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The president forced me to take his herbal HIV 'cure'

The president forced me to take his herbal HIV 'cure'

Image copyright EPA The Gambia’s former leader, Yahya Jammeh, who left the country a year ago after two decades in power, has been accused of many crimes. But one of the strangest was forcing thousands of people with HIV to undergo treatment with a concoction of herbs he had invented himself. An unknown number died, […]

French prison guards in nationwide strike after attacks

French prison guards in nationwide strike after attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Guards take part in a protest at Fresnes prison near Paris after an assault on officers A series of attacks against prison guards by inmates at institutions across France has led to a nationwide strike in the country. Unions have vowed a “total blockade” of prisons on Monday as […]

Croatia introduces same-sex family bedtime stories

Croatia introduces same-sex family bedtime stories

Image copyright My Rainbow Family Zrinka Znidarcic has a new picture-book for her two-year-old son, Patrik. And she can hardly contain her excitement. “His reaction was complete delight,” she says. “He just took it and immediately said: this is familiar.” The book in question is called My Rainbow Family. At first glance it looks like […]

Australians mourn actress Jessica Falkholt

Australians mourn actress Jessica Falkholt

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJessica played Hope Morrison in Home and Away Hundreds of mourners have attended a funeral for Australian actress Jessica Falkholt, who died following a car crash that also killed her family. The actress, a former star of TV soap Home and Away, was remembered at a church […]

Vietnam jails most senior Communist Party official in decades

Vietnam jails most senior Communist Party official in decades

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dinh La Thang is one of the most senior officials to go on trial in decades The most senior Communist Party official to go on trial in decades has been sentenced to 13 years in jail in Vietnam. Former Politburo member Dinh La Thang was found guilty of economic mismanagement […]

Ex-footballer George Weah faces toughest challenge

Ex-footballer George Weah faces toughest challenge

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Weah says he can be successful as president An inspiration on the pitch, Liberia’s new president George Weah could struggle to meet expectations off it, writes Fergal Keane. An army band is playing on the far side of the field, the jaunty strains of ragtime float through the dead […]

Sydney train passengers injured in crash

Sydney train passengers injured in crash

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The train hit a buffer at the end of a railway line Sixteen people have been taken to hospital after a train struck a railway buffer on the outskirts of Sydney, police say. The accident happened at the end of a railway line in Richmond, in the city’s north-west, about […]

Amazon opens no-checkout supermarket

Amazon opens no-checkout supermarket

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Customers enter the store by scanning the Amazon Go app on their smartphone In a move that could revolutionise the way we buy groceries, Amazon opens its first supermarket without checkouts – human or self-service – to shoppers on Monday. Amazon Go, in Seattle, has been tested by staff for […]

Ronaldo borrows doctor's phone to check facial injury on pitch

Ronaldo borrows doctor's phone to check facial injury on pitch

Image copyright EPA Image caption A boot to the head left Ronaldo bleeding heavily from a cut near his eye Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo broke his dry spell in a powerhouse performance Sunday – but it wasn’t his goal-scoring that made headlines. Coming off with an injury, he borrowed a mobile phone camera from […]

Iraq sentences German woman to death over IS involvement

Iraq sentences German woman to death over IS involvement

Image copyright AFP Image caption The woman was captured during the battle for Mosul last year A court in Iraq has sentenced a German woman to death after finding her guilty of belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group. She was sentenced for providing logistical support and taking part in attacks on Iraqi security forces. […]