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* China closes its Everest base camp to tourists

Feb 15 (BBC) China has closed the base camp on its side of Mount Everest to visitors who don't have climbing permits. Authorities have resorted to the unusual move to deal with the mounting waste problem at the site.
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* Trump to declare 'emergency' over Mexico border wall

Feb 15 (BBC) US President Donald Trump is to declare a national emergency to fund his planned border wall with Mexico, the White House has said. He will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown - but also act to bypass Congress and use military funds for the wall, a statement said.
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* Christmas Island: Australia 'to re-open' controversial detention centre

Feb 14 (BBC) Australian PM Scott Morrison says he will re-open a controversial detention centre on Christmas Island, after a historic defeat in parliament. On Tuesday, non-government MPs secured enough votes to pass a bill making it easier for sick refugees held offshore to be treated in the country.
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* Pulwama attack: India will 'completely isolate' Pakistan

Feb 15 (BBC) India has said it will ensure the "complete isolation" of Pakistan after a suicide bomber killed 46 paramilitary police in Indian-administered Kashmir. It claims to have "incontrovertible evidence" of its neighbour's involvement but has not provided it.
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* India wants militant sanctioned after Kashmir blast

Feb 15 (BBC) India has called for sanctions against the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group it says carried out Thursday's suicide attack in Indian-administered Kashmir. Delhi asks for the leader of the Pakistan-based group to be listed as a terrorist by the UN.
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* New 'mysterious' frog species discovered in India's Western Ghats

Feb 14 (BBC) Indian researchers have discovered a new species of frog - in a roadside puddle. Sonali Garg, a PhD student at Delhi University, and her supervisor SD Biju found the new species in the Western Ghats, a biodiversity hotspot in southern India.
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