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Here we go again

Here we go again

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Monuments and parks closed for more than two weeks in 2013 Outsider observers would be forgiven for being a little mystified at news that the US is – yet again – days away from a potential government shutdown. What is going on? When is the deadline? A spending bill […]

Henri Van Breda denies South Africa axe murders

Henri Van Breda denies South Africa axe murders

Image copyright AFP Image caption Henri van Breda comes from a wealthy family near Cape Town A man accused of killing his parents and older brother in a frenzied axe attack in Stellenbosh in South Africa has pleaded not guilty to murder. Henri van Breda, 21, is also charged with the attempted murder of his […]

Article 308: Jordan to scrap marriage loophole for rapists

Article 308: Jordan to scrap marriage loophole for rapists

Image copyright EPA Image caption There was a protest against a similar law in Lebanon at the weekend, involving hanging wedding dresses on Beirut’s seafront A law which protected Jordan’s rapists from punishment if they married their victims looks set to be scrapped. The Jordanian cabinet revoked Article 308 on Sunday, after years of campaigning […]

French election: Hollande urges nation to back Macron and reject Le Pen

French election: Hollande urges nation to back Macron and reject Le Pen

Image copyright AFP Image caption The presence of EU flags at Mr Macron’s rally was not lost on supporters and opponents President Fran├žois Hollande has called on French voters to reject far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and back Emmanuel Macron to succeed him. The pair will face each other in a run-off vote on 7 […]

India Maoist rebels kill 24 CRPF policemen in Chhattisgarh

India Maoist rebels kill 24 CRPF policemen in Chhattisgarh

Image copyright AFP Image caption A large number of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel are deployed in Chhattisgarh to counter the Maoist rebels (file photo) Suspected Maoists have killed 24 policemen in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, in one of the biggest attacks by the rebels in recent years. The officers were guarding […]

Jimmy Choo seeks well-heeled buyer

Jimmy Choo seeks well-heeled buyer

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Best foot forward – Jimmy Choo claim Emma Stone as a long time fan Luxury shoe maker Jimmy Choo is the go-to for celebrities looking to wear a pair of killer heels on the red carpet. Now the British firm is going on a strut of its own, as […]

Shark attacks British woman in Ascension Island

Shark attacks British woman in Ascension Island

A British woman has been attacked by a shark while swimming near a remote island in the South Atlantic. She was close to Ascension Island, part of the British territory of St Helena, and a source told the Times her husband punched the shark to scare it away. The woman, who works for the St […]

Afghan defence chiefs resign over deadly Taliban attack

Afghan defence chiefs resign over deadly Taliban attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Soldiers were targeted at an army base in Mazar-e Sharif Afghanistan’s defence minister and army chief of staff have resigned in the wake of a Taliban attack that left scores of soldiers dead, the presidential palace says. The attack happened on Friday at an army base near Mazar-e Sharif. Insurgents […]

French election: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to fight for presidency

French election: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to fight for presidency

Image copyright AFP Image caption Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will go head-to-head in just under two weeks’ time Centrist Emmanuel Macron has gone through to the second round of the French election, where he will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Mr Macron, a former banker, is seen as a political newcomer – […]

Boy aged 12 drives himself 1,300km across Australia

Boy aged 12 drives himself 1,300km across Australia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The boy would have driven along roads like this one, outside Broken Hill A 12-year-old boy who was apparently trying to drive across Australia has been stopped by police 1,300km (800 miles) into his journey. The boy was pulled over in Broken Hill in the New South Wales outback […]