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Oxfam boss Mark Goldring 'sorry' over Haiti scandal

Oxfam boss Mark Goldring 'sorry' over Haiti scandal

Image caption Mark Goldring has been at Oxfam since 2013 Oxfam’s chief executive Mark Goldring has said he is sorry for the damage the charity has done to the people of Haiti and the wider efforts of aid workers. He is facing questions from MPs about the sexual misconduct of some staff in Haiti after […]

WHO warns of soaring rates of measles in Europe

WHO warns of soaring rates of measles in Europe

Image copyright SPL Image caption Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of contracting measles Europe has seen a massive surge in measles cases in 2017, which the World Health Organization says is a tragedy after a record low of 5,273 cases in 2016. Cases increased by 400%, with more than 20,000 people affected and […]

Australian tax staff told to report 'long lunch' colleagues

Australian tax staff told to report 'long lunch' colleagues

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australian Taxation Office workers have been urged to monitor colleagues Australian public servants have been told to anonymously report their colleagues if they are wasting time at work or spending too long at lunch. The Australian Taxation Office sent out a memo to 20,000 staff in December urging them […]

Ex-Cyclone Gita: Christchurch declares state of emergency

Ex-Cyclone Gita: Christchurch declares state of emergency

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The storm which caused devastation in Tonga (pictured) last week is now on its way towards New Zealand Christchurch and two other districts on New Zealand’s South Island have declared a state of emergency as former cyclone Gita hit the country. Dozens of schools have been shut and roads […]

Winter Olympics: Elizabeth Swaney the 'best' and worst' Olympian

Winter Olympics: Elizabeth Swaney the 'best' and worst' Olympian

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Elizabeth Swaney – a hero or a cheat? If you think the Olympics is all about getting a spot on that podium, think again. Some just want to be there. Meet Elizabeth Swaney from the US, who made it to the Winter Olympics with a spectacularly mediocre performance, slipping through […]

Mitsutoki Shigeta: 'Baby factory' dad wins paternity rights

Mitsutoki Shigeta: 'Baby factory' dad wins paternity rights

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption A lawyer (pictured) represented the Japanese man who was not present for the trial A Bangkok court has awarded paternity rights to a Japanese man over 13 babies he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers. The ruling allows Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, to pursue custody of the children. The son of […]

Mexico investigates disappearance of three Italians

Mexico investigates disappearance of three Italians

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mexican authorities say they are collaborating in their investigation with Italian diplomats Mexican authorities are investigating the disappearance of three Italian men in the western state of Jalisco. Vicenzo Cimmino, Raffaele Russo and Antonio Russo – all from Naples – were last seen on New Year’s Eve in the […]

In the afterglow

In the afterglow

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea’s cheerleaders hold the Unified Korea flag during the 2018 Winter Olympics The big story of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea has been the participation of North Korea and the friendly tone struck by the two countries. So, will the Olympic legacy be permanently improved relations? […]

The other Offices

The other Offices

Image caption Ricky Gervais (centre) with the original cast of The Office It’s conquered Europe, crossed the Atlantic and spawned a big-screen movie spin-off. Now The Office is to have another new branch – in India. Wernham Hogg will become Wilkins Chawla in the latest international version of Ricky Gervais’s mockumentary sitcom. Gervais, who co-wrote […]

Nigeria Boko Haram: Schoolgirls escape militant attack

Nigeria Boko Haram: Schoolgirls escape militant attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption Boko Haram militants want to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria Schoolgirls and teachers in north-eastern Nigeria have escaped an attack on a boarding school by Boko Haram jihadists, witnesses say. They say the militants in pick-up trucks arrived in the town of Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening, […]

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