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Osborne to lead Powerhouse body

Osborne to lead Powerhouse body

Image copyright Reuters George Osborne has said he will stay in the Commons to “fight for the things I care about” as he launches a think tank to promote the Northern Powerhouse. Mr Osborne, who was sacked as chancellor by Theresa May, said: “I don’t want to write my memoirs because I don’t know how […]

Fuel ‘too dirty’ for Europe sold to Africa

Fuel ‘too dirty’ for Europe sold to Africa

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sulphur particles in diesel emissions have been linked to a range of health problems Swiss firms have been criticised in a report for their links to the African trade in diesel with toxin levels that are illegal in Europe. Campaign group Public Eye says retailers are exploiting weak regulatory standards. […]

Tajamuka activist ‘tortured’ in Zimbabwe

Tajamuka activist ‘tortured’ in Zimbabwe

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters set up burning barricades and clashed with police during a recent demonstration in Harare A man who has been at the forefront of protests against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is in hospital after allegedly being beaten and tortured. Silvanos Mudzova, a member of the pressure group Tajamuka, said he […]

Wing section ‘from MH370’ found off Tanzania

Wing section ‘from MH370’ found off Tanzania

Image copyright Australian Transport Safety Bureau Image caption The sizeable section was recovered on 20 June A large item of debris found off the coast of Tanzania belongs to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australian investigators say. The fragment, said to be the inboard section of the right, outboard flap of the plane, was […]

Dadaab camp closure: Repatriation of Somali refugees ‘fails to meet international standards’

Dadaab camp closure: Repatriation of Somali refugees ‘fails to meet international standards’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kenya has set aside $10m (£6.8m) for repatriation The repatriation of Somali refugees from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya fails to meet international standards for voluntary return, a Human Rights Watch report has found. The organisation says many of those returning to Somalia are motivated by fear of being […]

British troops condemned over Iraqi boy’s death in 2003

British troops condemned over Iraqi boy’s death in 2003

Image caption Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali died in 2003 in a Basra canal Four UK soldiers who “forced” an Iraqi boy into a canal and let him drown have been condemned by a judge investigating civilian deaths in the Iraq War. Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali, who was 15, died in Basra in May 2003 after […]

Four questioned in Italy after woman’s suicide over sex video

Four questioned in Italy after woman’s suicide over sex video

Image copyright Rai News24 Image caption Tiziana’s funeral procession was broadcast live Four men are being questioned in Italy in connection with the suicide of a woman who battled for months to have a viral video that showed her having sex removed from the internet. The 31-year-old, identified as Tiziana, sent the video to her […]

Bratislava EU meeting: Bloc needs ‘honest look at problems’ says Tusk

Media captionCitizens from Ireland, Latvia, the UK, France, Lithuania, and Germany give the BBC their views on the future of the European Union The European Council President Donald Tusk has called on EU leaders to take a “sober and brutally honest” look at the bloc’s problems, in the wake of Britain’s shock vote to leave […]

France labour reform: Clashes during ‘last round’ of street protests

Some of the protesters clashed with riot police in Paris as well as Nantes, Toulouse, Rennes, Grenoble and Montpellier. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the violence was “unacceptable”. France labour reform: Clashes during ‘last round’ of street protests

Van Gogh: Painter ‘suffered psychosis’ in final 18 months

Van Gogh: Painter ‘suffered psychosis’ in final 18 months

Image copyright EPA Image caption There was no single explanation for Van Gogh’s mental state Experts in Amsterdam have concluded that troubled Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh suffered a form of repeated psychosis in his final 18 months. However, they could not reach a definitive diagnosis on his underlying mental state. They said the well-documented […]