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'Phallic' owl statue mocked in Serbian town of Kikinda

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The owl statue has raised eyebrows in the northern Serbian town of Kikinda A recently erected owl statue in northern Serbian has drawn mockery for its allegedly phallic shape. The 2.4 metre (8ft) terracotta sculpture was created to celebrate the town of Kikinda’s status as a bird-watching hub for the […]

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Ethiopia arrests former deputy spy chief Yared Zerihun

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has passed a string of reforms since coming to power in April Ethiopia’s former deputy intelligence chief has been arrested amid investigations into corruption and human rights abuses committed by the security forces. Yared Zerihun, the former deputy head of the national security agency, is […]

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National Book Awards: Isabel Allende warns of 'dark time'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Isabel Allende won the lifetime achievement prize at this year’s National Book Awards Chilean writer Isabel Allende has warned that “the values and principles that sustain our civilisation are under siege”. Speaking at the National Book Awards, the author of The House of the Spirits spoke out about the […]

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Trump attacks Mueller's Russia inquiry as 'absolutely nuts'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump tweeted that those involved with the Russia probe were “a disgrace to our nation” US President Donald Trump has attacked Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, calling it a “total mess” and “absolutely nuts”. He tweeted on Thursday that investigators were […]

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Khashoggi murder not ordered by crown prince – Saudi prosecutor

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJamal Khashoggi: What we know about the journalist’s disappearance and death Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has concluded a senior intelligence officer ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, and not Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The dissident writer was given a lethal injection after a struggle with agents in the […]

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Uganda orders military to protect Chinese businesses

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Troops will be deployed to protect Chinese businesses from robberies Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the army to protect Chinese companies following a spate of thefts. Addressing a group of 120 Chinese investors on Wednesday, Mr Museveni announced increased patrols and CCTV installation in industrial parks. China has […]

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Paris mayor plans to pedestrianise city centre

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Parts of central Paris – including the area around the Notre Dame Cathedral – could be closed to traffic The Mayor of Paris has plans to pedestrianise the centre of the French capital, which includes landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral, reports say. The plans would severely restrict traffic […]

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New Zealand launches balls checking booth for testicular cancer

Image copyright Testicular Cancer NZ Image caption If you’re too shy to face a doctor, the Testimatic is just the thing for you Ever thought of getting a health check but worried about having to, well, drop your pants? Meet the Testimatic. That’s a booth to allow New Zealand men to have their testicles checked […]

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Russia Navalny: Strasbourg court condemns detentions of Putin foe

Image copyright Alexei Navalny Image caption Mr Navalny took a selfie as he went through passport control in Moscow Europe’s top human rights court has found that the repeated detention of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was politically motivated. Mr Navalny had filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and […]

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Denmark withholds aid to Tanzania after anti-gay comments

Image copyright EPA Image caption Denmark’s minister for development co-operation, Ulla Tornaes, said respect for human rights was crucial for Denmark Denmark is withholding 65m krone (£7.5m; $9.8m) in aid to Tanzania after “unacceptable homophobic comments” from a senior politician, a minister says. Development minister Ulla Tornaes did not name the official but said she […]

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Russia domestic abuse: 'My husband chopped off my hands'

In December 2017, Margarita Gracheva’s husband took her into a forest and cut her hands off with an axe. Her case has highlighted activists’ fears that the softening of Russia’s laws applying to domestic violence may be emboldening abusers. First offences where the victim is not hospitalised are no longer treated as criminal offences and […]

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Rohingya return to Myanmar: Confusion and fear in refugee camps

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of refugees protested against the repatriation programme on Thursday Uncertainty over whether Bangladesh will start sending Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar has caused fear and confusion in refugee camps. Authorities had said they planned to move the first group on Thursday but it is unclear whether they will go […]