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Iraq sentences German woman to death over IS involvement

Iraq sentences German woman to death over IS involvement

Image copyright AFP Image caption The woman was captured during the battle for Mosul last year A court in Iraq has sentenced a German woman to death after finding her guilty of belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group. She was sentenced for providing logistical support and taking part in attacks on Iraqi security forces. […]

Dolores O'Riordan: Hundreds queue in rain to pay respects

Dolores O'Riordan: Hundreds queue in rain to pay respects

Image copyright PA Image caption The singer’s remains are lying in repose in her home city of Limerick Hundreds of people have gathered to pay their respects to the late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan in her home city of Limerick. Large crowds gathered for the event ahead of her funeral on Tuesday. Hundreds queued outside […]

Kabul: Gunmen shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

Kabul: Gunmen shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGuests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconies An eyewitness has told the BBC of the terrifying moment gunmen burst into Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday. The man, who is not being named for security reasons, said he was spared after […]

Syria: Turkey says ground troops moved in on Afrin

Syria: Turkey says ground troops moved in on Afrin

Image copyright AFP Turkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria as part of Ankara’s campaign to rid the border area of Kurdish fighters, Turkey’s PM says. Binali Yildirim said the aim was to establish a 30km (19-mile) “safe zone” deep inside Syria, Turkish reports say. Turkey launched its operation against Kurdish YPG militia in […]

DR Congo: Anti-Kabila protests dispersed with tear gas

DR Congo: Anti-Kabila protests dispersed with tear gas

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tear gas was fired at protesters in the capital, Kinshasa At least one person has been killed in widespread protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where police have used teargas to disperse protesters. They are demanding that President Joseph Kabila – whose expected term of office expired more than […]

North Korea Moranbong girl band leader heads Olympic inspection team

North Korea Moranbong girl band leader heads Olympic inspection team

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The visit is the first of several to prepare for Pyongyang’s participation in the games A North Korean delegation has arrived in South Korea for a landmark visit to inspect cultural venues for next month’s Winter Olympics. It is headed by Hyon Song-wol, leader of the popular Moranbong girl […]

US shutdown: Senate in bid to end impasse

US shutdown: Senate in bid to end impasse

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMajority Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell accuses the Democrats of “irresponsible political games” The US Senate is due back in session to try to end a budget impasse before the start of the working week when the shutdown of many federal services will be felt around the […]

Why names matter so much

Why names matter so much

Image copyright Getty Images When it comes to politics and international diplomacy, names matter. We know they matter because people are always changing them. Two important addresses changed this week. The Russian embassy in Washington found itself situated not on Wisconsin Street but Boris Nemtsov Plaza, named after a Russian opposition politician. And in Turkey, […]

Dark is divine: What colour are Indian gods and goddesses?

Dark is divine: What colour are Indian gods and goddesses?

Image copyright Naresh Nil Image caption Goddess Sita is photographed with her twin sons Luv and Kush In India where light skin is coveted, a new campaign is re-imagining popular Hindu gods and goddesses with a darker skin, writes the BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi. The desire for fairer skin is not new in India […]

Trump's year on Twitter: Who has he criticised and praised the most?

Trump's year on Twitter: Who has he criticised and praised the most?

Seven months before his shock election victory, Donald Trump promised a crowd in Rhode Island he would not use Twitter if he became president. Why? “Not presidential,” he said in April 2016. Fast forward to the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Not only has he continued using Twitter since moving into the White House, he’s […]

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