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The Indian woman who chose a bull over marriage

Selvarani Kanagarasu, a daily wage labourer from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has shunned marriage so that she can take care of a prize-fighting bull. BBC Tamil’s Pramila Krishnan talks to her about her life. Ms Kanagarasu, now 48, was only a teenager when she decided that she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father and ...

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Referee aims kick at player then sends him off in PSG win

Paris St-Germain’s latest Ligue 1 win ended in controversy as the referee aimed a kick at a Nantes player after they collided – then sent him off. Nantes finished the game with 10 men as defender Diego Carlos was shown a second yellow card in injury time after the incident with referee Tony Chapron. Nantes chairman Waldemar Kita said Chapron ...

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‘I replied to a Facebook post and was married six days later’

Everyone who uses Facebook will have come across some pretty strange posts in their time. Random friend requests, being added to groups you did not ask to join, and tags that allow “friends” to clog up your timeline with posts or photos you don’t necessarily want. But a Nigerian man took that to a whole new level when he posted ...

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Prostitute returns to work 30 minutes after giving birth

A prostitute went back to work in a notorious red light district just 30 minutes after giving birth, a Police Community Support Office has revealed. Jacqui Fairbanks, has been helping the sex workers in Hull’s Hessle Road for ten years and says there are currently around 40 of them working in the area at various times. Many come from backgrounds ...

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Indian teenagers expelled from school for hugging

A hug between two teenagers in southern India has snowballed into a national controversy after their school expelled them for a “public display of affection”. The BBC’s Ashraf Padanna spoke to them. After she had sung on stage in a competition at St Thomas Central School in Kerala, the 15-year-old asked her friend, a boy of 16, how she had ...

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Meet the 22-year-old Ghanaian already pursuing a PhD

Samuel Fiifi Hammond is a remarkable student. Not just because of his in-depth understanding of technical issues but his unwavering determination to break the traditional educational status quo. He is only 22, yet he is pursuing a doctorate at the Newcastle University in Australia. Samuel, only in 2016 graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with ...

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Angry District Best Farmer returns award package to gov’t

The Overall Best Farmer for the Prestea-Huni Valley District of the Western Region has returned all the items he received as part of his award at this year’s Farmers’ Day celebration held at Dumase near Bogoso. Mr. John Enimil, a 35-year-old, who was adjudged as the district’s Overall Best Farmer on Friday, December 1, 2017, went home with four knapsack ...

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India: Bus passenger arrested over smelly socks

Police in India say they have arrested a man whose smelly socks caused a dispute between him and fellow passengers on a bus. They told the BBC they had lodged a complaint against Prakash Kumar, 27, for “causing a public nuisance”. The incident occurred en route to the capital, Delhi, after Mr Kumar removed his shoes and socks. The stench ...

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Man returns stolen Subwoofer after being attacked by bees

There was drama in Masindi town in Uganda on Monday when a swarm of bees attacked a man suspected to have stolen household items from a resident of Kijura north cell in Masindi District. Fred Musiime, a resident of Masindi town who witnessed the incident told the Daily Monitor that the bees had covered the man’s head, neck, part of the ...

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Empty gas cylinder causes confusion in Parliament

There was confusion in Parliament today [Friday], when the Member of Parliament for  Tarkwa-Nsuaem, George Mireku Duker, stormed the legislature with a 6kg gas cylinder in his hand. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP, who’s in his first term in Parliament, was in possession of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinder to help his presentation during the debate of the ...

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