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Hong Kong students begin pro-democracy class boycott

bbc.co.uk — Hong Kong students have begun a week-long boycott of classes to protest against China's stance on electoral reform in the territory. Thousands of students from more than two dozen universities and tertiary institutions have vowed to take part, as well as hundreds of academics.
Sep 21, 2014

RT @jdiegotorres: Hong Kong students begin boycott of classes to protest China's stance on electoral reform bbc.in/1uWLEPM pic.twitter.com/2a0kJuipIz

Sep 21, 2014

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Sep 21, 2014

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Delhi marriage detective in high demand

bbc.co.uk — Weddings in India are big occasions - more so than in other cultures. Families save for their whole lives to pay for this one special event, which very often runs into days of celebrations with thousands of guests.
Sep 22, 2014

RT @BBCNewsAsia: Is your sweetheart everything they claim to be? If not, Delhi's wedding detective could help: bbc.in/1uWCJ0O pic.twitter.com/4CiR1ir51t

Blair: 'Boots on ground' needed to defeat IS militants

bbc.co.uk — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told the BBC that it may be necessary to use "force capability on the ground" to defeat IS militants. Referring to Barack Obama's airstrike policy he said that the "fanatical force" could only be "harried and hemmed in by airpower".

Deadly blasts in China's Xinjiang

bbc.co.uk — Two people are killed and others injured in a series of blasts in China's Xinjiang region, the state news agency says.
Sep 21, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Two people killed, others injured in series of blasts in China's Xinjiang region, state news agency says bbc.in/XUHXyk

Sep 21, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Two people killed, others injured in series of blasts in China's Xinjiang region, state news agency says bbc.in/XUHXyk

Manchester United

bbc.co.uk — Last updated at 11:57 Leicester City pair Kasper Schmeichel and Matty James should be fit to face Manchester United after overcoming respective knee and shin injuries. Deadline day signing Tom Lawrence could be involved against his former club, but Nick Powell is ineligible under the terms of his loan from Old Trafford.

Ebola crisis: Sierra Leone lockdown declared "success"

bbc.co.uk — A three-day curfew aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has been declared a success by authorities. The wide-ranging curfew, which saw the streets of the capital deserted, will not be extended, authorities said. Sierra Leone has been one of the countries worst affected by the outbreaks, with more than 550 victims among the 2,600 deaths so far recorded.

Indian spacecraft 'Mangalyaan' enters Mars neighbourhood

bbc.co.uk — India's maiden mission to Mars has "entered the Martian neighbourhood", its space agency says, 48 hours before its planned arrival in orbit. Launched last November, the spacecraft - known informally as Mangalyaan - will complete a 300-day journey to reach the orbit on Wednesday.

Tony Blair on Islamic State: 'Don't rule out ground troops'

bbc.co.uk — Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that sending in combat troops to fight Islamic State militants on the ground should not be ruled out. Mr Blair said in a BBC interview: "Unless you're prepared to fight these people of the ground, you may contain them but you won't defeat them."
Sep 22, 2014

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Afghan poll contender Abdullah Abdullah concedes presidency

bbc.co.uk — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has said he accepts that his rival Ashraf Ghani should be leader, following months of deadlock. Mr Abdullah's spokesman told the BBC that both men had agreed to form a government of national unity with Mr Ghani as president and Mr Abdullah nominating a chief executive.
Sep 21, 2014

RT @raju: Good News: Abdullah Abdullah & Ashraf Ghani after signing #Afghan unity govt deal pic.twitter.com/N1CbhIZpSq & bbc.in/1BZJQso

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The Symphony of Medinah: Where's Rory?

bbc.co.uk — The BBC Philharmonic tell the story of Rory McIlroy's 2012 Ryder Cup final day dash.
Sep 21, 2014

RT @bbc5live: If you missed it, here's a highlight from The Symphony of Medinah with @BBCPhilharmonic: Where's Rory McIlroy? bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02…

Sep 21, 2014

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Turkey clamps down on Syria border after Kurdish unrest

bbc.co.uk — Turkey has begun to close some of its border crossings with Syria after at least 70,000 Kurdish refugees entered the country since Friday. This follows clashes on Sunday between Turkish security forces and protesting Kurds. The closures may stop Kurdish fighters entering Syria to fight IS.

Overcooked? The pan with Bluetooth and a smartphone app

bbc.co.uk — If you're the kind of person who eats out every night because you don't know how to cook, then a budding Silicon Valley entrepreneur believes he has found the answer - a smart cooking pan. The "Smartypan" contains three sensors and a computer chip to allow it communicate over Bluetooth to a smartphone app.

West Lothian question continues to puzzle

bbc.co.uk — Lingering in the margins of Labour's conference on Sunday has been a simple question with a complicated answer: is the promise of further devolution to Scotland conditional on England getting the same? Let us examine the evidence.
Sep 21, 2014

RT @BBCJLandale: So, is the promise of greater powers for Scotland conditional on England getting the same powers? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

Sep 21, 2014

So, is the promise of greater powers for Scotland conditional on England getting the same powers? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…

Mars Maven mission set for arrival

bbc.co.uk — The US space agency's (Nasa) latest Mars satellite is set to arrive in orbit above the planet on Monday (GMT). Hurtling through space for the past 10 months, the Maven craft must slam on the brakes by firing its thrusters. The 33-minute burn should remove sufficient speed to allow the satellite to be captured by Mars' gravity.
Sep 21, 2014

RT @BBCNewsUS: Nasa's Maven spacecraft arrives in orbit above Mars to begin high atmosphere study bbc.in/1ykYgoN pic.twitter.com/IIUEgM6Nz0

Sep 21, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Nasa's Maven spacecraft arrives in orbit above the planet Mars, in a mission to study its high atmosphere bbc.in/1re4NLw

Sep 21, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Nasa's Maven spacecraft arrives in orbit above the planet Mars, in a mission to study its high atmosphere bbc.in/1re4NLw

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US hopes for signing of key Afghan security pact soon

bbc.co.uk — The US says it hopes a key bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan can be signed before the end of the month. It comes after a deal to form a new unity government was signed on Sunday, breaking months of political deadlock. US Secretary of State John Kerry said the deal "offers a huge opportunity for progress in Afghanistan".
Sep 21, 2014

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