Syria refugees in Canada name their baby Justin Trudeau

Syria refugees in Canada name their baby Justin Trudeau

Image copyright Afraa Bilan Image caption Afraa Bilan and sleepy Justin Trudeau take it easy at home When Muhammad and Afraa Bilan arrived in Canada in February last year, they were starting a new life in a completely new country. Originally from Damascus in Syria, they, daughter Naya and son Nael arrived as refugees in […]

Pope Francis angered by America’s ‘mother of all bombs’ name

Pope Francis angered by America’s ‘mother of all bombs’ name

Media captionThe moment the MOAB bomb struck the IS cave and tunnel system Pope Francis has criticised the naming of the US military’s largest non-nuclear explosive ever used in combat as “the mother of all bombs”. “I was ashamed when I heard the name,” the pontiff told an audience of students at the Vatican. “A […]

Trump scores healthcare victory in House

Trump scores healthcare victory in House

Media captionProtesters yell ‘shame’ at politicians over healthcare bill The US House of Representatives has passed a healthcare bill, bringing President Trump’s pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare a stride closer. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed with a vote to spare, after weeks of cajoling within the Republican party to muster enough support. […]

Le Pen and Macron clash in crucial French election debate

Le Pen and Macron clash in crucial French election debate

Image copyright AFP Image caption The two candidates are seeking to win over the undecided voters The two contenders for the French presidency are trading insults in a head to head TV debate in a key moment of a long and bitter campaign. Centrist Emmanuel Macron said his far-right rival Marine Le Pen’s strategy “is […]

Facebook hires 3,000 to spot violent videos

Facebook hires 3,000 to spot violent videos

Image copyright AFP Facebook is hiring 3,000 people for its “community operations team”, to help stop hate speech, child abuse and self-harm being broadcast on the website. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said it had been “heartbreaking” to see people “hurting themselves and others” in videos streamed live on Facebook. He added he would make reporting […]

Syria war: Putin says ‘safe zones’ have international support

Syria war: Putin says ‘safe zones’ have international support

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Russia-backed plan calls for a ceasefire Russia, the US, Turkey, Iran and Syria are close to agreeing the establishment of “safe zones” in Syria aimed at ensuring the viability of a ceasefire, Vladimir Putin says. The Russian president said they would amount to no-fly zones. Mr Putin said his […]

Egyptian Saad Mohammed creates 700 metre Koran by hand

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Saad Mohammed has spent three years creating his scroll An Egyptian school drop-out is hoping to make history after spending three years painstakingly creating what he believes to be the world’s largest Koran. Saad Mohammed’s intricately decorated, hand-drawn scroll is 700 metres long (2,296ft) – which means, when it is […]

Donald Trump: I would be honoured to meet Kim Jong-un

Donald Trump: I would be honoured to meet Kim Jong-un

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has also been called a “smart cookie” by US President Donald Trump US President Donald Trump has said he would be “honoured” to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in the right circumstances. “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, […]

New Hamas policy document ‘aims to soften image’

New Hamas policy document ‘aims to soften image’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hamas officials say the new document does not replace the group’s 1988 charter The Palestinian militant group Hamas has published a new policy document – the first since its founding charter. It declares for the first time a willingness to accept an interim Palestinian state within pre-1967 boundaries, without recognising […]

Turbulence injures 27 on Aeroflot flight to Bangkok

Turbulence injures 27 on Aeroflot flight to Bangkok

Media captionFootage shows the aftermath of the turbulence which threw passengers into the aisles At least 27 people were hurt when an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok hit a patch of severe turbulence. No injuries were life-threatening, but several passengers suffered broken bones and three needed surgery, Russian officials said. A passenger described being […]

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