Congo: A land of riches – BBC News



The Democratic Republic of the Congo could be one of the richest countries in Africa because of its mineral wealth, but yet it’s one of the poorest. Corruption and exploitation has cost the country billions. With the elections there’s hope the country’s new leaders can improve the lives of millions of people.

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DR Congo has vast resources – from the pristine rainforests to the valuable ores that lie beneath the soil.

It has gold, diamonds, uranium, rare-earth metals, copper and cobalt – an essential ingredient in electric car batteries.

The south-eastern province of Katanga is the centre of the country’s mining industry with vast areas of open-cast pits and 60% of the world’s cobalt reserves. To Find out more:

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Australia fires: Turnbull accuses Scott Morrison of 'misleading' nation – BBC News



Australian PM Scott Morrison has been accused of lacking leadership during the bushfire crisis – by the man he replaced after a party room coup.

Malcolm Turnbull, who was deposed in 2018, told the BBC that Mr Morrison had misled the country by “downplaying” the influence of global warming.

Mr Morrison apologised last month for taking a US holiday amid the fires. He has insisted his policies are adequate.

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Indonesia's President Joko Widodo Interview – BBC News



He is the leader of the world’s most populous Muslim country and the biggest economy in South East Asia, but President Widodo of Indonesia has gained world-wide attention recently for his controversial plans to “wipe out” paedophilia with new laws authorising chemical castration. Yalda Hakim met President Widodo this week to quiz him about this and a wide range of other topics including the South China Sea, Islamic extremism and the government’s stance on homosexuality..

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Should You Hire for Sales Skill or Technical Acumen?

The question plaguing many hiring managers — not just in the Clinical Research and the Genomics and Genetics Diagnostics spaces, but indeed in all businesses — is: “Should we hire a candidate with technical expertise and train them in becoming a great sales person; or, should we hire a candidate with a strong sales background and train them in technical and product knowledge?

Making a hiring decision to address all the needs of your business takes forethought, patience and insight. You may find yourself asking whether you should focus more on sales or technical experience throughout the process, but the truth is, both are integral to success.

In fact, research shows that sales experience is more important long term, while technical expertise is more important short term. Let’s go into more detail.

Some say truly good sales people are harder to find than those with technical expertise, being that the ability to sell comes more naturally to those with certain innate traits t

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'The mountain that eats men' in Bolivia – BBC News



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Catharina Moh has been to Bolivia to meet people living on what’s known as the rich mountain – a silver mine that’s home to some of the country’s most vulnerable. Bolivia’s socialist president Evo Morales is hoping for re-election for a historic third term.
He is the country’s first indigenous leader, and has pledged to return more of the nation’s wealth to the people, and help Bolivia’s poorest.

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Amal Clooney: 'Why I'm defending Azerbaijani journalist (Khadija Ismayilova)' – BBC News



Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is representing award-winning Azerbaijan reporter Khadija Ismayilova at the European Court of Human Rights. Ms Ismayilova, an outspoken critic of the government, was jailed 18 months ago. Ms Clooney has been speaking to the BBC about the journalist’s case, and also gave her views on Republican presidential nomination front runner Donald Trump.

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Millions turn out in Iran for General Soleimani's funeral – BBC News



Large crowds gathered in the Iranian capital Tehran for the funeral of the military commander, killed in a US attack on Friday. Qasem Soleimani was assassinated in neighbouring Iraq, on the orders of US President Trump.

Soleimani was one of the most powerful figures in Iran, he directed operations in the Middle East and his killing has marked a major escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran, with wider implications for the entire region.

Iran’s allies in the Middle East include Iraq, and General Soleimani had influence over a number of militias operating there. But concerns about Iran’s growing influence was also one of the main drivers of mass protests in Iraq last year.

Tonight’s BBC News at Ten was presented by Huw Edwards, with contributions from the Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen and the Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.

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Hevrin Khalaf: Death of a peacemaker – BBC News



A BBC Arabic investigation has uncovered compelling evidence suggesting the Syrian-Kurdish political leader, Hevrin Khalaf, was executed by a faction of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army.

Rebel group Ahrar al-Sharqiya, which fights for the SNA, is accused of her murder, but has told the BBC it is not responsible for the politician’s death.

But by speaking to members of Ahrar al-Sharqiya, as well as Hevrin Khalaf’s family, former colleagues and an eyewitness, plus using open source investigation tools, the BBC has discovered a different story about what happened on 12 October 2019.

The Turkish government, which backs the Syrian National Army, has not responded to BBC requests for comment.

Video produced by: Nader Ibrahim, Rosie Garthwaite and Mustafa Khalili. Graphics by Jasmine Bonshor.

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Undercover in Myanmar's Sin city where anything goes – BBC News



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Illegal gambling, black markets and no government control – we take you to Mong-la…Myanmar’s Sin city where anything goes. THIS VIDEO CONTAINS SOME DISTRESSING IMAGES

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Brexit: Boris Johnson agrees new Brexit deal with EU – BBC News



The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared earlier today that he’d struck a new Brexit agreement with the European Union — ‘a great new deal’ in his words that ‘takes back control’. But crucially the deal still needs the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.

And at Westminster, there is uncertainty about the likelihood of MPs giving their approval when they meet in emergency session on Saturday. Northern Ireland’s DUP, whose support Boris Johnson needs, has already rejected it. And Labour says this deal is much worse for the UK than the one negotiated by Theresa May.

Huw Edwards presents the BBC News at Ten live from Brussels and hears from the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Europe editor Katya Adler, Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy, economics editor Faisal Islam and deputy political editor John Pienaar.

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