Barnaby Joyce: Battles over dogs and dual citizenship

Barnaby Joyce has seen his fair share of battles as Australia’s deputy prime minister – but he’s lost his latest fight amid a scandal over an affair. He says he’ll step down as leader of the Nationals, the junior government partner, on Monday. Barnaby Joyce: Battles over dogs and dual citizenship

Florida armed school guard ‘never went in’

An armed guard assigned to the protect the Florida school hit by a deadly shooting did not enter to confront the gunman, a local sheriff says. Deputy Scot Peterson has resigned, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. Florida armed school guard ‘never went in’

Children ‘forced to watch rape’ in South Sudan

Children ‘forced to watch rape’ in South Sudan

Image copyright AFP Image caption In December women from South Sudanese rights groups marched in protest at the suffering women and children face Children in South Sudan have been forced to watch their mothers being raped and killed, the UN says. A report by UN human rights investigators says that 40 officials may be individually […]

Africa’s week in pictures: 16-22 February 2018

Africa’s week in pictures: 16-22 February 2018

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright AFP Image caption It is not every day you see an elephant upside down and suspended in the air – but on Wednesday in Nyeri county, Kenya, that is exactly what was happening. Image copyright […]

Syria war: Ghouta pounded as UN tussles over ceasefire

Syria war: Ghouta pounded as UN tussles over ceasefire

Media caption“At least in heaven there’s food”: The children caught up in Eastern Ghouta air strikes The UN Security Council is struggling to agree a resolution seeking a ceasefire in Syria as a rebel-held area has been bombarded for a sixth day. Russia wanted changes to a draft that calls for a 30-day calm to […]

One French woman in eight has been raped, study says

One French woman in eight has been raped, study says

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Weinstein case in the US has inspired many French women to speak out on sexual abuse About four million French women – 12% of the total – have been raped at least once in their lives, a survey suggests. The study for the Fondation Jean Jaurès, a Paris-based think […]

Officer dies in Spain football clashes

Officer dies in Spain football clashes

It has been reported at least five people have been arrested A police officer has died in Spain after violent clashes erupted between rival fans before Athletic Bilbao’s home Europa League match against Spartak Moscow at San Mames. The officer from the Ertzaintza – the Basque Country’s police force – suffered a heart attack. More […]

Mixed-race Joan of Arc draws abuse from French far-right

Mixed-race Joan of Arc draws abuse from French far-right

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Joan of Arc is also known as “the Maid of Orleans” for her role liberating the city in 1429 Authorities in the French city of Orléans are investigating racist tweets about a teenager set to play Joan of Arc. The city chose Mathilde Edey Gamassou, 17, on Monday to […]

Dutch MPs vote to recognise disputed Armenian ‘genocide’

Media captionArmenia’s mass killings – explained in 60 seconds The Dutch parliament has passed a motion recognising that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One was a “genocide”. Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their people died in the atrocities of 1915. Turkey says the toll was much lower […]

Neanderthals were capable of making art

Neanderthals were capable of making art

Image caption In Maltravieso Cave, western Spain, Neanderthals stencilled their hands by blowing red paint over them Contrary to the traditional view of them as brutes, it turns out that Neanderthals were artists. A study in Science journal suggests they made cave drawings in Spain that pre-date the arrival of modern humans in Europe by […]

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