Larry Nassar victim calls him ‘the scariest monster of all’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mattie Larson told Nassar: “I can’t even put into words how much I f****** hate you” A former US gymnastics champion has called the disgraced national team doctor who molested her and well over 100 others the “scariest monster”. Mattie Larson said in court Larry Nassar had first molested her […]

Syrian regime routinely bombs civilians in Eastern Ghouta

The BBC has obtained shocking footage from the besieged area of Eastern Ghouta in Syria where 200 people have been killed in the last two weeks, including 50 children. Since mid-November 2017, the estimated 393,000 people trapped there have been subjected to air strikes, shelling and bombardment on an almost daily basis by government forces […]

Uganda’s Museveni: I love Trump for being frank with Africans

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Museveni has said he appreciates Trump’s frank language President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has given a speech declaring his “love” for US President Donald Trump. Earlier this month, Mr Trump was accused of referring to African nations as “shithole” countries during an immigration meeting. Mr Trump has denied making […]

South Africa’s ‘Father of Jazz’ dies

Image copyright AFP Jazz legend Hugh Masekela first picked up a trumpet in the 1950s: a time when the colour of his skin meant he was no more than a second-class citizen in his own country, South Africa. Over the following decades, he would become known across the world for both his music and his […]

Zimbabwe family leave Bangkok airport after three months

Image copyright EPA Image caption The family said they faced persecution if they returned to Zimbabwe If you’ve ever complained about being forced to sleep in an airport after a delay, spare a thought for one Zimbabwean family who have finally left Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport where they’ve lived for the past three months. The family […]

UN flag no longer offers ‘natural protection’ to peacekeepers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Missions in Africa are among the most dangerous for UN peacekeeping troops The UN’s flag and blue helmets no longer offer “natural protection” to its peacekeeping forces, who should not shy from using force if necessary, a high-level United Nations report says. UN peacekeepers should be prepared to take offensive […]

Syria war: Thousands flee Turkish assault on Afrin enclave

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels so far appear to have made limited gains An estimated 5,000 people have been displaced by clashes between Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters in north-western Syria, the UN says. The civilians have fled communities near the border since Turkey launched an offensive to drive […]

Lebanon rubbish: Storm dumps piles of waste along coast

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Heavy seas washed the debris on to beaches north of Beirut A huge clean-up operation is under way in Lebanon after a powerful storm dumped piles of rubbish along beaches north of the capital, Beirut. Pictures of the washed-up waste – much of it plastic – strewn along the […]

Syria war: Rebel shellfire kills nine in Damascus Old City

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The mortars hit Bab Touma, a predominantly Christian district of the Old City Nine civilians, including a three-year-old child, were killed by mortars fired by rebel fighters at the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, state media say. Another 21 people were wounded in the attack on Bab Touma, a predominantly […]

Russia bars ‘extremist’ British comedy The Death of Stalin

Russia bars ‘extremist’ British comedy The Death of Stalin

Image copyright Volga Films Image caption Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin did not go down well with politicians and the cinema elite The Russian release of British comedy film The Death of Stalin has been shelved following a screening before senior figures on Monday night. The Russian attendees complained that the satire contained “ideological […]