Syria civil war: UN calls emergency talks after ‘gas attack’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRescue workers said many children were among those killed or injured in the attack The UN Security Council is to hold emergency talks after a suspected chemical attack in Syria left dozens of civilians dead and wounded. The attack on a rebel-held town brought furious international reaction, with the US and other

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France election: Le Pen and Macron clash over Europe in TV debate

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The 11 candidates in the French presidential election went head to head in a live televised debate French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was attacked from all sides over Europe as presidential candidates went head to head in the second live TV debate. The centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron said Ms Le Pen’s nationalist proposals

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Ecuador election: Socialist Lenin Moreno declared winner

Image copyright AFP Image caption Lenin Moreno is now Ecuador’s president-elect Socialist Lenin Moreno has been declared the winner of Ecuador’s closely contested presidential election. Incumbent party candidate Mr Moreno won 51.16% of the vote, the country’s electoral council announced. Conservative Guillermo Lasso, whom three exit polls predicted would win after the vote on Sunday, got 48.8%. Mr Lasso has

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Obama adviser Susan Rice denies targeting Trump team

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Susan Rice says allegations she directed spying on Trump operatives are “absolutely false” A top adviser to former President Barack Obama has labelled reports that she ordered surveillance of Donald Trump’s campaign as “absolutely false”. Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice flatly denied she or Mr Obama used intelligence for political purposes. She was

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Children killed in Syria ‘chemical attack’

A suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in Syria is reported to have killed dozens of people, including many children. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes on Khan Sheikhoun had released a chemical that caused many people to choke. Some had foam coming out of their mouths. Source link

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Hungary passes bill targeting Central European University

Image copyright AFP Image caption The new bill targets the Central European University. and its founder, George Soros Hungary has passed a bill which could force an internationally respected university out of the country. The 199-seat parliament voted 123 to 38 in favour of the legislation, placing tough restrictions on foreign universities operating in Hungary. It is the latest battle

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Student gets into Stanford with #BlackLivesMatter x100

Student gets into Stanford with #BlackLivesMatter x100 By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright Twitter/@ZiadAhmed Image caption Ziad Ahmed’s personal statement to Stanford put his activism front and centre. News that a high school student wrote nothing but #BlackLivesMatter on his personal statement in an application to California’s Stanford University – and got in – has

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S Africa unions to Zuma: Time to go

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Jacob Zuma is coming under increasing pressure to step down South Africa’s powerful trades union federation Cosatu has called for President Jacob Zuma to step down. Its Secretary General Bheki Ntshalintshali said he is no longer the “right person” to lead the country. Mr Zuma has been under growing pressure following a major cabinet

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Syria conflict: ‘Chemical attack’ in Idlib kills 18

At least 18 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in north-western Syria, activists say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that strikes on Khan Sheikhoun by Syrian government or Russian jets had caused many people to choke. The opposition Local Co-ordination Committees network posted photos of those it said

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St Petersburg metro explosion suspect ‘from Central Asia’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage shows passengers leaping from the wreckage in the minutes after the blast The man suspected of killing 11 people in a St Petersburg train is in his early 20s and from Central Asia, Russian media report. At least 45 people were injured in the explosion between two underground stations on Monday

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Roman Polanski jail plea rejected by US judge

Image copyright AFP Image caption Roman Polanski fled the US ahead of his sentencing for statutory rape in 1978 Film-maker Roman Polanski has failed to win assurances from a US court that he will not face prison over a decades-old case involving sex with a minor. A judge rejected a motion by Polanski’s lawyers who said he was willing to

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How do you make a rhino fly?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rhinos being transported by air need to be awake throughout the flight How do you get a 1.5-tonne rhino on an aeroplane? It sounds like a Christmas cracker joke, or the start of a Hollywood film pitch. But the man who knows the answer is Les Carlisle, project manager of the conservation group Rhinos

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