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Weibo backtracks after ‘gay ban’ outrage

Image copyright Pu Chunmei Image caption Activist Pu Chunmei (left) was one of several Sina Weibo users who protested against the ban Chinese social media network Sina Weibo has backtracked from a controversial gay content ban after a massive outcry. Last Friday the microblogging platform said that posts related to homosexuality would be taken down.…

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Conchita Wurst reveals HIV diagnosis

By Mark Savage BBC Music reporter Image caption Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 with Rise Like A Phoenix Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst says she is HIV positive, and has been receiving regular treatment for "several years". The 29-year-old star said she had intended to keep the information private, but an ex-boyfriend…

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Australia flesh-eating ulcer ‘a mystery’

Image copyright DANIEL O'BRIEN Image caption Victoria has seen a spike in recent cases of the Buruli ulcer Doctors in Australia have called for urgent research into why a flesh-eating ulcer has become a "worsening epidemic" in the state of Victoria. Local cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa, have…

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Man held after threatening air crew with pen

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Xu, who held a flight attendant hostage in mid-air, has been taken into custody Chinese authorities have released details of a man who threatened airline crew with a fountain pen, leading to the diversion of an Air China flight on Sunday. Police said a man, identified only as Mr…

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Comey: Trump is ‘morally unfit’ for office

Image copyright Reuters Image caption "I don't think he's medically unfit to be president. I think he's morally unfit to be president." Former FBI director James Comey has said Donald Trump is a man "morally unfit to be president", who treats women like "pieces of meat". Mr Comey was giving his first major television interview…

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May faces MPs’ questions on Syria strikes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAmateur footage shows strikes on a military research facility in Damascus, while state TV shows the damageTheresa May is to face MPs' questions about her decision to authorise air strikes against the Syrian government. Opposition parties say MPs should have been consulted before the UK joined the…

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Full Metal Jacket actor dies aged 74

Image copyright Getty Images Actor R Lee Ermey, known for his role as foul-mouthed Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Vietnam War film Full Metal Jacket, has died aged 74. The former US Marine Corps soldier turned award-winning actor played a host of military men during his career. Ermey's manager, posting to the actor's Twitter account, said…

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Sydney bushfire ‘highly suspicious’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHundreds of firefighters tackle the blaze in SydneyA large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say. The blaze, which began on Saturday, has burnt through 2,500 hectares of land in the city's southern suburbs. Some residents had…

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Macron ‘convinced Trump not to quit Syria’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch the key moments over 12 hours - in two minutesFrench President Emmanuel Macron has said he convinced US President Donald Trump not to withdraw troops from Syria and instead commit "for the long term". Earlier this month, Mr Trump declared that the US would "be coming…

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