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Up close and personal with the biggest drone squadron ever

Before taking office, Donald Trump called the war in Afghanistan a “total disaster”. But last August he changed his mind and announced that the US would stay until the war was – in his words – “won”. Military commanders see air power as key to the hoped-for victory, and have …

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Tongan prime minister overrides ‘girls’ rugby ban’

Tonga’s prime minister has reversed a ministry decision that appeared to ban girls from playing rugby in schools. There was outrage in the Pacific nation this week after a girls’ high school rugby team was withdrawn from a competition because of their gender. An official letter said that sports such …

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Tongan prime minister overrides ‘girls’ rugby ban’

Tonga’s prime minister has reversed a ministry decision that appeared to ban girls from playing rugby in schools. There was outrage in the Pacific nation this week after a girls’ high school rugby team was withdrawn from a competition because of their gender. An official letter said that sports such …

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Ice cream uncle gives 1,000 freebies on his birthday

For most people, birthdays are a time for receiving gifts. But for one man in Singapore, it’s the exact opposite. Meet ‘Uncle Jimmy’, the ice cream seller who gives out 1,000 free treats each year on his birthday. Every weekday, the 72-year-old drives his motorcycle to the same spot he’s …

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Ice cream uncle gives 1,000 freebies on his birthday

For most people, birthdays are a time for receiving gifts. But for one man in Singapore, it’s the exact opposite. Meet ‘Uncle Jimmy’, the ice cream seller who gives out 1,000 free treats each year on his birthday. Every weekday, the 72-year-old drives his motorcycle to the same spot he’s …

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Russia ‘arming the Afghan Taliban’, says US

Russia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban, the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC. In an exclusive interview, Gen John Nicholson said he’d seen “destabilising activity by the Russians.” He said Russian weapons were smuggled across the Tajik border to the Taliban, but …

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