Elephant tourism is ‘fuelling cruelty’

Elephant tourism is ‘fuelling cruelty’

Image copyright World Animal Protection Image caption A young elephant at a venue in Thailand. They are used as a backdrop for selfies, ridden and forced to entertain tourists by playing football, painting, riding tricycles, throwing darts and dancing Millions of people want selfies riding elephants, or washing them, or patting their trunks. But according […]

Tony Blair ‘not straight’ with UK over Iraq, says Chilcot

Tony Blair ‘not straight’ with UK over Iraq, says Chilcot

Media captionBlair ‘not straight’ with country over Iraq, says Sir John Chilcot Tony Blair was not “straight with the nation” about his decisions in the run up to the Iraq War, the chairman of the inquiry into the war has told the BBC. Speaking for the first time since publishing his report a year ago, […]

11-on-11 summer football has its supporters – Los Angeles Times

Seven-on-seven summer football competition has become routine. But 11-on-11 summer games with no pads and no tackling is also growing in popularity. On Wednesday, Hart hosted Paraclete in an 11-on-11 game. Dean Herrington is head coach at Paraclete, and older brother Mike is head coach at Hart, with another brother, Rick, the defensive coordinator. And […]

Trump administration extends travel ban deadline for refugee admissions – Los Angeles Times

Refugee resettlement agencies say the State Department¬†has given them updated instructions on President Trump’s travel ban that extends the cutoff date for refugee admissions. When the ban was put into place last week, the administration said refugees who had booked travel would be admitted through Thursday. After that, immigration officials would block all refugees, except […]

Libya eastern commander Haftar declares Benghazi ‘liberated’

Libya eastern commander Haftar declares Benghazi ‘liberated’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Benghazi saw fierce clashes between the LNA and Islamist militants this week The head of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) has said his forces “liberated” the eastern Benghazi city after years of fighting with Islamists. Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar said the city now enters a new era of “security, […]

Central African Republic: Scores killed in lorry crash

Central African Republic: Scores killed in lorry crash

At least 77 people have been killed after a lorry loaded with passengers and goods crashed in the Central African Republic, officials say. Dozens more were injured in the accident near the town of Bambari, about 300km (186 miles) north-east of the capital Bangui. Most of the victims are said to be traders heading to […]

Europe migrant crisis: EU blamed for ‘soaring’ death toll

Europe migrant crisis: EU blamed for ‘soaring’ death toll

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Italy – due to its proximity to Libya – is the main destination for migrants attempting to reach Europe by sea Amnesty International has blamed “failing EU policies” for the soaring death toll among refugees and migrants in the central Mediterranean. In a report, it said “cynical deals” with Libya […]

Schools issue Snapchat Map warning

Schools issue Snapchat Map warning

Image caption Snap Map lets people share their location Schools are warning parents that a new location-sharing feature in Snapchat could put children at risk. Snap Map lets users share their exact location with people on their “friends” list in real time. In a letter seen by the BBC, one school said the map raised […]