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Iran petrol price hike: Supreme Leader condemns ‘hooligan’ protesters

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Anger at the fuel-price hike spilled on to the streets of the central city of Isfahan Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said he supports a fuel price rise that has sparked protests across the country.The Ayatollah blamed "hooligans" and counter-revolutionaries for violence that has been witnessed in several cities.At least one person is confirmed dead in clashes with police but reports suggest
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s powerful new president

[ad_1] Image copyright NurPhoto via Getty Image caption Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was in power when the long-running civil war came to an end Sri Lanka's new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a man who divides opinion.On the one hand, he is hailed by supporters for playing a crucial role in crushing the Tamil Tiger separatist rebels and bringing to an end Sri Lanka's long-running civil war in 2009, when he was the
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Sri Lanka election: Ex-defence chief Rajapaksa set to win vote

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Front-runners Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa Sri Lanka's former wartime defence chief looks set to win the country's presidential election.Gotabaya Rajapaksa has claimed victory and his main rival has conceded, but official results are not confirmed.The election is the first the country held since a terror attack killed more than 250 people in April.A total of 35 candidates were vying for votes in the
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Democrat wins governor election in Louisiana

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has courted the Deep South's votes with conservative views on guns and abortion Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards won the Louisiana governor's election on Saturday evening after a tightly fought race.The incumbent faced a strong challenge from Republican Eddie Rispone. The result comes as a blow to President Donald Trump who backed his fellow Republican. Mr Trump made two
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Igbo community in Liverpool: ‘Like a home from home’

[ad_1] Members of Liverpool's Igbo community like to meet up regularly for good food and a dance, but this time they're joining together for a special reason.Their community centre, known as 'Igbo House', has fallen into a state of disrepair and they're hoping to raise funds to repair the building.Igbo people are native to south-central and south-eastern Nigeria, and are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa.BBC Africa's Nyasha
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American Kurds take up Syria fight as Erdogan visits Trump

[ad_1] Image copyright Deborah Bloom Image caption Nejeer Zebari holds a Kurdish flag at a demonstration in Washington The visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House this week reignited the controversy over his country's actions against Syria's Kurds. And it spurred Kurdish-American activists to take up their cause with renewed vigour, writes Deborah Bloom.A country-music loving, beer-drinking, gun enthusiast with a southern drawl, Nejeer Zebari is
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Why US tech giants are putting billions into housing

[ad_1] Image copyright Handout/BBC Image caption High housing costs are hurting San Franciscans like Leon Sultan History teacher Leon Sultan was raised in a San Francisco that working class families could call home. That place has, for the most part, vanished.The city is now the centre of America's thriving tech industry, with some of the highest housing costs in the US. Homeownership is in retreat and homelessness is surging, alongside
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Genevieve Nnaji’s rise from Nollywood to Netflix

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Nigerian star and film director Genevieve Nnaji has already shown that she is a force to be reckoned with, so the disqualification of her Netflix film from the Oscars is unlikely to frustrate her ambitions.In fact the rejection of Lionheart earlier this month from the Academy's best international feature film category may well act as a springboard for her future success.The 40-year-old has starred in
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How do you fight extreme wildfires?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australian firefighters battle a blaze at close range The sight of soaring flames, burning trees and scorched earth is becoming a familiar one for people around the world. From Brazil to Australia, and from California to Indonesia, massive wildfires have torn through vast areas of forest this year. So how do you fight them?Alexander Held, an expert in wildfires at the European Forest
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Yellow vest protests: More than 100 arrested as violence returns to Paris

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands of people took to the streets of Paris to mark the first anniversary of the yellow vest movement Police in Paris arrested more than 100 people as protests to mark the first anniversary of the anti-government yellow vest movement turned violent.Yellow vest (gilets jaunes) rallies took place nationwide on Saturday, a year after they first erupted.Tear gas and water cannon were used