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French election: Macron 'defeats Le Pen to become president'

French election: Macron 'defeats Le Pen to become president'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEmmanuel Macron will become the next French president, projections say – watch LIVE coverage from BBC News Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has decisively won the French presidential election, projected results say. Mr Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen by about 65% to 35% to become, at […]

Nigeria Chibok girls: Freed 82 to meet President Buhari

Nigeria Chibok girls: Freed 82 to meet President Buhari

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe released Chibok girls received an official welcome in Abuja The 82 schoolgirls released by Boko Haram Islamist militants are to meet Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. They were escorted to the reception in the capital Abuja by armed soldiers, after a check-up at a medical centre. The […]

Germany searches all army barracks for Nazi material

Germany searches all army barracks for Nazi material

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Germany’s defence minister (C) says veneration for Hitler’s armed forces has no place in the modern German army Inspections have been ordered at every German army barracks, after Nazi-era memorabilia was found at two of them. The defence ministry said the command came from the inspector general of the Bundeswehr […]

Men-only island set for UNESCO World Heritage status

Men-only island set for UNESCO World Heritage status

Men-only island set for UNESCO World Heritage status By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport Image caption There are strict rules for visitors to the island A Japanese island where women are not allowed to set foot has been recommended for listing as a UNESCO […]

North Korea 'detains US citizen Kim Hak-song'

North Korea 'detains US citizen Kim Hak-song'

North Korea has detained a US citizen “on suspicion of acts against the state”, its state news agency reports. Kim Hak-song worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) and was held on 6 May, KCNA news agency added. Three other US citizens are currently held in North Korea, including Kim Sang-duck, who […]

Ukrainians see 'karma' in dog bite for Russian official

Ukrainians see 'karma' in dog bite for Russian official

Ukrainians see ‘karma’ in dog bite for Russian official By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright EPA Image caption Maria Zakharova is a key spokesman for the Putin administration A story about the six-year-old daughter of a Russian official being bitten by a dog, and the difficulty in finding a rabies […]

'Poo protest' against New Zealand government

'Poo protest' against New Zealand government

‘Poo protest’ against New Zealand government By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright NZ Herald Image caption Campaigners say new standards could mean more faecal matter in water deemed fit for swimming A campaign group in New Zealand has turned to the infamous staple of social media conversations – the poo […]

Does Le Pen have a chance?

Does Le Pen have a chance?

The opinion polls say no, and conventional wisdom says she hasn’t a hope. Centrist Emmanuel Macron is a long way ahead in the polls – so is there any way far-right leader Marine Le Pen could still pull off a shock victory in France’s presidential election on 7 May? What do the numbers say? Image […]

French elections: Voters decide between Le Pen and Macron

French elections: Voters decide between Le Pen and Macron

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A pro-business liberal faces a France-first nationalist French voters are to choose their next president after an unpredictable campaign that has divided the country. The second round contest pits centrist Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker, against the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, 48. Citizens in some overseas territories […]

France bans captive breeding of dolphins and killer whales

France bans captive breeding of dolphins and killer whales

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pools for animals such as bottlenose dolphins must also be made significantly bigger under the rules France has banned the breeding in captivity of dolphins and killer whales, in a move hailed by campaigners as a major victory. The government also banned the keeping of all whales, dolphins and […]

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