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  1. India bans broadcast of BBC film showing gang-rapist

    India bans broadcast of BBC film showing gang-rapist

    New Delhi (AFP) - India has banned the broadcast of a controversial documentary in which one of the men who gang-raped and murdered a student is shown blaming the victim -- a move the film's maker called "arbitrary censorship".

  2. China plans rural land reform trial

    China plans rural land reform trial

    Beijing (AFP) - China will carry out a groundbreaking trial programme that may allow farmers to sell land, a senior official said Wednesday, a step towards liberalising rural real estate transactions currently monopolised by the government.

  3. Kerry, Iran FM in new nuclear talks

    Kerry, Iran FM in new nuclear talks

    Montreux (Switzerland) (AFP) - The US and Iran ignored a passionate plea from the Israeli prime minister to ditch their nuclear negotiations and launched a third straight day of talks Wednesday seeking a framework deal in a few weeks.

  4. Australians on Indonesia death row arrive on execution island

    Australians on Indonesia death row arrive on execution island

    Cilacap (Indonesia) (AFP) - Two Australian drug smugglers were taken Wednesday to an Indonesian island where they will be executed despite frantic diplomatic efforts to save them, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia was "revolted" by their looming deaths.

  5. Turkish Airlines plane skids off Nepal runway

    Turkish Airlines plane skids off Nepal runway

    Kathmandu (AFP) - A Turkish Airlines plane carrying 224 passengers had to be evacuated after it missed the runway on landing at Kathmandu airport on Wednesday and skidded onto nearby grassland.

  6. Royal prank radio station faces losing licence

    Royal prank radio station faces losing licence

    Sydney (AFP) - An Australian High Court ruling Wednesday opened the door for a radio station at the centre of a royal hoax call controversy to face penalties including losing its licence.

  7. MH370 families trapped in 'black hole' one year later

    MH370 families trapped in 'black hole' one year later

    Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Chinese businessman Li Hua suffered a stroke, has considered suicide, and his wife has been hospitalised with heart trouble, all since their daughter went missing on flight MH370.

  8. Father says no proof his son is 'Jihadi John'

    Father says no proof his son is 'Jihadi John'

    Kuwait City (AFP) - The father of "Jihadi John" said in an interview published Wednesday that there was no proof that his son was the Islamic State executioner, adding there were a number of "false rumours" circulating.

  9. 450 killed in China's Xinjiang last year, mostly Uighurs: group

    450 killed in China's Xinjiang last year, mostly Uighurs: group

    Beijing (AFP) - More than 450 people were killed in China's restive mainly Muslim Xinjiang region last year, a rights group said -- with three times as many deaths among members of the Uighur minority than ethnic Han Chinese.

  10. Woodpecker takes weasel on wild ride

    Woodpecker takes weasel on wild ride

    An extraordinary photograph of a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker that seems almost too incredible to be true, is not photoshopped, according to the British man who snapped the now-viral photo.

  11. US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

    US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

    Manila (AFP) - Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Wednesday he had found one of Japan's biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, some 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II.

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