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Belarus minister wants ex-prisoners to work on farms

Belarus minister wants ex-prisoners to work on farms

Image copyright Interior Ministry of the Republic of Belarus Image caption Minister Shunievich wants ex-cons to work the land The interior minister of Belarus has caused a stir by suggesting that convicts could be sent to work the land on their release from prison. Ihar Shunievich told Belarusian state TV that his ministry is working […]

Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

Image copyright AFP A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied permission for an abortion by the Indian Supreme Court last month has given birth to a baby girl. The girl is not aware that she has given birth. During her pregnancy she was told her bulge was because she had a big stone in her […]

Iceland toilet roll 'price war' wipes out jobs

Iceland toilet roll 'price war' wipes out jobs

Image copyright WIKIMEDIA/ELYA Image caption Correctly hung toilet paper, now subject to price competition in Iceland Iceland’s only toilet paper manufacturer says it is being forced to lay off staff as it cannot compete with the prices offered by a US competitor. American retail giant Costco opened a new shopping warehouse in Iceland’s Reykjavik earlier […]

The Indian schoolgirl fighting to save her 'lifeline' park

The Indian schoolgirl fighting to save her 'lifeline' park

Image caption The park is Navya Singh’s “favourite place” A seven-year-old Indian schoolgirl has filed a petition in court and written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bid to save her neighbourhood park. Navya Singh wrote, ” I think you’ll listen to me. This park is our lifeline,” in her open letter. She is […]

White nationalists are 'clowns' – Trump aide

White nationalists are 'clowns' – Trump aide

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Steve Bannon (l), pictured with another key White House figure (r) Jared Kushner, is seen as one of the most influential voices in the Trump administration The chief White House strategist Steve Bannon has attacked white nationalists as “clowns” as the fallout from violent protests in Charlottesville continues. Mr Bannon […]

Politician dons burka in Australian Senate

Politician dons burka in Australian Senate

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pauline Hanson took her usual seat in the Senate chamber The leader of Australia’s far-right One Nation party has worn a burka on the floor of the nation’s Senate. Pauline Hanson walked into the chamber and sat down ahead of her party’s bid to ban the garment in Australia. Attorney-General […]

Collecting corpses

Collecting corpses

Image caption Samba Thorley lost his wife and all five of his children At least 600 people are still missing following a mudslide and flooding that devastated parts of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown. Dozens of volunteers like Jibrila Sesay are playing a central role in the gruesome clear-up operation after Monday morning’s disaster. “We have […]

Sierra Leone mudslide victims buried

Sierra Leone mudslide victims buried

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Relatives have been waiting to identify bodies Nearly half of the 400 people known to have died in a mudslide and flooding on the outskirts of the Sierra Leone capital Freetown have already been buried, health officials say. The government had said mass burials would be postponed until Thursday to […]

Venezuela prison 'massacre' kills 37

Venezuela prison 'massacre' kills 37

At least 37 people have been killed in a prison riot in southern Venezuela, prosecutors say. Special interior ministry forces were sent in to regain control of the jail in Puerto Ayacucho, the capital of Amazonas state. Witnesses reported hearing shots for several hours and the state governor Liborio Guarulla called it a “massacre”. Prosecutors […]

Migrant crisis: Spain rescues 600 people in busiest day

Migrant crisis: Spain rescues 600 people in busiest day

Image copyright EPA Image caption More migrants could arrive in Spain this year than in Greece, the UN says Spain’s coastguard says it has rescued 600 migrants crossing from Morocco in a 24-hour period amid a spike in the number of migrant arrivals. The rescued migrants were in 15 vessels including toy paddleboats and a […]

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