Italy election: Rival protests spark tensions ahead of vote

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police clash with demonstrators at a march against the far-right party The League in Milan Rival demonstrations by far-right and anti-fascist groups a week before Italy’s general election have led to scuffles with police. Police in Milan used batons as left-wing demonstrators tried to break through a cordon. Elsewhere, […]

The BBC’s John Simpson: How I became a Czech honeytrap target

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Syria war: Air strikes in Eastern Ghouta ‘kill 500’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Eastern Ghouta has seen one of fiercest assaults of the Syrian war over the past week Syrian government forces have killed more than 500 civilians during a week of intense bombardment of a rebel enclave near Damascus, activists say. The victims in the Eastern Ghouta include 121 children, says […]

Afghanistan: Soldiers killed in wave of attacks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Kabul was just one of several places to be targeted in the latest violence A wave of attacks across Afghanistan has left more than 25 people dead, most of them soldiers, officials say. In the worst incident, Taliban militants stormed an army post in the western province of Farah, killing […]

Joanna Demafelis: Employers of Filipina maid found dead in freezer arrested

Image copyright EPA Image caption Ms Demafelis’s sister cried over her casket upon its arrival in Manila last week The employers of a Filipina maid found dead in a freezer in Kuwait have been arrested in the Syrian capital Damascus after a manhunt lasting several weeks. Joanna Demafelis, 29, was found frozen in her employers’ […]

India groom killed in Odisha after wedding gift explodes

A newly married man and his grandmother were killed in India when a wedding gift they were opening exploded. The man’s wife was critically injured in the blast on Friday in the eastern state of Odisha, police said. Soumya Sekhar and Reema Sahu got married on the 18 February and they received the “gift” at […]

Florida shooting: Firms abandon NRA amid consumer boycott

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Activists are putting pressure on companies with ties to the NRA, a powerful gun lobby Several US companies have cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) amid calls for a boycott of businesses linked to the powerful gun lobby in the wake of the Florida school shooting. The […]

Winter Olympics: USA beat Sweden to men’s curling gold

Media playback is not supported on this device ‘Perfect’ shot gives USA decisive lead in curling final The United States won gold in the men’s curling at Pyeongchang 2018 after defeating Sweden 10-7 in the final. Both teams were tied after seven ends but USA pulled away in the eighth after scoring a five-point stone. […]

Red Cross reveals 21 staff paid for sexual services

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ICRC launched an internal review after reports of misconduct at aid agencies The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says 21 members of staff have left their jobs for sexual misconduct in the last three years. The ICRC’s director-general, Yves Daccord, said the individuals had paid for […]

Myanmar: Bombs explode in capital of restive Rakhine state

Image copyright EPA Image caption It was not immediately clear who was behind the blasts Three bombs have exploded in Sittwe, the capital of Myanmar’s restive Rakhine province, police say. A police officer was slightly injured in the blasts. It was unclear who was behind them, police said. One of the bombs went off near […]