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Malaysia and Indonesia ‘put pressure on UK government’ to intervene over Iceland’s palm oil ban

The world’s biggest palm oil producing nations, Indonesia and Malaysia, have both reportedly attempted to persuade the British government to take action after supermarket chain Iceland announced it was cutting palm oil from its own brand products. The two countries produce 90 per cent of the global supply of the …

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Saudi Arabia loses right to host international chess tournament after banning Israeli players

Saudi Arabia has been stripped of the right to host an international chess tournament after Israeli players threatened legal action over being barred from the event. With just weeks to go before the start of the World Blitz and Rapid Championship in the country’s Riyadh, organisers confirmed that they were switching the venue to …

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New Caledonia earthquake: Tsunami warning issued after powerful 7.6-magnitude quake strikes in Pacific

Evacuations were underway on Wednesday after a tsunami warning was issued following a huge 7.6 magnitude earthquake off the coast of New Caledonia in the Pacific. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre warned waves of between 3ft and 10ft were possible along the eastern coasts of the islands of New Caledonia, …

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Peta accuses Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas of ‘animal cruelty’ for using elephant and horse at wedding

Singer Nick Jonas and actress Priyanka Chopra have been accused of promoting animal cruelty by using elephants and horses for their wedding. Campaign group Peta raised their concerns about the lavish ceremony at a palace in Jodhpur, India, in a tweet to the star couple on Monday morning. “Dear Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. …

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Hunters bludgeon endangered pangolin to death for Asian medicine, undercover footage reveals

Undercover footage has revealed hunters tracking down a terrified pangolin and bludgeoning it to death to be sold for superstitious Asian “medicine” practices.   Wildlife crime investigators filmed the video to expose how the world’s most-trafficked mammal is being driven to extinction by ruthless black-market operators who exploit both local …

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Pro footballer who criticised Bahrain royal family arrested in Thailand now facing extradition

A professional footballer from Bahrain who was granted refugee status in Australia after reportedly being tortured in his home country has been arrested in Thailand and told he faces extradition. Hakeem Ali Mohamed Ali AlAraibi has been highly critical of Bahrain’s royal family while living in Melbourne, where he plays …

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North Korean soldier defects to South across border as Trump hopes for second Kim Jong-un summit

A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea in the early hours of Saturday, military officials in Seoul have said.   The man escaped from the north by crossing the heavily fortified demarcation line that separates the two nations and was found south of the eastern side of the line by South Korean soldiers He …

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Facial recognition to be used at marathon in China to stop cheaters from taking shortcuts

Facial recognition will be deployed at a Chinese marathon on Sunday to prevent cheating, state media have reported. The crackdown comes after competitors at a half marathon in Shenzhen were caught by traffic cameras taking a shortcut through bushes, cutting almost two miles off the route. News agency Xinhua branded …

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