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Nigeria: Kidnapped US and Canadian citizens freed

Nigeria: Kidnapped US and Canadian citizens freed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A joint police and military operation found the captives Two American and two Canadian citizens kidnapped in Nigeria on Wednesday have been freed, police say. The group, who were ambushed in a forested area north of the capital Abuja, were found during a joint military and police operation. Two of […]

Syria conflict: 15 refugees found frozen to death

Syria conflict: 15 refugees found frozen to death

Fifteen Syrian refugees – some of them children – have been found frozen to death while trying to cross the mountainous border into Lebanon. Thirteen bodies were found on Friday and two more were discovered on Saturday after the area was hit by a fierce snowstorm. Lebanese civil defence officials found the bodies after being […]

Turkey bus crash: Eleven killed in motorway accident

Turkey bus crash: Eleven killed in motorway accident

Eleven people have been killed after a bus taking families on a school holiday skiing trip crashed while travelling on a motorway in north-western Turkey, local officials say. Some 46 others were injured in the accident, they add. The bus was travelling overnight from the capital, Ankara, to the Uludag resort near the city of […]

Russian social media defends air cadets dancing in underwear

Russian social media defends air cadets dancing in underwear

By George Pierpoint, BBC UGC and Social News Vitaliy Shevchenko and Yaroslava Kiryukhina, BBC Monitoring Image copyright AlEXS JIGURDINSKI Russian air cadets dancing in their underwear in an online video seen by millions have been spared expulsion. The video, showing the cadets in underwear, caps and harnesses, has caused controversy in Russia. Russia’s Federal Air […]

Asian wildlife trafficking 'kingpin' Boonchai Bach arrested

Asian wildlife trafficking 'kingpin' Boonchai Bach arrested

Image copyright EPA Image caption Boonchai Bach faces up to four years in jail for smuggling parts of protected animals Thai police have arrested a man alleged to be the head of Asia’s biggest illegal wildlife trading networks. Boonchai Bach, a 40-year-old Thai of Vietnamese origin, was detained in a town on the border with […]

Pope Francis warns of threat to Amazon peoples on Peru visit

Pope Francis warns of threat to Amazon peoples on Peru visit

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIndigenous people gathered to see the Pope Pope Francis has used a visit to Peru to sound a stark warning about the pressure on the Amazon and its peoples posed by business interests. He told indigenous people in the small town of Puerto Maldonado that the region […]

Lac-Megantic: The runaway train that destroyed a town

Lac-Megantic: The runaway train that destroyed a town

Image caption The disaster left 47 people dead Nearly five years after one of the worst rail disasters in Canadian history, a small town at the centre of the tragedy is still grappling with the aftermath. When Tom Harding walked out of the courtroom after being acquitted of criminal negligence causing death, he didn’t speak. […]

Trump vows abortion opposition in speech to March for Life

Trump vows abortion opposition in speech to March for Life

Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump has become the first sitting president to speak live via video to the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W Bush delivered remarks at the march at least twice during their tenure, speaking via telephone broadcast. In a speech at […]

US shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget

US shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGovernment workers on what happens during a shutdown The US government has begun a federal shutdown after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget. It was unclear which way the vote would go as the midnight deadline approached, with Republicans and Democrats split on key […]

New Zealand debates access to dead sea life footage

New Zealand debates access to dead sea life footage

Image copyright New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries New Zealand’s fishing industry has found itself at odds with conservationists over whether or not the public should be allowed to see the realities of commercial fishing. In the waters around New Zealand – as many countries – animals including sea birds, dolphins, penguins and sea lions are […]