Boy, 12, dies after falling from cliff in French ski resort of Avoriaz

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Avoriaz, in Haute Savoie, is one of France’s top ski destinations A 12-year-old boy has died after falling off a cliff near the ski resort of Avoriaz in the French Alps. The boy and his 10-year-old brother, who were on a skiing holiday, went down a mountain and strayed […]

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Japan police question US tourist over severed head

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Police investigate an Osaka apartment where a decapitated head was found An American tourist is being questioned by Japanese police after a woman’s severed head was found in a holiday flat he was renting in Osaka. Police believe the head, which was found in a suitcase, belongs to a […]

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Saleh Muslim: Syrian Kurdish leader arrested in Prague

Image caption Mr Muslim is a former co-chair of the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) A prominent Syrian Kurdish leader has been arrested in the Czech capital Prague on a warrant issued by Turkey. Saleh Muslim, a former co-chair of the main Syrian-Kurdish movement, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was reportedly arrested on Saturday. Turkey […]

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Why China’s proposal was long expected

Image copyright Reuters China’s Communist Party has proposed scrapping presidential term limits, a move that would allow the current leader, Xi Jinping, to stay in power. It is the culmination of a long shift in Chinese politics, says BBC World Service Asia Pacific editor Celia Hatton. This is the announcement many have been expecting. China’s […]

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Syria war: Air strikes resume hours after UN approves ceasefire

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRawaa has been living in a basement with around 75 others for months Air strikes by the Syrian government on a rebel-held enclave have continued despite a ceasefire resolution passed by the UN Security Council on Friday. Hundreds of people have been killed in a week of […]

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China proposes to let Xi Jinping extend presidency beyond 2023

Image copyright EPA Image caption Xi Jinping became Chinese president in 2013 and is currently due to step down in 2013 China’s governing Communist Party has proposed removing a clause in the constitution which limits presidential service to two terms in office. The move would allow the current President Xi Jinping to remain as leader […]

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