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‘Afghan Justin Trudeau’ finds fame on TV talent show

Media captionAbdul Salam Maftoon, right, on being compared to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau One is the leader of a G7 nation and the other is a wedding singer, but their striking likeness could sway a TV talent contest in Afghanistan. Abdul Salam Maftoon from north-east Afghanistan has won fame for his resemblance to Canadian […]

China’s weakening trade figures should concern us all

Image copyright Getty Images If China wanted to appease Donald Trump’s ever-present anger at its trade surplus with the United States, the latest trade figures won’t work to calm him down. China’s exports to the rest of the world, announced on Monday, were unexpectedly down when they had been expected to rise. But that was […]

Lion Air crash: ‘Black box’ voice recorder recovered

Image copyright EPA Image caption The bright orange voice recorder was discovered on Monday The “black box” voice recorder from a Lion Air flight which crashed off the coast of Jakarta in October has been recovered, said officials on Monday. All 189 people on board died when Flight JT610 fell into the sea shortly after […]

Kumbh Mela: How to plan the world’s biggest gathering

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Devotees have been gathering in Allahabad for days India’s Kumbh Mela festival is billed as the world’s biggest gathering of people. Between now and March organisers expect about 120 million pilgrims to bathe at the Sangam – the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers. […]

Lion Air crash: ‘Black box’ voice recorder found

Image copyright AFP Image caption File photo of a Lion Air plane Officials in Indonesia say they have found the “black box” voice recorder from a Lion Air flight which crashed into the sea off Jakarta in October. All 189 people on board died when Flight JT610 fell into the sea shortly after taking off […]

Kumbh Mela: How to plan the world’s biggest gathering

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Devotees have been gathering in Allahabad for days India’s Kumbh Mela festival is billed as the world’s biggest gathering of people. Between now and March organisers expect about 120 million pilgrims to bathe at the Sangam – the confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers. […]

Chinese coal mine roof collapse in Shaanxi kills 21

At least 21 miners died when a roof collapsed in a coal mine in northern China, officials say. Sixty-six miners were rescued after the accident on Saturday at the Lijiagou mine near the city of Shenmu in Shaanxi province. The cause of the collapse is under investigation, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Mining accidents […]

Ram Rahim Singh: India guru guilty of journalist’s murder

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for rape An Indian guru who is already in jail for rape has been convicted for the 2002 murder of a journalist. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, was given a 20-year sentence in […]

Chang’e-4: China Moon probes take snaps of each other

Image copyright CLEP Image caption An image of the rover taken with the lander’s terrain camera (TCAM) A Chinese rover and lander have taken images of each other on the Moon’s surface. The Chinese space agency says the spacecraft are in good working order after touching down on the lunar far side on 3 January. […]

Ram Rahim Singh: India guru guilty of journalist’s murder

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for rape An Indian guru who is already in jail for rape has been convicted for the 2002 murder of a journalist. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, was given a 20-year sentence in […]