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Alibaba files for public share sale

May 7, 2014 at 12:43 am

A photo showing Alibaba website on a computer screen Founded in an apartment in 2005 Alibaba has grown to become one of world’s the biggest internet firms

Chinese internet giant Alibaba has filed documents for a public share sale in the US, which is widely expected to be one of the biggest in history.

Viewpoint: India risks destabilising Afghanistan

May 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm
Afghan National Army (ANA) helicopters fly as they participate in a military exercise on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The Afghan National Security Forces depend exclusively on billions of dollars in funding from the United States and its allies, money that is now at risk after President Hamid Karzai"s refusal to sign a security agreement to keep a small U.S. force of trainers in the country after the NATO-led coalition ends its mission and withdraws at the end of the year. The Afghan army has some Russian helicopters, seen here on exercises near Kabul

With foreign combat troops preparing to leave Afghanistan, India has agreed to supply the country with military equipment. Guest columnist Ahmed Rashid says the move risks raising tensions.

Warning for Chinese activists before Tiananmen anniversary

May 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Celia Hatton By Celia Hatton BBC News, Beijing

File photo: Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China Chinese officials regularly place critics under house arrest ahead of important political events

Pu Zhiqiang participated in 1989’s Chinese pro-democracy protests. Every year since, he has attempted to mark the movement’s bloody conclusion in Tiananmen Square.

Fish rain down on Sri Lanka village

May 6, 2014 at 9:46 pm

 Many of the fish that rained down were still alive when villagers collected them

Villagers in west Sri Lanka have said they have been surprised and delighted by an unusual rainfall of small fish.

‘Nazi art’ hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt, 81, dies

May 6, 2014 at 9:42 pm

 More than 1,400 works were found in Cornelius Gurlitt’s Munich apartmen

German art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt has died aged 81, with no definitive answer on what will happen to his secret collection, which included many Nazi-looted pieces.

Pakistan to immunise people going abroad against polio

May 6, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Pakistani policemen stand guard as a health worker gives a child a polio vaccine in Karachi, Pakistan, on 9 March 2014. Pakistan recorded 91 cases of Polio in 2013, according to the WHO

Ukraine crisis: Russia rules out new Geneva talks

May 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm


 Russian FM Sergei Lavrov: “I don’t think [another meeting] would have any added value – we would just go round in circles”

Rob Ford ‘turned back’ from US on way to rehab

May 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his home 1 May 2014 Rob Ford has refused calls to step down as mayor of Toronto

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford turned back after landing in the US last week, shortly after he announced he was entering rehab, say media reports.

India election: Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi votes in penultimate phase

May 6, 2014 at 9:16 pm

 The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder: “All eyes are on Rahul Gandhi”

Amethi, a stronghold of India’s governing Congress party, is among 64 seats due to vote in the eighth phase of the mammoth general election.

Waiting for a shanty home in Brazil’s ‘tent cities’

May 6, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Katy Watson By Katy Watson South America business reporter, BBC News

Shanty homes in Capadocia, Sao Paulo, BrazilHouse prices have soared in Brazil’s big cities in recent years and while more Brazilians are buying their dream homes, there are plenty who cannot afford to do so, as the BBC’s South America business reporter Katy Watson found out in Brazil’s biggest city, Sao Paulo.

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