101051563 gettyimages 473278168 - India state records 36,749 lightning strikes in 13 hours
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India state records 36,749 lightning strikes in 13 hours

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At least 2,000 people have died in lightning strikes in India every year since 2005 The southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh recorded 36,749 lightning strikes in just a 13-hour period on Tuesday, officials say. The number is unusually high and the result of “extreme weather patterns”, according to […]

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Tokio boy band member apologises for kissing schoolgirl

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Yamaguchi apologised for being “intimidating” and “causing harm” A member of well-known Japanese boy band Tokio has apologised for forcibly kissing a girl of secondary school age. In February, 46-year-old Tatsuya Yamaguchi brought the girl to his home where the incident took place. Her precise age is not known. “No […]

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Trump veterans nominee Ronny Jackson bows out amid allegations

Image copyrightEPA White House doctor Ronny Jackson has withdrawn as nominee to lead the department of Veterans Affairs amid a series of misconduct allegations. Dr Jackson was accused of questionable drug prescriptions, drunkenness and wrecking a government vehicle. In a statement, he railed against the “baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity”. Dr […]

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Pamplona 'wolf pack' gang jailed for sex attack in Spain

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protesters gathered outside the court in Pamplona with banners: “[Justice] I believe you” Five men accused of gang-raping an 18-year-old woman in Spain have each been sentenced to nine years in jail, in a high-profile case that sparked outrage. The men, in their late 20s, were found guilty of sexual […]

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Late author 'helped catch serial killer'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Michelle McNamara, pictured with husband Patton Oswalt, was deep into investigating the unsolved crimes when she died suddenly in 2016 A comedian and author has praised his late wife, Michelle McNamara, for her role in the apprehension of a former police officer suspected of a string of US murders, […]

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Austrian organisation helps deaf refugees learn sign language

Many refugees face problems of isolation, but things can be particularly challenging for those who are deaf. The Austrian organisation, Equalizent, based in Vienna, provides courses in sign language and written German for asylum seekers and refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran. Some are learning sign language for the first time in their lives. Source […]

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'Real bodies' exhibition causes controversy in Australia

Image copyright EPA Image caption The exhibition is currently on display in Sydney An exhibition of preserved human bodies has drawn controversy in Australia this week after an activist group raised questions about the origin of the specimens. The group of objectors – who include doctors, lawyers and scientists – have called for the exhibition […]

100950315 gettyimages 119267434 - Swaziland has a new name - eSwatini - but what else has changed?
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Swaziland has a new name – eSwatini – but what else has changed?

Image copyright AFP Image caption King Mswati III has used the new name previously King Mswati III of Swaziland has changed his country’s name to eSwatini. The BBC’s Nomsa Maseko asks whether the lives of its citizens will change? Crowds waved flags and cheered for King Mswati as he arrived for Independence Day celebrations. The […]

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Michael Cohen: Trump's lawyer to plead Fifth Amendment in Daniels case

Image copyrightGetty/Reuters Image caption Stormy Daniels says she was paid by Michael Cohen to keep quiet about a sexual encounter with Mr TrumpDonald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has said he will invoke his constitutional right to remain silent in a civil case brought by adult film actress Stormy Daniels. It is part of an […]

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Nigeria 'baby factory' raided in Lagos

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many people in Nigeria live in poverty More than 160 children have been rescued from a “baby factory” and two unregistered orphanages in Nigeria’s main city, Lagos, an official has said. Some of the babies and children had been sexually abused, Agboola Dabiri added. It is not uncommon for Nigerian […]

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North and South Korea summit: The people Kim trusts the most

Image copyrightGetty Images North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un will be bringing an elite group of confidantes and advisers along with him when he crosses into South Korea. The South say it has never hosted such a senior delegation from Pyongyang. This is the third inter-Korean summit, but this time it is also a prelude to […]

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Athlete Semenya hit by testosterone rules

South Africa’s Caster Semenya is a double Olympic champion in the 800m Some female runners with naturally high testosterone levels will have to race against men or change events unless they take medication, under new rules issued by athletics’ governing body. The rules, which start on 1 November 2018, would apply to women who race […]