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Sunday, February 28, 2021

'It's about time': Director Zhao makes history

The director of Nomadland has made history, and become the second woman to ever win the award.

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In pictures: Globes stars still shine without red carpet

Images from the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony split between Los Angeles and New York.

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Hyunjin: K-pop star suspended for school bullying sparks debate

The singer of South Korean boy band Stray Kids is accused of being verbally abusive while in middle school.

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Coronavirus: The misleading claims about an Indian remedy

A traditional herbal remedy said to "cure" Covid has resurfaced, but there's no evidence it works.

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Golden Globe Awards 2021: Virtual ceremony gets under way

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the year's first major film and TV awards ceremony.

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Sir Kazuo Ishiguro warns of young authors self-censoring out of 'fear'

Writers may be self-censoring because they don't want to be "cancelled", author Kazuo Ishiguro says.

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Kooking with a Koori: How a Sydney father's simple meals have won hearts

Aboriginal man Nathan Lyons has found unexpected fame with videos inspired by "doing it tough".

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Why this teen set up a prize-winning fake cosmetics shop

Polish teenager Krystyna Paszko's idea won an EU prize - she tells the BBC the story behind it.

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Covid: The front-line doctor photographing the pandemic

Dr Scott Kobner has been documenting the fight to save lives in America's worst-hit county.

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The midwives braving armed gangs in Colombia

A group of Afro-Colombian women use their skills to help women give birth in areas run by gangs.

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Cape Town: Pictures of how Muslim worship helps quell South African ganglands

A team of Islamic scholars in South Africa is on a mission to some dangerous and drug-infested areas.

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Afghanistan: A year of violence on the road to peace

On the anniversary of the US-Taliban deal, Afghanistan finds itself in a precarious state.

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Yemen: The nine-year-old war-zone school teacher

Ahmed, blind since birth, stands in for teachers who don't make it in to their ruined school in Yemen.

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Iran nuclear deal: Tehran rules out informal talks on reviving accord

Tehran insists the US must lift all of its unilateral sanctions before talks can resume.

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Denver family wows neighbourhood with snow art

The Mosley family spent 10 hours creating this colourful snake sculpture out of snow.

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Myanmar coup: Death toll rises as police crack down on protesters

Police have fired on protesters in Myanmar, on the deadliest day since rallies against the country's coup began.

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Inter Milan owners close Chinese side Jiangsu

Chinese Super League champions Jiangsu FC - who have the same owners as Inter Milan - "cease operations".

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CPAC: Trump to return to political stage at conservative conference

The former US president will address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Blinken says US concerned about atrocities

Human rights violations have taken place in Tigray region, Secretary of State Antony Blinken says.

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Doctor joins Zoom court hearing while operating on patient

Medical officials in California say they will investigate surgeon Scott Green.

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Hong Kong charges 47 activists in largest use yet of new security law

The pro-democracy figures are accused of "subversion" under the controversial security legislation.

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Myanmar coup: Casualties rise as police step up crackdown

Police fire live rounds, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse anti-coup rallies in several cities.

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Dominican Republic announces plans for Haiti border fence

The 380km barrier will curb the flow of illegal migrants, drugs and stolen vehicles, the president says.

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New York Governor Cuomo faces fresh claims of sexual harassment

New York's governor denies wrongdoing and orders an external inquiry after claims by a second ex-aide.

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Covid: How this Indian firm is vaccinating the world

The Serum Institute of India isn't a household name, but it's the world's largest vaccine maker.

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Covid vaccine: Germany urged to back AstraZeneca jab for over-65s

A senior German immunologist tells the BBC that his country should reverse its decision on the jab.

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Golden Globe Awards 2021: Stars prepare for virtual ceremony

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return to host the year's first major film and TV awards ceremony on Sunday.

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The Florida coffee shop where Trump is king

A look inside a "liberal-free zone" and meeting spot for people on the political right.

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Maids in Lebanon: 'My employer treats me like a slave'

Lucy's dream of working in the Middle East turned into a nightmare of abuse. She's not the only one.

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Cryptocurrencies: Why Nigeria is a global leader in Bitcoin trade

A devaluing currency and hard economic conditions make cryptocurrencies attractive despite the risks.

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Has China lifted 100 million people out of poverty?

President Xi says China has achieved his poverty reduction pledge - but has it?

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Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine: FDA approves single-shot jab

The US is the first country in the world to approve the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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El Salvador polls: More power for President Nayib Bukele?

While the election is for the legislative assembly, it is seen as a key test for President Bukele.

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Covid-19: Belgium prisoners quarantined after virus outbreak

All inmates at Namur prison have been confined to their cells amid the virus outbreak, officials say.

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Pompeii: Archaeologists unveil ceremonial chariot discovery

The ornate discovery was used during festivities and parades almost 2,000 years ago, experts say.

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Jamal Khashoggi: How intelligence report could dent US-Saudi ties for years

The release of the US intelligence probe into the Khashoggi murder deepens diplomatic difficulties.

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LeBron vs Zlatan: Who won the politics bout?

"I will never shut up," James tells Ibrahimovic in political activism spat.

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Myanmar coup: Security forces intensify protest crackdown

Unconfirmed local reports suggest a woman was shot during Saturday's demonstrations.

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Indian man killed by his own rooster during cockfight

The man had tried to stop the bird escaping when he was struck in the groin by a knife on the animal's leg.

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Venice: Low tides leave canals dry

In stark contrast to floods in December, some of the city's boats and gondolas are beached.

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Nigeria kidnappings: Hunt for 300 girls as second abducted school group freed

Some 317 girls remain missing in Zamfara state, but 42 people abducted in Niger state are freed.

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Coronavirus: Biden's $1.9tn Covid relief bill passes House vote

The coronavirus aid plan passes despite total Republican opposition, but must now go to the Senate.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Tiger Woods car crash: Golfer 'in good spirits' after latest treatment

The golfer received successful "follow-up procedures" following Tuesday's serious car crash in LA.

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Haiti prison escape: Hundreds of inmates flee from Croix-des-Bouquets jail

The prison's director is among 25 people killed in the mass escape near the capital, Port-au-Prince.

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Monsters, mania and the unstoppable march of Pokémon

Several waves of Pokémania have swept the globe, keeping this lucrative franchise relevant for 25 years.

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Mayday: How the White Helmets and James Le Mesurier got pulled into a deadly battle for truth

James Le Mesurier fell to his death in Istanbul in 2019 with a sense that Syrian and Russian disinformation had destroyed his reputation.

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John F Kennedy: When the US president met Africa's independence heroes

A photo archive reveals John F Kennedy's efforts to court African leaders in the post-colonial era.

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Week in pictures: 20-26 February 2021

A selection of striking images taken around the world this week.

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Bitcoin energy use 'bigger than most countries'

Could the cryptocurrency's huge electricity consumption also sink it?

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The Dissident: Jamal Khashoggi documentary points finger at Saudi Arabia's crown prince

The Dissident explores what happened to the Saudi journalist and who might have ordered his murder.

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Mourning the sisters killed as they taught handicrafts

Ayesha and Irshad were breadwinners in a former Pakistani tribal area where militancy is rising again.

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Mary Robinson 'made a big mistake' over Dubai princess

Princess Latifa Al Maktoum was previously described as "troubled" by the former Irish president.

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Ros Atkins on... Is Facebook too powerful?

Ros Atkins looks at the consequences of Facebook's power on events in Myanmar, Washington DC and Australia.

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Mother drops children from window to escape Istanbul apartment fire

The four children were all caught by volunteers holding a blanket on the street in Istanbul.

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China celebrates colourful Lantern Festival

Villages and cities become a sea of bright light to mark the end of Chinese New Year celebrations.

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Texas sea turtles released back into sea after cold front eases

Thousands of "cold-stunned" turtles were rescued as temperatures dropped to record lows this month.

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Jamal Khashoggi: US says Saudi prince approved Khashoggi killing

An official report says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the journalist's murder.

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Japan gender equality minister opposes change on separate spouse surnames

Japan's Tamayo Marukawa signs a document opposing a move for separate surnames for married couples.

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Twitter unveils 'super follow' feature

The network will enable users to charge for extra content such as bonus tweets and newsletters.

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The young girl who became pen-pal with Bollywood's biggest stars

A unearthed photo album uncovers personal letters from the biggest stars of the 1950s and 60s.

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Nigeria school attack: Hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped in Zamfara

A teacher at a school in the north-western Zamfara state tells the BBC at least 300 girls were taken.

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Singapore: Briton jailed for breaking strict quarantine

Nigel Skea, 52, was jailed and fined for breaking hotel quarantine to meet his fiancée on another floor.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

North Korea: Russian diplomats leave by hand-pushed trolley

The diplomats had no choice as Pyongyang has banned trains from leaving as part of Covid measures.

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Melissa Caddick: Missing fraud suspect's foot found on Australian beach

The disappearance of Melissa Caddick - who is accused of stealing from investors - has flummoxed police.

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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: How a massacre in the sacred city of Aksum unfolded

Eritrean troops killed hundreds in Aksum in Ethiopia's Tigray region, witnesses tell Amnesty and the BBC.

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Covid-19: Sri Lanka reverses 'anti-Muslim' cremation order

Critics said the forced burial order was intended to target minorities and did not respect religions.

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Biden approves US airstrike on Iran-backed militias in Syria

The Pentagon said the strike on Syria was in response to an attack on US and coalition personnel in Iraq.

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Covid-19: US high school band students rehearse in individual bubbles

Wenatchee High School in Washington state found a creative way for their band students to practise safely.

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Fijian rugby league players sing tribute to Sydney quarantine staff

The rugby league players performed a song from their balconies in hotel quarantine in Australia.

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K-pop superstars Blackpink in climate change message

K-pop superstars Blackpink have emerged as the latest force in the global fight against climate change.

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Analysis: Can Asia help Myanmar find a way out of coup crisis?

While Western sanctions may not help, China and South East Asia's influence may have some sway.

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'Op Silent Viper': How an Indian rape suspect was caught after 22 years

The case went cold after the man accused disappeared following a brutal 1999 gang rape in India.

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Why Greenpeace is dropping huge boulders into the sea

Fishing community leaders say Greenpeace's action is dangerous and illegal.

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Golden Globes: Celebrity make-up artists on their job in the pandemic

Hollywood make-up artists on their experiences of working in the time of Covid-19.

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Amazon rainforest plots sold via Facebook Marketplace ads

Protected land reserved for Brazil's indigenous communities is being traded on the social network.

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Canadian farmers advised to ditch palm oil after 'buttergate' row

The dairy group looking into the hard butter issue has called for a freeze on palm fats in cow feed.

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Nergal: Polish metal singer accused of blasphemy appeals for legal funds

A photograph of Nergal stepping on a picture of the Virgin Mary led to charges of blasphemy.

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China denies requiring anal swabs from US diplomats

US media claims diplomats were made to undergo anal swabs to test for coronavirus.

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China's Xi declares victory in ending extreme poverty

Some have questioned China's definition of extreme poverty as earning less than $620 a year.

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Jamal Khashoggi: US to release declassified report on murder

Joe Biden plans to speak to the Saudi king as the report into the journalist's murder goes public.

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Andrew Cuomo: Why is New York's governor facing controversy?

Mr Cuomo was once seen as a hero of the pandemic. Now he faces scrutiny from inside his party.

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Armenia PM Nikol Pashinyan denounces 'attempted military coup'

He urges his supporters to gather in the capital Yerevan, after the army says he must resign.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Myanmar coup: Facebook, Instagram place immediate ban on military

Facebook said deadly violence in Myanmar had brought about the need for the ban on the military.

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Princess Latifa urges UK police to reopen sister's kidnap case

Dubai ruler's captive daughter writes to British police about her sister's abduction 20 years ago.

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Hit TV show Frasier to be revived after 20 years

Kelsey Grammer, who played Frasier Crane, will return but it is not known if other cast members will too.

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Man survives 14 hours 'clinging to sea rubbish'

Vidam Perevertilov's decision to swim towards a "black dot" - a life buoy - saved his life.

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Goldman Sachs: Bank boss rejects work from home as the 'new normal'

Remote working is "an aberration" that will be corrected as soon as possible says Goldman Sachs chief.

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Singapore: Police officer's wife admits to killing Myanmar maid

The domestic helper from Myanmar was reportedly tortured and starved before her death.

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Chinese £3,200 budget electric car takes on Tesla

The mini electric vehicle being made by China's biggest carmaker is now outselling Tesla two to one.

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Australia passes law to make Google and Facebook pay for news

The world-first law is designed to make the tech giants pay news publishers for content.

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The colourful fridges popping up on American streets

Local communities in the US have come up with a novel way to help feed those going hungry.

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North Korea enslaved South Korean prisoners of war in coal mines

A report describes how prisoners of war are used as slave labour to generate money for the regime.

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Brazilian Amazon: Juma descendants of 'last warrior' vow to carry on legacy

After the death of the last male member of an indigenous group, his grandchildren take an unusual step.

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Biden's Covid stimulus plan: It costs $2tn but what's in it?

Democrats are working on a massive package of measures to help the US through the pandemic.

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Looming battle for Yemen's Marib city risks humanitarian disaster

A rebel attack on the government's northern stronghold of Marib threatens mass displacement.

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Have Australians fallen out of love with Sydney and Melbourne?

Figures show Australians are moving out of the large cities in search of a better quality of life.

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Viewpoint: Self-defence not the answer to Nigeria's kidnap crisis

The defence minister said people should at times provide their own security but it is not that easy.

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Kenya: A sustainable solution to locust swarms?

An NGO is training and paying communities in Kenya to catch locusts, so they can be turned into animal feed.

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GameStop surges again as Reddit crashes temporarily

Trading in GameStop shares halted minutes before markets closed but jumped again in late trading.

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Mara Wilson: 'Sexualised' child star expresses solidarity with Britney Spears

The Mrs Doubtfire and Matilda actress says she "hated" her treatment by the press and public.

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Golfer Tiger Woods crash: Car found on side after rolling over

The champion golfer had to be cut free from the vehicle and was taken to hospital.

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Dozens of dolphins found dead on Mozambique beach

The cause of death is still unknown but a recent cyclone is among the theories being investigated.

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Ghislaine Maxwell offers to give up UK and French citizenship for bail

The British socialite is in jail in New York awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

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New Zealand: Rescuers save 28 whales from stranding spot

Rescuers have successfully refloated 28 pilot whales on a notorious New Zealand beach, Farewell Spit.

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Amnesty strips Alexei Navalny of 'prisoner of conscience' status

Amnesty said it took the decision after complaints of "hate speech" by the Russian opposition leader.

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Ecuador jail fight: Dozens of inmates killed in gang war

The violence is thought to be linked to a battle for control of the jails after a gang leader's killing.

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Covid: WHO scheme Covax delivers first vaccines to Ghana

It is a milestone for the WHO scheme, which aims to ensure the fair distribution of Covid-19 jabs.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Malaysia deports Myanmar nationals despite court order

The High Court had earlier issued a stay to put the deportation on hold pending a Wednesday hearing.

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New Zealand: Pilot whales refloated at stranding spot

A group of 28 pilot whales are back in the sea after beaching themselves twice in two days.

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China court orders man to pay wife for housework in landmark case

The landmark case has sparked debate as it shines a spotlight on housewives' unpaid labour.

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Franco: Melilla enclave removes last statue of fascist dictator on Spanish soil

Workers carry away the monument of the fascist dictator in the Spanish enclave of Melilla.

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Tiger Woods: Proud champion who bounced back

The man considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time has overcome many challenges in his career.

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Biden holds first foreign meeting with Canada's Justin Trudeau

"US leadership has been sorely missed over the past years," the Canadian prime minister said.

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Syrian torture verdict expected in landmark German case

A man who fled Syria is accused in Germany of being a "cog in the wheel" of a state torture machine.

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The Simpsons creator Matt Groening on equality, memes and monorails

BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat sits down for a Zoom chat with Matt Groening.

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Walker Swamp: The mission to restore an Australian wetland

Walker Swamp had been destroyed by 150 years of farming - now it is replenished and welcoming life.

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Senegal's teenage jockey races to fame

Fallou Diop won the country's top racing prize when he was just 17.

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Priyanka Dewan: The roller-skating star who beat disability stigma

Since taking up skating at the age of eight, Priyanka Dewan has become an international champion.

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Coronavirus: Do I send my child back to school?

President Biden wants most children in classrooms again by April - but do parents think that's safe?

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Motera: The world's largest cricket stadium to host India-England Test

India's Motera stadium gives an unobstructed view of the pitch to 110,000 spectators.

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Collision between train and truck causes massive explosion in Texas

An 18-wheeler truck crashes with a freight car carrying gasoline.

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Daniel Prude: No charges for US officers over 'spit-hood' death

Officers in New York were filmed using a hood to restrain Daniel Prude until he stopped breathing.

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Rebels deny killing Italian ambassador to DR Congo

The FDLR says the government is wrong to blame them for Luca Attanasio's "heinous assassination".

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Daphne Caruana Galizia murder: Suspect pleads guilty

The famed investigative journalist was assassinated in 2017 in a car bomb by her home.

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Covid infection in Lagos 'may top Africa's official total'

An antibodies survey in Nigeria suggests millions, not thousands, have already had coronavirus.

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Nika Melia, Georgian opposition leader, is arrested at party HQ

Dramatic video shows Nika Melia barricaded in a room with supporters as police raid his party's HQ.

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Ebola vaccines arrive in Guinea after dust storm delay

These are the first cases in West Africa, five years after the end of the world's deadliest outbreak.

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Disha Ravi: India activist, 22, granted bail by court

Disha Ravi's arrest for sharing a document intended to help farmers sparked widespread outrage.

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North Korean man wandered for hours in DMZ amid South's security blunders

The man swam ashore and was ignored eight times on CCTV in the heavily fortified border zone.

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Vanessa Bryant criticises Meek Mill for 'insensitive' Kobe Bryant lyric

She says lyrics for a leaked song are "extremely insensitive and disrespectful" to her family.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Facebook reverses ban on news pages in Australia

Facebook will reverse a decision to block access to news content, Australia's government says.

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Clubhouse confirms data spillage of its audio streams

A user has been banned for streaming audio from multiple Clubhouse chatrooms onto their website.

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Boeing 777: Signs of 'metal fatigue' found on Denver plane engine

The aircraft had to make an emergency landing after its engine failed, scattering debris over homes below.

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Australia: Oldest rock art is 17,300-year-old kangaroo

Scientists determined the painting's age by examining ancient wasp nests around the artwork.

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500,000 deaths: The 'colourful' lives lost to Covid

The sheer scale of the US death toll is hard to comprehend - it helps to hear the individual stories.

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El Chapo's wife Emma Coronel Aispuro arrested in US over 'drug trafficking'

Emma Coronel Aispuro's arrest comes two years after her husband was convicted in the US over his cartel.

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Extinction: Freshwater fish in 'catastrophic' decline

Numbers are plunging due to pollution, unsustainable fishing and the draining of rivers.

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Gender-reveal device explosion kills father-to-be

Christopher Pekny was making a device to be used at his child's gender-reveal party, police say.

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South Korea coronavirus: PM aims for 'herd immunity by autumn'

The prime minister says vaccinations are on track after criticism the country has been slow to start.

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Sri Lanka human rights: UK seeks new UN resolution on abuses

The resolution calls for human rights abusers in the bloody civil war to be held to account.

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Covid US death toll: Imagining what 500,000 lost lives look like

Half a million Americans have died of the coronavirus. Here's a look behind this grim milestone.

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Sarika Kale: The sports star who could afford just one meal a day

Sarika Kale says she survived on instant noodles and chutney for years because that's all she could afford.

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Thousands dead but no prosecutions - why Liberia has not acted

Horrific tales dominate the history of Liberia's civil war but no-one has been put on trial there.

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Canada's parliament declares China's treatment of Uighurs 'genocide'

Canada is just the second country after the US to recognise China's actions in Xinjiang as genocide.

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Texas weather: Family of 11-year-old file lawsuit over his death

Cristian Pineda, 11, was found dead by his mother amid freezing temperatures last week.

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Woody Allen says doc is 'riddled with falsehoods'

A new film shows the director's daughter Dylan Farrow addressing claims of abuse, which he denies.

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139-year-old Victorian house moved in San Francisco

The Victorian building was moved six blocks, but it was not a simple journey.

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James Franco sexual misconduct case settled

A deal between the Hollywood actor and two former students at his acting school is reached.

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The Muppet Show: Disney adds content warning over 'negative stereotypes'

A disclaimer is running ahead of 18 episodes of The Muppet Show, which is streaming on Disney Plus.

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Italian ambassador to DR Congo killed in UN convoy attack

Luca Attanasio and two other people die after his UN convoy is attacked near Goma.

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Kenya: Endangered giraffes killed by low power lines

The three that died were Rothschild's giraffes, one of the animal's most endangered subspecies.

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Coronavirus: High Covid rates delay France and Germany easing

France and Germany struggle to get schools back to normal as infection rates remain high.

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Memorial held for victims of the Christchurch earthquake

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attends a service held in tribute to the 185 people who lost their lives.

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Varavara Rao: Jailed India activist, 81, granted temporary bail

Varavara Rao has been in poor health for months and spent over 150 days in hospital in the past year.

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LGBT+ History Month: Matthew Mitcham's troubled path to historic Olympic gold

Matthew Mitcham made history in 2008, becoming the first openly gay male individual Olympic champion, but it was a troubled path on the way.

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Myanmar coup: Protesters amass despite military warning

Protesters were undeterred by a statement warning they were heading down a path leading to "loss of life".

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani: 'This is not Vietnam'

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told the BBC that he does not fear a military takeover by the Taliban.

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Bitcoin keeps hitting new highs after Tesla backing

Having broken through the $50,000 level last week the cryptocurrency has extended its rally this year.

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China 'Sexy tea' shop apologises for calling women 'bargains'

The popular beverage chain had previously sold tea bags with the phrase "Master I want you".

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United Airlines grounds planes after engine failure

The airline stops flying 24 planes after an engine burst into flames soon after take-off from Denver.

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UK: Myanmar military must release Suu Kyi

The military must respect the wishes of Myanmar's people, the foreign secretary will tell the UN.

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Covid: Australian Open fans criticised for 'booing vaccine'

A crowd's booing of a reference to Covid-19 vaccines is "disgusting", Australia's deputy PM says.

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Africa's data gap: Measuring the cost of not counting the dead

Just eight countries in Africa have adequate death registration systems, a BBC investigation finds.

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Over-The-Rhine: Is this a model for urban renewal or a warning sign?

In Cincinnati's Over-The-Rhine neighbourhood, does urban revitalisation come at a cost?

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Afghanistan's Ghani sees 'window of opportunity' for peace process

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Ashraf Ghani discusses the "hard decision" on war and peace.

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The most important humanitarian gesture in decades?

Colombia has given protected status to almost one million Venezuelan migrants.

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Divya Kakran: 'I became famous for wrestling boys'

Divya Kakran, a young Indian wrestler, dreams of making history at the Olympics.

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Pangong Lake: India and China complete pull-back of forces

The Pangong Lake is one area of an ill-defined border which has seen tensions flare.

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Seven Niger election officials killed by land mine on poll day

It is not known whether the seven electoral commission employees who died were deliberately targeted.

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Malcolm X family demands reopening of murder investigation

A letter from an ex-policeman alleges that New York police and the FBI conspired in the 1965 murder.

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France row as Lyon mayor keeps meat off school menus

The French government said the move by Lyon's mayor was an "insult" to farmers.

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Israel pollution: Tar globs disfigure coast after oil spill

Israel warns residents to avoid beaches as it tries to track the ship behind the pollution.

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Seven die in Nigerian Air Force plane crash near Abuja airport

The military plane crashed short of the runway in the capital Abuja, after reporting engine failure.

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Video shows US plane engine on fire

Passenger Chris Schnell filmed the burning engine from his seat before the flight made an emergency landing.

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Passengers describe 'explosion' as plane engine fails

Denver plane: Passengers describe moment engine failed

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Covid: WHO pleads with Tanzania to start reporting cases

Tanzania is one of the few countries in the world to not publish data on Covid-19 cases.

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Myanmar coup: Facebook deletes military's main news site

Tens of thousands again protest against the coup undeterred after two protesters died on Saturday.

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Three killed in New Orleans gun shop shooting

The local sheriff says a suspect shot two people, before being shot by others at the store.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Kangaroo Island dunnart: Saving a bushfire-ravaged marsupial

Already critically endangered, Australia's Kangaroo Island dunnart has lost most of its habitat.

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Australian PM is vaccinated as rollout begins

Scott Morrison received the Pfizer vaccine as Australia begins its nationwide inoculation programme.

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Israel eases restrictions following vaccine success

Shops, libraries and museums will now be open to the public, following easing of Covid rules.

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How European businesses are adapting to Brexit

Companies doing business between Europe and the UK talk to the BBC about the impact of the new rules.

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Singapore vending machines now dispense salmon, crab and even cacti

The city state has a dizzying array of vending machines, dispensing everything from cacti to pizza.

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Covid-19: Which countries in Africa are administering vaccines?

Some African nations have just begun vaccination programmes, but many have yet to start.

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Are streaming algorithms really damaging film?

Director Martin Scorsese says streaming algorithms demean cinema and treat viewers as consumers.

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Pablo Hasel: Luxury stores looted and vehicles ablaze in Barcelona protests

The arrest of the Catalan rapper has ignited ignited a debate over freedom of speech in Spain.

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How Trump offered Kim a ride on Air Force One

A new BBC series shows how threats of nuclear war against North Korea gave way to a Trump-Kim bromance.

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Covid: 'Each one of these people mattered'

Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg is using art to show the "depth and breadth" of Covid's US death toll.

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Why the US is eyeing a $300 monthly child benefit

Child poverty in the US "is an emergency and not a temporary one" advocates say.

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Computer says go: Taking orders from an AI boss

As artificial intelligence systems get more prevalent, some of us already have computers as managers.

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Friedrich Karl Berger: US deports ex-concentration camp guard to Germany

Friedrich Karl Berger, 95, worked at the Nazi Neuengamme camp during World War Two.

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Covid: Anti-vaccination protesters rally in Australia

Protesters gather in Australia to oppose the launch of the country's coronavirus vaccine programme.

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Wall Street Charging Bull sculptor Arturo Di Modica 'dies aged 80'

The bronze statue has become one of the most recognisable images of New York.

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Myanmar coup: At least two killed as police disperse protesters

Reports from the scene say police used live ammunition at the rally in the city of Mandalay.

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Covid: Anti-vaccination protests held in Australia ahead of rollout

The action comes days before the country is set to begin its rollout of coronavirus vaccines.

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Australian Open: Naomi Osaka beats Jennifer Brady in women's final

Naomi Osaka cements her place as the outstanding star of the women's game by beating Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open final for a fourth Grand Slam title.

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Covid-19: UK should send vaccines to poorer nations now - WTO chief

The head of the World Trade Organization says it is in richer countries' interest to share vaccines.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West split 'cordial and co-ordinated' - Perez Hilton

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton says reports suggest Kim "had been over the marriage for a long time".

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Women 'pose as grannies' to skip Florida vaccine queue

The two women wore glasses and wigs in order to try and receive a Covid-19 vaccine early in Florida.

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Alexei Navalny: Putin critic loses appeal against jailing

It is the first of two scheduled appearances in court on Saturday for the prominent Putin critic.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Alaska woman attacked by bear while using toilet

Shannon Stevens was shocked to find there was a bear behind when she used an outhouse in Alaska.

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Margaret Mitchell: Google fires AI ethics founder

She is the second senior figure to leave the online giant's ethics unit over the past few months.

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Is business the 'path to peace' in the Middle East?

How peace between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain is reshaping business and the region's alliances.

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Are migrants being influenced to enter the EU by vlogs?

Stephanie Hegarty meets the people sharing their story of trying to illegally enter the EU on social media.

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The art of protest in Myanmar – and its wanted list

From blind-folded protests to dressing like Aung Sun Suu Kyi, artists are concerning Myanmar's military.

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ICYMI: Ice carousels, a wallaby and a mammoth tooth

Here are some of the stories you may have missed this week.

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North Korean defectors: What happens when they get to the South?

Fleeing from North Korea can be a traumatic ordeal. Here's how defectors start new lives in the South.

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How a joke ended up before Canada’s top court

A comedian's joke about a young disabled boy launched a nearly decade-long free speech battle.

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Nodeep Kaur: The jailed activist Meena Harris tweeted about

Who is Nodeep Kaur, the young woman whose arrest has caused global outrage?

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How Congo-Brazzaville's shark population came under threat

The shark population off Congo-Brazzaville is threatened as desperate fishermen search deeper waters.

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Brittany Higgins: Parliament rape accuser makes complaint

The former political adviser alleges she was raped by a colleague in Australia's Parliament House.

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Coronavirus: What Europeans have learned from a year of pandemic

Since the first case in northern Italy a year ago the lives of Europeans have been changed forever.

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Algeria's protests are back and the president is worried

The Hirak movement marks its second anniversary with hopes of a rebirth despite appeasement efforts.

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Mars landing: Excitement builds over new images from Nasa Perseverance rover

The rover touched down successfully on Thursday in Mars' Jezero Crater.

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Alps hiker survives seven icy nights after fall in Italy

Italian rescuers find an injured man who says his dog helped him to survive.

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Somali capital gunfire amid election protests

It comes after militiamen attacked army positions, close to the presidential palace, overnight.

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How much does climate change cost US economy?

Last year saw a record numbers of extreme weather events costing billions of dollars in damages.

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US-Saudi alliance: Major reset under way

The White House has signalled it will not be business as usual with Saudi's powerful crown prince.

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Africa's week in pictures: 12-18 February 2021

A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent.

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Myanmar coup: Woman shot during anti-coup protests dies

Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing, 20, is the first protester to die since the 1 February coup.

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Iran nuclear deal: US agrees to join talks 'at critical moment'

The US says it is prepared to meet Iran to salvage a 2015 deal to limit its nuclear programme.

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Ladakh: China reveals soldier deaths in India border clash

It marks the first time China has disclosed its casualties in the deadly June 2020 incident.

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'Pawri girl': A five-second video brings India and Pakistan together

Pakistan's Dananeer Mobin, 19, has got two countries that usually see tense relations, ready to "pawri" (party).

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Malaysian court finds news site guilty of contempt

The independent news outlet Malaysiakini had published critical comments on the judiciary.

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Farmer protests: India's sedition law used to muffle dissent

In recent years there's been increasing use of a law which bans speaking out against the government.

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Covid vaccines: Macron proposes sending 4-5% of doses to poorer nations

France's president says failure to share vaccines more evenly is deepening global inequality.

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Texas storm: ‘He’s 92 so we wrapped him tight like a mummy’

Like so many desperate Texans, Henry is struggling to stay warm without power.

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Iran nuclear deal: Clock ticks as rivals square up

A looming election could bury any chance of saving the deal, while Iran and the US play tough.

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Nasa's Perseverance rover in 'great shape' after Mars landing

The six-wheeled robot survives a hair-raising, seven-minute descent to the surface of the Red Planet.

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France's elite forced to confront sexual abuse scandals

Revelations about sexual assaults and incest hit the reputation of France's intellectual elite.

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Now Norway is offering drug-free treatment to people with psychosis

People with psychosis are usually given powerful medication - in Norway they can now choose to go drug-free.

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Cancel culture: Have any two words become more weaponised?

What do a series of recent controversies tell us about the politics around "cancel culture"?

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Hervé Gourdel: Man sentenced over French tourist's killing

The jihadist abduction and killing of mountaineer Hervé Gourdel in Algeria in 2014 prompted outrage.

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Prisoner exchange after Israeli woman enters Syria

Russia mediated the exchange after the woman crossed near the Quneitra crossing about two weeks ago.

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Brazil: Can you vaccinate a whole town against Covid?

Scientists are vaccinating the entire adult population of a town in Brazil against Covid-19, to see if it helps bring life back to normal.

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The dentist who helped a koala to walk

Jon Doulman built a unique prosthetic after hearing about Triumph, a koala born without a foot.

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Smart materials: From tiny robots to colour-swapping clothes

A report examines the potential of materials that can change shape, adapt and repair themselves.

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Unnao: Dalit teenaged girls found dead on India farm

Two girls are dead and a third is critical, with their families alleging that they were attacked.

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Serena Williams leaves news conference in tears

Serena Williams leaves her Australian Open news conference in tears after her semi-final defeat by Naomi Osaka.

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Man arrested after Nicki Minaj's father killed in hit-and-run

Police say Robert Maraj died on Friday night as he walked on a road in Long Island.

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Texas weather: Residents told to boil tap water amid power blackouts

Water treatment facilities are hit as many struggle with power cuts and frigid conditions.

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Tokyo 2020: Japan Olympics minister Hashimoto appointed head of Games

Seiko Hashimoto was appointed after her predecessor was criticised for making sexist comments.

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Belarus jails two TV journalists for filming mass protest

A judge rules that by live-streaming a protest the Belsat TV journalists incited unrest in Minsk.

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Facebook Australia: PM Scott Morrison 'will not be intimidated' by tech giant

Scott Morrison says Facebook's decision to block news feeds to users is "arrogant and disappointing".

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Australian Open: Naomi Osaka to face Jennifer Brady in final after beating Serena Williams

Naomi Osaka will face Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open final after beating Serena Williams and ending the American's quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

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Pablo Hasél protests: Violence in Spanish cities over rapper’s jailing

Police clash with protesters in Madrid and Barcelona, as unrest over Pablo Hasél's jailing spreads.

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BTS label Big Hit and Universal seek next boy band

The two record labels have teamed up to find a new K-pop boy group through a joint venture.

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Demi Lovato 'had three strokes and a heart attack' after 2018 overdose

In a new documentary, the singer reveals she was minutes from death after her overdose in 2018.

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Period poverty: New Zealand schools to offer free sanitary products

One in 12 students were skipping classes because they could not afford tampons and pads.

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Australia news code: What’s this row with Facebook and Google all about?

A law that would force tech firms to pay for news is being closely watched globally. We explain why.

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'It's not the end': Russian activist prepares for jail

Anastasia Shevchenko awaits a verdict on charges of being linked to a pro-democracy group in the UK.

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Texas weather: ‘We’re on day three of no power'

Millions are still without power and water all across Texas after a winter storm.

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Rush Limbaugh: Radio host who loved to shock

The controversial figure, who dies aged 70, was loved or loathed depending on your politics.

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How Afghanistan police train for Taliban attacks and suicide bombers

Police in Afghanistan are training to deal with militant attacks amid Taliban threats.

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Texas weather: Are frozen wind turbines to blame for power cuts?

Frozen wind turbines are being blamed for power failures - but problems with fossils fuels are a bigger issue.

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Malnutrition is rising across India - why?

The number of undernourished children has grown in the last five years, reversing hard-won gains.

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Covid and suicide: Japan's rise a warning to the world?

For the first time in 11 years, suicide among women has gone up, and the pandemic is playing a part.

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Nasa Perseverance rover: How this Mars landing will be different

Nasa's Perseverance rover is aiming for Jezero Crater, considered “too dangerous” for previous spacecraft.

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas locked down in London

Speaking as her autobiography is published, the actress talks about lockdown in the UK.

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Los Angeles police 'wanted Amazon Ring BLM protest footage'

A privacy group says Los Angeles police asked users of the smart home system to share footage with them.

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Hotel Rwanda hero Rusesabagina in court on terrorism charges

Paul Rusesabagina says he was abducted in Dubai and brought to Rwanda to stand trial.

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Mount Etna: Smoke clouds as Sicilian volcano erupts

No towns are thought to be at risk from Mount Etna, one of the world's most active volcanoes.

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Dutch Jews died in 'secret Nazi gas chamber' in 1941

The gas chamber killed over 100 and was "a kind of laboratory" for the Nazis, a historian says.

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New Zealand deploys insects to tackle wasp problem

It is hoped the hover fly and wasp-nest beetle will stop wasps from disrupting the local eco-system.

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Britney Spears: Documentary director on 'tight circle' around singer

Samantha Stark discussed the issue of Britney Spears' father's conservatorship with BBC News.

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Japan student forced to dye her hair wins compensation

Teachers told the teenage girl to dye her naturally-brown hair black to comply with school rules.

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Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page cast in Dungeons & Dragons movie

Regé-Jean Page is to play the lead role in the fantasy film, based on the board game.

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Texas weather: Deaths mount as winter storm leaves millions without power

At least 21 people have died while many more are struggling with power cuts and frigid conditions.

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Nigeria gunmen raid Kagara school and abduct boys

A headcount is being done to see how many were abducted in the attack on the boarding school.

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Japan's ruling party invites women to 'look not talk' at key meetings

Female MPs will be invited to board meetings - but cannot talk - days after an Olympics sexism row.

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Pete Evans: Instagram ban for Australian chef over conspiracy theories

The Australian celebrity chef had already been taken off Facebook for his posts about the coronavirus.

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Pablo Hasel protests: Thousands demand rapper's release in Spain

Demonstrations were seen in dozens of cities after Pablo Hasel was jailed over tweets and lyrics.

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Myanmar coup: Roads blocked in Yangon as thousands protest

Protesters have parked vehicles across key junctions in Yangon while a large demonstration grows.

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MJ Akbar: India minister loses #MeToo defamation case to Priya Ramani

MJ Akbar, a former editor, was the most high-profile figure to be named in India's #MeToo movement.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Winter storm leaves millions without electricity in Texas

Texas is experiencing record low temperatures, with some places dipping to 0F (-18C).

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Princess Latifa: UN to question UAE about Dubai ruler's daughter

The UN is analysing videos in which the daughter of Dubai's ruler says she fears for her life.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's wife makes first appearance in a year

Ri Sol-ju joined her husband at a concert on Tuesday to mark the birthday of his late father.

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China overtakes US as EU's biggest trading partner

China's demand for cars and luxury goods from Europe bounced back in 2020 as its economy recovered.

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Peru vaccine scandal: Ex-president asked for early jab, doctors says

A doctor testifies to lawmakers, deepening a scandal over officials receiving vaccines out of turn.

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Covid: Melbourne lockdown to end after quarantine outbreak controlled

The "circuit-breaker" lockdown was designed to crush a coronavirus breach from hotel quarantine.

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