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Birmingham pub bombing inquests: Suspects will not be named

sponsored advertisement: Image caption Twenty-one people died when two bombs were detonated in Birmingham in 1974 Suspects in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings will not be named at fresh inquests, the appeal court has ruled. Coroner Sir Peter Thornton challenged an earlier High Court decision to allow the “perpetrator issue” to be included in the […]


Baghdad University makes global ranking

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Iraq’s universities have been part of its post-war reconstruction Iraq’s biggest university has entered the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the first time. The University of Baghdad, emerging from Iraq’s conflicts, has appeared in the rankings of the top 1,250 research universities around the world. […]

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Sri Lanka's Pidurangala Rock: Bare bums stir trouble

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Sri Lankan police Sri Lankan police have arrested three men who were among a group who took semi-nude photos of themselves at an ancient sacred site. The young Sri Lankan men posted the images of themselves at Pidurangala Rock on Facebook. It prompted an angry reaction from people who considered them […]


Philip Pullman loses His Dark Materials ballpoint pen

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Philip Pullman wrote and based His Dark Materials in Oxford Author Philip Pullman has misplaced a beloved pen with which he handwrote the acclaimed His Dark Materials trilogy. The Oxford-based writer has turned to Twitter in the hope that his pen case, a Montblanc ballpoint pen and a pencil […]


Tablet computer kills child in car crash in Spain

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many parents use electronic devices to keep their children entertained in cars The death of a girl hit by a tablet computer in a car accident has raised concerns about the safety of using such devices in moving vehicles. The three-year-old was killed after her mother’s car […]

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South Africa anger after girl 'raped' in restaurant

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright AFP Image caption South Africa is battling to curb high levels of sexual abuse South Africans have expressed outrage following the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl in a restaurant toilet. A 20-year-old man allegedly followed her into the women’s restroom before snatching her and raping her in the men’s section, […]


World War II bombs 'felt in space'

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright US Air Force Image caption Bombing of a factory at Marienburg, Germany 9th Oct 1943. The bombs used by Allied forces during the Second World War were so large, they weakened the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The air raids turned towns to rubble and ash, but now new research shows shockwaves could […]

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US-Iran: Trump set to chair key UN Security Council session

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright EPA Image caption President Trump is seeking to isolate Iran internationally US President Donald Trump is expected to voice fresh criticism of Iran later when he chairs a UN Security Council session on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It is only the third time a US leader will have […]


'Distracted boyfriend' advert ruled sexist

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Getty Images A Swedish internet company broke gender discrimination rules by using a popular meme in an advertisement, the country’s advertising regulator has ruled. Bahnhof posted a version of the “distracted boyfriend” meme on Facebook, to advertise job vacancies. The image, which shows a man looking at a woman in a […]

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Number of rape charges at lowest level for 10 years

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Getty Images The number of people charged with rape in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level in a decade. Crown Prosecution Service data shows 2,800 suspects investigated for rape in 2017/18 were later charged – a 23.1% decline compared with 2016/17. Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions at […]


Barclays admits PPI compensation error

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Newscast Barclays has apologised for giving wrong information to tens of thousands of customers who started compensation claims over payment protection insurance (PPI). The bank has admitted telling them they did not hold PPI policies when in fact they did. Barclays said a “very small percentage of customers” who contacted it […]