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China arrests man over ‘false stories’ on foreign news site

May 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

File photo of Xiang Nanfu (April 2004) Xiang Nanfu, pictured here at an Easter meal in 2004, was accused of publishing “numerous false stories”

China’s property market: deflating or worse?

May 13, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Beijing building

Latest figures show a continued slowdown in credit in China. Aggregate financing, which captures allegedly both official and unofficial lending, fell to 1.55 trillion RMB (£148bn or $249bn) last month from just over 2 trillion RMB in March. It’s pushing down property prices as intended, but could it also burst a bubble?

US warns Beijing on South China Sea tensions

May 13, 2014 at 9:18 pm

In this photo released by Vietnam Coast Guard, a Chinese ship, left, shoots water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel, right, while a Chinese Coast Guard ship, centre, sails alongside in the South China Sea, off Vietnam's coast, Wednesday, 7 May 2014 Ships from Vietnam and China have been exchanging water cannon fire

The US has warned China that moving a drilling rig into seas disputed with Vietnam was “provocative”.

India shares at record high on exit polls

May 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm

A construction worker in India Many expect a win for the BJP and allies to help boost infrastructure investment

Indian stock markets have risen to a record high after exit polls suggested the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies are on course to win the general election.

Why Nigeria cannot defeat Boko Haram

May 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm

By Andrew Walker Nigeria analyst

Map showing reported civilian deaths in Boko Haram attacks in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states from Sept 2010 till April 2014

Exactly a year after Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a “state of emergency” in north-eastern Nigeria, it seems to have had little effect in curbing the Islamist insurgency.

Syria: Love and power across Aleppo’s front lines

May 13, 2014 at 8:24 pm

By Rami Ruhayem BBC News, Gaziantep, southern Turkey

Man fixing electricity in Aleppo (file photo) Aleppo’s al-Zarba power station is under rebel control

Are pesticides linked to health problems in Argentina?

May 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm

By Linda Pressly BBC World Service, Assignment

Viviana Perez and her daughter Nadia Viviana Perez and her daughter Nadia

Could pesticides – their use and abuse – increase levels of cancer and birth defects? It is a question asked across the vast belt of Argentina where GM crops are grown. In Chaco, the Minister of Public Health wants an independent commission to investigate a growing health crisis.

Pakistan police charge 68 Pakistani lawyers with blasphemy

May 13, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Activists of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) hold candles and placards as they shout slogans during a protest against the killing of Pakistani lawyer Rashid Rehman in Islamabad on May 8, 2014. Critics say the blasphemy laws are misused in Pakistan

Pakistani police have charged 68 lawyers with blasphemy in what is thought to be the biggest ever case of its kind in the country.

Powerful emotions stirring in Russia’s ‘divided nation’

May 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Woman waving a Russian flag Recent events have stirred up feelings of pride among many Russians

In 1993, during a filming trip to Tajikistan, we chanced upon an extraordinary and disturbing scene.

Syrian rebels launch Golan Heights offensive

May 13, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Jonathan Marcus By Jonathan Marcus BBC defence correspondent

Smoke billows from buildings in the village of Qahtania in the Syrian Golan Heights (13 May 2014)

A major offensive against the Syrian army is under way in the south of the country, the fighting extending right up to the frontier with Israel.

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