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No time for a break

No time for a break

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nigerians were sceptical when President’s Buhari’s spokesman said he was on holiday in London In our series of letters from African journalists, Sola Odunfa examines the attitude of Nigerians to holidaying, at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari has spent more than six weeks on “medical vacation” in the UK. […]

George Michael died of natural causes

George Michael died of natural causes

Image copyright PA Image caption It has taken 10 weeks for George Michael’s cause of death to emerge George Michael died as a result of heart disease, a coroner has confirmed. The pop star suffered a dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire. The singer died aged […]

Follow my lead

Follow my lead

Chance the Rapper is giving $1m (£817,000) to schools in Chicago for “arts and enrichment programming”. He also challenged big companies and corporations to follow his lead. Schools in the US city are being threatened with early closure this summer or laying off staff because of funding shortages. Speaking to reporters he said: “This isn’t […]

Europe court backs Belgium's rejection of visa to Syrians

Europe court backs Belgium's rejection of visa to Syrians

Image copyright EPA Image caption Syria’s biggest city Aleppo was for years the focus of fighting that finally ended in December The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has backed a Belgian decision to refuse a humanitarian visa to a Syrian family. The family of five, from Aleppo, had applied for a 90-day visa at the […]

'Several buried' as avalanche hits Alps

'Several buried' as avalanche hits Alps

Several people feared buried as avalanche hits French ski resort of Tignes This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App […]

India fat-shamed policeman thanks 'mean tweet' for free surgery

India fat-shamed policeman thanks 'mean tweet' for free surgery

Image copyright Saifee Hospital Image caption Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, right, treated Inspector Daulatram Jogawat A tweet by a popular Indian writer fat-shaming a policeman has had an unexpected outcome – free weight-reduction surgery for him in Mumbai. Inspector Daulatram Jogawat left the hospital on Monday, and thanked Shobhaa De for making him famous. The writer […]

UK backpacker 'raped repeatedly' over two months in Australia

UK backpacker 'raped repeatedly' over two months in Australia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police allege the attacks happened in locations across Queensland A British backpacker was allegedly raped, assaulted and choked during a two-month hostage ordeal in Australia. The 22-year-old woman was subjected to repeated attacks in locations across vast Queensland, police say. The ordeal ended on Sunday when police stopped a […]

Mosul battle: Troops retake main government office

Mosul battle: Troops retake main government office

Iraqi forces have retaken the main government offices in Mosul as the offensive continues to oust the so-called Islamic State (IS) group. The advance could pave the way for an attack on the heavily populated old city, where the militants are still entrenched. Thousands of civilians are streaming out of the city every day. Mosul […]

Female pedestrian signals ignite debate in Australia

Female pedestrian signals ignite debate in Australia

Image copyright Gerry Cantwell Image caption The new pedestrian signals were installed on Tuesday Traffic signals depicting pedestrians in dresses have been unveiled in Australia as part of a gender equality campaign. The trial programme in Melbourne is designed to “reduce unconscious bias”, said to the lobby group behind them. But the 10 signals in […]

Wheelchair man

Wheelchair man

Mohammad Sayed was abandoned by his family in Afghanistan after his house was bombed and he was left paralysed. Now he has become a US citizen, and designed a comic book superhero – Wheelchair Man – based on his own life story. I used to play with my father’s AK47, rocket launchers and used mortar […]