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Trump seeks Mexican import tax to pay for border wall

Trump seeks Mexican import tax to pay for border wall

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some fencing already exists on the 2,000-mile (3,200km) US boundary with Mexico President Donald Trump will seek a tax on goods imported from Mexico and use the revenue to build a border wall, the White House spokesman has said. The plan was announced just after the Mexican president cancelled […]

Niger Delta villagers lose UK court bid to sue Shell over pollution

Niger Delta villagers lose UK court bid to sue Shell over pollution

Image copyright AFP Image caption The two communities want to pursue Shell for compensation in London A British court has blocked Nigerian villagers’ attempt to sue oil giant Shell for allegedly polluting their fishing waters and farmland. The two communities in the Niger Delta – the Ogale and Bille – claim decades of oil spills […]

Pakistan bans TV host Aamir Liaquat Hussain over 'hate speech'

Pakistan bans TV host Aamir Liaquat Hussain over 'hate speech'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Religious broadcaster Aamir Liaquat Hussain is a controversial figure in Pakistan Pakistan’s media regulator has banned a high-profile television host after accusing him of hate speech that could put lives at risk. Aamir Liaquat Hussain had accused five missing liberal activists and their supporters of blasphemy. Such allegations can incite […]

Student forced to urinate in bucket wins $1.3m lawsuit

Student forced to urinate in bucket wins $1.3m lawsuit

Image copyright Google A California school district has been ordered to pay $1.25m (£994,000) to a former student who urinated in a bucket after she was denied a toilet break. A Superior Court jury sided with the former student, who sued the district and a teacher over the 2012 incident. The district denied the student’s […]

Duterte reverses anti-US base stance

Duterte reverses anti-US base stance

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to scrap joint US-Philippine military exercises The US will upgrade and expand its facilities on Philippine military bases this year, the Philippine defence minister has announced. Delfin Lorenzana said President Rodrigo Duterte would honour plans for the US to build barracks, warehouses and runways […]

Swedish anti-abortion midwife sues officials in job claim

Swedish anti-abortion midwife sues officials in job claim

Image copyright Tv4 Image caption Ellinor Grimmark’s complaint has become a test case in Swedish healthcare A Swedish midwife who refuses to carry out abortions is appealing to a labour tribunal after being turned down for jobs at local clinics three times. Ellinor Grimmark objects to abortions because of her Christian beliefs. It is seen […]

Syria war: Rebels unite after attack by Idlib jihadists

Syria war: Rebels unite after attack by Idlib jihadists

Image copyright AFP Image caption The jihadist group said rebels were conspiring against it at peace talks in Kazakhstan Insurgent factions in Syria have joined together to fight off an assault by a powerful jihadist group which launched an attack on rebels this week. Several militias formed an alliance with key Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham […]

Greece snubs Turkey soldiers' extradition

Greece snubs Turkey soldiers' extradition

Image copyright AFP Image caption The soldiers say they would not receive a fair trial in Turkey Greece’s Supreme Court has ruled against extraditing eight Turkish soldiers whom the Turkish government accuses of being involved in last July’s attempted coup. The eight men fled in a helicopter to Greece after the coup attempt but say […]

Russia 'Lego advert' mocks 2018 World Cup stadium delays

Russia 'Lego advert' mocks 2018 World Cup stadium delays

Russia ‘Lego advert’ mocks 2018 World Cup stadium delays By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright 2×2 Image caption The cartoon calls the project a “useless waste of money” A Russian TV channel has released a mock advert for an “unfinishable” Lego set to poke fun at St Petersburg’s massively late […]

Buchi Emecheta: Nigerian author who championed girls dies aged 72

Buchi Emecheta: Nigerian author who championed girls dies aged 72

Image copyright Alamy Image caption “I work toward the liberation of women but I’m not feminist. I’m just a woman.” Nigerian author Buchi Emecheta, whose works included The Joys of Motherhood, Second-Class Citizen and The Bride Price, has died at her home in London at the age of 72. Emecheta’s books were on the national […]