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Banksy work comes top of poll of UK’s favourite artworks

A graffiti work of a girl losing a heart-shaped balloon by artist Banksy is Britain’s favourite artwork, according to a poll out Wednesday.

The "Balloon Girl" stencil painting, which appeared on the side of shop in east London in 2002, topped the shortlist of best British artworks, as voted on by 2,000 people.

Banksy work comes top of poll of UK’s favourite artworks
Banksy work comes top of poll of UK’s favourite artworks

Banksy work comes top of poll of UK’s favourite artworks

A graffiti work of a girl losing a heart-shaped balloon by artist Banksy is Britain’s favourite artwork, according to a poll out Wednesday.

26 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack on Kandahar base: Kabul
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26 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack on Kandahar base: Kabul

At least 26 Afghan soldiers have been killed and 13 wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base in southern Kandahar province, the defence ministry said Wednesday, the latest blow to the country’s struggling security forces.
Russia says US sanctions vote hits chance of better ties
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Russia says US sanctions vote hits chance of better ties

The sanctions package — which also contains measures aimed at Iran and North Korea — passed 419 to three on Tuesday after weeks of negotiations.
UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040: report
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UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040: report

Britain will outlaw the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040 in a bid to cut air pollution, the government was set to announce later Wednesday.
Odebrecht paid $27.7 mln in bribes in Colombia: prosecutor
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Odebrecht paid $27.7 mln in bribes in Colombia: prosecutor

Brazil’s Odebrecht paid more than $27.7 million in bribes in Colombia, including $11.1 million the United States has identified, a prosecutor said on Tuesday.
Woman held in Japan over claim she wrecked ex’s 54 violins
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Woman held in Japan over claim she wrecked ex’s 54 violins

A woman has been arrested in Japan on suspicion of destroying 54 violins and 70 bows worth around $950,000 that were owned by her ex-husband, police and media said Wednesday.
Hong Kong maids lured by Islamic State recruiters: report
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Hong Kong maids lured by Islamic State recruiters: report

Indonesian maids working in Hong Kong are being radicalised by extremists from the Islamic State group, a security think-tank said in a report Wednesday.
Petronas drops massive natural gas project in western Canada
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Petronas drops massive natural gas project in western Canada

Petronas said on Tuesday it was pulling out of its Can$36 billion ($28.8 billion US) liquefied natural gas exporting project on Canada’s west coast long opposed by environmentalists and native rights activists.
Fire, smoke and metal at North Korea steel plant
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Fire, smoke and metal at North Korea steel plant

A crane moves a giant bucket brimming with 40 tonnes of molten steel towards a gangway in North Korea’s Chollima Steel Complex. Flames, smoke and a shower of sparks erupt as a worker thrusts his temperature gauge into the liquid, its tip glowing white-hot as he withdraws it.
Paris tourism alive and kicking again after terror doldrums
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Paris tourism alive and kicking again after terror doldrums

High-kicking dancers are enthralling full houses again at the Moulin Rouge and art lovers are swarming the Louvre as Paris enjoys a tourism revival after plummeting numbers brought on by terror attacks.
Petrolheads: Motorsports boom in China
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Petrolheads: Motorsports boom in China

Trailing enormous plumes of dust, the Silk Way rally cars tore through the Gobi Desert bound for China’s Imperial city of Xi’an — fresh evidence of the Middle Kingdom’s newfound love of motorsports.
Birds get new wings at Brazil rehab center
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Birds get new wings at Brazil rehab center

Not a single wing flutters in the Seropedica aviary near Rio de Janeiro, where aras and others parrots are learning how to fly again after they were rescued from traffickers.

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