Woman dies in Australia Day lamington-eating contest

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lamingtons are a sponge cake covered in chocolate and desiccated coconut A woman has died in Australia while taking part in a contest to eat as many lamingtons as possible. The woman, aged 60, is reported to have had a seizure during the event […]

Coronavirus: Death toll rises to 80 as China extends holiday

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China warns the virus can spread even before any symptoms will show The number of people killed in China by the coronavirus has risen to 80, with almost 3,000 confirmed ill. The national new year holiday has been extended by three days to Sunday, […]

Rockets hit US embassy in Baghdad amid protests

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Supporters of Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr carry placards depicting Donald Trump At least three rockets struck the US embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Sunday. One rocket hit the embassy cafeteria while two others landed a short distance away, a source told AFP. […]

The art of buildings – BBC News

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After thousands of public votes, the winners of the Art of Building Photographer of the Year 2019 have been announced. The competition, run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), celebrates the creativity of the construction industry and the built world around us. The Public Choice Award went to Alexandr […]

The man teaching 300 million people a new language

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Image copyright Justin Merriman Image caption Luis von Ahn was born and raised in Guatemala The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Luis von Ahn, co-founder and chief executive of language learning app Duolingo. If anyone ever doubts […]

Would Greta Thunberg generation play with these toys?

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Image caption Dan Robson wants to encourage kids to learn about growing from seeds Choose one word to define toys in recent years and it would be “collectable”. Every box and packet, from pocket money mini-figures to expensive construction sets, urged children and their parents to complete the set. In […]