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South Korea to ban some BMW vehicles over engine fires

BMW has recalled 106,000 cars in South Korea because of growing fears about fire



The South Korean government has said it will ban about 20,000 BMWs from its streets after a spate of the vehicles catching fire.

The ban will apply to cars which have not yet been sent to BMW for safety checks under a voluntary recall.

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Viewpoint: Chinese mosque standoff risks peace in model Muslim province

The Weizhou mosque is a towering structure that features domes and minarets in a Middle Eastern style



China is determined to maintain control over how religion is practiced, but the planned demolition of one mosque in a previously rule-abiding city threatens to backfire, writes US-based academic David R Stroup.

On a frigid morning in early February 2016, just before sunrise, I stood in the courtyard of a mosque in Weizhou, a tiny, rural, predominantly Muslim township in China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

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Malaysia ex-PM Najib charged with money laundering

Mr Najib has seen a dramatic fall from grace after losing the election



Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been charged with three counts of money laundering linked to a multi-million dollar corruption scandal.

His is accused of having received 42m ringgit ($10m; £8m) from state fund 1MDB in his personal bank account.

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Tokyo Medical University apologises for changing female exam scores

The university has apologised for "betraying" the trust of the public



One of Japan's most prestigious medical universities has apologised for tampering with entrance exam scores to limit its intake of female students.

An internal investigation found that Tokyo Medical University (TMU) had been manipulating the scores of female applicants from as early as 2006.

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Lombok quake: Rescuers search collapsed mosque for survivors

The green-domed mosque in North Lombok has now been reduced to rubble



Rescue workers are searching the ruins of a mosque in Lombok, Indonesia, where it is feared people were trapped by Sunday's deadly earthquake.

The 6.9 magnitude quake is now known to have killed nearly 100 people and left at least 20,000 people homeless.

Read more: Lombok quake: Rescuers search collapsed mosque for survivors


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