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Special Reports - How top U.S. colleges hooked up with controversial Chinese companies

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SHANGHAI/SHELTER ISLAND, New York Thomas Benson once ran a small liberal arts college in Vermont. Stephen Gessner served as president of the school board for New York’s Shelter Island.

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Porous Texas border fence foreshadows challenges for Trump's wall 12:16pm GMT

BROWNSVILLE, Texas The rose-coloured border security fence starts in a dusty field on the Loop family farm in South Texas - about 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico and a mile north of the southern U.S. border. | Video

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New evidence shows deep Islamic State role in Bangladesh massacre 01 Dec 2016

DHAKA Before Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury orchestrated Bangladesh's worst militant attack, he sought and won approval for it from Islamic State.

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Iraq's Shi'ite militias could prove bigger test than Mosul 01 Dec 2016

BAGHDAD In early June, two Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias under the nominal control of the Iraqi government stormed into an Iraqi military airbase north of Baghdad. Driving armoured vehicles and wielding rocket launchers, they took over a building on the base.

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Hardline Islamists push agenda as blasphemy case ignites Indonesia 30 Nov 2016

JAKARTA When Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama had some of the capital's sprawling slums levelled this spring, Muslim groups including the hardline "Islamic Defenders Front" (FPI) moved in quickly to help some of the city's poorest residents.

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Fewer North Korean workers come to China as border trade tightens 29 Nov 2016

DANDONG, China A labour agent sat in his bus on a recent frigid morning, waiting to cross the "Friendship Bridge" at China's main border post with North Korea. He had come to pick up migrant workers and take them to jobs in factories and restaurants in China. 

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For Apple and others, tin supply chain has ties to rebel-held Myanmar mine 29 Nov 2016

YANGON/WASHINGTON From a remote corner of northeastern Myanmar, an insurgent army sells tin ore to suppliers of some of the world's largest consumer companies.

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As Zimbabwe's money runs out, so does Mugabe's power 25 Nov 2016

HARARE In Zimbabwe, where worthless $100 trillion (80.36 trillion pound) notes serve as reminders of the perils of hyperinflation, President Robert Mugabe is printing a new currency that jeopardizes not just the economy but his own long grip on power.

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Insight - As asylum-seekers clog Italy's courts, Europe is no help 25 Nov 2016

ROME Angelo Trovato is in charge of Italy's asylum-request system, and it shows.

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Special Report - How a British town became a hub for online porn and poker 23 Nov 2016

CONSETT, England John Mawson and his wife Sandra live in a cramped one-storey home on a hill near Consett, an old steel town in the north east of England. They have been company directors for years, and between them serve 15 firms. But John had no idea what their companies did until a few years ago, when he looked online. | Video

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Exclusive - Banks to Britain: stagger Brexit over years or we could leave

LONDON Britain must negotiate a staggered departure from the European Union over several years or risk banks leaving the country, the biggest banking lobby group will warn the government in coming weeks, according to sources familiar with the matter.