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'Tag a mate'

'Tag a mate'

Image copyright Facebook A growing online backlash has been building against “tag a mate” memes on social media. Usually sexually suggestive and, critics say, promoting body-shaming, such memes nonetheless continue to be shared in their hundreds of thousands. Last week, Lizzie Velasquez, a motivational speaker and writer from the US whose image has been widely […]

Aleppo evacuation: UN backs sending monitors

Aleppo evacuation: UN backs sending monitors

Image copyright EPA Image caption Children were among those evacuated from the government-controlled villages of Kefraya and Foah The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution calling for UN officials and others to monitor the mass evacuations from rebel-held east Aleppo and the safety of civilians still there. Some 13,000 people have left the area […]

China safety campaign runs into snobbery charge

China safety campaign runs into snobbery charge

China safety campaign runs into snobbery charge By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright Sina Weibo Image caption For shame: police posters urge bikers to cover up An online campaign in China to persuade motorbikers and cyclists to wear helmets has run into accusations of snobbery by suggesting they could lose […]

Taliban 'kill woman who divorced husband and remarried'

Taliban 'kill woman who divorced husband and remarried'

Taliban militants in Afghanistan have shot dead a woman who divorced her husband and remarried, officials say. The killing took place in north-western Badghis province. There are some reports that the woman’s husband had authorised the separation from abroad. But when he returned to Afghanistan, he petitioned a self-appointed Taliban court against her remarriage. The […]

Cuba announces home internet trial scheme in Havana

Cuba announces home internet trial scheme in Havana

Image copyright AP Image caption Cubans still struggle to get internet access in most parts of the country The Cuban government has announced a two-month trial scheme to allow internet access in private homes. State-run telecommunications company Etecsa will install internet in some 2,000 homes in the capital’s colonial district, Old Havana. The company has […]

HB2 law: North Carolina to repeal 'bathroom bill'

HB2 law: North Carolina to repeal 'bathroom bill'

Image copyright Getty Images North Carolina lawmakers will repeal a controversial HB2 law which limits protections offered to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Democratic Governor-elect Roy Cooper announced the repeal after Charlotte City Council voted to strike down a local law that prompted HB2. The law requires transgender people to use toilets that correspond […]

Swiss shooting: Three wounded near Zurich station

Swiss shooting: Three wounded near Zurich station

Three people have been hurt in a gun attack near a Muslim prayer centre in the Swiss city of Zurich. Police confirmed an operation was under way in a street close to the city’s main station. Swiss reports said the three wounded were all adults who had been found in Eisgasse, a small street where […]

Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov wounded in gun attack in Turkey

Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov wounded in gun attack in Turkey

Image copyright Russian Embassy Image caption Mr Karlov has been ambassador to Turkey since 2013 The Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, has been shot and seriously injured while visiting a photo gallery in the Turkish capital. Several other people were reportedly also injured in the attack, a day after protests in Turkey over Russia’s […]

Christine Lagarde: IMF chief convicted over payout

Christine Lagarde: IMF chief convicted over payout

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Lagarde said earlier that the trial had put her and her family through a “testing” time A French court has found International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence but did not hand down any punishment. As French finance minister in 2008, she approved an award of €404m […]

Russia bath lotion kills 41 drinkers in Irkutsk

Russia bath lotion kills 41 drinkers in Irkutsk

Image copyright AP Image caption This is the shop where the liquid was allegedly purchased At least 41 people have died in the Siberian city of Irkutsk after drinking bath essence, Russian authorities say. The hawthorn-scented liquid was consumed as if it were alcohol, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee. Some 16 others are in a […]