Italy president names novice Giuseppe Conte as populist PM

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Giuseppe Conte has faced allegations of inflating his CV Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella has accepted a political novice as prime minister, paving the way for the two populist parties to form a government. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and right-wing League chose law professor Giuseppe Conte in a bid…

Trump-Kim summit ‘depends on Kim’ — Mike Pompeo

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Pompeo has met Mr Kim twice in Pyongyang The planned summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-il depends on the North Korean leader, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. The event is scheduled for 12 June in Singapore, but the North has said it may…

Tesla Autopilot: Name deceptive, claim groups

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tesla cars come with assisted driving technology Two US consumer rights groups have urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Tesla over its marketing of «Autopilot» assisted-driving software. In a letter sent on Wednesday, the groups called the Autopilot name «deceptive and misleading». A small number of drivers using…

Macedonia ex-PM Gruevski jailed over luxury Mercedes purchase

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gruevski faces four other cases over alleged abused of power during his 10 years in power Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has been sentenced to two years in prison for corruption. A court in Skopje found he had unlawfully influenced officials over the purchase of a luxury bulletproof…

NFL clubs to be fined if players kneel

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRavens and Jaguars defied President Trump at Wembley after his comments NFL teams will be fined if players kneel for the US national anthem under a new policy. The American football league said players who do not stand for the Star-Spangled Banner can stay in the locker…

UK ‘thief’ held in woods hideout in France

A former British soldier suspected of a series of burglaries in central France has been caught after spending five months on the run. The man, 51, was discovered after police and locals combed through the woods near Surin village. Police found more than 200 objects in his secret hideout, including mobile phones, jewels and cooking…

Steam store school-shooting game ‘appalling’

Image copyright Steam A «school-shooting simulator» video game has been described as «appalling» by an anti-gun violence charity. According to its listing on the Steam video game store, the software lets players «slaughter as many civilians as possible» in a school environment. Charity Infer Trust called on Valve — the company behind the Steam games…

Trump lawyer ‘paid by Ukraine’ to arrange White House talks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko (left) meets US President Donald Trump at the White House in June of 2017 Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to…

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo: Patients ‘taken to church’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ebola can cause fatal bleeding from internal organs Three Ebola patients left a treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo after their families demanded to take them to church, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Two of the patients later died, while the third returned to the centre…

New York parents win legal battle to evict son, 30

Image copyright Reuters A New York couple have won their legal battle to evict their 30-year-old son from home after he refused to leave. During a hearing at the state’s highest court in Syracuse, a judge praised Michael Rotondo’s legal research, but ordered him to leave the house anyway. Justice Donald Greenwood told the son…

Turkish lira dives against the dollar

Image copyright AFP The Turkish lira has fallen more than 5% to hit a record low against the US dollar. The currency has lost 22% of its value in 2018, as fears grow that the government might undermine the powers of Turkey’s central bank. Many investors want to see a rise in interest rates to…

Wael Abbas: Prominent Egyptian blogger ‘arrested’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Wael Abbas has spent more than a decade documenting alleged police abuses A prominent Egyptian activist and blogger known for documenting alleged abuses by the security forces has been detained, his lawyer says. Heavily armed officers raided Wael Abbas’s home in Cairo overnight and took him away blindfolded to an…

Maori facial tattoo slammed as cultural appropriation

Image copyright evolvedleadership.com.au Image caption Sally Anderson’s headshot from her life coaching business Facial tattoos have been a part of Maori culture for centuries, a sacred marker of the wearer’s genealogy and heritage. But one woman’s striking chin design- or moko — has generated huge debate in New Zealand, because she is white, with no…

From the CIA to the NBA: The women making history this week

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Stacey Cunningham is the first female president of the New York Stock Exchange It’s been a big week in the US for history-making women. From the CIA to the NBA, the buzz is all about female leaders. Here are four developments you might have missed… New York Stock Exchange has…

BMW cars found to contain more than a dozen flaws

Image copyright Keen Lab Image caption The hack attack tests were all carried out in controlled environments BMW’s car computer systems have been found to contain 14 separate flaws, according to a study by a Chinese cyber-security lab. They could, in theory, let hackers take at least partial control of affected vehicles while in use….

Paraguay tribe joins search for missing Austrian tourist

Image copyright Wilhelm Wabnegg Image caption Wilhelm Wabnegg’s plan was to spend 14 months travelling through South America An indigenous group has joined the search for a 62-year-old Austrian man who went missing in a national park in Paraguay three weeks ago. Wilhelm Wabnegg was last heard from on 2 May when he was setting…

FBI admits over-counting locked iPhones and other mobiles

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Apple has come under pressure to make encrypted iPhones accessible to the FBI The FBI has admitted overestimating the number of seized mobile phones its investigators are unable to access. It has seized between 1,000 and 2,000 mobile phones that remain locked, as part of its crime investigations, not the…

Macron French reforms: SNCF workers vote down changes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The state-owned rail company says participation in the strike has hit a record low France’s striking rail workers have unanimously rejected government measures to reform the country’s state-owned SNCF company. In a ballot derided by the company as a petition, almost 95% of those who voted were against the…

US warns staff in China: Beware of unusual sounds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The affected staff member reportedly worked at the US consulate in Guangzhou The US state department has urged its staff in China to alert them to any abnormal hearing or vision issues after one employee reported mystery symptoms. The person experienced «subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound…

Saudi Arabia widens crackdown on women’s rights activists

Image copyright AFP Image caption Aziza al-Yousef is reportedly one of the women’s rights activists being held Saudi Arabia has reportedly arrested three more women’s rights activists in a crackdown launched just weeks before a ban on women driving will be lifted. Human rights groups said at least 10 people, most of them women who…

German firm apologises for ‘racist’ post linked to Meghan Markle

Image copyright Facebook — Super Dickmman’s Image caption The controversial image, posted on the day of the royal wedding, has been deleted A German company has apologised after posting an image of a chocolate-covered marshmallow sweet in a bridal dress on the day of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Super Dickmann’s post…

R Kelly: Too late to stop my influence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The star has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women, but denies the allegations Embattled R&B star R Kelly has been filmed telling a room full of people it is «too late» for his musical influence to be curtailed. The video was originally uploaded to Facebook on 17…

Santa Fe school shooting: Hundreds at Sabika Sheikh funeral

Image copyright AFP Image caption Wrapped in the Pakistani flag, Sabika Sheikh’s coffin was taken to the funeral service The funeral of a Pakistani student killed in last week’s Texas school shooting has taken place in Karachi. Sabika Sheikh, who was 17, was among the eight students and two teachers killed in the attack in…

First black female nominee for US governor

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Abrams spoke at the 2016 Democratic convention, where Hillary Clinton was nominated A former Georgia lawmaker and author has taken a major step towards becoming the first ever African-American female governor of a US state. Stacey Abrams won the Democratic party primary on Tuesday, telling voters that trying…

Author Philip Roth dies aged 85

Image copyright AFP Image caption Philip Roth wrote more than 30 novels One of the great American authors, Philip Roth, has died aged 85. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist’s works included American Pastoral, Portnoy’s Complaint and Goodbye Columbus. His work covered Jewish family life, sex and American ideals. The New York Times confirmed Mr Roth’s death…

Gavin Grimm trans bathroom lawsuit backed by federal judge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gavin Grimm filed a lawsuit after his high school prevented him from using the men’s bathroom A US judge has ruled that federal law protects a transgender student’s right to use the bathroom corresponding to his gender identity. In the latest legal twist to a long-running case, a Virginia court…

Archbishop Philip Wilson to step down after sex abuse cover-up

Image copyright EPA Image caption Philip Wilson was found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse A Catholic archbishop in Australia convicted of concealing child sexual abuse will step down from his position. Philip Wilson, the archbishop of Adelaide, South Australia, was found guilty of covering up the crimes of a paedophile priest by a court…

US to ease crisis-era Dodd-Frank banking rules

Image copyright Getty Images A move to relax US banking rules approved after the financial crisis has cleared its final stage in Congress. The House of Representatives voted 258-159 to approve the measure, sending it to the president to sign into law. The bill, which won some bipartisan support, reduces the oversight requirements for banks…

Swapping the Colombian battlefield for the football pitch

Image caption La Paz Football Club aims to bring together victims and perpetrators of the armed conflict On a Sunday afternoon on a football pitch about an hour’s drive north from the Colombian capital, Bogotá, the Cogua home team is being defeated 0-1 by La Paz FC. In the 25th minute of the first half,…

Indian man tells how he was raped as a boy

«Akram», who was raped by a preacher at the age of 14, has revealed horrific details of the crime. In India, a culture of silence surrounds cases of sexual assault on boys. He has found support among family and friends and is now helping other victims break their silence. In order to protect «Akram’s» identity…

In pictures: Hitchhiking in the occupied West Bank

Photographer Geraldine Hope Ghelli set out to explore the phenomenon of «tremping» — Hebrew for hitchhiking — in the occupied West Bank. A popular way of getting around for Israelis in isolated areas, it also comes with risks, with «trempers» having been targeted by Palestinian militants. Image copyright Geraldine Hope Ghelli In a land that…

How drones could help save lives at sea

Drones which can identify humans in distress and help rescue teams survey the surrounding location are being trialled by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. BBC Click finds out more. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44070529

US to lift ban on baiting bears with doughnuts in Alaska

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Obama administration had banned hunters from killing bear cubs in dens on national park lands in Alaska The US has proposed a plan to reverse Obama-era rules barring certain hunting methods in Alaska, including the use of bait to lure and kill bears. The change would allow hunters…

Man Booker International Prize: Olga Tokarczuk is first Polish winner

Image copyright Press Association Image caption Olga Tokarczuk, left, will split the prize money with translator Jennifer Croft Olga Tokarczuk has become the first Polish writer to win the Man Booker International Prize. Ms Tokarczuk took the £50,000 prize for her novel Flights. She will split the cash with translator Jennifer Croft. The annual award…

US student’s ‘Summa cum laude’ graduation cake censored

Image copyright Cara Koscinski Image caption Jacob Koscinski’s mother had asked a grocery store to print «Summa Cum Laude» (with the highest distinction) on her son’s graduation cake. Anyone who has graduated from high school or university should be due a decent celebration. But Jacob Koscinski, a US high school student, ended up somewhat disappointed….

McDonald’s workers make sexual harassment complaints

Image copyright Getty Images Ten workers at McDonald’s fast food franchises in the US have filed complaints of sexual harassment against the firm. The female workers, one of whom is 15 years old, allege groping, propositions, indecent exposure and lewd comments. McDonald’s said it takes such allegations «very seriously» and that its franchises should do…

MH370 not deliberately crashed by pilot, say investigators

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some items of debris have been found, but the official search for MH370 has ended Australian investigators have rejected claims that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was deliberately brought down by the pilot. Recent speculation that the jet was the subject of a «controlled ditching» into the sea was…

Trump-Kim summit: Commemorative coin sparks ridicule

Image copyright AFP Image caption The coin featuring the leaders’ faces received a bashing on social media A commemorative coin issued by the White House ahead of the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been widely criticised. The coin describes the summit as «peace talks» and depicts a…

Hawaii volcano lava flows into power plant site

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The lava flows are encroaching on the Puna Geothermal Venture plant on Hawaii’s Big Island Lava from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has crept towards a geothermal power plant, prompting workers to shut down facilities amid fears of deadly gases. Workers removed flammable substances and the plant’s deep underground…

Myanmar Rohingya militants massacred Hindus, says Amnesty

Image copyright EPA Image caption Amnesty says there were many children among the Hindus killed Rohingya Muslim militants in Myanmar killed dozens of Hindu civilians during attacks last August, according to an investigation by Amnesty International. The group called Arsa killed up to 99 Hindu civilians in one, or possibly two massacres, said the rights…

Zuckerberg apologises to European Parliament for ‘harm’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Mark Zuckerberg’s live testimony Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has apologised to European Parliament lawmakers for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and for allowing fake news to proliferate on its platform. Cambridge Analytica, which denies any wrongdoing, is accused of acquiring data from 87 million…

Italian populists’ PM candidate Conte facing CV scrutiny

Image copyright EPA Image caption Giuseppe Conte is not an MP and is a complete unknown in Italian politics The law professor nominated to be Italy’s next prime minister is facing allegations he embellished his CV. Giuseppe Conte, 54, says on his resume that he «perfected his legal studies» at New York University. But a…

Palestinians demand full ICC investigation into ‘Israeli war crimes’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Riad Malki said the Palestinians had «ample and insurmountable evidence» The Palestinians have asked prosecutors at the International Criminal Court to launch a full investigation into alleged Israeli human rights abuses. Foreign Minister Riad Malki submitted a so-called «referral», which he said detailed evidence of crimes committed on occupied Palestinian…

Israel complains over Dutch TV Eurovision parody

Image caption Critics say the parody draws on anti-Semitic themes The Israeli embassy in the Netherlands has lodged a complaint over a parody of Israel’s Eurovision winner that criticised Israeli policies and prompted accusations of anti-Semitism. The skit on Netta Barzilai’s Toy was broadcast on Saturday during a primetime satirical show. The parody drew on…

Is Trump administration losing the China trade war?

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Is Donald Trump getting rolled in the US-China trade negotiations? Donald Trump once claimed a trade war with China would be «easy» to win. But consensus is emerging that the president is losing the first battles. His team has been trying to hash out a deal to boost US exports,…

Sex abuse and the Catholic Church: What happened?

Image copyright Getty Images From Australian country towns, to schools in Ireland and cities across the US, the Catholic Church has faced an avalanche of child sexual abuse accusations in the last few decades. Recent high-profile cases and harrowing testimony given to public inquiries have kept the issue in the headlines. Meanwhile alleged cover-ups continue…

Eagle Creek wildfire: Oregon judge orders boy to pay $36m

Image copyright Wikimedia Commons Image caption The fire burned for nearly three months in Oregon A judge has ordered a teenager to pay more than $36m (£27m) after he admitted starting a huge forest fire that raged for months in the US state of Oregon. Hood River County Judge John Olson ruled the boy must…

Google search reveals names of rape victims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google removes predictions which are sexually explicit, hateful, violent or dangerous Google’s auto-complete and related search functions are revealing the identity of rape victims who have been granted anonymity. The issue was discovered in a Times newspaper investigation of several prominent sexual assault cases. Searches for attackers or alleged…

Moscow stations get World Cup selfie spots

Image copyright MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images Image caption ‘Moscow, I am in you!’ selfies are welcome World Cup visitors arriving at Moscow railway stations will not have to look far for the perfect spot to take a selfie, as platforms and ticket halls will soon have special labels marking out the ideal camera angle. Green stickers…

Nine die as Tuticorin sterlite copper protest turns violent

Image caption Police say an estimated 5,000 people attended the protest Nine people have died in clashes with police in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu amid protests against a copper smelter that residents say is causing environmental damage. The protests against the sterlite copper unit belonging to the Vedanta conglomerate have been going…

Elon Musk admits Tesla braking flaw

Image copyright Tesla Tesla boss Elon Musk has admitted there is a braking issue in its Model 3 cars but promised a firmware update to fix it «in the next few days». The problems were flagged up in a review of the electric car by US website Consumer Reports. «Our testers found flaws — big…

Trump and South Korea’s Moon hold talks on Kim summit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Moon (right) will try to calm nerves in his meetings with Mr Trump (right) US President Donald Trump and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in are due to hold talks in Washington, amid uncertainty over a planned US-North Korea summit. Last week the North said it may cancel the summit if…

Danish minister Stojberg provokes Ramadan row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Stojberg argues that an 18-hour fast could affect safety in some jobs in Denmark Denmark’s immigration minister has been widely rebuffed after she suggested Muslims should take time off work during Ramadan because of potential safety risks to the rest of society. Inger Stojberg, who has a reputation…

Sweden sends out leaflets on how to prepare for war

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The leaflet suggests having candles and tea lights at the ready in case the electricity supply fails Salmon balls, tea lights and wet wipes. These are just some of the things Sweden has advised every household to stock up on in the case of war. Its government has sent…

F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation

Image copyright Israel Defense Forces Image caption Israel has ordered 50 F-35s The US-made F-35 stealth fighter has seen its first ever combat action, flying in an operation for the Israeli air force. The air force chief showed an image of jets over Beirut, Lebanon, and said the planes had «already attacked twice on two…

Belarus slams UK embassy over rainbow flag on day against homophobia

Image copyright Instagram — UK embassy in Minsk Image caption A video of the flag was posted on the embassy’s Instagram account Belarus has slammed the UK embassy in Minsk for flying a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia, calling LGBT relationships «fake». In a lengthy statement, the Interior Ministry said the UK…

Tibet activist jailed in China over language campaign

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A volunteer holds placards of detained Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh (L) and Tibetan education advocate Tashi Wangchuk (R) A Tibetan activist has been jailed for five years in China for «inciting separatism,» after he spoke to the New York Times about efforts to preserve his native language. Tashi Wangchuk…

Nipah virus death toll rises in India

Image copyright SK MOHAN Image caption Authorities have ordered emergency measures to control the spread of the infection At least 10 people have died in the Nipah virus outbreak in the southern Indian state of Kerala, doctors say. Two others who have tested positive for the virus are critically ill. Some 40 people have been…

Why Spanish speakers in US are getting into trouble

Image copyright Ana Suda Two high-profile incidents of Spanish speakers being challenged for not using English have raised familiar arguments over language and immigration in America. Ana Suda and Mimi Hernandez were queuing inside a petrol station in rural Montana when the Border Patrol agent demanded to see their identification. The two US citizens were…

Doctors explain Michael Jackson’s impossible dance move

Image copyright Manjul Tripathi Neurosurgeons have described in detail how Michael Jackson achieved biomechanically impossible dance moves in his music video Smooth Criminal. In the 1987 routine, Michael leans from the ankle at a 45 degree angle, while keeping his body straight as a rod. The illusion, which many have tried to copy, was thanks…

Sony buys controlling stake in EMI record label

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sony is set to announce its latest strategic plan for growth later on Tuesday Sony says it has agreed to buy a controlling stake in EMI Music Publishing for $2.3bn (£1.71bn) as it looks to boost its music portfolio. The deal would mean Sony would indirectly own about 90% of…

Prison without guards or weapons in Brazil

Image copyright Gustavo Oliveira Image caption Tatiane Correia de Lima has only recently been transferred from a mainstream prison On the first day in her new cell, Tatiane Correia de Lima did not recognise herself. «It was weird to see myself in a mirror again,» says the 26-year-old mother-of-two who is serving a 12-year sentence…

‘Living fossil’ giant salamander heading for extinction

Image copyright Robert Murphy Image caption Jing Che of the Chinese Academy of Sciences lifts a giant salamander The world’s largest amphibian is in «catastrophic» decline, with possibly only a handful left in the wild. Field surveys carried out over four years suggest the Chinese giant salamander has all but disappeared from its natural habitat….

Cuba plane crash: Mexico suspends Aerolíneas Damojh

Image copyright AFP Image caption The plane crashed in a field near Havana international airport Mexico’s civil air authority has suspended a Mexican company’s operations following a plane crash in which 110 people died. Officials said in a statement on Monday that Aerolíneas Damojh is under «extraordinary verification». The charter company owned the aircraft that…

Turkey coup trial: Court to jail 104 ex-military for life

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMr Erdogan addressed an Istanbul crowd a year after the failed coup A Turkish court has sentenced 104 former military officers to life in prison for their involvement in a 2016 coup attempt, state media report. They were given «aggravated life sentences», which come with tougher terms…

The Gambian village transformed by graffiti

In a bid to lure tourists, internationally-renowned graffiti artists were invited to create artworks in a village in The Gambia, writes the BBC’s Clare Spencer. Image copyright Clare Spencer The Belgian graffiti artist ROA is known for painting huge murals of animals on multi-storey buildings in large cities, like London, Berlin and Mexico City. But…

‘I want to be like Mo Salah’

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Iran sanctions: Zarif condemns Pompeo announcement

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUS vows ‘unprecedented pressure on Iran’ Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has condemned the US for promising to impose the «strongest sanctions in history» on his country. Measures outlined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he said, showed the US was a prisoner of its «failed policies»…

Hawaii volcano: When your home’s next to a lava flow

Hawaii resident John Davidson returned to his home on Sunday to find lava flowing from a fissure nearby. He had evacuated to a beach campsite two weeks ago, but decided to come back after heavy rain. Kilauea volcano has been erupting since May. Thousands of people have left their homes and non-residents are being told…

US policeman performs roadside C-section on wounded deer

Image copyright Facebook/ Washington Township Police Department New Jersey police say an officer performed a successful roadside C-section on a deer that had died after being hit by a car on Sunday morning. In a Facebook post, the Washington Township Police Department said one fawn survived the emergency surgery. Photos showed officer Jim Vernon swaddling…

Venezuela election: Fourteen ambassadors recalled after Maduro win

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNicolás Maduro celebrates his victory Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro is facing an international backlash after winning his second six-year term, in a landslide vote marred by an opposition boycott and claims of vote-rigging. Fourteen countries including Argentina, Brazil and Canada have recalled their ambassadors from Caracas in…

Iconic Hollywood film poster creator Bill Gold dies

Image copyright Granger Historical Picture Archive / Alamy Stock P Bill Gold, one of Hollywood’s best-known creators of film posters, has died aged 97. The veteran illustrator had a hand in more than 2,000 posters, including those for Casablanca, Dial M for Murder, and Dirty Harry. Mr Gold began work at the film production company…

Missing microbes ’cause’ childhood cancer

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Our modern germ-free life is the cause of the most common type of cancer in children, according to one of Britain’s most eminent scientists. Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia affects one in 2,000 children. Prof Mel Greaves, from the Institute of Cancer Research, has amassed 30 years of evidence to show the…

US man keeps dog safely inside house he burgles

A burglar was caught on surveillance video in a Massachusetts home, making sure the family dog did not run away before fleeing the scene. The incident took place on 7 May, and local police in Milton have released the footage in the hopes of identifying the man. The suspect covered his face once he realised…

Barack and Michelle Obama to make TV and films for Netflix

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The couple left the White House at the beginning of 2017 Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are teaming up with Netflix to produce films and TV shows. Netflix say the former US President and First Lady have «entered into a multi-year agreement» with the service. It says the «films…

Syria war: Army takes full control of Damascus after ousting IS

Image copyright AFP Image caption The southern Hajar al-Aswad district of Damascus has been devastated by the fighting The Syrian military has declared that it has taken full control of all areas around the capital, Damascus, for the first time in six years. «Damascus and its surroundings… are completely secure,» spokesman Gen Ali Mayhoub said…

How Venezuela’s crisis developed and worsened

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nicolás Maduro has won a second six-year term in office President Nicolás Maduro has been elected to a second six-year term in office amid allegations by the international community and Venezuela’s opposition that the polls were neither free nor fair. His victory comes amid a deep economic crisis which has…

US vows ‘strongest sanctions in history’ on Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US is imposing the «strongest sanctions in history» on Iran. In a speech in Washington, the top American diplomat said Iran would be «battling to keep its economy alive» after the sanctions took effect. He said he would work closely with the Pentagon and regional allies «to…

China launch will prep for Moon landing

Image copyright AFP Image caption The satellite launched on a Long March-4C rocket from the Xichang launch centre China has launched a relay satellite to prepare for a lunar rover mission planned for later in the year. The Queqiao spacecraft will establish a communications link between Earth and the landing mission, which looks set to…

Hawaii volcano: Warning of toxic gas plumes from Kilauea

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLava flow hits the sea creating toxic laze, or vog, on Kilauea People in Hawaii are facing fresh warnings over toxic fumes produced when molten rock flows into the ocean, as the state continues to battle eruptions from the Kilauea volcano. Officials say two lava flows have…

German police stop ‘truant’ families at airport

Image copyright AFP Image caption German police are on the look-out for parents defying school rules Police carrying out checks at an airport in southern Germany discovered several school-aged children travelling ahead of the holidays. Ten reports against parents have now been sent to education officials in Bavaria, German media report. It is believed the…

Japanese climber dies on eighth Everest attempt

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nobukazu Kuriki is the second climber to die on the mountain this month A Japanese climber who previously lost all but one of his fingers while climbing Mount Everest has died trying to reach the mountain’s summit. Nobukazu Kuriki, 35, was found dead in his tent by Sherpas on Monday…

‘Permanent’ interstellar visitor found

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption An illustration of a grey/white asteroid on a starfield An asteroid in Jupiter’s orbit may have come from outside our Solar System, according to a new study. Unlike ‘Oumuamua, the interstellar object which briefly visited the Solar System earlier this year, 2015 BZ509 (affectionately known as BZ) seems…

French Muslim student Maryam Pougetoux hits back over headscarf claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Maryam Pougetoux received abuse on social media after appearing on TV while wearing her headscarf A French student union leader who has been accused by ministers of using her headscarf for political gain has hit back, calling the claims «pathetic». France’s interior minister has personally criticised Maryam Pougetoux, who…

U-turn over Facebook chief’s EU meeting

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Zuckerberg previously answered two days of questions from US lawmakers In a change of plan, the public will be able to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s response to European Parliament leaders’ privacy concerns. The body’s president, Antonio Tajani, has tweeted that tomorrow’s 75-minute meeting would be livestreamed. Earlier, news that…

Commonwealth Games: Fifty athletes in Australia ‘illegally’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cameroon’s Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou is one of dozens of competitors and officials who went missing Around 50 competitors have remained in Australia illegally after going missing during this year’s Commonwealth Games, a government official has said. Nearly 200 others hold bridging visas and are applying for refugee status. Australia…

US man squeals to police on persistent pig

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A man in the Ohio town of Elyria was followed by a tenacious pig Police are used to getting unusual calls, but one man in the US state of Ohio made a particularly memorable one in the early hours of Saturday morning. Officers assumed the man was either hallucinating…

Janet rails against domestic abuse in awards speech

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Janet is the first black woman to win the Billboard Icon Prize Janet Jackson made her stance on the #MeToo movement clear as she won the Icon prize at the Billboard awards. «I believe that, for all of our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history,» she said….

Deadly Nipah virus claims victims in India

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bats are mainly considered to be virus’s natural host. Health officials in the south Indian state of Kerala say nine people have died in confirmed and suspected cases of the deadly Nipah virus. Three victims tested positive for the virus in the last fortnight. The results of the remaining six…

Ebola outbreak: Experimental vaccinations to begin in DR Congo

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The vaccines were first used in a limited trial during the 2014-16 West Africa Ebola outbreak Health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are to begin an immunisation campaign in an attempt to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The experimental vaccine proved effective when used…

India police extract 106 cocaine capsules from woman’s stomach

Image copyright Getty Images India police say they have successfully extracted 106 cocaine capsules from a woman who was allegedly trying to smuggle the drugs into the country. The 25-year-old foreign national was arrested at the international airport in the capital Delhi on 14 May after a tip-off, police said. She is reported to have…

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern takes stage as hologram

Image copyright NZTech Image caption Move over Princess Leia, here comes Jacinda… New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given the opening address at national tech event in truly appropriate fashion: as a hologram. As she was unable to attend Techweek in person, the audience was treated to a virtual version of her on stage….

Exercising regularly ‘can keep heart and arteries young’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Arteries transport blood in and out of the heart and to all parts of the body Exercising four to five times a week is necessary to stop the main arteries to the heart from stiffening up, research suggests. Two or three exercise sessions a week kept only some arteries…

UK turns blind eye to dirty Russian money, say MPs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The City of London is being used to hide the «corrupt Russian assets,» the report says The UK has been accused of turning a «blind eye» to Russia’s «dirty money», putting national security at risk. The Commons foreign affairs committee said London was being used to hide the «corrupt…

Gender inequality: Stars tell world leaders poverty is sexist

Image copyright Reuters/Getty Image caption Oprah Winfrey (l), Chadwick Boseman (c), Lena Dunham (r) are among the stars who signed the open letter Scores of celebrities are calling on world leaders to take urgent action against global gender inequality. Oprah Winfrey and Meryl Streep are among the big names putting political leaders «on notice» in…

How we will know if North Korea really ‘denuclearises’

Image copyright Getty Images North Korea has said it will start dismantling its nuclear test site this week, in a ceremony to be attended by foreign journalists. But what would it take for the country to truly «denuclearise»? In the mountainous north-east of North Korea lies Pyongyang’s nuclear test facility — the Punggye-ri complex. It…

Ben Makuch of Vice takes on police in Supreme Court

Image copyright Courtesy Vice Media Image caption Ben Makuch The refusal of a journalist to hand over communications with a terror suspect has raised fundamental questions about press freedoms and national security. Just a year after the Islamic State group was formed in 2013, it was already building a reputation as one of the most…

US weighs plans to curb Chinese investment

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Are Chinese investors helping the US or threatening it? Washington is worried about Chinese investment in the US, yet is the rest of America? You might expect Leo Chan to be pessimistic about the future of Ohio, a state in the American middle west that has seen its former manufacturing…

Pepe’s story: How I survived Spanish flu

Image caption José Ameal, here with his mother, José Ameal remembers his aunt and uncle would keep the curtains by his bed drawn «so I wouldn’t see the funeral processions». But like any four year old, Mr Ameal — Pepe to his friends and family — was curious enough to peer outside on to the…

Trump seeks probe into FBI election campaign ‘infiltration’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Trump often starts his attacks — and announces political initiatives — on Twitter President Donald Trump says he will demand an inquiry into whether his election campaign was infiltrated for political purposes. In a tweet, Mr Trump said he wanted to know whether his predecessor’s administration ordered such a…

First baby in 12 years born on remote Brazil island

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fernando de Noronha has one of the world’s best beaches A remote Brazilian island with a ban on childbirth is nonetheless celebrating the first baby born there in 12 years. Fernando de Noronha island, 370km (230 miles) from the city of Natal, has about 3,000 residents but no maternity wards….

US and China halt imposing import tariffs

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China’s exports to the US far outweigh what it imports China and the US say they will halt imposing punitive import tariffs, putting a possible trade war «on hold». The agreement came after days of talks in Washington DC aimed at persuading China to buy more US goods and…

Chelsea owner Abramovich experiences UK visa renewal ‘delay’

Image copyright EPA Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich has experienced delays in renewing his visa for the UK, the BBC understands. The Russian billionaire did not attend Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley when the Blues beat Manchester United 1-0. His office said it does not discuss personal matters with the media. A source…

Santa Fe High School shooting: Who are the victims?

Image copyright Sabika Sheikh Family «The sweetest boy I have ever met.» «A kind, compassionate and caring individual.» «A beautiful nurturing angel.» These are some of the words used to describe victims of a mass shooting at a Texas high school on Friday. Details of the 10 people who died are still emerging. This is…

Cuba plane crash: Damojh company ‘had safety complaints’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDoctor Jose Luis Castellano described the crash site as «very painful» to behold The Mexican charter company whose plane crashed in Cuba on Friday, killing 110 people on board, had received prior safety complaints, two-ex pilots say. One of the pilots described on Facebook how a plane…

Syria war: IS militants ‘leave Damascus suburbs’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Syrian forces say they are clearing the area of militants Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group have been evacuated from an enclave in the southern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a temporary ceasefire had come into effect following…

Venezuela election: Everything you need to know

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Maduro is widely expected to win — with the opposition expecting fraud Venezuela is choosing its next president on Sunday — in an election widely seen as a foregone conclusion. After years of turmoil which at one point saw almost daily street protests, President Nicolas Maduro is looking to…

China agrees to import more goods and services from US

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US and China have been threatening tariffs on one another China has agreed to buy more US goods and services, a move Washington says will «substantially reduce» its $335bn annual trade deficit with Beijing. «Both sides agreed on meaningful increases in US agriculture and energy exports,» a US-China…

Hawaii volcano: Man hit by lava in first serious Kilauea injury

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLocal news captured stunning scenes of lava bursting into the night sky The first serious injury has been reported as Hawaii continues to grapple with weeks of volcanic eruptions and lava flow. The injured man was sitting on a balcony at his home when «lava spatter» —…

Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris beaten up

Image copyright EPA Image caption Nationalists were angry that the mayor (far left) was attending a remembrance event The mayor of Greece’s second-largest city Thessaloniki has been treated in hospital after being beaten up by about a dozen people, officials say. Yiannis Boutaris, 75, was kicked in the head and legs and beaten with bottles…

Asia Argento warns Cannes predators: ‘We know who you are’

Asia Argento, the Italian actress who was one of the first to publicly accuse director Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, gave an impassioned speech at the Cannes film festival. She accused some members of the audience of «covering up» Weinstein’s crimes — and warned those who had yet to answer for their own actions that…

Cougar shot dead after killing US cyclist and mauling another

Image copyright CC Image caption Cougar attacks on humans are extremely rare US wildlife officers in Washington state have shot dead a cougar that killed a cyclist and mauled another. The two cyclists were in North Bend, about 30 miles (50km) from Seattle, when the attack occurred. The injured man used his mobile phone to…

Özil and Gündogan meet German president after Erdogan photos row

Image copyright German presidency via EPA Image caption Gündogan (left) and Özil met the German president in Berlin Two German footballers of Turkish origin have met President Frank-Walter Steinmeier after criticism of photos showing them with Turkey’s president. Turkey’s governing AK Party released the photos of them with Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of elections there….

Four seasons under one roof in Milan

Image copyright Carlo Ratti Associati Image caption Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Take your pick in Milan’s Four Seasons garden Everyone has a favourite season but if you visited Milan last month, you could have experienced all four in one place. The brainchild of Italian architect Carlo Ratti, the garden used climate-control technology to allow…

Could James Comey have been a basketball superstar?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former FBI director James Comey towers above the crowd Former FBI director James Comey is among the tallest men in the United States at 6ft 8in (2m) tall. Only one in 30,000 men in the United States can stand eye-to-eye or higher But could Mr Comey — or any…

Death of Hitler: How the world found out from the BBC

Image caption Karl Lehmann was one of some 1,000 people working at Caversham Park by the end of the war It was late in the evening on 1 May 1945 and Karl Lehmann was working at his desk on the outskirts of Reading, 40 miles (65km) to the west of London. Soviet forces were closing…

Luc Besson: French film director accused of rape

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Luc Besson’s lawyer said he «categorically denies» the rape allegation Police in Paris are investigating a rape allegation made against Luc Besson, one of France’s best-known film directors. The complaint was filed by an actress at a Paris police station on Friday. «Luc Besson categorically denies these fantasist accusations,»…

Cannes 2018: Japanese indie Shoplifters wins Palme d’Or

Image copyright EPA Image caption Hirozaku Kore-edu (r) received the festival’s highest honour The Japanese family drama Shoplifters has received the coveted award for best film, the Palme d’Or, at the Cannes Film Festival. The runner-up Grand Prix went to US director Spike Lee’s anti-racism satire BlacKkKlansman. Led by actor Cate Blanchett, the jury announced…

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