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  • Czech parliament agrees to change country's name

    Czech parliament agrees to change country's name

    The Czech government has approved a plan to use Czechia as a one-word version of the country's name alongside the official Czech Republic.Unlike most European countries, the Czech Republic has lacked a one-word version of its name in foreign...

  • Honduras arrests suspects in killing of environmental activist

    Honduras arrests suspects in killing of environmental activist

    Honduran authorities have arrested four people in connection with the murder of award-winning environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres, the attorney general's office said in a statement on Monday. A spokesman for the armed...

  • Aussie claims he invented Bitcoin, but sceptics remain

    Aussie claims he invented Bitcoin, but sceptics remain

    Australian tech entrepreneur Craig Wright has claimed that he was the creator of controversial digital currency bitcoin, but some scepticism remains about the identity of a person who until now has gone by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto. The BBC...

  • 50 years of the PIN

    50 years of the PIN

    The man behind personal identification number (PIN) technology, which allows people to withdraw cash from bank machines, has recalled his "eureka moment" as he marks 50 years since its invention. James Goodfellow, 79, was a young engineer working...

  • Teenage Australian goalkeeper dies after lightning strike

    A teenage Australian goalkeeper has died three weeks after being struck by lightning during a training session with his soccer club in Malaysia. Stefan Petrovski, an 18-year-old reserve keeper for second tier side Melaka United, had been in a...

  • Death toll from building collapse in Kenya rises to 16

    The death toll from a collapsed six-storey building in Nairobi has risen to 16 from 12, the Kenya Red Cross said, but officials declined to be drawn on how many more people might be still under the rubble. The 198-room building in Huruma in...

  • IS claims murder of Bangladesh Hindu tailor

    IS claims murder of Bangladesh Hindu tailor

    A Hindu tailor in majority-Muslim Bangladesh has been hacked to death, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.   Police said three people on motorbikes arrived at the Hindu tailor's shop, dragged him out and hacked him to death. Islamic State...

  • Teen dies in freak Texas spinning ride accident

    Teen dies in freak Texas spinning ride accident

    A 16-year-old girl was killed at a festival in El Paso, Texas, after she and another teenager were ejected from a spinning carnival ride, according to local media. "In the course of this ride, what hasn't been determined is if the safety bar or...

  • At least 70 migrants feared dead as boat capsizes off Libya

    At least 70 migrants feared dead as boat capsizes off Libya

    At least 70 migrants are missing after their inflatable dinghy sank just off the Libyan coast, according to 26 survivors rescued by an Italian ship. Italian media gave the figure of 70 while the International Organisation for Migration said it...

  • Kenya burns vast piles of elephant tusks as it seeks ban on trade

    Kenya burns vast piles of elephant tusks as it seeks ban on trade

    Kenya's president set fire to thousands of elephant tusks and rhino horns, destroying a stockpile that would have been worth a fortune to smugglers and sending a message that trade in the animal parts must be stopped. Plumes of smoke rose as the...

  • Woman gets 100 years in prison for cutting baby from stranger's womb

    Woman gets 100 years in prison for cutting baby from stranger's womb

    Updated 8.40pm with court video A US judge sentenced a woman who cut a baby from a stranger's womb to 100 years in prison, including the maximum penalties for attempted murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Judge Maria Berkenkotter said...

  • Protesters clash with German police before right-wing congress

    Protesters clash with German police before right-wing congress

    German left-wing demonstrators burned tyres and hurled fireworks and stones this afternoon in clashes with police and AfD supporters as the right-wing party gathered for its congress near the south-western city of Stuttgart, police said. Some 400...

  • Cries heard as rescuers search rubble of Nairobi building, at least 10 dead

    Cries heard as rescuers search rubble of Nairobi building, at least 10 dead

    Rescue workers raced to save more residents from the rubble of a six-storey building in Nairobi - including a mother and baby whose cries could be heard - after it collapsed overnight following heavy rain. Ten people were confirmed dead. President...

  • Panama Papers: Committee to clean up Panama financial system

    Panama Papers: Committee to clean up Panama financial system

    Panama's government has set up a committee of independent experts to make recommendations on cleaning up the country's financial system. The move comes after documents leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca caused an international...

  • Anti-Trump protests break out again in California

    Anti-Trump protests break out again in California

    Protests erupted in California for the second day in a row last night against U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is moving closer to winning the Republican nomination after a string of victories this week. The billionaire businessman...

  • Britain's Prince Harry recruits Queen, Obamas for promo video

    Britain's Prince Harry recruits Queen, Obamas for promo video

    Britain's Prince Harry did the almost impossible -- he recruited the very private Queen Elizabeth - his grandmother - for a promo video. It's for a good cause... ... the Invictus Games, celebrating the athleticism of disabled military...

  • 33 lions rescued from South American circuses head to Africa

    33 lions rescued from South American circuses head to Africa

    Thirty-three lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia are heading back to their homeland to live out the rest of their lives in a private sanctuary in South Africa. The largest-ever airlift of lions was organised by Animal Defenders...

  • Kenya is about to burn 105 tonnes of ivory tusks

    Kenya wants a ban on all sales of elephant ivory, its president told other African leaders and conservationists at talks on how to save the continent's embattled elephant and rhino populations. From 1.2 million in the 1970s, the number of...

  • EU opposes calls to make suspending visa-free travel easier

    EU opposes calls to make suspending visa-free travel easier

    A proposal by Germany and France to make it easier to suspend visa-free travel to the European Union from countries such as Turkey drew a frosty reception from the European Commission today. In what was seen as a move to make visa liberalisation...

  • 13 people presumed dead as Norway calls off helicopter search operation

    13 people presumed dead as Norway calls off helicopter search operation

    The search operation launched after a helicopter crashed off the coast of western Norway has been called off and all 13 people on board are presumed dead, rescue officials said. Boerge Galta, of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, said "we do...

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