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Jussie Smollett had no role in own attack, lawyers say

Jussie Smollett had no role in own attack, lawyers say

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jussie Smollett’s lawyers said the actor felt “victimised” by reports he was involved Lawyers for the US actor Jussie Smollett have denied he had any role in an assault last month he alleges was carried out by two white men. Their statement came after sources told US media that police […]

Near-naked men scramble for sticks in Japan

Near-naked men scramble for sticks in Japan

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of near-naked men seeking luck have scrambled to find two sacred sticks as part of an ancient Japanese festival. It’s thought about 10,000 men wearing white loincloths took part in the ceremony at the Kinryozan Saidaiji Buddhist temple in Okayama on Saturday. Participants were purified in water before scrambling to […]

Viewpoint: Why Trump may win his legal fight over border wall

Viewpoint: Why Trump may win his legal fight over border wall

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOther presidents got money for a border barrier – why not Trump? The latest chapter of Washington dysfunction has culminated in drastic action by the president in order to deliver his key campaign promise. But as his opponents shake their heads and counter-punch through the courts, the […]

Bangladesh slum fire: Nine dead in Chittagong blaze

Bangladesh slum fire: Nine dead in Chittagong blaze

Image copyright AFP Image caption Officials say a short circuit may have caused the blaze At least nine people have died after a fire swept through more than 200 slum dwellings in the coastal Bangladeshi city of Chittagong. Police and firefighters say more than 50 other people were injured. Four members of one family were […]

Trump tells European countries to take back IS fighters

Trump tells European countries to take back IS fighters

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Trump: “Put them on trial” President Trump has told the UK and other European allies to take back and put on trial more than 800 Islamic State (IS) group fighters captured in the final battle against the group. His tweet comes as US-backed Kurdish forces continue an assault […]

Ukrainians pranked at fake election rally

Ukrainians pranked at fake election rally

Image copyright 1+1 TV/Utkin TV/YouTube Image caption Those who turned up in Kiev were unaware they were being broadcast on the internet A Ukrainian prankster thought it would be a laugh to see how many people would turn up for a fake election rally on the promise of cash, and was surprised by the scale […]

How a street painter from Benin got an art exhibition in Finland

How a street painter from Benin got an art exhibition in Finland

Image copyright Perttu Saksa Louis Houenoude lives in the small village of Heve, just outside Grand-Popo, in the small West African country of Benin. He used to paint barber shop signs for a living. But now he is a bona fide artist. An art gallery in Finland is exhibiting a series of portraits painted by […]

Chaka Khan: Why she gets annoyed by her tuneful greeting

Chaka Khan: Why she gets annoyed by her tuneful greeting

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Khan has won 10 grammys over her career Chaka Khan is officially back. Mind you, she’s one of those artists who has never really gone away – such is the breadth of her back catalogue. Along with her big hits, there are the songs you didn’t realise were even […]

Germany 'Nazi bell' row erupts again

Germany 'Nazi bell' row erupts again

Image copyright Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images Image caption The Herxheim inscription reads “Everything for the Fatherland – Adolf Hitler” A simmering row in Germany over Nazi symbols on church bells has boiled over again, as prosecutors consider whether to bring charges over five churches. The authorities in the central state of Thuringia have received complaints from […]

How far might India go to 'punish' Pakistan?

How far might India go to 'punish' Pakistan?

Image copyright EPA Image caption The attack is the deadliest on Indian forces in disputed Kashmir for years A suicide attack killed more than 40 members of the Indian security forces in restive Indian-administered Kashmir on 14 February. Threats from Indian leaders, who face a tricky general election before May, raise the spectre of Indian […]

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