province US taxpayers unnecessarily spent $28m on uniforms for the Afghan National Army, according to the US inspector general tasked with overseeing the war. In a scathing report, John Sopko said that officials bought “forest” pattern uniforms, despite […]

Australian politician criticised for remarks about autism

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Image copyright Australian Senate Image caption Australian Senator Pauline Hanson has a history of making polarising comments Controversial Australian politician Pauline Hanson is facing calls to apologise for suggesting students with autism be removed from classrooms. Her comments were widely criticised by government MPs, the opposition and disability rights advocates. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is […]

‘Devil wheel’ rider: It makes me happy

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Karmila Purba is the first female “devil wheel” rider on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. She began performing with a travelling show when she was just 12 years old. Each night she entertains crowds by riding a motorbike around the vertical wall. Video by Haryo Wirawan. ‘Devil wheel’ rider: It makes me happy}