Cycling through Africa: Turkish Hasan Söylemez’s adventure of a lifetime

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British men ‘increasingly’ targeted by sextortion

There’s been a three-fold rise in the number of cases of sextortion being reported to police in the UK over the last three years, where criminals trick their victims into sexual activity online and then blackmail them. Experts say that Ivory Coast in West Africa has become a hotspot for the scammers, as Angus Crawford […]

Cameroon military court jails Anglophone activists

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many in Cameroon’s English-speaking minority have protested against discrimination A court in Cameroon has convicted seven activists from the country’s English-speaking minority of rebellion and terrorism, handing them sentences ranging from 10 to 15 years. They include the group’s leader, Mancho Bibixy, a radio presenter in the Anglophone North-West […]

North Korea ready to talk ‘at any time’ with Donald Trump

Media captionTrump and Kim’s on/off bromance North Korea has said it is still willing to talk “at any time in any form” after US President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled his summit next month with Kim Jong-un. Vice-Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said Mr Trump’s decision was “extremely regrettable”. President Trump blamed the North’s “open hostility” for […]

MH17: Russia ‘liable’ for downing airliner over Ukraine

Image copyright AFP Image caption The remains of the Boeing 777, photographed at its crash site in 2014 Australia and the Netherlands say they are holding Russia responsible for downing a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet in 2014. All 298 people on board MH17, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, died when it […]

The ‘underground lair’ that turned out to be a loo

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Afghan interpreters’ scheme utter failure, say MPs

Image copyright PA Image caption Afghan interpreters worked with the Army on the front line in Helmand Province A scheme aimed at helping Afghan civilians who worked as interpreters for the Army has proved an “utter failure”, MPs have said. The Commons Defence Committee said not a single person potentially at risk of Taliban reprisals […]

Business groups write to PM urging Heathrow expansion

Image copyright PA Theresa May has been urged to stick to the government’s timetable for having a vote on Heathrow expansion. A number of business lobby groups have signed a letter saying the government needs to “get on with expanding the UK’s airport capacity”. The BBC understands that the idea for the letter came from […]

Scotland ‘would keep pound’ in years after independence

Media captionNicola Sturgeon: Scottish currency ‘entirely credible’ An independent Scotland would keep the pound for at least 10 years under proposals set out by the SNP’s Growth Commission. The country could potentially then move towards introducing its own currency if six economic tests were met. The commission was set up two years ago to build […]

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