US & World

Tonga hit by near-total internet blackout

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tonga is usually linked to the web via underwater cable Tonga is experiencing a near total blackout of mobile and internet services after the country's only undersea cable was damaged. The problem took the island nation of about 100,000 people by surprise on Sunday night. Bad weather is being blamed as the cause of the fault.A satellite link is providing limited bandwidth but
US & World

Venezuela opposition set for mass protest against Maduro

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption National Assembly president Juan Guaidó wants to become interim leader Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans are expected to join a march on Wednesday in a bid to topple President Nicolás Maduro's government.The protests will mark 61 years since the fall of the country's military dictatorship in 1958. National Assembly president Juan Guaidó, who has organised the demonstration, called it a "historic appointment with the
US & World

Priyanka Gandhi launches political career ahead of key India polls

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra connects easily with the voters Priyanka Gandhi, the charismatic sister of Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, has formally joined politics months ahead of general elections in India.Ms Gandhi has been appointed the party general secretary for the eastern part of the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh.She has campaigned extensively for her brother and mother Sonia Gandhi in earlier elections, but had refused
US & World

Yang Hengjun: Australia seeks information on writer ‘missing’ in China

[ad_1] Image copyright YANG HENGJUN/TWITTER Image caption Yang Hengjun is a popular blogger and former Chinese diplomat The Australian government says it is investigating reports a Chinese-Australian writer has gone missing in China.Yang Hengjun, a blogger and former Chinese diplomat, has not been heard from since flying from New York to Guangzhou on Saturday, a friend said.Sydney academic Feng Chongyi said he feared that Mr Yang had been detained by
US & World

Sabarimala: India woman who defied temple ban ‘abandoned’ by family

[ad_1] Image caption Kanaka Durga was the first woman to enter the Sabarimala shrine An Indian woman who defied a historic ban to enter a prominent temple in the southern state of Kerala has been abandoned by her family, officials say.Kanaka Durga, 39, had been in hospital since 15 January after she was allegedly beaten by her mother-in-law for entering the Sabarimala shrine.The Hindu temple has traditionally been closed to
US & World

‘Racist’ D&G ad: Chinese model says campaign ruined her career

[ad_1] Image copyright Dolce and Gabbana/Instagram Image caption The ad was supposed to show that '#DGLovesChina' The Chinese model featured in a Dolce & Gabbana ad campaign accused of racism has said the controversy almost ruined her career. Three videos, released in November, showed Zuo Ye struggling to eat Italian food including a cannoli and pizza with chopsticks.Widely seen as offensive it led to a severe backlash in China with
US & World

Sahiwal shooting: How a Pakistani boy exposed police for killing his family

[ad_1] Image copyright Punjab government Image caption Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar (right) visited the surviving children in hospital Hours after he lost his parents and a sibling in a bloody shooting on Saturday, a nine-year-old Pakistani boy exposed a blatant cover-up by police.Highly-trained counter terror forces had claimed to have killed four "terrorists" linked to the Islamic State group in an "intelligence-based operation" south-west of Lahore, after they opened
US & World

Leyla Guven: MP on hunger strike for 77 days in Turkey

[ad_1] Image copyright Sabiha Temizkan Image caption Sabiha Temizkan (R) says she is very worried about the decline in her mother's health "Mum, don't leave me!" Sabiha Temizkan tweeted, in a desperate plea to her imprisoned mother Leyla Guven, now on hunger strike for 77 days. She also posted a photo of herself planting an affectionate kiss on her mother's cheek.Leyla Guven, 55, has been in jail since January 2018
US & World

Football in India: The Mumbai girls defying tradition to follow World Cup dreams

[ad_1] India have not qualified for the past five editions of the Women's Asian Cup but Saini (left) and Prajapati hope to be part of their country's footballing futureIn the cramped and colourful streets of Colaba's Ambedkar Nagar, a slum community in the south of India's biggest city, the Women's World Cup seems a long way away.This summer's tournament in France is likely to be watched by a global television
US & World

Zimbabwe troops accused of ‘systematic torture’ of protesters

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protests erupted over a steep increase in fuel prices A government-appointed human rights group in Zimbabwe has accused soldiers of using "systematic torture" in a crackdown on protests.The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission strongly criticised authorities for using troops to quell demonstrations.Unrest broke out more than a week ago following a sharp rise in fuel prices.Reports have emerged of assaults allegedly carried out by
US & World

The typo that led a man to a stranger’s stag party

[ad_1] Image copyright Will Novak Image caption Will Novak (second from left) flew from Arizona to Vermont after accidently being invited to a stranger's stag do When he first read the email, Will Novak, from Arizona, thought it was a scam. "It seemed so urgent, like one of those emails you get from a 'prince' asking you to send them money," he told the BBC. The email, titled Angelo's bachelor
US & World

Four held over New York state ‘plot’ against Muslims

[ad_1] Image copyright Greece Police Dept Image caption Vincent Vetromile, Brian Colaneri and Andrew Crysel (L-R) and a 16-year-old are accused of planning a bomb attack Three men and a teenage boy have been arrested and charged over an alleged plot against a small Islamic community in New York state.The suspects are accused of possessing homemade bombs and firearms, and planning to attack Islamberg, founded by a Pakistani cleric in
US & World

Rudolf Hess: DNA test disproves Spandau prison conspiracy theory

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images An enduring conspiracy theory that the Nazi war criminal, Rudolf Hess, had been replaced by a double in jail has finally been put to rest.A DNA test carried out by Austrian scientists has shown that the man imprisoned in Berlin's Spandau Prison had indeed been Hitler's deputy. Hess was captured after flying to Scotland in 1941 and sentenced to life in prison at the Nuremberg
US & World

Swiss Guard don 3D-printed plastic helmets

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Swiss Guard were founded in 1509 and act as the Pope's personal bodyguard unit The Vatican's Swiss Guard have swapped their ancient metal helmets for ones made by 3D printer.The papal protection force donned their new, thermoplastic helmets on Tuesday, the unit's 513th birthday.Unveiled last year, they are designed to be lighter, cheaper and cooler to wear.The helmets are nearly identical in
US & World

Paris in the snow, in pictures

[ad_1] Paris has seen its first snowfall of the winter, leading to some traffic disruption but also to some beautiful views of the city being captured. Image copyright AFP Image caption Paris saw its first snowfall of the season, with the Sacré Coeur basilica covered in a light winter dusting Image copyright AFP Image caption The Eiffel Tower was closed for most of the day to allow for snow to
US & World

Usain Bolt: Sprinter-turned-footballer declares his ‘sports life over’

[ad_1] Usain Bolt played on trial at Australian side Central Coast Mariners, scoring on his first start for the clubEight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has declared his "sports life over", frustrated in his bid to begin a post-athletics career in football. The Jamaican, 32, spent two months training with Australian side Central Coast Mariners, but left in November after the club failed to find financial backing for a professional deal.
US & World

Nastya Rybka: ‘Sex training course’ model released

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nastya Rybka said she had evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 US election A Belarusian model deported from Thailand for leading a "sex training seminar" has been released by Russian police.Nastya Rybka was arrested in Moscow last week while travelling from Thailand for Belarus.Russian authorities said she remains a suspect in an unrelated criminal case, the Tass news agency reported.On Saturday, a