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Australia strawberry scare: Woolworths halts sewing needle sales

[ad_1] Image copyright JOSHUA GANE Image caption Sewing needles have been inserted inside strawberries in Australia Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has temporarily removed sewing needles from its shelves as the country faces a strawberry safety scare. Last week, Australians were warned to cut fresh strawberries before biting into them after several people found sewing needles hidden inside the fruit. Several strawberry brands have been pulled from stores across the country.
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Brett Kavanaugh: Sexual assault accuser ‘needs more time’

[ad_1] Image copyright Researchgate.net/ Getty Image caption Christine Blasey Ford says Brett Kavanaugh attacked her when he was a teenager The lawyer for a woman who accuses US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has said the Senate's "rush" to a hearing is "unnecessary". Lisa Banks says her client, Christine Blasey Ford, is willing to co-operate but wants a "full non-partisan investigation" ahead of her testimony.Prof Ford has
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Pioneering US ballet dancer Arthur Mitchell dies at 84

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mitchell was the first black ballet dancer to achieve international stardom Arthur Mitchell, one of the first black ballet dancers, has died in New York City at the age of 84. The pioneering African-American dancer rose from a childhood in Harlem to perform leading roles under renowned choreographer George Balanchine.He was one of the most popular dancers with the New York City ballet
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Marco Minniti: The man who cut the migrant flow to Italy

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Marco Minniti slashed migrant numbers - before being voted out of government In his small office off a courtyard lined with citrus trees, 62-year-old Marco Minniti scrolls through the pictures on his phone, showing endless meetings with Libyan tribal leaders. His office walls are lined with photos of Italian air force planes. A small pen holder, a gift from Tunisian officials, sits on
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India’s only self-made female billionaire

[ad_1] Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is India's first and only self-made female billionaire. She made her fortune in the biotechnology sector, first investing in it 40 years ago when others were not prepared to take the risk. Now she shares her insights with the BBC on how women can succeed in the boardrooms. Perhaps surprisingly, she says this includes being prepared to see failure as intrinsic to entrepreneurial success. [ad_2] Source
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New York inmate’s golf drawings lead to exoneration in murder

[ad_1] Image copyright Georgetown University Image caption Valentino Dixon served most of his sentence in New York's notorious Attica Correctional Facility A US convict whose talent for art caught the eye of a prison warden, ultimately leading to a review of his case, has been exonerated of murder.Valentino Dixon's vivid pencil drawings of golf courses came to be featured in Golf Digest, whose reporters noticed evidence in his case seemed
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Letter from Africa: The link between earth tremors, God and Nigeria’s elections

[ad_1] Image caption Nigeria's capital. Abuja, was disturbed by earth tremors earlier this month In our series of letters from Africa, Nigerian writer and novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers why some earth tremors in Nigeria's capital caused such a stir.Sometime in the early hours of 6 September, I was tucked in bed at home in Abuja when, suddenly, a slight trembling seemed to sway the building from side to side.My
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The daring Allied plan to defeat the Nazis

[ad_1] Thousands of Allied troops parachuted into Nazi-occupied Holland in September 1944 in the most ambitious airborne offensive of World War Two.British and American troops were dropped behind German lines in a bold attempt to capture a series of bridges on the Dutch/German border.Dubbed 'Operation Market Garden' its aim was to end the war by Christmas.Witness hears from Hetty Bischoff van Heemskerck, a young Dutch woman from the city of
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Martin Sellner: The new face of the far right in Europe

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images In his T-shirt, skinny jeans and sharply styled haircut, Martin Sellner is the European far right's newest poster boy. The group he leads in Austria has attracted huge publicity. However, Sellner's insistence that his movement is non-racist and non-violent doesn't have everyone convinced. In April 2016, hundreds of people sat inside the University of Vienna's theatre watching The Suppliants, a play performed by asylum-seekers from
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My holiday with the Afghan mujahideen

[ad_1] In the late 1970s, John England, from High Wycombe, was befriended by his neighbour Rahmatullah Safi, originally from Afghanistan. In 1988, Rahmatullah invited John to visit a war zone in his home country and they embarked on an unconventional trip. Image copyright John England Image caption Rahmatullah sits with the Mujahideen John kept a diary and took photos of his three-week trip with Rahmatullah, self-publishing them in an e-book