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Cash-strapped Pakistan rolls out red carpet for Saudis By BBC | Last Updated: 16th February, 2019, 11:15

Hundreds of five-star rooms in Islamabad are believed have been booked out for the 1000-strong delegation

Cash-strapped Pakistan rolls out red carpet for Saudis

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The ‘Red Taj Mahal’ at the martyrs’ cemetery

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The Martu are defined under Australian law as the traditional owners of more than 52,000 square miles of land in the Great and Little Sandy Deserts


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The state law, passed in 2014, would have required doctors who provide abortion services to be certified to practise at a nearby hospital


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Many communities in Nepal view menstruating women as impure and in some remote areas they are forced to sleep in a hut away from the home


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A new phase in the Venezuela crisis started last month when Washington recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó


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How do you compost a human body - and why? How do you compost a human body - and why?

A person's final resting place could be the foundations of a flowerbed or could feed the roots of a tree


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The most extreme arctic blasts, caused by a spinning pool of cold air known as the polar vortex, could bring temperatures as low as -53C (-64F)


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Mr Trump continues to call the border a national security crisis while Democrats say he is holding America hostage over an exaggerated threat


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