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15:03 World
Officer ordered to stop forcing people to write

Ji Xuefeng, an auxiliary traffic officer in Linfen, Shanxi province, made rule-breakers fill an entire page in a notebook before he would let them go - a method he insists has helped change people's behavior.

14:26 World
Victims fight to shed light on Indonesia's dark past

It was October 1965, and Wiyono and his neighbor Widji Thukul were farmers in a small village in Central Java.

14:02 World
In first for Netflix, 'The White Helmets' wins Oscar

Cinematographer and press officer for the Syrian White Helmets, Khaled Khatib, did not fly to the United States to attend the event.

13:43 World
'Moonlight' wins best picture Oscar after baffling on-stage flub

The cast and producers from "La La Land" had already taken the stage and began their acceptance speeches when they learned "Moonlight was the actual winner.

13:28 World
Chairman Mao hall to undergo 6-month renovation

The memorial hall administration said on Friday that the overhaul will be conducted from March 1 to August 31, and will be temporarily closed to visitors for security reasons.

12:41 World
Melbourne 'go slow' taxi protest stops traffic

The state government is planning industry reforms that will regulate ride-sharing app Uber and scrap taxi licenses.

12:29 World
Exclusive: Wal-Mart launches new front in U.S. price war, targets Aldi in grocery aisle

Wal-Mart's tests are aimed at finding the right price point across a range of products that will attract more shoppers, and then adjusting prices as needed.
Source: Reuters

11:15 World
Trump White House scrambles to check scandal over FBI inquiry into Russia ties

The scandal has shown little sign of coming under control, with a Republican congressman calling for an independent inquiry, multiple congressional committees pursuing investigations and Trump escalating a war with the media in an apparent attempt at distraction.

10:26 World
Chile floods: millions of people without water in Santiago

Heavy rain during usually dry summer months causes landslides and flooding, leaving three dead and 19 missing.

19:00 World
Foreign language Oscar nominees decry 'climate of fanaticism in US'

All six directors up for this year’s prize – including Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who is boycotting the ceremony – have issued a statement blaming ‘leading politicians’ for inciting fear and bigotry across the world.

18:01 World
Merkel says, on NATO spending target, commitments have to be met

Germany has come under increased pressure since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump to meet NATO's defense spending target, which was agreed by all members of the 28-nation alliance in 2014.

17:47 World
Fearing for the wurst: German ministry under fire for meat-free buffets

Politicians attack environment ministry’s decision to stop serving meat and fish at official functions as ‘nanny state’ move.

17:00 World
Idaho judge rules attack on high school football player was 'not a rape' or racist

Former football player gets light sentence for assaulting his disabled team-mate in a case that has drawn comparison to Stanford swimmer Brock Turner.

16:39 World
The pound is the 'most undervalued major currency in the world and will rebound to its pre-Brexit levels'

Analysts at US bank Morgan Stanley say the risk of the UK leaving the EU without a trade deal has already been priced in by markets.

16:17 World
Oscars 2017: American bans Syrian behind nominated film The White Helmets from attending Oscars

According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security has decided at the last minute to block Khaled Khatib from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars. 

15:46 World
Steve O’Keefe takes 12 wickets as Australia thrash India inside three days

The 32-year-old, who returned matching career-best figures of 6-35 in both innings for a maiden 10-wicket Test haul, shone with the ball after his skipper Steve Smith had recorded his first Test century on Indian soil to anchor Australia’s batting.

15:28 World
Egypt's Coptic Christians flee Sinai after deadly attacks

Many have now taken refuge in the Evangelical Church in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya.

15:03 World
Jodie Foster and Michael J Fox lead anti-Trump protest

Foster, a double Oscar winner, said she rarely spoke out in public but that it was now "time to show up".

14:44 World
Guatemala expels abortion boat crew

Officials said they had lied when they applied for tourist visas and would not be allowed to work in Guatemala.

14:02 World
Serial squatters face eviction from £14m London mansion

Owner of property near Buckingham Palace seeks urgent possession notice after group occupied third building in Belgravia.

13:43 World
White House blocks news organizations from press briefing

The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, BuzzFeed, the BBC and the Guardian were also among those excluded from the meeting, which was held in White House press secretary Sean Spicer's office.

13:07 World
Idaho judge rules attack on high school football player was 'not a rape' or racist

Former football player gets light sentence for assaulting his disabled team-mate in a case that has drawn comparison to Stanford swimmer Brock Turner.

12:41 World
'World's worst skier': how it went downhill for Adrian Solano, Venezuela's Eddie the Eagle

The novice had only trained on wheels before arriving in Finland to compete in the Nordic world ski championships.

12:29 World
New UN climate chief: 'Action on warming unstoppable'

But former Mexican diplomat Patricia Espinosa told BBC News that the delay in any firm announcement suggests the issue is still unresolved.

11:15 World
White House bans certain news media from briefing

It came hours after President Donald Trump delivered another attack on the media in a speech, saying that "fake news" was the "enemy of the people".

10:00 World
Handmade ceramic blooms and succulents by Owen Mann

Simply painted in cool shades of blues and greens, the porcelain flowers look as if they were freshly plucked from the garden.

20:30 World
EU relieved but wary after Trump endorses it as 'wonderful'

European diplomats were quick to credit Vice President Mike Pence with persuading his boss of the Union's merits after himself being convinced by top EU officials he met in Brussels at the start of the week.

19:44 World
RBC reviews Asia wealth business for possible sale - sources

The Canadian bank's move comes after several Western firms have withdrawn from private banking in Asia, hit by increasing pressure to reduce costs at home, slowing growth in the region and rising compliance costs.

19:06 World
France's Le Pen refuses police interview over funding claims

Ms Le Pen's aide Catherine Griset was placed under police investigation over the payments.

18:42 World
Director Miyazaki comes out of retirement to work on feature film

The decision to return to work comes nearly three and a half years after Miyazaki announced his retirement.

18:25 World
Descent into a Frozen Underworld

Temperatures at the surface are well below freezing most of the year, but that doesn't stop visits from scientists: Erebus is also one of the few volcanoes in the world with an exposed lava lake. 

17:24 World
Danish demagogue calls for annexation of German region

The Danish minority in Germany have slammed the idea and Denmark's government distanced themselves.
Source: DW

16:17 World
Israel denies visas to staff from 'hostile' Human Rights Watch

Decision to ban new HRW director from working in Israel is an ‘ominous turn’ and puts country in same league as North Korea says NGO.

15:28 World
Shinzo Abe and wife under pressure over ties to ultra-nationalist school

Akie Abe’s links to kindergarten under intense scrutiny in Japan after reports it bought state land at a knockdown price.

15:03 World
Google's self-driving firm sues Uber

The lawsuit argues that former Waymo manager Anthony Levandowski took information when he left to co-found a venture that became Otto.

14:44 World
Leila de Lima: Top Duterte critic arrested on drug charge

Three men were wounded in the shooting at a bar in Olathe on Wednesday night and one of them later died.

14:27 World
Psychiatrists fight over the ethics of diagnosing Trump

The United States' major mental health associations -- including the American Psychiatric Association, which claims to be the largest psychiatric association in the world -- are warning members not to wade into the debate, but some prominent doctors have done just that, publicly voicing concerns and questioning the very ethics of their profession.

14:02 World
Greece's Tsipras says deal with lenders 'honorable compromise'

Tsipras, speaking to Greek lawmakers, said he believed relations with creditors had turned a page, and that lenders had accepted austerity for the crisis-hit country should end.

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