Commonwealth Games: Australia’s Sally Pearson withdraws from Gold Coast 2018

Sally Pearson announces her decision to withdraw from Gold Coast 2018 Sally Pearson, Australia’s face of the Commonwealth Games, has withdrawn from Gold Coast 2018 because of injury. The 31-year-old 100m hurdler, regarded as one of the hosts’ gold-medal prospects, had been struggling with an Achilles problem. Announcing her withdrawal, Pearson said she was “gutted, […]

Philippines to temporarily close popular tourist island Boracay

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Boracay is popular with foreign and local tourists The Philippine island of Boracay will be closed to tourists for six months following concerns of damage to its once pristine shores. A spokesperson for President Rodrigo Duterte said the closure will begin on 26 April. Earlier this year Mr Duterte said […]

Moscow official says West is trying to deny Russia World Cup

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rostov-on-Don is one of the Russian cities hosting the Cup Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has accused the UK and US of seeking to stop her country hosting this summer’s World Cup. Speaking in a lengthy interview with a Russian TV channel, she said their “main aim” was to […]

US may tie social media to visa applications

US may tie social media to visa applications

Image copyright Reuters Image caption If approved, the US state department proposal could affect around 14.7 million people a year The Trump administration has said it wants to start collecting the social media history of nearly everyone seeking a visa to enter the US. The proposal, which comes from the state department, would require most […]

Gaza-Israel border: UN seeks investigation over protest deaths

Media captionClashes took place along Gaza’s border with Israel The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has called for an independent investigation after Palestinian officials said 16 Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers on Friday. Hundreds were also injured on the Gaza border, the Palestinian side said. Friday was the single deadliest day in […]

Prince Laurent: €46,000 blow for Belgium’s ‘cursed prince’

Prince Laurent: €46,000 blow for Belgium’s ‘cursed prince’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Parliament voted to cut 46,000 euros off Prince Laurent’s annual endowment Prince Laurent of Belgium has had his monthly allowance docked for a year, after a vote by the country’s federal parliament. The sanction was imposed after the prince attended a Chinese embassy reception last year without government permission, […]

Sierra Leone votes in run-off between Maada Bio and Kamara

Sierra Leone votes in run-off between Maada Bio and Kamara

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The run-off was delayed after an allegation of electoral fraud Voters in Sierra Leone choose their new president on Saturday in a run-off poll which pits a coup leader against the president’s hand-picked successor. The vote was delayed after an allegation of electoral fraud in the first round earlier […]

Spy poisoning: Australian PM condemns Russian ‘recklessness’ in UK

Spy poisoning: Australian PM condemns Russian ‘recklessness’ in UK

Image copyright EPA Image caption “This is about the actions of the Russian government” says PM Turnbull Australia has become the latest country to expel Russian diplomats as part of a global response to the poisoning of a Russian spy in the UK. PM Malcolm Turnbull said “the brazen attack in Salisbury was an attack […]

Brazil’s female sports reporters call time on sexual harassment

Brazil’s female sports reporters call time on sexual harassment

Image copyright #DeixaElaTrabalhar Image caption Women in the #DeixaElaTrabalhar campaign video Female Brazilian sports reporters have banded together to speak out about the sexual harassment they suffer in the course of their work. A campaign video includes footage of some women being kissed and groped during on-air broadcasts. “Let her work” (#DeixaElaTrabalhar) is the campaign […]

Linda Brown, centre of Brown v Board civil rights case, dies

Linda Brown, centre of Brown v Board civil rights case, dies

Image copyright Library of Congress Image caption Four of the child plaintiffs in the case, including Linda Brown (left) pictured on 10th anniversary in 1964 Linda Brown, whose attempt to enrol in an all-white school led to a landmark US civil rights ruling, has died at 76. As an African-American child, Ms Brown was barred […]