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Chinese erotic novelist jailed for 10 years for gay sex scenes

Image copyright iStock Image caption The book featured “male homosexual behaviour… including perverted sexual acts like violation and abuse” A Chinese writer has been given a 10 year sentence for writing and selling a novel which featured gay sex scenes. The writer, identified as Liu, was jailed by a court …

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What Gujarat attacks on migrants say about India’s economy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Migrant families fled following the attacks that lasted more than a week Tens of thousands of migrant workers fled India’s western state of Gujarat in October in the wake of attacks targeting them. The BBC’s Nitin Srivastava reports from Himmatnagar town on what led …

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Australia’s Fairfax gets green light to merge with Nine

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new entity will retain the Nine name only Australia’s Fairfax has got the green light from its shareholders to merge with television network Nine Entertainment in a massive shake-up of the nation’s media industry. Fairfax shareholders gave “overwhelming” support for the multi-billion dollar …

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Pamela Anderson criticises Australia PM for ‘smutty’ comment

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pamela Anderson has been a vocal supporter of Julian Assange Actress Pamela Anderson has criticised Australia’s prime minister for making “smutty” remarks about her, after earlier asking him to help Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Ms Anderson had urged Scott Morrison to bring Mr Assange …

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Sheikh Hasina: Lawsuit threat over Bangladesh PM ‘tail’ error

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The film follows Sheikh Hasina’s life and career A supporter of Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina threatened to sue a cinema over a spelling error that inadvertently suggested she had a “tail”. The cinema in Dhaka misspelled the title, Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale – but has …

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‘Stingray’ attack kills Australian man in Tasmania

Image caption Stingrays are not usually aggressive and fatal attacks on humans remain rare A 42-year-old man has died after a suspected stingray attack off the Tasmanian coast, Australian police say. They said the man developed a cardiac arrest after “sustaining a puncture to his lower abdomen” at Lauderdale Beach. …

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Golden Horse: Zhang Yimou’s Shadow wins most awards

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Zhang Yimou had never won a Golden Horse until now One of China’s most acclaimed directors, a rising star with a tragic story and a documentary charting mass protests have all won top prizes at this year’s Golden Horse awards. The 55th annual awards – …

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US to join Australia in Papua New Guinea naval base plan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US is wary of China’s plans in the Pacific region The US says it will join Australia in developing a naval base in Papua New Guinea (PNG), in an apparent move to curb China’s growing influence. Vice-President Mike Pence said the three countries …

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Australia ‘trolley hero’ faces police charges

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pushing his trolley, Michael Rogers (left) helped police confront the attacker A homeless man who used his shopping trolley to try to ram a knife-wielding attacker in Melbourne has been charged with offences including burglary and theft. Michael Rogers, dubbed “Trolley Man” online, was filmed …

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