Ex-Cyclone Gita: Christchurch declares state of emergency

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The storm which caused devastation in Tonga (pictured) last week is now on its way towards New Zealand Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island has declared a state of emergency as former cyclone Gita approaches the country. Dozens of schools have been shut and …

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Mexico theme park offers illegal migrant experience

A theme park in Mexico is offering visitors a chance to experience what it feels like to cross the border to the US illegally. The Eco Alberto Park (Parque EcoAlberto) in Hidalgo says its Night Walk is a deterrent, warning people how dangerous illegal crossings can be. The BBC Travel …

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In the afterglow

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea’s cheerleaders hold the Unified Korea flag during the 2018 Winter Olympics The big story of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea has been the participation of North Korea and the friendly tone struck by the two countries. So, will the Olympic …

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More arrests in $1.8bn Punjab National Bank scam

Image copyright Getty Images Another three employees of Punjab National Bank have been arrested in connection with a $1.8bn fraud case. Indian federal police said on Monday the latest arrests included two managers of the bank’s foreign exchange department. Last week three people, including two bank staff, were arrested as …

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Jersey to consider paying students' tuition fees

Image copyright PA Image caption The States of Jersey said the estimated cost of attending university in the UK was now about £20,000, “depending on location” The “significant” rise in UK university costs is one of the reasons a British island is looking to increase its funding to students. It …

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Terracotta theft: Chinese anger over stolen warrior thumb

Image copyright AFP Chinese authorities have demanded “severe punishment” for a man who allegedly stole the thumb of a terracotta warrior statue on display in the US, Chinese state media report. The 2,000-year-old statue, worth $4.5m (£3.2m), is one of 10 on loan to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Last …

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Lab v lecture hall: Whose tuition fees are you paying?

Image copyright Getty Images On university campuses across England, arts, humanities and social studies students are subsidising those on lab-based science courses, which are more expensive to run. This is because nearly all undergraduate courses come with the maximum £9,250 price tag. Ministers are looking at introducing a more variable …

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Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: Court frees 475 suspects

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of suspected members of Boko Haram are in prison When mechanics Taye and Kehinde Hamza agreed to service a vehicle at their workshop in Nigeria’s Bauchi State in 2010, they could never have imagined the years of hell which would follow. The car, it …

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