Asia feels the burn as virus keeps Chinese tourists at home

Asia feels the burn as virus keeps Chinese tourists at home

Asia is facing billions of dollars in losses from a collapse in Chinese tourism since the outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus. Tour guides, mall workers and restaurant staff are all feeling the burn as Chinese -- the world's biggest travellers --...
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Unchained melody: Traditional music revived as security improves

Unchained melody: Traditional music revived as security improves

For years the distinctive twang of Pashtun music was drowned out by rattling gunfire and deafening explosions as musicians in Pakistan's northwest were targeted by militants. But, as security improves, a centuries-old tribal tradition is staging a...
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Vietnam holds first national cat show

Vietnam holds first national cat show

Different breeds of cats — ranging from Persians to British Shorthairs to massive Maine Coons — are featured in an inaugural show in Vietnam organised by the World Cat Federation.
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Burnt to the bone: Uganda's acid attack survivors seek justice

Burnt to the bone: Uganda's acid attack survivors seek justice

According to the NGO ‘End Acid Violence’, 42 acid attacks took place in Uganda in 2018. But the country’s police have only 4 such cases on record for the same year, indicating that the majority of these incidents go unrecorded.
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'Parasite' director Bong Joon-ho returns to South Korea

'Parasite' director Bong Joon-ho returns to South Korea

Film director Bong Joon-ho returns from the US to South Korea after the unprecedented Oscar haul for his black comedy 'Parasite' which shattered a 92-year-old glass ceiling and opened a new era for Korean and other foreign films on the global stage.
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Iraq protesters rally in Karbala for one of their own to become PM

Iraq protesters rally in Karbala for one of their own to become PM

Hundreds of Iraqis rally in Karbala to support a protest leader they want as prime minister instead of current premier-designate Mohammad Allawi, whom they see as too close to the ruling class. Students hit the streets carrying photos of Alaa al-...
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Americans evacuated from Diamond Princess Cruise ship in Japan as virus cases hit 355

Americans evacuated from Diamond Princess Cruise ship in Japan as virus cases hit 355

Images show American tourists on buses leaving the port where their quarantined cruise ship is docked in Japan, to board chartered flights home as the number of new coronavirus cases diagnosed on the vessel jumped to 355. The Diamond Princess was ...
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DRC: at least 10 dead and 41 injured in road accident in Kinshasa

DRC: at least 10 dead and 41 injured in road accident in Kinshasa

At least 10 people were killed and 41 injured on Sunday in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, when a lorry ploughed into vehicles and pedestrians due to a brake failure, according to an inital police report.
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Linda Pani performs the Flight of the Angel in Venice

Linda Pani performs the Flight of the Angel in Venice

Young Venetian Linda Pani performs the Flight of the Angel in St Mark's Square for Venice's carnival. Revellers parade the city's streets in period costumes while drummers perform.
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Customers stay away from world’s Chinatowns over coronavirus fears

Customers stay away from world’s Chinatowns over coronavirus fears

Customers stay away from world’s Chinatowns over coronavirus fears
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Coronavirus in France: quarantine ends for a second group of returnees from Wuhan

Coronavirus in France: quarantine ends for a second group of returnees from Wuhan

After 14 days of quarantine in a holiday resort in Carry-le-Rouet, near Marseille, a group of people evacuated from Wuhan in China are allowed to leave.
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Strong winds and waves as storm Dennis hits western France

Strong winds and waves as storm Dennis hits western France

After wreaking havoc in Great Britain, storm Dennis hits the western France region of Brittany. Onlookers watch the waves battering the coast as a few intrepid surfers brave the elements.
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Americans leave quarantined Japan ship as virus cases hit 355

Americans leave quarantined Japan ship as virus cases hit 355

Images show the Diamond Princess vessel at port in Yokohama as American tourists prepare to leave the quarantined cruise ship to board chartered flights home as the number of new coronavirus cases diagnosed on the vessel jumped to 355. The Diamond...
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Tourist industries take a hit from coronavirus: Thailand

Tourist industries take a hit from coronavirus: Thailand

Fear of the coronavirus and travel restrictions on Chinese tourists have had a deep impact on Pattaya, one of Thailand's top tourist towns, during peak season. ATTENTION: CONTAINS
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In 'mini Kabul', Afghan refugees mark 40 years in Pakistan

In 'mini Kabul', Afghan refugees mark 40 years in Pakistan

Afghan boys sell fresh fruit on carts, signs are written in Dari or Pashto, and restaurants in the bustling bazaar sell Afghan dishes such as Kabuli pulao. But this "mini Kabul" is in Pakistan, which this week marks 40 years of hosting Afghan refu...
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Parasite director Bong Joon-ho returns to South Korea

Parasite director Bong Joon-ho returns to South Korea

Fresh from his Oscars triumph for 'Parasite', film director Bong Joon-ho returns from the US to South Korea.
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Second group of Wuhan evacuees leave quarantine in France

Second group of Wuhan evacuees leave quarantine in France

After two weeks in quarantine, people repatriated from the Chinese city of Wuhan leave the seaside resort of Carry-le-Rouet by bus. They are the second wave of evacuees to be able to leave the French centre.
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God save the pub: Britons rally to rescue local watering holes

God save the pub: Britons rally to rescue local watering holes

Pubs have been closing their doors in large numbers across the UK in recent years, with property prices, taxes and a decline in drinking among the young all contributing to the trend. But some pubs like Ye Olde Cross in Yorkshire are reinventing t...
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Thailand: 10,000 monks pray for victims of mass shooting

Thailand: 10,000 monks pray for victims of mass shooting

10,000 Thai monks pray in Nakhon Ratchasima a week after a mass shooting that left 29 people dead.
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Hundreds marry at mass Valentine's Day wedding in Nicaragua

Hundreds marry at mass Valentine's Day wedding in Nicaragua

More than 400 hundred couples have married at a mass wedding in the capital of Nicaragua. The ceremony was free for those attending and supported by the government. Nicaragua is one of the world's poorest nations.
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Kazakh violence puts spotlight on Chinese Muslim minority

Kazakh violence puts spotlight on Chinese Muslim minority

Residents of the Dungan village of Masanchi in Kazakhstan clean up after the February 7 rampage, which resulted in 11 deaths, and saw hundreds of ethnic Kazakh assailants set fire to dozens of homes, shops and livestock in the village inhabited by...
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Serbia: Couples take part in annual longest kiss contest on Valentine's Day

Serbia: Couples take part in annual longest kiss contest on Valentine's Day

Thirteen couples take part in the 12th annual longest kiss contest called "Kiss me" on Valentine's day, in Vrnjacka Banja, South of Serbia. The winners, Irena and Djordje Bozic, who've won the contest five times in a row, set a new record of 112 m...
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Feminist groups hold protest after murder of woman

Feminist groups hold protest after murder of woman

Mexican feminists chose Valentine’s Day to lead a protest against the murder of Ingrid Escamilla and femicides across the country this Friday. They protested in front of several newspapers’ headquarters who published photos of the mutilated corpse...
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France: Ski resort workers protest unemployment insurance reform

France: Ski resort workers protest unemployment insurance reform

"We're going down the mountain to get rid of Macron". Some 200 seasonal workers are mobilizing in a good-natured atmosphere on their way to the ski resorts in Savoie in the French Alps to alert tourists to the expected repercussions of the unemplo...
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COVID-19 patient dies in France, first death outside Asia

COVID-19 patient dies in France, first death outside Asia

"This is the first coronavirus death outside Asia," says Agnès Byzun after the death of the 80-year-old patient who was hospitalised in Paris.
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10,000 Thai monks pray one week after mass shooting in Bangkok

10,000 Thai monks pray one week after mass shooting in Bangkok

10,000 Thai monks pray one week after a mass shooting that claimed 29 people lives in Bangkok.
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Mexicans protest against gender violence after murder of young woman

Mexicans protest against gender violence after murder of young woman

Feminist groups launch protests against gender violence in Mexico City following the murder of Ingrid Escamilla.
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Women outraged by femicide protest at Mexico's presidential palace

Women outraged by femicide protest at Mexico's presidential palace

Feminist groups launch fierce protests and scrawl graffiti in front of the Mexican presidential palace in protest of the growing femicide and gender violence, following the brutal murder of a young woman in Mexico City that has shocked the country.
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Africa Weekly 14/02/2020

Africa Weekly 14/02/2020

This week on Africa Weekly, we go to Zamfara in northwestern Nigeria, where local citizens in defence militias have reached a peace deal to end decades of conflict. Then, we head to Ethiopia, where the government's efforts are failing to create jo...
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Greta Thunberg attends climate strike in Stockholm

Greta Thunberg attends climate strike in Stockholm

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a strike for the climate event in central Stockholm, addressing young residents of the capital who came to see her speak.
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Parkland holds moment of silence for shooting victims on two-year anniversary

Parkland holds moment of silence for shooting victims on two-year anniversary

A moment of silence is observed at 2:21pm in Parkland, Florida, when the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School began 2 years ago, leaving 17 students and faculty members dead.
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Harvey Weinstein leaves court after prosecution's closing arguments

Harvey Weinstein leaves court after prosecution's closing arguments

Harvey Weinstein leaves court after prosecutors deliver closing arguments before jurors begin considering Weinstein's fate on Tuesday next week. Weinstein faces life imprisonment if convicted of predatory sexual assault charges in the high-profile...
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Cambodia PM welcomes cruise passengers disembarking after two weeks at sea over virus fears

Cambodia PM welcomes cruise passengers disembarking after two weeks at sea over virus fears

Passengers on a cruise ship that was turned away from ports around Asia over fears they could be carrying the new coronavirus finally began disembarking in Cambodia on Friday. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says the country may not have much we...
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French handball team says pregnancy testing 'in interest' of players

French handball team says pregnancy testing 'in interest' of players

"Nothing was done in an underhand way, and above all it was really in our interest as players," says French handball player Camille Ayglon-Saurina, the day after the Association of Professional Handball Players (AJPH) denounced pregnancy testing c...
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New Valentine's Day artwork by Banksy in Bristol

New Valentine's Day artwork by Banksy in Bristol

A new street artwork by Banksy, showing a young girl firing a slingshot of flowers, appears on a building in Bristol.
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Tractors snarl Valencia as farmers demand fair prices

Tractors snarl Valencia as farmers demand fair prices

Thousands of Spanish farmers protest in Valencia, their tractors gridlocking the streets of Spain's third-largest city as they demanded "fair prices" for their products.
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In London, a "chewing gum artist" makes miniature marvels from throwaway culture

In London, a "chewing gum artist" makes miniature marvels from throwaway culture

Lying on a footbridge spanning London's River Thames, Ben Wilson puts the final touches to his latest creation: a miniature painting on chewing gum, stuck to the steel structure. For the past 15 years, this 57-year-old Englishman has been going ar...
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Harvey Weinstein arrives at court for prosecution's closing argument

Harvey Weinstein arrives at court for prosecution's closing argument

Disgraced entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York Criminal Court for the prosecution's closing argument in his weeks-long sexual assault trial.
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Four Honduran police officers killed in shootout to free gang leader

Four Honduran police officers killed in shootout to free gang leader

Four police officers are killed and four injured in a shootout in northern Honduras when members of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang manage to free one of their leaders, Alexander Mendoza.
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From animals to man: the emergence of a new coronavirus

From animals to man: the emergence of a new coronavirus

Updated videographic on the new coronavirus. Six medical workers are among the latest victims in China of the novel coronavirus as the death toll nears 1,400.
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Robot waitress serves up smiles in war-torn Afghanistan

Robot waitress serves up smiles in war-torn Afghanistan

Afghanistan's first-ever robot waitress is serving curious diners in central Kabul. Restaurant manager Mohammad Rafi Shirzad says the humanoid robot, imported from Japan and designed to look vaguely like a women wearing a hijab, has already pulled...
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Afghans celebrate Valentine's Day in Kabul

Afghans celebrate Valentine's Day in Kabul

Images of Afghans preparing bouquets of flowers and decorating their cars for Valentine's Day in Kabul.
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Bad romance: Virus fears dampen Valentine's Day in HK

Bad romance: Virus fears dampen Valentine's Day in HK

The scent of flowers fills the air at a flower market in Hong Kong but business is bad and the mood is subdued with people worried about the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Paris mayoral candidate slams 'threat to democracy' amid Griveaux sex video scandal

Paris mayoral candidate slams 'threat to democracy' amid Griveaux sex video scandal

Cédric Villani, the dissident ex-LREM candidate for mayor of Paris, posts a tweet in reaction to the announcement that Benjamin Griveaux has withdrawn his candidacy for the local elections in March 2020. Griveaux withdrew after the release of a se...
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Coronaviruses

Coronaviruses

Updated videographic on coronaviruses. The death toll from China's virus epidemic neared 1,400 on Friday with six medical workers among the victims, underscoring the country's struggle to contain a deepening health crisis.
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Hong Kong doctor battles coronavirus on isolation wards

Hong Kong doctor battles coronavirus on isolation wards

Alfred Wong is a Hong Kong doctor who has volunteered to work in isolation wards treating coronavirus patients. It's a job that requires many sacrifices, including being separated from his wife.
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Macron's candidate for Paris mayor withdraws over sex video

Macron's candidate for Paris mayor withdraws over sex video

Emmanuel Macron's candidate for Paris mayor, Benjamin Griveaux, withdraws from the race over a leaked sex video, in a blow for the French president's party ahead of March local elections.
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Permafrost

Permafrost

Videographic on permafrost. Last month was the hottest January on record, surpassing a previous high recorded in 2016, the US climate service said Thursday.
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