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* B'desh: 26 people including ex-members of elite force handed death sentence

Jan. 17 (ANI) Dhaka- In a landmark ruling, a Bangladesh court has handed down death penalty to 26 of the 35 guilty for the murder of seven people in Narayanganj in 2014. Narayanganj District and Sessions Judge's Court handed down death penalty to 26 people including expelled ruling Awami League member Nur Hossain,...
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* MH370: Search for vanished Malaysian airliner suspended

Jan 17 (BBC) The search for the Malaysian airliner that disappeared three years ago with 239 on board has been suspended. In a statement, Australia, Malaysia and China said the decision was taken with "sadness" after a fruitless search in more than 120,000 sq km (46,300 miles) of the Indian Ocean.
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* China media: Trump 'playing with fire' on Taiwan

Jan 16 (BBC) A Chinese state-owned paper has blasted Donald Trump for "playing with fire" after the US president-elect appeared to question the One China policy again. The broadside by China Daily is the latest in a series of rebukes by China's government and state media. Mr Trump said in an interview on Friday that the policy was negotiable.
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* Gene Cernan, last man to walk on Moon, dies aged 82

Jan 17 (BBC) US astronaut Gene Cernan - the last man to walk on the Moon - has died aged 82. America's space agency Nasa said it was "saddened by the loss" of the retired spaceman. Captain Cernan was one of only three people to go to the Moon twice and the last man to leave a footprint on the lunar surface in 1972.
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* Tibet activists arrested in Switzerland protest during Xi visit

Jan 16 (BBC) Swiss police have arrested 32 pro-Tibet activists who were protesting against a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The group, made up of Tibetans and Swiss nationals, were detained on Sunday for flouting restrictions set up by police in the capital, Bern. One man was also prevented from setting himself on fire, said police.
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* Kyrgyzstan plane crash: Turkish cargo jet hits homes

Jan 16 (BBC) A Turkish cargo plane flying from Hong Kong has crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 37 people, most of them on the ground, officials say. The Boeing 747 TC-MCL aircraft crashed as it was landing amid fog at Manas airport, about 25km (15 miles) north of the capital, Bishkek. At least 15 buildings were destroyed in a village outside the airport, with a number of children among the dead.
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