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Russia jails protests leader Alexei Navalny for 15 days

Russia jails protests leader Alexei Navalny for 15 days

Image copyright AFP Image caption Alexei Navalny (left) called for nationwide protests over alleged government corruption Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed for 15 days for resisting police orders during mass protests on Sunday. Mr Navalny was one of hundreds of people who were detained across the country in connection with the rallies. […]

Dutch train crash near Harlingen leaves two dead

Dutch train crash near Harlingen leaves two dead

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Local media in the northern province of Friesland said there was another crash at the same place last month Two people have been killed in a collision between a train and a car near the Dutch town of Harlingen. An adult and a child were killed when the car was […]

Turkmen Asian Games mascot gets makeover

Turkmen Asian Games mascot gets makeover

Turkmen Asian Games mascot gets makeover By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright Government of Turkmenistan Image caption The new Wepaly, complete with Akhal-Teke horse logo Turkmenistan’s mascot for this year’s Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games is a traditional Central Asian Shepherd Dog called Wepaly, but autocratic President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov […]

'Condemned' South Korean dogs find sanctuary in the US

'Condemned' South Korean dogs find sanctuary in the US

Image copyright AP Image caption Among the recent batch of dogs to be rescued were several puppies Dozens of dogs that were due to be slaughtered for human consumption have been rescued from South Korea and taken to New York where they will be adopted as pets, animal rights activists say. The 46 underfed dogs […]

Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner to lead US federal overhaul

Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner to lead US federal overhaul

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Kushner was named as a senior political advisor by his father-in-law in January President Donald Trump is expected to unveil a new unit aimed at overhauling the US federal bureaucracy, and headed by his son-in-law Jared Kushner. The Washington Post, which has reported the move, describes the Office of […]

Banned from school

Banned from school

Image copyright Olivia Acland Pregnant girls in Sierra Leone are prevented from attending school, as they are thought to be a bad influence on their peers. In April 2015 – just as schools re-opened after the Ebola crisis – the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology issued a statement banning pregnant girls from mainstream education […]

Cyclone Debbie: Thousands evacuate in Queensland, Australia

Cyclone Debbie: Thousands evacuate in Queensland, Australia

Image copyright Bureau of Meteorology Image caption Cyclone Debbie is expected to strengthen into a Category 4 About 25,000 people have been told to evacuate as a cyclone carrying winds up to 240km/h (150 mph) moves towards the Queensland coast. Cyclone Debbie is expected to intensify into a Category 4 system before it arrives early […]

Sydney academic stopped from leaving China

Sydney academic stopped from leaving China

Image copyright ABC Image caption Dr Chongyi Feng has been stopped from leaving China A Sydney university professor has been stopped twice from leaving China. Dr Chongyi Feng, a China studies academic at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), was halted at Guangzhou airport. Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan said officials had contacted relatives of […]

Stretching the rules

Stretching the rules

Image copyright Getty Images A social media storm erupted on Sunday when two girls were stopped from boarding a United Airlines flights because they were wearing leggings. The girls were flying as guests of employees, and thus were subject to the company’s dress code. But it is not the first time leggings, also known as […]

South Korea 'to seek arrest' of ex-leader Park Geun-hye

South Korea 'to seek arrest' of ex-leader Park Geun-hye

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Park is South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office South Korean prosecutors have said they will seek an arrest warrant for former president Park Geun-hye, for her role in a corruption scandal. Earlier this month, she lost her presidential immunity and was dismissed from […]

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