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Afghan Messi fan: Boy who shot to fame forced to flee home

In 2016, Murtaza Ahmadi moved the world with his adoration of Lionel Messi. His dream of meeting the footballer came true, but now the seven-year-old boy is living a nightmare, along with thousands of other Afghans. In November, they were forced to flee a Taliban offensive in southeastern Ghazni province. We take a closer look.


Meanwhile, in India, an agricultural technique called stubble burning is banned because of its environmental impact. But some farmers say their livelihoods depend on it.

And it's savoury, sweet and creamy but for many the Durian fruit is just plain stinky. Despite being banned in many parts of southeast Asia for its strong odour, the fruit's popularity is on the rise in China.

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