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BBC news 2020-02-10 (audio+transcript)

BBC news with Stewart Macintosh.

Millions of people in China have begun returning to work after the lunar new year break, which was extended to try to curb the spread of the corona virus. Precautionary measures remain in place, including the staggering of working hours, to limit the number of people in public place and the selective reopening of workspaces.

Ireland’s political landscape has been transformed by a surge in support for the left-wing nationalist party’s Sinn Fein. Initial general election’s results suggest that despite filling far fewer candidates, Ireland’s political landscape has been transformed by a surge in support for the left-wing nationalist party’s ‘s share of the popular vote match that of the two long dominant centralist parties. Fine Gael led by the prime minister Leo Varadkar has refused to enter a coalition with Sinn Fein, but Fianna Fail’s leaders appear to soften his previous opposition to such a move.

Police in Brazil has killed the leader of a group of Bope(Battalion of Special Operations) police officers accused of murdering a left-wing politician and campaigner in Rio de janeiro two years ago. Adriano da Nóbrega, a former police captain was shot dead during a confrontation in the northeastern state of Bahia.

The U.N secretary general has told African leaders that it’s time to remove Sudan from the list of states sponsor of terrorism. Addressing the annual general summit, António Guterres said the U.N would drum up the support that would enable the country to overcome its challenges.

Azerbaijan’s governing party says it believes it’s won a snap parliamentary election, which was called to speed up the reforms of president Ilham Aliyev. Oppositions accused him of trying to consolidate his grip on power.

And Hollywood Oscar stars have been walking along the red carpet, as they arrived at this year’s Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles. The front runner with the 11 nominations is the dark comic book movie “Joker”.

BBC news.

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