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Chinese social media users are voicing their outrage after the prosecution of an American who stole a thumb from a Chinese Terracotta Warrior ended in a mistrial. Michael Rohana, 24, admitted taking a thumb from a statue in Pennsylvania in December 2017. It was during a visiting exhibition at the Franklin...
Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union say they intend to terminate Israel Folau's contract after a social media post by the full-back in which he said "hell awaits" gay people. Folau, 30, has 73 caps and was expected to play at this year's World Cup. "He does not speak for...
Amazon, Apple and Google all employ staff who listen to customer voice recordings from their smart speakers and voice assistant apps. News site Bloomberg highlighted the topic after speaking to Amazon staff who "reviewed" Alexa recordings. All three companies say voice recordings are occasionally reviewed to improve speech recognition. But...
Japan's Olympics Minister Yoshitaka Sakurada has resigned over comments that offended people affected by a huge tsunami and earthquake in 2011. At a fund-raising event, he suggested that backing the governing LDP member of parliament for the region was more important than its economic revival. It is not the first time...
A Taiwanese woman was found by doctors to have four small sweat bees living inside her eye, the first such incident on the island. The 28-year-old woman, identified only as Ms He, was pulling out weeds when the insects flew into her eyes. Dr Hong Chi Ting of the Fooyin University...
The authorities in Pakistan have allowed foreign media and defence attach├ęs to visit the site of a disputed Indian air strike in February. They were given access to an Islamic school in Balakot, where Indian media say militants were killed in retaliation for an attack in Kashmir. The large building appeared...
Algerian police used water cannon on Tuesday to disperse crowds demonstrating against the appointment of a new interim president. Abdelkader Bensalah, the speaker of parliament's upper house, succeeds long-term President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned last week. Peaceful demonstrations have been taking place for weeks, but many protesters want more radical change.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has told the BBC that peace with India over the disputed territory of Kashmir would be "tremendous" for the wider region. Mr Khan, a former cricketer who became leader eight months ago, said the nuclear-armed neighbours could only settle their differences with dialogue. The comments come...
The Dalai Lama has been admitted to hospital in the Indian capital, Delhi, with a chest infection, but is reported to be in a stable condition. His private aide Tenzin Taklha said he was flown to Delhi from his hill town base after complaining of discomfort. The 83-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader...
Carlos Ghosn's family lawyer has said the former Nissan boss is being "held hostage" by the Japanese legal system. Jessica Finelle told the BBC Mr Ghosn's "arbitrary detention" violated his right to a fair trial and says a complaint has been filed with the UN. She said the standard of his...

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