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    Thursday Mar 5

    Opening session of the annual National People’s Congress in pictures

    China’s Communist Party-controlled legislature gathers in the capital for the annual show of political theater, with the “rule of law” high on the agenda.

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    Wednesday Mar 4

    Turkish plane skids off runway in Nepal, close shave for 238 people on board

    238 people on board a Turkish Airlines jet had a lucky escape when the plane missed the runway on landing in dense fog at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Wednesday and skidded onto nearby grassland.

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    Wednesday Mar 4

    Dog fights feature in lantern festival in China

    While banned in some countries, dogfights are a common attraction in north China’s Shanxi province which hosts more than 100 festivals each year attracting visitors from neighbouring provinces and tourists alike.

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    Wednesday Mar 4

    In pictures: Dubai’s Museum of the Future

    Complex of innovation labs that develop ideas and systems for future cities revealed

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    Tuesday Mar 3

    Villarica volcano in Chile erupts, thousands evacuated

    Villarica volcano in southern Chile erupts, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surge down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people.

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    Monday Mar 2

    Solar Impulse 2 ready for 35,000km journey from Abu Dhabi

    Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will take off from Abu Dhabi this week in an attempt to fly around the world in the solar-powered plane. The 35,000km journey is expected to take five months to complete, with stops in Oman, India, Myanmar, China, the US, Europe or North Africa depending on the weather. The Solar Impulse 2 is expected to land back in Abu Dhabi in late July or early August.

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    Monday Mar 2

    Operation to recapture Tikrit begins

    Backed by allied fighters, Iraqi troops begin a large-scale military operation to retake the city of Tikrit from the Daesh militants

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    Thursday Feb 26

    3000 years of history gone in Daesh attack on Mosul shrines, artifacts

    In images made from video posted on a social media account affiliated with the Daesh group, militants are shown destroying a number of shrines, including Muslim holy sites, in order to eliminate what it views as heresy. They are also believed to have sold ancient artifacts on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign across the region.

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    Wednesday Feb 25

    Food products from bird spit to flood global market

    Nests made from swiftlets' saliva are being mixed into coffee and cereal as producers seek to broaden the global appeal of this exotic – and expensive - delicacy

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    Wednesday Feb 25

    Mind-controlled bionic hand is world's first

    Three men have injured hands replaced with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs

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    Tuesday Feb 24

    Arvind Kejriwal joins Anna Hazare’s protest

    Almost three years after they split, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal shared stage with Anna Hazare extending his full support to the Gandhian’s agitation against the land acquisition ordinance.

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    Wednesday Feb 18

    Narendra Modi inaugurates the biennial Aero India show

    The biennial Aero India show got off to a flying start with a spectacular display of its air prowess and daredevilry aerobatics by its fighters, helicopters and transport aircraft. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the event, a five-day trade expo, at the Yelahanka base of the Indian Air Force (IAF), and witnessed the flying display in a clear sky on a sunny day.

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    Sunday Feb 15

    Picture Speak - Series 4

    Wind, rain or shine, Gulf News photographers are always there to capture the myriad shades of life. Through the viewfinder they see and snap the glitz, glamour, daring, newsy and the simple moments of life. Here is a selection of those fleeting glimpses of life, frozen in time.

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    Wednesday Feb 11

    Government Summit 2015 Day 3: Plenary session on UAE Smart Cities

    Increasing urbanisation and power consumption, making cities more liveable and the residents happier call for constant innovation on the part of leaders and planners today. There are solutions at hand -- homes will soon be powered by rooftop solar panels and walkable cities will be connected to clean-energy power plants distributed via smart grids. More public transport will make city dwelling less troublesome. But city planners may need to redevelop every inch of space or road, community and industrial cluster to fit the needs of an increasing number of dwellers whose food may be grown in vertical farms using hydroponics that require less water but produce more. These and more were covered on third and final day of Government Summit 2015 in Dubai.

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    Wednesday Feb 11

    Elephant patrols help fight illegal poaching in Indonesia

    Indonesian men rididing on Sumatran elephants give a helping hand to authorities in the fight against illegal logging and poaching.

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    Wednesday Feb 11

    At eleven, he shines shoes to buy food

    Poverty drives children, as young as 5, in Afghanistan to work from dawn to dusk to take care of themselves and their families, instead of going to school and leading a happy life towards adulthood.

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    Tuesday Feb 10

    Government Summit 2015 Day 2: Big data and future

    What makes a good country? That's one question being answered on Tuesday at the Government Summit 2015. Today's sessions also cover interesting topics as #WeTheUAE, shaping future governments, artificial intelligence, what makes a good country, innovations that count, robotics, and challenges companies face in attracting and retaining talent.

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    Monday Feb 9

    Government Summit 2015: insights and snapshots

    Today's challenges such as terrorism, education, oil markets, innovation, quality of governance, and Martian missions -- are some of the key subjects being tackled at the on-going Government Summit 2015 in Dubai. The three-day event features high-profile speakers: heads of state, pioneers as well as innovators who are in town to share their ideas. As many as 87 countries are participating this year in the biggest event of its kind in the world to discuss governments of the future as well as the critical changes taking place at the global level in the development of government services. Here are some snapshots from the summit.

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    Monday Feb 9

    The Dubai Government Summit 2015 kicked off at Madinat Jumeirah

    The third Government Summit, being held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Madinat Jumeirah from February 9 to 11, is being attended by heads of state, high-ranking government officials, technology experts and educationists from around the world.

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    Tuesday Jan 27

    East coast snow storm shuts down New York City

    A major storm forced New York to impose driving bans and halt public transport late Monday, as snowfall pounded the northeastern United States affecting tens of millions of people

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    Sunday Jan 25

    Barack Obama pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, plants sapling

    US President Barack Obama laid a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat and planted a sapling in the complex on the bank of the Yamuna river during his landmark India visit.