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Siberian mayor’s drive to sell off council cars

[ad_1] Image copyright Sardana Avksentyeva Image caption Sardana Avksentyeva: "The ones on the photo will be sold first." The new self-styled "people's mayor" of Yakutsk in Siberia is having a clear-out of the city's garage, promising to sell pricey foreign vehicles in order to fund social schemes.Sardana Avksentyeva swept to victory in September, beating a member of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia Party to become the first woman to take
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Low-cost ‘four-hour’ bamboo house wins top prize

[ad_1] Image caption The CUBO housing units can be manufactured in a week, and built in just four hours A 23-year-old designer has won a top £50,000 prize after creating a low-cost bamboo house to address the Philippines' housing crisis.Earl Patrick Forlales' design takes just four hours to construct, and at £50/sq metre it's highly affordable.He told the BBC World Service: "It's a functional home on its own, but it's
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In Pictures: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

[ad_1] A shocked squirrel has scooped the overall prize in this year's Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Out of thousands of entries from around the world, Mary McGowan, from Tampa, Florida, won the overall prize with her photo titled Caught in the Act.Other entrants included an exasperated bear, a smiley shark and a rhino appearing to wear a tutu.Here is a selection of some of the hilarious winners and highly commended
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French boy ‘killed for not doing homework’ in Mulhouse

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police arrested four members of the family on Tuesday and their detention has been extended Four members of the same family have been arrested after a nine-year-old boy was beaten to death at his home the eastern French city of Mulhouse.Police sources told local media that the boy had refused to do his homework and was hit with a broom handle.The boy's elder
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Young South African boy stabbed to death in school toilet

[ad_1] Image copyright SA Education Department Image caption Officials released this photo from the scene where young boy was stabbed multiple times A South African teenager is in police custody accused of stabbing to death a young boy in a school toilet, where he had hidden in wait for him overnight.The grade one pupil, thought to be seven-years-old, was stabbed multiple times, the authorities said.The alleged perpetrator was thought to
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Dos Erres massacre: Ex-soldier sentenced for killing 171

[ad_1] Image copyright JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP Image caption Relatives of the victims of the Dos Erres massacre have been campaigning for justice for years A Guatemalan former soldier has been sentenced to more than 5,000 years in prison for his role in a massacre during the country's civil war. More than 200 people were killed in the village of Dos Erres in 1982, one of the most violent episodes in Guatemala's
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Leaning Tower of Pisa ‘now leaning less’

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Leaning Tower of Pisa is now stable and has actually been straightened slightly thanks to restoration work It's enough to give a monument an identity crisis.The Leaning Tower of Pisa is known worldwide for its precarious tilt - but now experts have revealed it's going straight.The tower's Surveillance Group, which monitors restoration work, said the landmark is "stable and very slowly reducing
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US-Israeli bomb hoaxer given 10 year jail sentence

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Michael Ron David Kadar (R) was arrested in the Israeli town of Ashkelon in March 2017 An American-Israeli man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail after being convicted of making thousands of hoax threats to Jewish centres in the US, UK and other countries.Michael Ron David Kader, 20, from southern Israel, was found guilty in June of making more than 2,000
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John Allen Chau ‘tribal death’: Family forgives killers

[ad_1] Image copyright Instagram/John Chau Image caption On 21 October, @johnachau posted that he was travelling to the region The family of a US man reportedly killed by arrows fired by members of an endangered tribe in India's Andaman and Nicobar islands has said they forgive those who killed him.In a statement, they said John Allen Chau "loved God, life, helping those in need, and had nothing but love for
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Ethiopian’s Birtukan Mideksa appointed election boss

[ad_1] Image copyright Ethiopia PM's office Image caption Birtukan Mideska had been a harsh critic of the ruling coalition and fled into exile A former judge and leading opposition figure has been sworn in as the head of Ethiopia's electoral board.Birtukan Mideksa is the latest significant appointment of a woman to a key public office.Ms Birtukan returned to Ethiopia earlier this month after seven years in exile in the US.She
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California wildfires: Rain brings threat of mudslides

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The rain is expected to hamper recovery efforts in fire-ravaged areas such as Paradise Rain has come to northern California, helping to contain deadly wildfires but bringing fears of mudslides that may complicate recovery efforts.Some four to six inches of rain (10-15cm) are expected to fall in the coming days, and some areas have been warned to prepare for flash flooding.At least 80 people
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India Kashmir: Fax machine fuels political crisis

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Omar Abdullah (left) and Mehbooba Mufti (right) have staked a claim to form the government together A dramatic day involving a broken fax machine and frenetic tweets, ended with the dissolution of the assembly in India's Jammu and Kashmir state.An alliance of three rival political parties unsuccessfully tried to fax the governor's office to stake a claim to form the government on Wednesday.
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South Korean pastor Lee Jae-rock jailed for raping followers

[ad_1] Image copyright JUNG YEON-JE Image caption Lee stood with his eyes closed as the judgement was read out A South Korean pastor has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for raping eight female followers of his mega-church.Lee Jae-rock, 75, has about 130,000 followers at the Mamin Central Church in Seoul. He denied all the charges.His victims had spoken of his "divine power" and said they felt compelled to
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Russian military intelligence chief Igor Korobov dies aged 62

[ad_1] Image copyright Natalia Kolesnikova/Getty Images Image caption The Moscow headquarters of Russian intelligence agency GRU The head of Russian military intelligence agency GRU, General Igor Korobov, has died at the age of 62, Russia's defence ministry says.General Korobov, who took up the post in 2016, is said to have died after "a serious and long illness" on Wednesday.The GRU was this year linked to a nerve agent attack in
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California wildfires: Thanksgiving hope from ashes of Paradise

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The Californian town of Paradise has been devastated by the deadliest wildfire in the state's history. At least 81 people have lost their lives and hundreds more have been reported missing. As families across the US come together for Thanksgiving, Paradise's residents are beginning to assess the damage to their lives and the town they called home.When gale-force winds drove flames from the Camp Fire
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Australia dust storm: Health warning as skies change colour

[ad_1] Image copyright MATT WHITLUM Image caption The outback town of Broken Hill was hit by the dust storm on Wednesday A giant dust storm has blanketed communities across south-east Australia, turning some skies orange and raising concerns about air quality.Authorities issued a public health alert for Sydney on Thursday as the 500km-wide (310 miles) dust band began to reach the city.Many regions elsewhere in New South Wales (NSW) have
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South Africa’s coloured community complains of ethnic marginalisation

[ad_1] South Africa’s coloured community, the official term for mixed-race people in the country, were alienated during the country’s apartheid regime.Many in the community now feel that the current democracy also marginalises them – that they “aren’t black enough”. Violent protests recently rocked coloured communities across South Africa. Fed up with gangs, drugs and unemployment, residents took their frustration to the streets.The BBC’s Vauldi Carelse went to find out what’s