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China’s parliament approves Hong Kong security law

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA China's parliament has approved a new security law for Hong Kong which would make it a crime to undermine Beijing's authority in the territory.The bill - which now passes to China's senior leadership - has caused deep concern among those who say it could end Hong Kong's unique status.It could also see China installing its own security agencies in the region for the first time.The move
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Crossing Divides: The bomb maker turned peacemaker

[ad_1] Image caption Ali Fauzi is now helping others turn their backs on extremism and intolerance "I am an expert bomb maker. I can make bombs in just five minutes." Ali Fauzi was a key member of Jemaah Islamiyah, a militant group with links to al-Qaeda, which was responsible for Indonesia's worst attack - the 2002 Bali bombing that killed more than 200 people. "My brothers carried out the Bali
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Cocaine and Guinea-Bissau: How Africa’s ‘narco-state’ is trying to kick its habit

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Concern is mounting that Guinea-Bissau's efforts to stem the flow of drugs to Europe and the US have suffered a setback after a military-backed president took office, writes journalist Ricci Shyrock. Court documents show that the loot seized in Guinea-Bissau's largest ever drug bust last September included more than 20 vehicles, among them a "cinnamon coloured" Mercedes Benz, $3m (£2.5m) stashed in bank accounts, $90,000
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Coronavirus: Inside the pro-China network targeting the US, Hong Kong and an exiled tycoon

[ad_1] By Benjamin Strick, Olga Robinson and Shayan Sardarizadeh BBC Africa Eye and BBC Monitoring Hundreds of fake or hijacked social media accounts have been pushing pro-Chinese government messages about the coronavirus pandemic on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, a BBC investigation has found.The network of more than 1,200 accounts has been amplifying negative messages about those critical of China's handling of the outbreak while praising Beijing's response.Although there is no
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Coronavirus: Nightmare spreads through Russia’s care homes

[ad_1] Image caption This care home in Malakhovka near Moscow is closed to visitors and you need your temperature taken just to enter the grounds When Alexei Sidnev saw the horror caused by coronavirus in European care homes he knew he had to act fast. Way back in March, before any lockdown in Russia, he began sealing off the six homes he runs near Moscow and buying-up protective clothing for
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Coronavirus: Professional athletes train in lockdown

[ad_1] In the UK and beyond, professional and Olympic athletes have been striving to maintain their strict training regimes, whilst adhering to lockdown restrictions.Here are photos taken in May showing how some athletes have been maintaining their training routines. Image copyright Denis Balibouse/ Reuters Image caption Climber Petra Klingler trains at home in Bern, Switzerland Image copyright Matthew Childs/ Reuters Image caption An athlete balances on a pilates ball while
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Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,0000

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters The US has passed 100,000 deaths in the coronavirus outbreak, figures from Johns Hopkins University show.It has seen more deaths (currently 100,047) and infections (1.69 million) than any other country.The first US infection surfaced in Washington state on 21 January, in a man who had just returned from China.Globally there have been 5.6 million people confirmed infected and 353,414 deaths since the virus emerged in the
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Coronavirus: How pandemic in US compares to rest of world

[ad_1] Two days after the US recorded its first case of coronavirus, Donald Trump said the situation was "totally under control" and assured the public it was "going to be just fine". Fast forward four months and the virus has spread across all 50 states, leaving a death toll of 100,000 from more than 1.6 million confirmed cases. We've taken a look at how those figures compare to other countries