Twitter suspends Alex Jones for one week

Image copyright EPA Image caption Alex Jones will not be able to post new messages or comment on others’ posts for a week Twitter is blocking the right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from posting to its platform for a week. The InfoWars broadcaster’s past tweets will, however, remain viewable to others while his account is […]

Fraser Anning: Australia MPs condemn ‘final solution’ speech

Image copyright EPA Image caption Senator Fraser Anning says he will not apologise for his speech An Australian senator has been widely condemned for a speech that invoked the term “final solution” in a call for immigration restrictions based on race. Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katter’s Australian Party, called for migration bans on Muslims […]

Afghanistan Taliban withdraws protection for Red Cross

Image copyright AFP Image caption The ICRC provided more than 21,000 prostheses and orthoses in 2017 The Taliban says it will no longer allow safe passage to Red Cross staff working in Afghanistan. The militants accuse the neutral humanitarian group of failing to meet its obligations to help Taliban prisoners in a jail in Kabul. […]

Australia senate appoints first Muslim woman amid race row

Image copyright THE GREENS Image caption Mehreen Faruqi is Australia’s first Muslim woman in the senate. Mehreen Faruqi has joined Australia’s senate as its first female Muslim member, on a day the country is caught up in a bitter row over racism. Ms Faruqi, who was born in Pakistan, told the BBC that Australia’s future […]

Goose called Gugu wins place at Chinese university

Image copyright SINA WEIBO Image caption The goose now has a bright future ahead of him A goose has won a place at a prestigious Chinese university after its owner joked she was “reluctant to cook it”. In a public post on Weibo, a woman named Ms Wu said she was worried she would not […]

India postman sacked for dumping 6,000 letters over a decade

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption No mail in years? Maybe check with your local postman A postal worker in India has been suspended after he was found not to have delivered thousands of letters for more than 10 years. Ever wondered why you never heard back from that job offer, that ATM card application […]

Regulated rail fares to increase by 3.2% next year

Media captionRail cost rises should be reduced, says transport secretary Rail passengers will see the price of regulated rail fares increase by 3.2% in January 2019. The rise, determined by the RPI inflation measure, could add more than £100 to annual season tickets. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has called for future rail fare and wage […]

South Africa rhino poaching: ‘Bribes paid to court syndicate’

Media captionThe BBC’s Alastair Leithead says de-horning a rhino, akin to cutting fingernails, protects it from poachers A police informant has told the BBC he was the middleman between rhino-horn smugglers and a court syndicate in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. He alleges he took money given to a lawyer from rhino-horn kingpins and paid it […]

Why single Nigerian women battle to rent homes

Image copyright Duru Azubuike/Duru Studios Image caption Yinka Oladiran says landlords expect a woman to be accompanied by a man Many landlords in Nigeria suspect single women of being prostitutes, making it difficult for them to rent apartments. A successful career woman, Olufunmilola Ogungbile, 30, never thought that she would be sleeping on a friend’s […]

Sudanese man ‘behind UK terror attack’

Image caption The suspect, in a black bomber jacket, being led away by police The man being held on suspicion of terrorism after the Westminster car crash has been named as Salih Khater by government sources. The 29-year-old British citizen, originally from Sudan, is being questioned in south London. Police have been searching three addresses […]

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