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Poppy farms: How the global opioid crisis is biting Australia

About half the world’s legal poppy straw is harvested in Australia’s smallest state, Tasmania. Poppies form the base for common medicines such as codeine and morphine, making them big business globally. But efforts to curb the US opioid crisis are eroding that demand – threatening the livelihoods of Tasmanian farmers. Video by Simon Atkinson. Poppy […]

Poppy farms: How the global opioid crisis is biting Australia

About half the world’s legal poppy straw is harvested in Australia’s smallest state, Tasmania. Poppies form the base for common medicines such as codeine and morphine, making them big business globally. But efforts to curb the US opioid crisis are eroding that demand – threatening the livelihoods of Tasmanian farmers. Video by Simon Atkinson. Poppy […]

Emoji number plates launched in Queensland

Image copyright Facebook/PersonalisedPlatesQueensland If a personalised number plate simply isn’t enough to express your complex personality, worry not – soon you will be able to add an emoji to the mix. Ok, you’ll have to move to Queensland, Australia – but once that’s sorted, you can get your own little smiley starting next month. The […]

Pulwama attack: Pakistan warns India against military action

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Khan called on India to provide evidence to support its claims that Pakistan was involved Pakistan has warned it will retaliate if India takes military action against it after a militant attack on Indian forces in Indian-administered Kashmir. Prime Minister Imran Khan went on television to call on India […]

Pulwama attack: Nine killed in Kashmir gun battle

Media captionIndian troops patrol the area where the attack took place Nine people, including four Indian soldiers and a policeman, have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir during a gun battle, police say. The clash occurred in Pulwama, where more than 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed in a bombing last week. That attack, the worst […]

Zara advert gets China asking: Are freckles beautiful?

Image copyright Zara/Sina Weibo Image caption Some asked whether Zara wanted to “uglify” the Chinese public by featuring a freckled model A fierce row has broken out in China – and it is all down to some freckles. Li Jingwen, professionally known as Jing Wen, has attracted considerable attention for her freckled appearance in a […]

Restoring faith to Japan’s sad forest

One of Japan’s most beautiful forests also has a sad association with suicide. But Kyochi Watanabe wants to change that. The vlogger Logan Paul brought the forest into the global public eye when he visited the forest and posted a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim, forcing YouTube to cut business ties […]

Elin Ersson: Student fined for Afghan deportation protest

Image copyright AFP Image caption Swedish activist Elin Ersson caused disruption on a plane that stopped the migrant being sent home. A Swedish activist has been fined 3,000 krona ($324; £251) for trying to stop the deportation of an Afghan migrant. University student Elin Ersson booked what she thought was the same flight as the […]

Ai Weiwei hits out at film censorship over Berlin I Love You

Image copyright EPA Image caption Ai Weiwei attended the Cinema For Peace Gala at the Berlin Film Festival on 11 February Artist Ai Weiwei has accused the producers of a film he worked on of cutting his part because they didn’t want to upset the Chinese authorities. Ai directed a segment of Berlin I Love […]

Pulwama attack: Four Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir gun battle

Image copyright AFP Image caption The encounter occurred in Pulwama, where more than 40 Indian soldiers were killed in a suicide attack on Thursday Four soldiers have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in a gun battle with militants, police say. The clash occurred in Pulwama district, where more than 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed […]

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