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    Online fury over Chinese woman, 92, ‘kept’ in pigsty

    BBC | Updated at 01:05pm on January 13, 2017

    Images of an emaciated elderly woman have rattled Chinese social media users, after papers in the southern Guangxi region reported that...

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    Australia's health minister resigns in growing expenses scandal

    Reuters | Updated at 11:33am on January 13, 2017

    Australian health minister Sussan Ley said on Friday she had resigned from her cabinet position amid an expenses scandal that has proved to be an embarrassing start to the year for embattled prime minister Malcolm Turnbull...

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    Pakistan court stays mentally ill man's execution

    BBC | Updated at 08:35am on January 13, 2017

    A court in Pakistan has stayed the execution of a schizophrenic man who was due to be hanged next week, a rights group says...

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    Hungarian camerawoman who kicked migrants sentenced

    BBC | Updated at 09:34am on January 13, 2017

    A Hungarian camerawoman who was filmed kicking or tripping up migrants near the Hungary-Serbia border has been sentenced to three years probation for disorderly conduct...

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    Syrian army says Israel fires rockets at military airport near Damascus

    Reuters | Updated at 09:06am on January 13, 2017

    Syrian army command said on Friday that Israel fired rockets at a major military airport west of Damascus, the capital, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions of what it called a ‘flagrant’ attack...

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    Obama surprises vice-president Biden with Medal of Freedom

    Reuters | Updated at 08:43am on January 13, 2017

    US president Barack Obama surprised vice-president Joe Biden on Thursday by awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction in an emotional White House ceremony that celebrated their partnership over eight years in office...

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    Pentagon chief pick sounds alarm on Russia, China

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 01:11am on January 13, 2017

    James Mattis, president-elect Donald Trump’s pick for US defence secretary, Thursday accused Russia of trying to break up NATO and said China was destroying trust with its neighbours...

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    Heathrow cancels flights before expected snowfall

    Agence France-Presse . London | Updated at 01:04am on January 13, 2017

    Heathrow has cancelled 80 flights due Thursday on forecasts of heavy snow, Britain’s biggest airport announced. A Heathrow spokesman said that it had axed six per cent of 1,350 flights arriving at and departing the hub, which lies to the west of the capital...

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    Netanyahu says Paris peace conference ‘rigged’ against Israel

    Reuters | Updated at 05:51pm on January 12, 2017

    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said talks to discuss the Middle East peace process in Paris on Sunday would be ‘rigged’ against Israel...

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    Chinese school sets up ‘marks bank’ to reduce stress

    BBC | Updated at 12:56pm on January 12, 2017

    A Chinese high school has come up with an innovative way to help struggling students - a ‘marks bank’. The Nanjing Number One Secondary School has...