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Japanese architect to win “Mother Teresa award”

Architect Shigeru Ban has become the first Japanese to receive the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice. The award is given by the Harmony Foundation in India to honour individuals and groups promoting peace, harmony and social justice.


Parliament to get binding vote on final Brexit deal

Parliament is to be given a take-it-or leave-it vote on the final Brexit deal before the UK leaves the EU.
Brexit Secretary David Davis said the terms of the UK's exit, such as money, citizen rights and any transition must become law via a new Act of Parliament.Labour welcomed a "climbdown" but some MPs warned of a "sham" if ministers could not be asked to renegotiate.Sources have told the BBC some Tory rebels were unimpressed, with one saying the promise was "meaningless".

Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 300 near Iraq border

Iranian rescue workers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 300 and injuring thousands. The 7.3-magnitude quake hit a border area 30 kilometres southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan last night.  The worst affected areas were in Iran's western province of Kermanshah, where at least 328 people were dead and another 2,350 were injured. Across the border in Iraq, where the areas are more sparsely populated, the Iraqi health ministry said that eight people had died and several hundred have been injured. Iran's emergency services say that it is difficult to send rescue teams to the villages because the roads have been cut off due to aftermath landslides.

Iran and Iraq earthquake kills over 200 peo9ple.

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 207 people and injuring about 2,500. One aid agency said 70,000 people needed emergency shelter after the quake, one of the largest this year.


Vatican bans sale of cigarettes

Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year. The motive is clear as the Holy See cannot be co-operating with a practice that is clearly harmful to health. World Health Organization statistics reveal that smoking causes more than seven million deaths worldwide every year. The Vatican, a tiny walled city-state surrounded by Rome, is one of the few states to ban smoking. Bhutan, also a tiny country, banned the sale of tobacco in 2005.

Theresa May faces fresh reshuffle after Preethi Patel's resignation

Theresa May is facing a second cabinet reshuffle in a week, as she comes under pressure to say what the Foreign Office knew of Preethi Patel's visit to Israel. Ms Patel resigned as international development secretary yesterday, after holding a series of unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials.


Trump urges N Korea to 'come to table' over nuclear issue

US President Donald Trump has urged North Korea to "come to the table" and discuss giving up its nuclear weapons. Striking a different tone from previous fiery rhetoric, he said he "hoped to God" he did not have to use the US military against Pyongyang.


China to build world's highest planetarium in Tibet

China will begin construction of the world's highest planetarium in Tibet, next year. It will have the region's largest optical astronomical telescope. Planned to be completed in 2019, the planetarium will be built within the Tibet Museum of Natural Sciences in Tibet's provincial capital Lhasa. Dubbed as the "Roof of the World" on account of its altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level, Tibet has superb clear skies which are ideal for astronomical observation.

China anger after doctor sued over smoker's death

Chinese social media users are reacting angrily after a doctor was ordered to pay compensation for his alleged role in a smoker's death.The doctor, surnamed Yang, was told by a court in central Henan province that he must pay compensation of 2,200 dollars as a matter of "principle fairness" to the family of an elderly man surnamed Feng, who died in May.


Australian parliamentarians 'to disclose citizenship'

Australia's Prime Minister has announced new rules to make all federal politicians declare their citizenship status. It comes amid a dual citizenship saga, which has led to six politicians losing their office. In Australia, dual citizens are not allowed to run for federal office. Malcolm Turnbull unveiled the new disclosure rules today in a bid to clear up the uncertainty around politicians' eligibility in Canberra. However, the plan will need to be voted on, in both, the upper and lower houses in Australia's parliament, before coming into force.

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