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Sudan's Omar al-Bashir declares state of emergency

By British Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has declared a national state of emergency, dismissed the federal government and sacked all state governors. “I announce imposing a state of emergency across the country for one year,” Mr Bashir said in a televised address to the nation on Friday.Earlier on Friday, the head of Sudan’s National Security and Intelligence […]

Turpin captivity case: California parents admit torture

By British Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019

A California couple has pleaded guilty to imprisoning, shackling and torturing some of their 13 children. David and Louise Turpin each admitted 14 felony counts including cruelty to an adult dependent, child cruelty, torture and false imprisonment. They were arrested in January 2018 when their 17-year-old daughter managed to escape the house in Perris. The […]

Algerians protest against Bouteflika's bid for fifth term

By British Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019

Thousands of people gathered across Algeria on Friday to protest President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s plans to run for a fifth term. Security forces in riot gear fired tear gas to block a march on to the presidential palace in the capital, Algiers. But protests in the rest of country passed off peacefully. The Algerian premier has […]

World's biggest bee found alive

By British Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019

The world’s biggest bee has been re-discovered, after decades thought lost to science. The giant bee – which is as long as an adult’s thumb – was found on a little-explored Indonesian island. After days of searching, wildlife experts found a single live female, which they photographed and filmed. Known as Wallace’s giant bee, the […]

Canada pipeline 'benefits outweigh costs'

By British Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019

Canada’s national energy regulator has recommended the Trans Mountain pipeline project receive federal approval. The National Energy Board (NEB) says the project is in the public interest despite posing “significant” harm to the local killer whale population. It said the oil project is justified based on its economic benefits. The regulator was asked last year […]

Botswana's elephant hunting dilemma

By British Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019

A report by cabinet ministers in Botswana has recommended lifting a four-year hunting ban and the introduction of elephant culling. The number of elephants in Botswana is estimated to be about 130,000, which some argue is too many for the ecosystem – there is increasing conflict between wildlife and people. But others say the country’s […]

Singer R Kelly 'charged with sexual offences'

By British Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019

Singer R Kelly has been charged on Friday with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, some involving underage victims, US media report. The R&B star, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has faced claims of sexual abuse against women and teenage girls for decades. He has never been convicted and has previously denied […]

US man writes his own obituary to warn others against smoking

By British Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019

A 66-year-old man in New York state took it upon himself to write his own obituary as a cautionary tale warning others against smoking. Geoffrey Turner died of lung cancer on 13 February after decades of smoking. “I was an idiot who made the same stupid decision, day-after-day,” Mr Turner wrote. “If you’re a smoker […]

Michael Jackson estate sues HBO for $100m over Leaving Neverland film

By British Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019

Michael Jackson’s estate is suing HBO for $100m (£77m) over the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland. They claim the film, which details the singer’s alleged sexual abuse of two boys, breaches a non-disparagement clause in an old contract. A complaint filed at Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday read: “Michael Jackson is innocent. Period.” In response, […]

Venezuela crisis: Border clashes as aid row intensifies

By British Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019

At least one person has died and several others have been injured in clashes at Venezuela’s border with Brazil, local media report. Venezuelan security forces opened fire on a group of people who tried to block them from travelling to the border. President Nicolás Maduro has closed the country’s border with Brazil amid a row […]