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VIDEO: The problem with surnames in Japan

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 0:22
related countries: Japan Japan

Japan's Supreme Court is due to rule on two 19th century family laws critics say are sexist and out-of-date.
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Libya rivals hold first meeting

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 2:22
related countries: Libya Libya

Leaders from Libya's two rival parliaments meet for the first time but the signing of a UN-backed plan for a national unity government is put back.
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Colombia agrees key war victims deal

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 2:59
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos hails an agreement with Farc rebels on justice and reparations for war victims as a major step towards peace.
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Oil painting breaks Indian art record

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 3:00
related countries: India India
related places: Mumbai

An oil painting by an Indian artist sells for 293m rupees ($4.4m; £2.9m) at a Christie's auction in Mumbai, setting a new world record for Indian art.
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Malala condemns Trump Muslim remarks

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 3:10
related countries: United States United States

Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai condemns a call by US presidential hopeful Donald Trump to ban Muslims from entering the US, calling his comments "full of hatred".
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LA schools shut over email threat

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 5:13
related countries: United States United States
related places: Los Angeles

More than 1,000 schools in Los Angeles are closed and being searched after receiving an unspecified email threat, say US police.
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Court orders curbs on Delhi pollution

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 8:13
related countries: India India
related places: Delhi

India's Supreme Court announces a slew of measures to curb record pollution levels in the capital, Delhi.
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Japanese women lose surname law case

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 8:36
related countries: Japan Japan

Japan's Supreme Court upholds a 19th-Century law that married couples must have the same surname, a blow to women's rights activists who said it was discriminatory.
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Republican rivals spar over IS fight

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 9:44
related countries: United States United States

Republican presidential candidates focus on national security issues in the first debate since attacks in California and Paris.
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Yemen warring parties 'swap prisoners'

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 10:33
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland, Yemen Yemen

Yemen's warring parties are reported to have exchanged hundreds of prisoners, as UN-brokered peace talks in Switzerland continue.
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A short history of animal politicians

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 10:54
related countries: Russia Russia

A Russian town is backing a grey cat to become mayor - but Barsik is only the latest animal to seek political office.
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Cuban baseball defectors visit Havana

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 11:44
related countries: Cuba Cuba, United States United States
related places: Havana

A group of Cuban baseball players who defected and left to play in the US have been given a rapturous welcome during a short return visit.
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US executions 'lowest in 25 years'

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 12:22
related countries: United States United States

The number of executions in the US is the lowest in nearly 25 years, new figures show, with only 28 people executed in 2015.
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Turkey 'mistreated scores of migrants'

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 12:33
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Amnesty International accuses Turkey of detaining and mistreating scores of migrants, pressuring some of them to return to war zones.
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VIDEO: Syrians starting new lives in the UK

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 13:13
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Members of the Ghulam family from Aleppo speak to the BBC about their hopes and fears for their new life in the UK.
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Xi calls for 'cyber sovereignty'

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 13:49
related countries: China China

The Chinese president says all countries should be free to choose their own internet path, amid criticism of his country's heavy censorship.
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VIDEO: On-air reporter spots robbery suspect

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 13:59
related countries: United States United States
related places: Iowa

A US TV reporter was giving a live update about a bank robbery in Minnesota when the suspect came back to rob it a second time, according to police.
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South Africans march against Zuma

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 14:40
related countries: South Africa South Africa
related places: Zuma

Thousands of people across South Africa are marching to demand President Jacob Zuma is sacked after he last week fired two finance ministers.
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Bank robbery suspect returns on live TV

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 14:53
related countries: United States United States
related places: Iowa

A suspected bank robber in the US returns to the scene of the crime as an Iowa television station conducts a live report.
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Austria arrests in Paris attacks probe

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 15:31
related countries: Austria Austria, France France
related places: Salzburg, Paris

Austrian police arrest two people suspected of having links to the Paris attacks at a centre for refugees in Salzburg, prosecutors say.
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N Korea gives Canadian life in prison

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 16:08
related countries: Canada Canada, North Korea North Korea

North Korea's highest court sentences a Canadian Christian pastor to a life term of hard labour for "crimes against the state".
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German charged over 'Nazi tattoo'

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 16:16
related countries: Germany Germany

A German man is charged with incitement to hatred after he was pictured with a tattoo apparently of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp at a swimming pool.
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Qatari hunters kidnapped in Iraq

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 16:38
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, Qatar Qatar

Gunmen kidnap at least 27 Qatari hunters, including members of the ruling family, in a desert area of Iraq near Saudi Arabia, Iraqi officials say.
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VIDEO: S Africa protests: 'People have to stand up'

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 16:41
related countries: South Africa South Africa

Thousands of people across South Africa are marching to demand President Jacob Zuma is sacked after he last week fired two finance ministers.
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Shares up on US rate rise expectation

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 16:46
related countries: United States United States

Shares and bond markets around the world rise as investors get ready for what is expected to be the first rise in US interest rates in almost a decade.
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Thailand cremates top Buddhist monk

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 17:03
related countries: Thailand Thailand
related places: Bangkok

Thailand cremates its most senior Buddhist monk in a large ceremony in Bangkok - over two years after he died.
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Eagles of Death Metal confirm new dates

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 17:11
related countries: France France
related places: Paris

Eagles of Death Metal announce their rescheduled European tour dates following last month's Paris attacks.
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Surprise at Saudi military coalition plan

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 17:24
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

A number of countries have expressed surprise at being included in Saudi Arabia's planned anti-terror coalition.
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Italian masonic leader Gelli dies

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 17:34
related countries: Italy Italy

Licio Gelli, an Italian financier and self-professed fascist who was linked to several of the country's most troubling episodes, dies at the age of 96.
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VIDEO: Water thrown in Ukrainian government row

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 17:44
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, Georgia Georgia

Ukraine's interior minister publishes video of a spat with former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili
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Russia to suspend Ukraine trade pact

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 19:27
related countries: Ukraine Ukraine, Russia Russia

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that will exclude Ukraine from a free trade zone that includes former Soviet countries from 1 January.
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VIDEO: Trump: 'I am number one by far'

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 19:42
related countries: France France, United States United States
related places: Paris, Republican, California

Donald Trump has been told he would be a "chaos president" by Republican presidential candidacy rival, Jeb Bush.
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'No social media posts' by US attackers

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 19:51
related countries: United States United States
related places: San Bernardino

The San Bernardino attackers did not post support for jihad on open social media, contrary to previous reports, says the FBI.
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US announces major Taiwan arms deal

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 21:57
related countries: Taiwan Taiwan, United States United States, China China

The Obama administration has announced a $1.83bn (£1.22bn) arms sale to Taiwan, in a deal that China says it "strongly opposes".
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VIDEO: Migrants pulled from sea by lifeguards

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 22:55
related countries: Greece Greece

The wave of migrants and refugees arriving in Greece shows no signs of stopping despite the weather, with thousands arriving on a daily basis on the island of Lesbos.
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US Fed raises interest rates by 0.25%

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 23:04
related countries: United States United States

The US Federal Reserve raises interest rates by 0.25 percentage points - its first increase since 2006 - in a move likely to have global repercussions.
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Mistrial in US Freddie Gray case

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 23:22
related countries: United States United States
related places: Baltimore

The judge in the case of a Baltimore police officer on trial over a death in custody declares a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict.
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VIDEO: Spanish PM punched on campaign trail

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 23:27
related countries: Spain Spain

The Spanish prime minister is left bruised after a teenager punched him during a campaigning event.
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The many ways to get arrested for lese majeste in Thailand

Wednesday 16th of December 2015, 23:29
related countries: Thailand Thailand

...and other ways to get arrested for lese majeste in Thailand
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