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* Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence for Reeva Steenkamp death

Oct 21 (BBC) South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has begun serving time in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He was driven to Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru prison where he is expected to be housed in the hospital wing. Judge Thokozile Masipa gave Pistorius a five-year jail sentence for culpable homicide, but cleared him of murder.
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* China's economic growth slows to more than five-year low

Oct 21 (BBC) China's economy grew at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis, causing speculation the government may introduce more stimulus measures. Gross domestic product rose by 7.3% in the third quarter from a year earlier, compared to 7.5% in the previous quarter, official data showed.
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* Pakistani Hindus ask government to give Diwali holiday

Oct 20 (BBC) Leaders of Pakistan's minority Hindu community are calling for the festival of Diwali to be a national holiday. A member of Pakistan's parliament, Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, says he raised the issue with the Speaker of the National Assembly on Monday.
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* US soldier missing at Philippines murder hearing

Oct 21 (BBC) A US Marine has failed to appear in a Philippines court after being accused of murdering a transgender Filipino. The lawyer for Pte First Class Joseph Pemberton said his presence at the preliminary hearing was not required. The case will now resume next week. He has been named as the suspect in the death of Jeffrey Laude, found dead in a hotel bathroom on 12 October.
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* Indian firework factory blast kills workers in Andhra Pradesh

Oct 21 (BBC) An explosion at a fireworks factory in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has killed at least 17 people, police say. The explosion on Monday afternoon started a fire and destroyed the Manikanta Fireworks factory. The blaze took place in the village of Vakatippa in East Godavari district.
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* India's BJP set to rule Maharashtra and Haryana

Oct 20 (BBC) India's BJP is set to form governments in Maharashtra and Haryana, after the party won the elections in both states. Last week's elections were PM Narendra Modi's first major test of popularity five months after he led his BJP to a landslide general election win.
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