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Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth

After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet. But its benefits mask enormous dangers to the planet, to human health and to culture itself In the time it takes you to read this sentence, the global building industry will have poured more than 19,000 bathtubs of concrete. By the time you […]

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Hong Kong protesters accused of ‘reckless’ violence over Christmas

Police and activists clash for third day in row with leader saying holiday ruined Hong Kong protesters and police clashed for a third day in a row over the Christmas holiday with demonstrators vowing to return on New Years Day. Police fired pepper spray and blue dye at protesters, chanting anti-government and anti-police slogans, marching […]

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New Zealand storms: 1,000 foreign tourists stranded as floods cut off towns

North Island faces tornado risk after landslides and flooding wreak havoc in the south New Zealand has been hit by a weekend of severe storms, with landslides and flooding in the South Island cutting off towns and trapping an estimated 1,000 foreign tourists. Most are stuck on the west coast in the towns of Fox […]

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Dead birds and rashes: Hong Kong residents fear teargas poisoning

Police have fired 10,000 canisters in protests, sparking health scare over possible harmful effects Angel Chan is more cautious about where she takes her two children, aged three and five, to play these days. Police have thrown teargas all over the city some of my friends say their children have come out in rashes, Chan […]

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Even Trump may ultimately retreat from the cost of the China trade war

The presidents bullish advisers may be taking a hard line, but the chances of a deal are better than they look During Donald Trumps campaign to be president, he regularly cited Chinas export subsidies as evil, and in his after the president increased the tariff from 10% to 25% on Chinese goods worth $200bn on […]

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Kim Jong-un meets Vladimir Putin for first time at Vladivostok summit

Russian president offers North Korean leader help to break nuclear deadlock after Kims failed summit with Donald Trump Vladimir Putin has offered Russias help to break the deadlock over North Koreas nuclear weapons programme in his first meeting with the countrys leader, Kim Jong-un. Putin and Kim greeted each other warmly on Thursday, shaking hands […]

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Indonesia: 193m people, 17,000 islands, one big election. Here’s what you need to know

Vote on 17 April is worlds biggest direct presidential election with more than 800,000 polling stations set up Worlds most complex one-day elections Indonesia, a nation made up of 17,000 islands, will hold the biggest, most complex one-day elections in the world on 17 April. The elections in India are bigger in number but are […]

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The Monlam great prayer festival in Tibet a photo essay

Monlam, or the great prayer festival, is the most important prayer event for many Tibetans. It was banned during the Cultural Revolution in China but is now celebrated in many areas. Considered the most important event for Tibetan Buddhists, the Monlam great prayer festival starts three days after the lunar new year in western Chinas […]

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Moon Jae-in prepares for make or break inter-Korean summit with Kim Jong-un

South Korean president will push for North Korea to make bold moves when it comes to denuclearisation The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, will seek to salvage stalled nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the US during a summit with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang on Tuesday that could make or break his legacy. Moon said […]

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‘This is part of the plan’: new train blurs line between China and Hong Kong

The Vibrant Express connects Hong Kong with mainland China in 20 mins and the citys residents are nervous Inside the newly built West Kowloon terminus, its hard to know where Hong Kong stops and China begins. A restaurant on one floor is technically on Hong Kong soil. Just below it, a duty-free shopping area belongs […]

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