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China’s third quarter growth misses expectations at 6.5%

China’s third quarter growth misses expectations at 6.5%

Image copyright Getty Images China has reported its slowest quarterly growth rate since the global financial crisis. The growth figure for the July to September quarter was 6.5% from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The result fell short of analyst forecasts of 6.6%. Policymakers have moved to support the cooling economy […]

Top Afghan commander Raziq killed in Kandahar gun attack

Top Afghan commander Raziq killed in Kandahar gun attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gen Raziq (C) was a powerful opponent of the Taliban A top Afghan security commander, Kandahar police chief Gen Abdul Raziq, has been shot dead by a bodyguard. Taliban militants claimed the attack after a high-level meeting inside the governor’s compound, saying they had targeted Gen Raziq and top US […]

US commander survives Afghan gun attack in which police chief dies

US commander survives Afghan gun attack in which police chief dies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US General Scott Miller was unharmed in the attack, Nato said A senior US commander has narrowly escaped a gun attack in which top Afghan security officials were killed. The gunman, reported to be acting as a bodyguard, opened fire as officials left a meeting in Kandahar province. Provincial police […]

Add oil: Encouraging Chinese phrase enters English dictionary

“Jia you” is a Mandarin Chinese expression used in cheers at sporting events and rallies or to encourage someone. In Cantonese, it’s “ga yau”. Now the English translation – “add oil” – has been recognised by the Oxford English Dictionary. Video by Tessa Wong. Add oil: Encouraging Chinese phrase enters English dictionary}

Cherry blossoms bloom unexpectedly in Japan

Cherry blossoms bloom unexpectedly in Japan

Image copyright NHK Image caption Cherry blossoms have been spotted in parts of Tokyo this autumn Some of Japan’s famed cherry blossoms, also known as sakura, have bloomed unexpectedly this autumn. The famous pink and white flowers are typically visible for about two weeks in the spring – a phenomenon tourists from around the world […]

Danish Kaneria admits spot-fixing after six years and apologises to Essex

Danish Kaneria admits spot-fixing after six years and apologises to Essex

Kaneria, who spent six seasons at Essex, has now apologised to the club and former team-mates Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria has admitted he spot-fixed after six years of denial. The 37-year-old has also apologised to former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield, who was sent to jail after Kaneria encouraged him to spot-fix. Essex Police say […]

Mother Mushroom: Vietnam releases well-known dissident into US exile

Mother Mushroom: Vietnam releases well-known dissident into US exile

Image copyright Vietnam Bloggers Network Image caption Mother Mushroom was allowed to take her family to the US with her The high-profile Vietnamese dissident and writer known as Mother Mushroom has arrived in the US with her children and mother after being released from jail. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh left Vietnam on Wednesday to fly […]

Sabarimala: Mobs attack women near India Hindu temple

Sabarimala: Mobs attack women near India Hindu temple

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many of the protesters against women entering the temple are women themselves Crowds of angry Hindu devotees have prevented women from entering one of Hinduism’s holiest temples despite a historic Supreme Court ruling. Crowds of agitated protesters in Kerala attacked female devotees, many of whom turned back as a […]

MJ Akbar: India minister quits after #MeToo allegations

MJ Akbar: India minister quits after #MeToo allegations

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Akbar has not responded to the allegations against him India’s junior foreign minister MJ Akbar has resigned after numerous women accused him of sexual harassment and assault, officials have confirmed. The former prominent newspaper editor is the most high profile figure to be named in what is being […]

Chinese woman kills herself and children after husband ‘fakes death’

Chinese woman kills herself and children after husband ‘fakes death’

Image copyright Weibo Image caption The man’s alleged plan to claim an insurance payout went tragically wrong A man in China whose wife killed herself and their two children after he allegedly faked his own death for an insurance payout has surrendered to police. The 34-year-old was presumed dead after his car was found in […]

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