‘Civilians trapped’ as Kenya siege goes on

'Civilians trapped' as Kenya siege goes on

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNairobi Dusit hotel attack: explosions, gunfire and rescue operation Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that a siege by suspected militants in Nairobi is over and all the attackers have been "eliminated". Gunmen attacked the compound in the Westlands district of Kenya's capital on Tuesday, killing at…

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YouTube bans abominable or shocking pranks

YouTube bans abominable or shocking pranks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The film Birdbox led to a craze in which people attempt everyday tasks while blindfolded YouTube clips that depict dangerous or emotionally distressing “pranks” have been banned from the platform. The move comes in response to so-called "challenges" that have sometimes resulted in death or injury. The Google-owned video…

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Gillibrand prepares for presidential bustle

Gillibrand prepares for presidential bustle

Image copyright Reuters New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced her plans for a 2020 presidential run during an appearance on late-night television. She told CBS host Stephen Colbert she has launched an exploratory committee for her bid on Tuesday. Mrs Gillibrand, a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement, has made headlines for her…

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The ultrasound scan you might well perhaps discontinuance yourself

The ultrasound scan you might well perhaps discontinuance yourself

US company Butterfly Networks has produced an ultrasound scanner that plugs into an iPhone and can be bought by anyone for $2,000 (£1,555). Its inventor, Jonathan Rothberg, claims it will have as much impact on healthcare as the stethoscope did 200 years ago. This is part of the BBC's Disruptors series. You can read the…

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El Chapo ‘paid $100m bribe to ex-president’

El Chapo 'paid $100m bribe to ex-president'

Image copyright Getty/ EPA Image caption Former Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto (L) and Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán (R) Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto accepted a $100m (£77m) bribe from drug cartel kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, a witness has testified. Alex Cifuentes, who says he was a close associate of Guzmán for years,…

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Europe battles worst snowstorm in a few years

Europe battles worst snowstorm in a few years

Parts of Europe have been hit by the worst snowfall in decades, with dozens dead in the last month alone. In Austria, thousands were trapped on a ski resort overnight, while several others escaped an avalanche without injury. More snow is forecast over the weekend, although it is not expected to be as heavy as…

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Germany steps up monitoring of a long way lawful

Germany steps up monitoring of a long way lawful

Image copyright EPA Image caption AfD is led by Alice Weidel (L) and Alexander Gauland Germany's domestic intelligence agency is to step up monitoring of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party for suspected extremism. But the BfV agency is not yet going as far as to use informants or phone taps in its nationwide…

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Trump authorized superior overall take faces grilling

Trump authorized superior overall take faces grilling

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption William Barr is Mr Trump's nominee to lead the justice department President Donald Trump's nominee to be US attorney general has vowed he will not be bullied by the president. William Barr also told his confirmation hearing the US inquiry into Russia's alleged 2016 election meddling is not a…

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Man jailed for Obama inaugural girl’s loss of life

Man jailed for Obama inaugural girl's loss of life

Image copyright Hadiya Pendleton/Facebook Image caption Hadiya, a band majorette, had performed for President Obama's inauguration a week before her killing A gang member who killed 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton six years ago on the crime-plagued south side of Chicago has been sentenced to 84 years in prison. At Monday's hearing, Micheail Ward, 24, denied he…

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Saudi teenager: Ladies folks ‘treated fancy slaves’

Saudi teenager: Ladies folks 'treated fancy slaves'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRahaf Mohammed told Canadian media she'll work in support of women's freedom around the world A Saudi teenager given asylum in Canada after fleeing her family has said the journey was "worth the risk" so she could live a more independent life. Rahaf Mohammed, 18, made headlines…

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