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A controversial new Snapchat face filter has drawn outrage from thousands of users describing it as a "racist" caricature of East Asians. Dubbed "yellowface" by angry users, it contorted facial features and gave users the appearance of slanted eyes. Snapchat said the filter had already been removed and would not return to circulation. The social media app, one...

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The exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant has a strange beauty to it. The small town of Okuma, just two kilometres from the plant, looks unreal to my human eyes - so conditioned to the bustle of urban life. There are houses and shops, cars parked neatly in driveways, a traffic light flashing orange in the distance. But,...

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Nepal's army has started work to drain rising waters in a lake near Everest at nearly 5,000m (16,400ft). Scientists say that is vital to partially drain Lake Imja to stop it from bursting its banks with potentially devastating consequences. Imja is one of thousands of lakes in the Himalayas formed by the melting of glaciers. But last year's earthquake...

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Experts following the disappearance of MH370 say it is likely that a new piece of debris found on a Mozambique beach came from the missing plane. Luca Kuhn von Burgsdorff contacted the BBC on Thursday to say he found the fragment on the Macaneta peninsula. The authorities have been notified. The piece must be examined by the official investigation...

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A video game based on a Taliban school massacre in Pakistan's city of Peshawar in December 2014 has been withdrawn following a barrage of criticism. The game - Pakistan Army Retribution - was released by a government digital agency in the central Punjab province. Players could act as soldiers shooting the attackers in the school. The agency later admitted...

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Japanese whaling ships have departed for the Antarctic hunt, resuming the programme after a year, despite international opposition. Japan says its whaling programme is for scientific research - one of the exceptions in which whaling is allowed under international rules. But in 2014 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said its Antarctic hunt was not scientific and should cease....

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Malaysia is asking other Indian Ocean islands near French-owned Reunion to be on the lookout for more possible debris after a wing part suspected of being from missing flight MH370 came ashore. The Malaysia Airlines plane, carrying 239 people, vanished in March 2014. The Boeing-777 was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The wing part discovered on Wednesday has...

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You know that a stock market story has crossed into the mainstream once internet memes about it begin. Hash tags like "Greatfallofchina" started to fill my Twitter feed, and as each day brought more falls on the mainland Chinese stock markets (both the Shanghai Composite and Shenzhen CSI 300 saw major falls), each day also brought more panic...

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It's more than five years since the earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan caused a huge leak of radioactive material into the world's oceans. Workers battled to prevent the Fukushima nuclear plant going into complete meltdown and radiation levels rose by a factor of tens of millions. However, a new report by Australian scientists has revealed that...

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Public servants in Singapore will be blocked from accessing the internet on work computers from May next year. The moves aims to plug "potential leaks from work e-mails and shared documents amid heightened security threats," the Straits Times newspaper said. Officials said employees across government would also be barred from forwarding any work-related information to personal emails. Singaporeans have...

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