Asifa Bano: India outrage spreads over rape of eight-year-old girl

Asifa Bano: India outrage spreads over rape of eight-year-old girl

Image copyright Courtesy family of Asifa Bano Image caption Asifa Bano was eight years old The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year old girl has sparked outrage and anger across India. The body of Asifa Bano, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest on 17 January near Kathua […]

DR Congo boycotts own aid conference

DR Congo boycotts own aid conference

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tens of thousands of Congolese refugees have crossed the border into Uganda The Democratic Republic of Congo has boycotted a UN donor conference in Geneva seeking to raise $1.7bn (£1.2bn) for the country. The UN says more than 13 million Congolese need humanitarian aid, calling it a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. […]

Chelsea Hotel: Bob Dylan’s door sells for $100,000

Chelsea Hotel: Bob Dylan’s door sells for $100,000

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The door to a room once used by actor Humphrey Bogart sold for $5,500 The door to US singer Bob Dylan’s room at the iconic Chelsea Hotel in New York has sold at auction for $100,000 (£70,000). It was one of 50 doors from the hotel, where a host of […]

WHO demands access to Syria ‘chemical attack site’

WHO demands access to Syria ‘chemical attack site’

The World Health Organization (WHO) has demanded “unhindered access” to Douma in Syria, to check reports from its partners that 500 people have been affected by a chemical attack there. The Syrian government denies being behind any chemical attack. The US has threatened a “forceful” response to reports of an attack but Russia has called […]

Many feared dead after military plane crash in Algeria

Image copyright Said Image caption Images shared by locals showed thick plumes of smoke coming from the scene Many people are feared to have died as a military plane crashed in Algeria, local media report. At least 100 people have reportedly died, and local sources have been quoted as saying the death toll could exceed […]

Twenty dead in attempted breakout from Brazil prison

Twenty dead in attempted breakout from Brazil prison

Image copyright AFP Image caption The entrance of the Santa Izabel prison complex A number of inmates at a jail in the northern Brazilian city of Belem have died during an attempted mass breakout. They were aided by an armed group outside the jail which used explosives against one of the prison walls. One guard […]

Lufthansa and Air France flights grounded by strikes

Lufthansa and Air France flights grounded by strikes

Image copyright AFP Image caption Frankfurt is among the airports affected by the strike Two of Europe’s biggest airlines have been hit by strike action, grounding hundreds of flights and affecting tens of thousands of passengers. Lufthansa has been forced to cancel 800 of its 1,600 scheduled flights because of a walkout by public sector […]

Russian spy: Daughter discharged from hospital

Russian spy: Daughter discharged from hospital

Image copyright Yulia Skripal/Facebook Image caption Yulia Skripal was treated in Salisbury District Hospital for more than a month after being exposed to a nerve agent Yulia Skripal, the poisoned daughter of Russian ex-spy Sergei, has been discharged from hospital. The 33-year-old was released from Salisbury District Hospital on Monday and taken to a secure […]

Despacito YouTube music video hacked plus other Vevo clips

Despacito YouTube music video hacked plus other Vevo clips

Image copyright youtube YouTube’s music video for the hit song Despacito, which has had over five billion views, has been hacked. More than a dozen other artists, including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift are also affected. The original clips had been posted by Vevo. Despacito has been removed, but its cover image had […]

Syria conflict: Israel blamed for attack on airfield

Syria conflict: Israel blamed for attack on airfield

Image copyright Google/DigitalGlobe Image caption A satellite image showing the T4/Tiyas airbase in central Syria The Syrian government and its ally Russia have blamed Israel for a deadly attack on a Syrian military airport. Monday’s attack hit the Tiyas airbase, known as T4, near the city of Homs. Observers say 14 people were killed. Israel, […]