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Ghost weddings

August 24, 2016 - 2:41am
The alleged murder of two women in China, reportedly so their bodies could be used in ghost weddings, shines a light on an ancient and enduring Chinese ritual.
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Artist Peter Doig wins case over painting he said was not his work

August 24, 2016 - 2:11am
A Chicago court accepts that artist Peter Doig did not paint a landscape, valued at $10m (£7.6m) when it was believed to be by him.
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Danish MPs to visit Australia's detention centre on Nauru

August 24, 2016 - 1:48am
A parliamentary delegation from Demark will visit Australia's offshore detention centre on Nauru to find out if the controversial immigration policy could be rolled out in Europe.
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Varanasi: Floods stop funerals in India holy city

August 24, 2016 - 1:32am
Floods in India's holy city of Varanasi in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh force a halt to cremations along the banks of the river Ganges, officials say.
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China unveils 2020 Mars mission probe and rover

August 24, 2016 - 12:43am
China gives the world a first glimpse of the space probe and rover it plans to use in its first mission to Mars in 2020.
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Donkeys and dogs

August 24, 2016 - 12:42am
Pyongyang's Central Zoo, home to elephants, turtles and a surprisingly large variety of dogs, re-opened its doors after some two years of renovations.
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Russian hackers 'targeted New York Times'

August 23, 2016 - 9:38pm
The FBI is investigating whether Russian hackers have carried out a series of cyber attacks on the New York Times, officials tell US media.
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'It's about freedom': Ban boosts burkini sales 'by 200%'

August 23, 2016 - 8:43pm
The Australian woman credited with creating the burkini says bans on the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit in France have boosted sales.
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Prison ramen

August 23, 2016 - 8:03pm
A new study suggests ramen noodles are now the most valuable prison commodity. Why and how do inmates whip up their own delicacies?
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HIV effort let down by test shortages, says WHO

August 23, 2016 - 7:45pm
A shortage of HIV testing could undermine global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection, warn experts from the World Health Organization.
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Switching allegiances

August 23, 2016 - 7:35pm
In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene ponders whether it matters that Olympians have switched nationalities.
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Tesla's Elon Musk says new car battery is a milestone

August 23, 2016 - 7:28pm
Tesla Motors unveils a new battery pack for its cars that boss Elon Musk says marks a profound milestone for the speed and distance of its electric vehicles.
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Into the lion's den?

August 23, 2016 - 7:19pm
As US Vice-President Joe Biden arrives in the Turkish capital, how do relations between the two countries stand?
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Dreams and despair in the desert: Africa's new gold rush

August 23, 2016 - 7:16pm
The world's newest gold rush is under way in the West African country of Mauritania as thousands rush into the Sahara hoping to strike it rich.
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Gaza's last tiger to leave for new home in South Africa

August 23, 2016 - 7:10pm
Gaza's last tiger Laziz is leaving for a new home and life in a South African sanctuary.
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Female gaze

August 23, 2016 - 7:10pm
Indian woman takes on the trolls after writing in defence of the female gaze.
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Hundreds of thousands of dead fish wash up in New Jersey

August 23, 2016 - 6:15pm
Hundreds of thousands of fish, commonly known as peanut bunker fish, have washed up dead in a New Jersey creek.
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Louisiana floods: Obama 'heartbroken' after tour

August 23, 2016 - 6:05pm
President Barack Obama tours the flood-ravaged areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he vowed to help residents rebuild in the coming months.
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Cat 'adopts' baby squirrel monkey

August 23, 2016 - 6:05pm
A baby squirrel monkey, who was rejected by her mother, has been cared for by a cat.
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Rio police 'find Olympic ticket emails'

August 23, 2016 - 5:25pm
Emails linking IOC (International Olympic Committee) member Pat Hickey to the head of a company alleged to have resold Olympic tickets have been found, say police in Rio.
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