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DR Congo crisis: Why a trainee nun was shot dead at church

[ad_1] Image copyright Courtesy of Kapangala family Image caption Thérèse Kapangala, who was training to become a nun, was killed at a protest in January The BBC's Africa editor Fergal Keane reports on how the Catholic Church has become the main opposition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. By the time her brother arrived on the scene Thérèse Kapangala was already dead. She lay in a pool of blood
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CIA director Gina Haspel’s Thailand torture ties

[ad_1] Image copyright CIA Image caption Gina Haspel faces criticism over her past role in the CIA When Gina Haspel was nominated as the next head of the CIA in March, it re-opened debate on a murky period of recent US history - the use of secretive overseas prisons to torture terror suspects. As the BBC's South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head reports, the spotlight has fallen on Thailand, and
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For hire: American tech brains choosing Canada

[ad_1] Image copyright Courtesy Vikram Rangnekar Image caption Vikram Rangnekar For decades, Canada has tried to stop top graduates in the so-called STEM fields of science, tech, engineering and math from heading elsewhere for work, mainly to the US. Have the country's immigration policies and emerging tech scene - with some help from US politics - managed to compensate for the "brain drain"? In 2016, after six years in California
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Iran pushes app with ‘Death to America’ emoji

[ad_1] Image copyright Soroush Image caption "Death to America", "Death to Freemasons" and "Let's go pray" are among the stickers available for users Iran is promoting a domestically-produced mobile messaging app, complete with a "Death to America" emoji, in an attempt to get millions of Iranians to abandon the popular Telegram service, which it blames for promoting unrest in the country.Among the features on new app Soroush are a series
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Chinese university hosts ‘grenade-throwing’ contest

[ad_1] Image copyright Wikimedia Commons Image caption The North University of China wants students to put down their javelins and pick up their hand grenades A Chinese university has decided to liven up its annual sports day by hosting a grenade-tossing event, it's reported. According to the China Youth Daily newspaper, the North University of China in the city of Taiyuan, northern Shanxi province, has decided to introduce a "500-gram
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Eastern Ghouta: Mattis warns Syria over ‘weaponised gas’

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The Syrian army says it has completely surrounded the town of Douma, which has been under heavy bombardment US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has warned Syria it would be "very unwise" to use poison gas in Eastern Ghouta amid reports of chlorine attacks.Mr Mattis did not say President Trump would take military action, but the US struck Syria last April after a suspected gas
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Rwanda Seventh-Day Adventist churchgoers killed by lightning

[ad_1] Image caption Churchgoers were killed in southern Rwanda, near the border with Burundi A lightning strike killed at least 16 people and injured dozens more at a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda on Saturday, an official said.Most of the victims died instantly when lightning hit the church in the southern district of Nyaruguru, local mayor Habitegeko Francois told AFP.Two people died from their injuries, and 140 people were rushed
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Russia ‘test-fires hypersonic Kinzhal missile’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRussia's defence ministry released footage of the Kinzhal missile test-launch Russia says it has successfully test-launched a hypersonic missile, one of a range of nuclear-capable weapons announced by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month.The country's defence ministry released video footage showing the missile detaching from a fighter jet and leaving a fiery trail behind it. It said the intended target was