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2020 Olympics: Japanese chains scrap porn magazines

2019-01-22 05:33:31 Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Adult magazines will disappear from thousands of stores across Japan as it prepares to host a wave of Olympic tourists Two of Japan's biggest convenience store chains have said they will stop selling pornographic magazines ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. 7-Eleven, which runs more than 20,000 shops in Japan, said it wanted
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Chris Brown: US singer arrested in Paris on suspicion of rape

2019-01-22 05:30:28 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The singer has several previous convictions for violence US singer Chris Brown has been arrested in Paris on suspicion of rape, French police say.A 24-year-old woman alleges that the star assaulted her in a hotel suite in the city earlier this month.She reportedly told police that the pair met at a nightclub in central Paris, close to the Champs-Elysées, before they returned
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Yemen war: Accidental blast kills foreign demining experts

2019-01-22 05:04:01 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pro-government forces removed 300,000 landmines laid by the Houthis between 2016 and 2018 Five foreign demining experts have been killed in an accidental explosion in Yemen, a Saudi-funded charity has said.The two South Africans, one Croatian, one Bosnian and one Kosovan were in a vehicle that blew up in Marib on Sunday while carrying mines to be destroyed.A Briton was also hurt,
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Paul Whelan: US spy suspect to remain in custody in Russia

2019-01-22 04:31:27 Image copyright Whelan family Image caption The Whelan family released an undated photo of Paul Whelan A former US marine accused of spying in Russia must remain in custody while he awaits trial, a court has ruled.Paul Whelan, 48, appeared in court in Moscow on Tuesday to appeal against a decision to deny him bail.He was detained in the city last month and Russian security officials say that
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Former al-Shabaab fighter links Nairobi hotel attacker to Somalia

2019-01-22 04:31:00 Ali Salim Gichunge, a thick-set Kenyan militant, was caught on security camera footage during the 20-hour attack on the Dusit and was killed alongside three other gunmen by Kenyan special forces. Authorities have since arrested a number of people allegedly connected to Gichunge.A suicide bomber also detonated himself at the start of the rampage, which left 20 civilians and one policeman dead.Al-Shabaab claimed that it carried out the
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Taliban militants kill dozens at Afghan intelligence base

2019-01-22 04:11:14 Image copyright AFP Image caption Insurgents bombed the military intelligence base in Wardak province Dozens of Afghan security personnel were killed by Taliban militants who overran a military intelligence base near Kabul, officials have confirmed.At least 43 people were killed and 54 injured in the attack, the NDS intelligence service told the BBC.Insurgents blew their way into the base using a car bomb before opening fire. Some reports
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Cristiano Ronaldo signs autograph on way to court

2019-01-22 03:25:21 Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo stopped to sign an autograph as he arrived at court in Madrid to face tax evasion charges which could result in an €18.8m (£16.6m) fine.A judge refused the player's request to appear by video or to enter the building by car to avoid the spotlight.He is widely expected to plead guilty in a pre-agreed deal that would hand him a 23-month jail sentence.In Spain,
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Ronaldo in court for tax evasion charge

2019-01-22 03:12:04 Image copyright Reuters Image caption A smiling Ronaldo was met by a media circus despite his request to avoid the front door Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived in court in Madrid amid a huge media presence to face tax evasion charges which could result in an €18.8m (£16.6m) fine.A judge refused the player's request to appear by video or to enter the building by car to avoid
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Sex abuse scandal hits South Korea’s elite skating scene

2019-01-22 02:02:51 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Speed skating is one of Korea's most prestigious sports The prized elite world of South Korean speed skating has been mired in scandal following a wave of allegations from female skaters who say that they were were sexually abused by their coaches and that it was covered up.For a country that is a world leader in speed skating, having won 24 Olympic
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Australian Open 2019: Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Roberto Bautista Agut to reach semi-finals

2019-01-22 00:28:46 Stefanos Tsitsipas has won all five of his matches at this year's Australian Open in four setsAustralian Open 2019Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 JanuaryCoverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online.Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets to continue his superb