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South Africa struggles to net abalone poachers

The illegal trade of abalone, a type of giant sea snail, has increased in South Africa in recent years. It is estimated that about 4,000 tonnes of abolone is caught in South Africa annually, which is about 20 times over the … Continue reading

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Nepal asks Canadian to leave over social media posts

A Canadian living and working in Nepal has been ordered to leave the country within two days after criticising the government on social media, according to a Nepali official. Robert Penner, a computer programmer working for CloudFactory, an outsourcing company, … Continue reading

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Heavy downpour causes flooding around southeast Europe

Heavy rains have caused flooding around southeast Europe with some of the heaviest downpours affecting the Balkans, bringing disruption back to the region that was badly hit just six weeks ago. Swollen rivers are threatening to break their banks in … Continue reading

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Life term for Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s murder

An Israeli court has handed down a life sentence to the ringleader of a Jewish gang who kidnapped, attacked and burned alive a Palestinian teenager in 2014. Yosef Haim Ben-David, 31, was handed a life sentence for killing 16-year-old Mohammed … Continue reading

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Brazil’s WhatsApp ban affects 100 million users

A Brazilian judge has ordered mobile-phone carriers to block access to WhatsApp for 72 hours throughout the country, the second such move against the messaging application in five months. Monday’s decision affects WhatsApp’s 100 million-plus users in the country. The … Continue reading

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Five held for desecrating Sikh man’s turban in Pakistan

Five people appeared in a Pakistani court accused of blasphemy after a Sikh man complained they had desecrated his turban during a scuffle over a delayed bus. Mahindar Pal Singh, 29, went to police after the clash on Sunday during … Continue reading

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Mass arrests reported in Indonesia’s restive Papua

Nearly 2,000 pro-independence demonstrators were arrested by police in Indonesia’s eastern province of Papua over the past week before most of them were released. The mass arrests coincided with the run-up to the anniversary of the territory’s integration into Indonesia. … Continue reading

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World Press Freedom Day: Beware of dictatorial viruses

One of the most stunning developments of the “internet age” is that nations’ may share more quickly the richness of their poets, artists, musicians and journalists – almost in a flash across cultures, geography, beliefs and political systems. For journalists, … Continue reading

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Hungary to hold referendum on refugee quotas

Hungary plans to hold a referendum on future European Union quotas for resettling refugees, the prime minister’s cabinet has said, the latest anti-refugee move by the right-wing government. Cabinet minister Antal Rogan said on Tuesday that after the parliament gives … Continue reading

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Syrian army ‘violates’ Ghouta truce as rebels clash

Syrian government forces have launched air strikes in the Eastern Ghouta region of the Damascus countryside despite a temporary ceasefire, while rival rebel groups are gripped in violent clashes between one another, local sources have told Al Jazeera.   Government … Continue reading

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