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Hair raising

Image copyright Abid Bhat   Tasleema Rouf, 35, was on the top storey of her house in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, when she says she saw a man’s shadow. Before she could react, she says, she was attacked. When she tried to scream for help, he tried to …

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Singapore python tries to eat ‘petrified’ pet parrot

Image copyright Melvin Yap  Image caption The cockatoo named Nikki was clinging on to one side of the cage A pet parrot in Singapore has been rescued from the jaws of death, after its owners discovered a huge python coiled around their bird’s cage. The 1.5m long (5ft) snake was …

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On the rails

It has been one month since 23 commuters died in a deadly stampede on a footbridge at a busy railway station in Mumbai. The BBC’s Kinjal Pandya-Wagh, who has travelled on Mumbai’s trains for more than a decade, writes about her experience. Mumbai’s local trains are the lifeline of the …

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Russians’ DNA taken by foreign agents, Kremlin says

Image copyright AFP  Image caption DNA samples: Russian officials raised fears of foreign biological warfare research The Kremlin says foreign agents are collecting DNA samples from Russians of different ethnicities and sending the data abroad for scientific analysis. The agents were often working for foreign NGOs, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman …

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DNA dogma

Image copyright Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory  Image caption Crick’s lecture was said to have altered the logic of biology Sixty years ago this week, one of the greatest British scientists, Francis Crick, gave a lecture in London in which he accurately predicted how genes work, setting the course for the …

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US sailors’ rescue: Doubts emerge over survival story

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRescued US sailors Tasha Fuiava (left) and Jennifer Appel praise the US Navy for saving their lives Doubts have emerged about the survival story told by two US women who said their lives had been saved when they were rescued by the …

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Kenya election: Raila Odinga rejects ‘sham’ repeat vote

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMr Odinga said his opposition National Super Alliance (Or Nasa) was dismayed by the vote Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has rejected the results of the re-run presidential election that saw Uhuru Kenyatta gaining a second term. Mr Odinga called it “a …

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Arrest warrant issued for US actress Rose McGowan

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUS actress Rose McGowan: ‘It’s time to rise’ An arrest warrant has been issued in the US for the actress Rose McGowan for possession of a controlled substance. It follows an investigation into belongings left on a United Airlines flight from LA …

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George Papadopoulos: Trump trashes ‘low level’ indicted aide

Image copyright Reuters  US President Donald Trump has played down the importance of an ex-campaign aide indicted in the Russia inquiry. He said his onetime foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was a “low level volunteer” and “liar”. Mr Trump once called him an “excellent guy”. Papadopoulos, 30, this month pleaded …

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