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Germany quashes gay men's convictions and offers compensation

Germany quashes gay men's convictions and offers compensation

Image copyright dpa Image caption Surviving victims of the anti-gay bill will be compensated for their “unimaginable suffering” Germany’s parliament has voted to quash the convictions of tens of thousands of gay men criminalised under notorious historical anti-homosexual laws. The law, only fully repealed in West Germany in 1994, dates to 1871 but was rarely […]

Turkish water park: Children and adults electrocuted

Turkish water park: Children and adults electrocuted

Image copyright DHA Image caption Those affected were treated at the scene but could not be saved Three children and two adults who tried to rescue them have been electrocuted in a water park in north-western Turkey, local media say. The incident happened in the town of Akyazi, in Sakarya province, 100km (62 miles) east […]

Trump casts doubt on Russia investigator Mueller

Trump casts doubt on Russia investigator Mueller

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Mueller has come under pressure from influential conservatives President Donald Trump has questioned the neutrality of Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in last year’s US election. Mr Trump said Mr Mueller’s friendship with James Comey, who had been heading the inquiry until sacked from his role as […]

John Magufuli's pregnant schoolgirl ban angers Tanzanian women

John Magufuli's pregnant schoolgirl ban angers Tanzanian women

Image copyright AFP Image caption John Magufuli said that young mothers would be distracted in class Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has been condemned for comments that girls who give birth should not be allowed to return to school. An online petition has been set up and a pan-African women’s organisation is mobilising to get the […]

Al-Nahyan trial: UAE princesses guilty of servant abuse

Al-Nahyan trial: UAE princesses guilty of servant abuse

Image copyright AFP Image caption The case dates back to 2008 but only came to court this year, after the defence’s many procedural challenges Eight princesses from the UAE have been convicted of human trafficking and degrading treatment of their servants by a Brussels court. They were given 15-month suspended jail terms and ordered to […]

Woody Johnson: Trump picks NFL tycoon as UK ambassador

Woody Johnson: Trump picks NFL tycoon as UK ambassador

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Johnson is a major Republican Party fundraiser US President Donald Trump has announced he will formally nominate NFL tycoon Woody Johnson to be US ambassador to the UK. The billionaire philanthropist and heir of the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical giant, who is 70, has known Mr Trump for many […]

Online concern over Chinese 'human embroidery' trend

Online concern over Chinese 'human embroidery' trend

Image copyright People’s Daily/Sina Weibo Image caption People’s Daily warns parents to look out for such acts of self-harm Chinese media are asking parents to be vigilant about a new, online trend: stitching patterns into your skin. Online users have in recent weeks been posting pictures on social media of patterns embroidered onto their skin. […]

Otto Warmbier: North Korea denies mistreating US student

Otto Warmbier: North Korea denies mistreating US student

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Warmbier was put on trial for allegedly stealing a propaganda sign The North Korean government has denied mistreating US student Otto Warmbier, who fell into a coma while being held in prison in the communist state. Mr Warmbier died without recovering on Monday, having been brought back to the […]

United States suspends all Brazilian meat imports

United States suspends all Brazilian meat imports

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Brazil is the world’s largest beef exporter The United States has suspended Brazilian meat imports over “recurring concerns about the safety of products intended for the American market”. Several countries banned Brazilian meat in March, when prosecutors said health inspectors there had been taking bribes to approve sub-standard meat. The […]

Hackers help speeding drivers dodge fines

Hackers help speeding drivers dodge fines

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Peak hour traffic in Melbourne as the morning fog makes way for sunrise Hackers behind the infamous WannaCry virus have inadvertently helped lead-footed Australian drivers avoid costly speeding fines. Fifty five traffic cameras, most in inner-city Melbourne, were infected by the ransomware. A maintenance worker unknowingly uploaded the malware […]