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Polar bear killed Canadian man protecting his children

[ad_1] Image caption The polar bear, which will be examined by local conservation officers, was shot dead by nearby adults A father died protecting his children in a rare polar bear attack in Canada's northernmost territory of Nunavut.Aaron Gibbons, 31, was on Sentry Island, a popular fishing and hunting spot on the west coast of Hudson Bay, when he encountered the bear on 3 July.A relative said he "died a
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Thailand cave: Rescuers in race against weather as rains close in

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rescue workers are concerned about what might happen when monsoon rains hit Rescuers in Thailand are racing against the weather to free 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand.Heavy rains are expected to hit in a matter of days and could see water levels rise, threatening the area where the group has taken refuge.The region of Chiang Rai
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‘Melting road’ damages cars in Australia

[ad_1] Image copyright David Anthony / Tablelander Image caption The tar damaged vehicle tyres, bumper bars and panels Melting bitumen has forced drivers in Australia to abandon their vehicles after the tyres became coated with tar.Up to 50 motorists may be entitled to compensation over the incident in Queensland on Tuesday, reports said."I have never seen anything like it and when the reports started coming through yesterday, it was just
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World Cup fails to mask Russian anger over pension reform

[ad_1] Image caption Among the slogans was one directed at President Putin: "You give him 76% in the election, and at 76 you get to retire" Euphoric Russians took to the streets when their team advanced to the quarter-finals of the World Cup by beating Spain.But hours before Sunday's match, in 38 Russian towns and cities, there were protests at government plans to lower the retirement age for men and
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Who can stop India WhatsApp lynchings?

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Many Indians are first exposed to the internet through low-cost smartphones India's government has asked messaging service WhatsApp to act urgently to halt the spread of "irresponsible and explosive messages" on its platform after a spate of deadly attacks. But will it have any effect, asks the BBC's Ayeshea Perera. What messages are being sent?The statement comes amid a spate of mob lynchings that
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The deaf protest that gripped America

[ad_1] In 1988 students at the world's only university for the deaf occupied the campus in protest at the board's decision to appoint a hearing president. Gallaudet University was established in Washington DC in 1864 but it had never had a deaf president. Then 30 years ago students barricaded the campus and forced the board of trustees to take notice of their demands.Witness speaks to Dr I King Jordan, the
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‘My wife can never call my name in public’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Imagine you're at a busy airport, somewhere in Europe or the US. You're meeting your wife (let's call her Layla) after work and flying off for a mini-break. She's running late, so you sit down in a coffee shop to wait. Soon you're lost in thought, so you don't see your beloved waving from across the terminal. How can she get your attention? Shouting your
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President Macron parties at Nigeria nightclub

[ad_1] France’s President Emmanuel Macron has visited the famous nightclub built in honour of legendary musician Fela Kuti in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos.Fela, who died in 1997, pioneered the Afrobeat sound and was known for his sexual exploits, marijuana smoking and being a fearless critic of military rule. The French leader - who spent six months as an intern at the French embassy in Lagos in the early 2000s -