Monthly Archives: March 2018

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The Rohingya children trafficked for sex

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘Boys raped me’ – Rohingya child trafficked for sex Girls in their early teens are being trafficked into prostitution in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, a BBC News investigation has found. Foreigners seeking sex can easily gain access to children who have fled conflict in Myanmar and now face a new threat. […]

Where next for Ant and Dec and ITV?

Image copyright PA Image caption The pair met on BBC children’s programme Byker Grove Ant and Dec – you just can’t imagine one without the other. The pair have been inseparable for years both professionally, as Britain’s best-known presenting duo, and personally, through their longstanding friendship. But there’s trouble in the camp following Ant’s recent arrest on suspicion of drink […]

Stunning images capture the world around us

Image copyright Nick Dolding The winners of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards Open competition have been revealed, with Britain’s Nick Dolding’s portrait of Emile (above) being voted the best in the Portraiture category. All the category winners will now compete for the Open Photographer of the Year award, which will be announced on the 19 April. Image copyright Mikkel […]

Photobox ad showing boy sitting on dog cleared after complaints

Image copyright Photobox Adverts for the photo printing site Photobox have been cleared by a watchdog after it received 212 complaints. Viewers had expressed concern that the three ads, featuring scenes of a family barbeque with parents photographing a boy sitting on a Great Dane, could be harmful to the pet and the child. One complaint came from the RSPCA. […]

Russia election: Trump congratulates Putin over victory

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump congratulates Putin and will meet him “in the not too distant future” US President Donald Trump has spoken to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his electoral victory two days ago. He said they would meet in the “not too distant future” to discuss limiting a growing arms […]

Tens of thousands still missing out on pension perks

Image copyright Getty Images As many as 90,000 grandparents and family members are missing out on a little-known perk that can increase their State Pension. National Insurance Credits for those who look after young children, instead of working, can be worth up to £230 a year in retirement. Insurance firm Royal London estimates that only one-in-ten of those eligible are […]

Brexit: MPs warn of multiple obstacles to EU security deal

Image copyright AFP A longer transition period after Brexit may be needed to guarantee continued security co-operation, MPs have said. The Commons Home Affairs Committee said the UK and EU should remain open to extending the transition phase after the UK’s exit beyond December 2020. It warned the EU against limiting co-operation to existing law enforcement and intelligence sharing and […]

Israel admits striking suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Israel released images purportedly showing the suspected reactor during the 2007 air raid Israel’s military has formally admitted that it destroyed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007. It said the air raid in the eastern Deir-al-Zour region had removed “an emerging existential threat to Israel and the entire region”. It said the reactor […]

Ocean plastic could treble in decade

Image copyright SPL The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to treble in a decade unless litter is curbed, a major report has warned. Plastics is just one issue facing the world’s seas, along with rising sea levels, warming oceans, and pollution, it says. But the Foresight Future of the Sea Report for the UK government said there […]

Fatal Red Arrows RAF Valley jet crash inquiry continues

Image copyright PA Investigations are continuing into the cause of a Red Arrows jet crash which killed an engineer and left a pilot injured in hospital. The Hawk aircraft, which is used by the famous aerobatic display team, crashed at RAF Valley on Anglesey at about 13:30 GMT on Tuesday. Eyewitnesses said they only saw one person eject from the […]

NHS pay: Increase for 1.3 million staff expected

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption If the deal is agreed, nurses will be among more than a million staff to benefit from the three-year pay increase More than a million NHS staff, including nurses, porters and paramedics, could expect average pay increases of over 6% over three years, the BBC understands. The deal, expected to be formally agreed […]

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook data row academic says he is ‘scapegoat’

Image copyright AFP An academic who created an app which harvested data from 50 million users says he has been made “a scapegoat” for Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Dr Aleksandr Kogan completed work for Cambridge Analytica in 2014, but said he had no idea the data would be used to benefit Donald Trump’s campaign. The psychology academic said he wanted […]


The War Inside Dahabo (centre) has recovered from her mental illness after experiencing severe marital emotional abuse [Al Jazeera] After decades of civil war, an estimated one-third of Somalia’s population suffers from mental health problems. With only three months of training, Dr Abdulrahman Ali Awale works in a bare-bones clinic to overhaul the country’s treatment and perception of mental illness.  […]

Fifth package bomb strikes Texas amid ‘serial-bomber’ fears

A package bomb exploded at a FedEx distribution centre lightly wounding one worker near San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday after a series of blasts in the state capital of Austin this month. Officials did not say if the latest attack was the work of what Austin police believe could be a serial bomber responsible for the four earlier explosive devices, […]

UN officials condemn arbitrary arrest of Palestinian children

Hundreds of Palestinian children were detained by Israel in 2017, some without charges [File: Reuters] United Nations officials condemned the continued arbitrary detention of Palestinian children by Israel saying the practice has become “systematic and widely spread”. A series of UN reports presented at the Human Rights Council shows how the living conditions of Palestinians across the West Bank and […]

Art meets activism in Qatar’s Ai Weiwei show

An exhibition on the global refugee crisis by renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has arrived in the Middle East for the first time. More than 2,000 items fill the room at the Fire Station art gallery in Qatar’s capital, Doha. Tidy rows of clothes and shoes might resemble a fashion collection, but at the exhibition titled, Laundromat, they tell a […]

Trump asks Saudi crown prince to share wealth through investments

US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have discussed military deals, investment in the US, and security cooperation, during the prince’s first visit to the White House. Referring to the political shake-up that Saudi Arabia has witnessed in recent months, Trump on Tuesday praised the 32-year-old crown prince, popularly known as MBS, in his new role. […]

Christopher Liddell named White House deputy chief of staff for policy coordination

Christopher Liddell, second from right, listens as President Trump speaks during a meeting with business leaders in Washington on April 11, 2017. At the time, he was the assistant to the president for strategic initiatives. (Evan Vucci/AP) Christopher Liddell has been named the deputy chief of staff for policy coordination, the White House announced Monday morning. Liddell, a former executive at Microsoft and General […]

‘We can suddenly come’: Turkey’s Erdogan puts all Kurdish-held towns in Syria & Iraq on notice

Turkey’s military operation in Syria will target other Kurdish-held towns – and may even spill over into Iraq – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced just a day after pro-Turkish forces seized Afrin. The controversial cross-border offensive “will go on until the terror corridor through Manbij, Ayn al-Arab, Tell Abyad, Ras al-Ayn, Qamishli has been wiped out,” Erdogan said, speaking […]

Saif Gaddafi may run for Libya’s presidency to ‘save’ country 7 years after father’s murder

Nearly seven years after the bloody NATO-backed uprising overthrew Colonel Gaddafi, his son, Saif Al-Islam is reportedly seeking to run in the Libyan presidential elections this year to “rescue” his country from the turmoil. The second son of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity, is seeking to run […]

Northern White Rhino doomed to extinction after last male dies in Kenya

The world’s only remaining male northern white rhino has died in Kenya, leaving only two females of the doomed subspecies alive on the planet. Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy said in a statement that it decided to euthanize the 45-year-old rhino, named Sudan, due to untreatable and debilitating health problems. The rhino suffered from health complications which affected his muscles and […]

Ex-French President Sarkozy in police custody over ‘Libyan aid’ for his 2007 campaign

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed in police custody for questioning over alleged Libyan aid to help fund his 2007 presidential election campaign, Reuters and local media report citing judicial sources. According to Le Monde, this is the first time Sarkozy, 63, has been questioned in relation to the investigation, which was launched in April 2013. Sarkozy was […]

Best in social: RT nominated for 11 Shorty Awards, #1917LIVE up for 9 prizes

#1917LIVE scored 9 finalist spots in the Shorty Awards, one of the most prestigious annual award competitions for excellence in social media. Active support from the audience was among the factors helping RT make the shortlist. #1917LIVE used Twitter as a platform allowing anyone to join by creating an avatar and posting on their behalf, as long as their character […]

Italian city suspends opening of memorial to WWII soldiers – including Nazis – after outcry

An unveiling ceremony of a memorial honoring soldiers of all nations who died during the World War II was canceled after public opposition. Critics said the monument would commemorate both Allied and Nazi paratroopers. An association of hotel owners from the town of Cassino was poised to unveil the stone monument on Sunday in the Foltin cave at the foot […]