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Israel expands smoking ban in public places

[ad_1] Image copyright Dan Porges/Getty Images Image caption Water-pipe tobacco sales have shot up in recent years Israel has ramped up its tough restrictions on smoking in public to include previously designated spaces.Smoking tobacco is now prohibited in all government offices, courts, religious councils, hospitals and clinics, and the ban will also be applied to concerts, demonstrations and all open-air events attended by more than 50 people, the Ynet news
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Dozens of elephants killed near Botswana wildlife sanctuary

[ad_1] Image copyright Elephants Without Borders Image caption Baby elephants, orphaned by poachers, are now being cared for at a new sanctuary in Botswana Carcases of nearly 90 elephants have been found near a famous wildlife sanctuary in Botswana, conservationists say.Elephants Without Borders, which is conducting an aerial survey, said the scale of poaching deaths is the largest seen in Africa. The spike coincides with Botswana's anti-poaching unit being disarmed.Botswana
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Kuwaiti shop caught sticking googly eyes on fish

[ad_1] Image caption The googly-eyed fish image has been widely shared on social media A fishmonger in Kuwait has been closed down for sticking googly eyes on fish to make them appear fresher.A video of the fish was first circulated among local WhatsApp users. And images, including one showing one of the fake eyes slipping off, have been shared on social media by local bloggers and newspaper Al Bayan.Rival Kuwaiti
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Pole-dancing at Chinese nursery shocks parents

[ad_1] Pole-dancing at Chinese nursery shocks parents By News from Elsewhere... ...as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright Global Times Image caption Both parents and children watched a pole dancer perform at a Chinese preschool A Chinese nursery has come under fire for having a pole dancer perform at its welcome ceremony, it's reported. According to the Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper, parents and children were invited to attend the opening
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Brazil National Museum fire: Key treasures at risk

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The National Museum contained 20 million artefacts, many of which are feared destroyed The National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro is a treasure trove which contains more than 20 million scientific and historical items. A massive fire spread through the 200-year-old institution on Sunday engulfing almost all of its rooms and gutting large parts of the building.Most of its priceless collection is
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Brazil museum fire: Funding cuts blamed as icon nearly destroyed

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage shows the huge scale of the blaze Officials in Brazil have blamed lack of funding for a huge fire that has ravaged the country's National Museum.One of the largest anthropology and natural history collections in the Americas was almost totally destroyed in Sunday's fire in Rio de Janeiro.There had been complaints about the dilapidated state of the museum. "We never
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China-Africa summit: Xi denies money being spent on vanity projects

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China's investments come with no "political strings", the president says China does not invest in "vanity projects" in Africa and is helping the continent build its infrastructure, President Xi Jinping has said. He pledged an extra $60bn (£42bn) for the continent's development, as he opened a summit with African leaders in Beijing to boost relations. China is the single largest bilateral financier of
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Orthodox Church split fuels Russia-Ukraine tension

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption A rare event: Patriarch Kirill (C) meets Bartholomew (R) and other Orthodox priests in Istanbul Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says top clerics in the Orthodox Church are now ready to grant independence to the Kiev Church, defying Moscow. If the Constantinople Patriarch, Bartholomew, grants Kiev autocephaly (independence) he will be recognising its split with the Moscow Patriarchate. On Friday Russia's Patriarch Kirill met Bartholomew
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Migrant crisis: Mediterranean crossings deadlier than ever – UNHCR

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Libya's coastguard intercepts more boats carrying migrants Migrants and asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean now face an even deadlier journey then they have in the past, the UN refugee agency has warned. In a report, the agency says that while the number of people arriving in Europe has fallen significantly, the number of deaths has risen sharply. Traffickers are having to take greater