‘Move bus, get out the way!’

A camera operator waited 40 minutes to film a stadium demolition but was thwarted at the last moment by some unfortunate bus scheduling. The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, which in its 25-year history hosted the Super Bowl and the Olympics, was reduced to rubble by a controlled demolition using around 5,000lb of explosives. ‘Move bus, […]

Zimbabwe ex-Vice-President Mnangagwa urges Mugabe to quit now

Zimbabwe ex-Vice-President Mnangagwa urges Mugabe to quit now

Image copyright EPA / The Herald Image caption President Mugabe is under pressure from the public and his own Zanu-PF party Zimbabwe’s former vice-president, whose sacking led to last week’s army takeover, has urged President Robert Mugabe to resign immediately. Emmerson Mnangagwa said he fled abroad two weeks ago when he learned of a plot […]

Suicide bombing kills 50 in Nigeria

Suicide bombing kills 50 in Nigeria

At least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Mubi, police say. The mosque was packed with worshippers during morning prayers when the bomber struck in Adamawa state. Witness Abubakar Sule told AFP news agency that it appears the bomber was part of the congregation. No-one has […]

Egypt singer held for ‘inciting debauchery’ in music video

Egypt singer held for ‘inciting debauchery’ in music video

Image copyright Shyma Image caption Shyma wrote that she had not anticipated the backlash against her video An Egyptian singer has reportedly been detained for a week after she appeared in a music video in her underwear while suggestively eating a banana. Shaimaa Ahmed, a 25-year-old known professionally as Shyma, was arrested by Egyptian police […]

Syria: Putin renews call for political deal in Assad visit

Syria: Putin renews call for political deal in Assad visit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The two leaders met for the first time since October 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin has renewed his call for a political solution to the war in Syria, during a rare visit by the Syrian leader. Mr Putin told Bashar al-Assad the military campaign was “wrapping up”, but there was […]

Egypt singer held for ‘inciting debauchery’ in music video

Egypt singer held for ‘inciting debauchery’ in music video

Image copyright Shyma Image caption Shyma wrote that she had not anticipated the backlash against her video An Egyptian singer has reportedly been detained for a week after she appeared in a music video in her underwear while suggestively eating a banana. Shaimaa Ahmed, a 25-year-old known professionally as Shyma, was arrested by Egyptian police […]

Iran earthquake: Khamenei criticises government’s response

Iran earthquake: Khamenei criticises government’s response

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the Revolutionary Guards for “speeding up assistance” Iran’s supreme leader has criticised the government’s response to last week’s earthquake during a visit to the scene of the disaster. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said many people involved in the rescue and relief operations had performed well, but that […]

Germany’s Merkel ‘prefers new vote’ after coalition talks fail

Germany’s Merkel ‘prefers new vote’ after coalition talks fail

Media captionGerman chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday said it was a day of “deep reflection” for Germany German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she would prefer new elections to leading a minority government, after a breakdown in coalition talks plunged the country into political crisis. She also said she did not see any reason to […]

Trump declares North Korea ‘sponsor of terror’

Trump declares North Korea ‘sponsor of terror’

Media captionTrump: “N Korea supported acts of international terrorism” President Trump has announced that the US is re-designating North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, nine years after it was removed from the list. In a cabinet meeting, he said the move would trigger “very large” additional sanctions to be announced on Tuesday. But Secretary […]

China jails prominent human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong

China jails prominent human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jiang Tianyong (2012 file pic) defended many fellow government critics A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer has been jailed for two years, the latest conviction in Beijing’s crackdown on rights activists. Jiang Tianyong was found guilty of inciting subversion of state power and defaming China’s political system. His wife told […]

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