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Belarus row over church bells ban story

Belarus row over church bells ban story

Image copyright Uladzislaw Chakhovich via Wikicommons Image caption The Red Church was built before the First World War Reports that a landmark Catholic church in Minsk has been banned from ringing its bells have caused commotion on Belarusian social media, but may be based on a misunderstanding. Canon Uladzislaw Zavalnyuk, the rector of the Church […]

Iraqi Kurd referendum: Erdogan warns of sanctions hunger

Iraqi Kurd referendum: Erdogan warns of sanctions hunger

Image copyright EPA Image caption Iraqi soldiers joined Turkish troops for exercises on the Turkish side of the border on Tuesday Turkey’s president has said Iraqi Kurds could go hungry as a result of the punitive measures it is considering after Monday’s independence referendum. Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government […]

Belgian 'sugar daddy' ads prompt outcry for luring students

Belgian 'sugar daddy' ads prompt outcry for luring students

Image copyright Corinne Torrekens Image caption This van was seen at Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) telling students to “improve your lifestyle” A website’s ad campaign telling young women they could fund their studies by dating a sugar daddy has provoked a wave of anger at Belgian universities. Vans have been driven around universities displaying […]

Vegetative-state patient responds to therapy

Vegetative-state patient responds to therapy

Image copyright Corazzol et al Image caption The scan shows the man’s brain activity before (L) and after (R) the treatment A man in France has regained some degree of consciousness after being in a vegetative state for 15 years. Doctors treated the 35-year-old, injured in a car accident, with an experimental therapy that involved […]

'Victim shaming'

'Victim shaming'

Image copyright Getty Images A recent Indian court order suspending the jail terms of three young men guilty of gang-rape and blackmail, even labelling the victim as “promiscuous”, stands out for being regressive, writes the BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi. A two-judge bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court awarded bail to three law […]

Canada groom saves child from drowning in river

Canada groom saves child from drowning in river

Image copyright Hatt Photography / Facebook A wedding photoshoot in Canada took an unexpectedly dramatic turn as the bridegroom leapt into a river to save a little boy from drowning. Clayton and Brittany Cook were posing for wedding photos on a park bridge in Cambridge, Ontario, when the groom noticed a boy in distress in […]

Bali volcano: Indonesia fears imminent Mt Agung eruption

Bali volcano: Indonesia fears imminent Mt Agung eruption

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Farmers living in the shadow of Agung have been moving their cattle off their land Indonesia has warned that the active volcano on the tourist island of Bali is entering a “critical phase”, amid fears of an imminent eruption. Hundreds of tremors were recorded on Monday at Mount Agung, […]

Palestinian gunman kills three Israelis in West Bank

Palestinian gunman kills three Israelis in West Bank

Three Israelis have been shot and killed by a Palestinian gunman at the entrance to a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, police say. The gunman was also shot and died later but has not yet been identified, a police spokesman said. The gunman had “arrived at the rear gate of Har Adar along with […]

North Korea crisis: Washington denies 'war declared'

North Korea crisis: Washington denies 'war declared'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSarah Huckabee Sanders: Frankly the suggestion is absurd The US has dismissed a statement by North Korea accusing Washington of declaring war on the country, calling the idea “absurd”. The White House also warned Pyongyang to stop provocations after it said it had the right to shoot […]

US government satellite image shows Puerto Rico blackout

US government satellite image shows Puerto Rico blackout

Image copyright Twitter @NOAASatellites Image caption Satellite images show nighttime in Puerto Rico before the storm (above) and on 25 September (below), four days after the storm struck Millions of people in Puerto Rico remain without electricity in the wake of Hurricane Maria, a new image taken by a US government satellite shows. Outside the […]

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