Boko Haram ‘plot to attack UK and US embassies foiled’

Boko Haram ‘plot to attack UK and US embassies foiled’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria Nigeria’s spy agency says it thwarted a plot by militant Islamist group Boko Haram to attack the UK and US embassies in the capital Abuja. Six people were arrested last month in connection with the plot, the Department of […]

South Africa mourns the death of Ontlametse Phalatse

South Africa mourns the death of Ontlametse Phalatse

Image copyright Kopano Tlape Flickr Image caption Jacob Zuma called Ontlametse Phalatse a “brave young fighter” A woman who captured the hearts of many South Africans for her brave battle against premature aging disorder progeria has died aged 18. Doctors had said Ontlametse Phalatse would not make it past the age of 14. President Jacob […]

Somali security forces ‘rescue sailors’ from Indian ship

Somali security forces ‘rescue sailors’ from Indian ship

Media captionIs piracy returning to Somalia? Somali security forces have rescued eight sailors who were kidnapped by pirates, an official says. The pirates hijacked the Indian cargo ship last month, seizing the 10-man crew and holding them for ransom. Security forces freed the vessel and two of the crew on Monday. The pirates escaped with […]

‘World’s worst drawer’ tests Google AutoDraw

Google has released an artificial intelligence-powered drawing program that turns rough scribbles into illustrations. The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones is the self-proclaimed “world’s worst drawer”. So, he was keen to see if AutoDraw could make any sense of his sketches. ‘World’s worst drawer’ tests Google AutoDraw

Virgin Media blames Facebook for glitch

Virgin Media blames Facebook for glitch

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Virgin Media broadband customers had to rely on mobile data to access Facebook’s platforms Virgin Media has blamed Facebook for a fault that prevented some of its broadband customers from using the social network. The unusual glitch had also prevented access to Messenger and Instagram. The issue started on Tuesday […]

Vodafone scraps roaming fees in much of Europe

Image copyright Vodafone Image caption Countries in the “roam-free” offer include several outside the EU Vodafone has scrapped roaming charges for UK customers in 40 countries, meaning they can use their plans there without additional costs. However, the new terms are being applied initially only to new or upgraded contracts. The EU is expected to […]

Apple takes Swatch to court over ‘Tick Different’ ads

Apple takes Swatch to court over ‘Tick Different’ ads

Image copyright Swatch Image caption Swatch’s Bellamy watch contains a chip for making payments Apple has filed a complaint against Swatch in a Swiss court over the use of the phrase Tick Different in a marketing campaign. Swatch is using the slogan to market a wristwatch containing a contactless payment chip. Apple says the phrase […]

Dortmund explosions: ‘Islamist’ suspect held over team bus attack

Dortmund explosions: ‘Islamist’ suspect held over team bus attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Security is tight for the rescheduled match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco German police have detained a suspect with “Islamist links” following a bomb attack on the bus of the Borussia Dortmund football team. Prosecutors also said the three explosive devices contained metal pieces. Two letters claiming the attack on […]

Syria war: Trump and Putin trade barbs as ministers meet

Syria war: Trump and Putin trade barbs as ministers meet

Image copyright EPA Image caption The latest strain on ties follows the suspected chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun The US and Russian presidents have revealed the wide gulf between them over Syria, even as their foreign ministers were meeting in Moscow. Donald Trump said Russia was backing “an animal” in Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. Vladimir Putin […]