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British man faces 10 years in prison for spraying ‘Scouser Lee’ on Thai wall

A British man and Canadian woman face up to 10 years in prison for spray graffiti on an ancient wall in northern Thailand. Security camera footage appears to show two tourists – Lee Furlong, 23, from Liverpool and Brittney Lorretta Katherine Schneider, also 23, from Canada – spraying the messages “Scouser Lee” and “B” on …

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India train accident latest: ‘At least 50 dead’ after being hit while watching effigy burn in Amritsar

At least fifty people have been killed after being run over by a train in northern India while watching an effigy burn, reports say. The effigy was being burned near railway tracks in Amritsar, Punjab, in honour of the major Hindu festival of Dussehra, which is celebrated every autumn. It is thought …

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US troops injured and police chief killed after Afghan guards open fire during Kandahar security meeting

One of Afghanistan‘s most powerful security officials has been killed after a bodyguard opened fire during a security meeting in the city of Kandahar. A number of US troops were also wounded. The provincial governor’s elite guard turned their guns on their own colleagues at the high-level security meeting. General Scott Miller, …

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India to tighten sexual harassment laws amid wave of complaints inspired by #MeToo movement

India is set to tighten sexual harassment laws amid an avalanche of historic complaints inspired by the #MeToo movement. A junior government minister is among the men singled out as women across the country have reported experiences of abuse. Mobashar Jawed Akbar resigned earlier this week following accusations of harassment …

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Indonesia using helicopters to spray disinfectant over areas with dead bodies from earthquake and tsunami

Helicopters are spraying disinfectant on neighbourhoods in Palu, a city in Indonesia that was devastated by September’s earthquake and tsunami, in a bid to combat disease risks from the thousands of bodies which are thought to still be buried in the worst hit areas.  The country’s disaster agency spokesperson, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said it was necessary because of the …

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