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Hindu pride and Muslim fears overshadow key Indian poll

Hindu pride and Muslim fears overshadow key Indian poll

Hindu worshippers from across India gather each morning to pray in Ayodhya, near where a historic mosque was torn down three decades ago by religious zealots -- triggering inter-faith riots that killed thousands of people.

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'My heart and body shake': Afghan women defy Taliban

'My heart and body shake': Afghan women defy Taliban

One after the other, quickly, carefully, keeping their heads down, a group of Afghan women step into a small Kabul apartment block -- risking their lives as a nascent resistance against the Taliban.

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Pandemic sets sales of microwavable popcorn a-pinging

Pandemic sets sales of microwavable popcorn a-pinging

While the closure of cinemas during the pandemic has eaten into popcorn sales, demand for the microwavable form of the popular snack has reached new records, according to Europe's biggest producer.

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Deja vu as US ski star Shiffrin slides out of Olympic slalom

Deja vu as US ski star Shiffrin slides out of Olympic slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin said she felt "awful" after the American ski star's Beijing Olympics campaign went from bad to worse on Wednesday when she slid out of the slalom.

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Peru's president swears in new cabinet, his fourth in six months

Peru's president swears in new cabinet, his fourth in six months

Peru's leftist President Pedro Castillo on Tuesday appointed a new cabinet, the fourth since he came to power six months ago, including replacing a prime minister who lasted just three days in office.

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Taliban erases signs of ex-government from Kabul streets

Taliban erases signs of ex-government from Kabul streets

In the six months since taking back control of Afghanistan, the Taliban have erased all visible signs of the former government from the capital.

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Godsend or 'ghetto': Syrian migrants flock to small Cyprus town

Godsend or 'ghetto': Syrian migrants flock to small Cyprus town

On the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, grappling with an influx of asylum seekers, the small town of Chlorakas has become the centre of tensions. One-quarter of its residents are refugees.

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Beijing sells troubled Xinjiang as a winter sports paradise

Beijing sells troubled Xinjiang as a winter sports paradise

China's vast region of Xinjiang has hit the headlines as a centre of massive alleged human rights abuses, but Beijing is keen it gets recognition for another reason -- as a top winter sports destination.

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Asian markets rise again as traders gird for US inflation data

Asian markets rise again as traders gird for US inflation data

Asian markets rose Wednesday following a positive performance on Wall Street as traders prepared for the release of highly anticipated US inflation data, while sentiment was also buoyed by signs of easing Russia-Ukraine tensions.

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In Iraq's Mosul, library rises from ashes of IS reign

In Iraq's Mosul, library rises from ashes of IS reign

The storied library of Iraq's Mosul University boasted a million titles before Islamic State group jihadists rampaged through it, toppling book shelves and burning ancient texts.

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