Tag Archives: BBC

German woman killed and Afghan guard beheaded in Kabul

Gunmen in the Afghan capital Kabul have attacked a guesthouse, killing a German woman and beheading an Afghan guard. The attackers stormed a guesthouse run by a Swedish NGO, Operation Mercy, at about 23:30 (19:00 GMT) on Saturday, the Afghan interior ministry said. A second woman, from Finland, is missing and has possibly been kidnapped, the ministry said. Interior ministry ...

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Spy author 'warned off' creating a black character

Author Anthony Horowitz says he was “warned off” including a black character in his new book because it was “inappropriate” for a white writer. The creator of the Alex Rider teenage spy novels says an editor told him it could be considered “patronising”. Horowitz wanted a white and black protagonist in his new children’s books but says he is now ...

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Trump in Saudi: US president to address summit of Islamic leaders

US President Donald Trump is expected to underline the need to confront extremism in Islam when he makes a speech in Saudi Arabia later on Sunday. His address, to a summit of regional leaders, will come on the second day of his first presidential trip abroad. It is expected he will attempt to strike a collaborative tone in attempts to ...

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Mexican mob attacks Russian over insults in Cancun

A Russian man has been put into protective custody in hospital after he was attacked by a crowd of angry Mexicans in Cancun, authorities say. Police rescued Aleksei Makeev, 42, on Friday night after the crowd stormed his apartment in the Caribbean resort. The man had allegedly posted disparaging and insulting remarks about local people in videos on social media. ...

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Raptor killing video decisions queried

Holyrood’s environment committee has intervened in the growing row over the use of video evidence in trials involving wildlife crime. It comes after the Crown Office dropped two cases against gamekeepers, claiming the footage was inadmissible. Environment Committee chairman, Graeme Dey MSP, has written to prosecutors asking to explain their decision. Raptor persecution is a big problem and the task ...

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Actor West reveals inspiration at Cannes

Dominic West has revealed he based his performance in Palme d’Or contender The Square on real-life contemporary artists – but refused to reveal who. The Wire actor plays famous artist Julian in the art world satire, alongside Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss. He admitted he would be “pretty scared” to meet Julian as those kind of people are “so powerful ...

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Rapist who fled to Pakistan is jailed for nine years

A man who fled to Pakistan after raping a teenage girl has been jailed after he was caught trying to return to the UK. Amar Mehraj, 29, was one of four men who gang raped a 17-year-old girl while she was unconscious in July 2009 in Oldbury, West Midlands. He then left the country but was caught at Birmingham Airport ...

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China crippled CIA by killing US sources, says New York Times

Up to 20 CIA informants were killed or imprisoned by the Chinese government between 2010 and 2012, the New York Times reports, damaging US information-gathering in the country for years. It is not clear whether the CIA was hacked or whether a mole helped the Chinese to identify the agents, officials told the paper. They said one of the informants ...

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General election campaign paused to remember MP Jo Cox

The general election campaign will be put on hold later as politicians set aside their differences to remember Labour MP Jo Cox. Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and other party leaders will stop campaigning for an hour to honour the mother-of-two who was murdered last June. Her widower Brendan Cox said it would “send a powerful message” ahead of the first ...

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California botulism outbreak linked to petrol station's nacho cheese

An outbreak of severe food poisoning in Sacramento, California, that left nine people in hospital has been linked to cheese sauce sold on nacho crisps at a family-run petrol station. Health officials have stopped Valley Oak Food and Fuel selling food. Cases of botulism, a rare and sometimes fatal form of food poisoning, were first reported on 5 May and ...

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