Gaza women’s TV channel blocked by Hamas

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hamas has governed the Gaza Strip for more than a decade Authorities in Gaza have blocked the launch of a women’s television channel there, just before it was due to go on air. Officials from the Palestinian militant Islamist group Hamas, which dominates the territory, said Taif TV had not […]

Plans drawn up for world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

Image copyright Sumitomo Forestry A Japanese company is planning to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper, to mark its 350th anniversary in 2041. Sumitomo Forestry said 10% of the 70-storey W350 tower would be steel, combined with about 180,000 cubic metres of indigenous wood, enough to build about 8,000 homes, and trees and foliage on […]

Probe after ‘drone made helicopter crash’

Image copyright DJI Image caption A DJI Phantom drone is believed to have been involved in the incident Investigations have been launched after a helicopter reportedly crashed after swerving to avoid a consumer drone. A trainee had been practising hovering about 15m (50ft) above trees on Daniel Island, South Carolina, reported the Charleston Post and […]

Dark web paedophile Matthew Falder jailed for 32 years

Media captionMoment paedophile with ‘rap sheet from hell’ arrested Paedophile Matthew Falder has been sentenced to 32 years in jail after admitting 137 charges including rape and blackmail. Sentencing him at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Philip Parker QC said Falder’s crimes began with voyeurism as a student, but escalated. Falder’s offences against 46 victims include […]

Facebook to seek verification by post for election ads

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook plans to send postcards in the US mail in order to verify the location of people requesting to buy adverts related to US election candidates. Katie Harbath, a director at Facebook, said at a conference that a postcard would be sent to the advertiser’s address with a code, which they […]

Nigeria’s Boko Haram crisis: Court frees 475 suspects

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of people have died since Boko Haram began launching attacks When mechanics Taye and Kehinde Hamza agreed to service a vehicle at their workshop in Nigeria’s Bauchi State in 2010, they could never have imagined the years of hell which would follow. The car, it turned out, belonged to […]

BBC starts Igbo and Yoruba services in Nigeria

Image caption There are very few news publications for Igbo and Yoruba speakers Two new language services have been launched by the BBC World Service for Igbo and Yoruba speakers in Nigeria and West and Central Africa. Their digital content is mainly aimed at audiences who use mobile phones. Igbo is primarily spoken in south-east […]

More Africans should try winter sports, says Togolese cross-country skier

Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean finished 83rd in the 10km free in Pyeongchang More Africans should compete in the Winter Olympics, says Togolese cross-country skier Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean. The 24-year-old failed to qualify for the women’s sprint classic and finished 83rd in the 10km free in Pyeongchang. Petitjean, who made her Olympic debut for Togo at Sochi 2014, is […]

Iran crashed plane found in mountains, reports say

Image copyright Reuters Image caption All 66 people on board the Iranian jet are feared dead The wreckage of a plane that crashed in Iran on Sunday has been found, local media are reporting. But a civil aviation spokesman told Reuters news agency he could not confirm the reports. The Aseman Airlines passenger plane came […]

Terracotta theft: Chinese anger over stolen warrior thumb

Image copyright AFP Chinese authorities have demanded “severe punishment” for a man who allegedly stole the thumb of a terracotta warrior statue on display in the US, Chinese state media report. The 2,000-year-old statue, worth $4.5m (£3.2m), is one of 10 on loan to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Last week, Michael Rohana was charged […]