Russians 'killed in US Syria air strikes'

Image copyright AFP At least two Russian fighters were killed in US air strikes in north-eastern Syria last week, their associates have told the BBC. They said they could have been hired by private military companies supporting Syrian government-backed troops. Russia has not confirmed the deaths that were first reported by US media, saying one […]

Ahmad Khan Rahimi sentenced to life in prison for NY bombing

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rahimi at a hearing in May 2017 The man who set off pressure cooker bombs in New York and New Jersey in 2016 has been sentenced to life. Ahmad Khan Rahimi injured 30 people when he set off a bomb in Manhattan. The Afghan-born US citizen, who was captured after […]

Israel PM Netanyahu faces corruption charges

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Israeli police say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be charged over alleged bribery cases. A police statement said there is enough evidence to indict Mr Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases. Police had questioned Mr Netanyahu as part of an inquiry into corruption allegations […]

Oxfam International chair held over Guatemala graft scandal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Juan Alberto Fuentes was Guatemala’s finance minister before he became chairman of Oxfam International The chairman of the charity Oxfam International, Juan Alberto Fuentes, has been arrested in Guatemala. He was detained as part of an investigation into a corruption scandal dating back to his time as Guatemala’s finance minister. […]

Cape Town drought declared a 'national disaster'

Image copyright AFP Image caption Cape Town’s dams are now just 24.9% full South Africa has declared the drought which has seen Cape Town hurtling towards “Day Zero” a national disaster. The government made the announcement after reassessing the “magnitude and severity” of the three-year drought. It has badly affected three of the country’s nine […]

Jeff Sessions 'Anglo-American heritage' remark sparks race row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Session’s career has nearly been derailed in past by accusations of racism US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been accused of racism after praising “the Anglo-American heritage” of US policing. A prominent civil rights group and a US senator accused America’s top prosecutor of “dog whistle” politics. But […]

Slovakia launches 'love bank' for Valentine's Day romance

Image copyright AFP Image caption The love bank’s tiny drawers store romantic keepsakes A picturesque old town in Slovakia is running a “love bank” where couples can go on Valentine’s Day to deposit small, cherished tokens of their love. The lovers’ vault, containing 100,000 tiny drawers, is in Banska Stiavnica’s House of Marina, a museum […]

Ice on sensors 'caused Russia plane crash'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWreckage was strewn across a wide area Speed sensors that were iced over may have caused a passenger jet to crash near Moscow, killing all 71 people on board, investigators say. The instruments fed the pilots wrong speed data, they added. The Saratov Airlines jet went down […]

South Africa: ANC decides Zuma must go 'urgently'

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jacob Zuma has been president of South Africa since 2009 South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign “for the sake of the country”. But despite the ANC’s top leadership deciding to “recall” him “urgently”, the scandal-hit Mr Zuma was still in power […]

Taiwan's pedestrian crossing men get girlfriends

Taiwan’s pedestrian crossing men get girlfriends By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright FTV News Image caption After 18 years of solitude, Taiwan’s “little green man” has finally got himself a girlfriend The little green and red traffic light men in southern Taiwan have got themselves girlfriends, just in time for […]

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