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Winter Olympics 2018: Ivanka Trump arrives for closing ceremony

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Trump said she was “honoured” to lead the US delegation Ivanka Trump has arrived in South Korea leading a US delegation to the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Her father US President Donald Trump and the Olympic Committee asked her to attend, according to White House officials. One of North’s Korea highest ranking figures, General Kim Yong-chol, will also attend Sunday’s

Children ‘forced to watch rape’ in S Sudan

Image copyright AFP Image caption In December women from South Sudanese rights groups marched in protest at the suffering women and children face Children in South Sudan have been forced to watch their mothers being raped and killed, the UN says. A report by UN human rights investigators says that 40 officials may be individually responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. It says civilians have been tortured and

India PM Modi finally sees Canada’s Trudeau

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Modi first welcomed Mr Trudeau on Twitter Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau, nearly a week after he arrived on his first state visit. The meeting comes a day after Canada withdrew an invitation to an alleged Sikh extremist to attend an official dinner with Mr Trudeau in Delhi. The Canadian PM has been fending off criticism

Argentina foils diplomatic luggage cocaine plot

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nearly 400kg of cocaine was found at the Russian embassy in 2016 Argentina’s security ministry says it has foiled a plot to use the Russian embassy’s diplomatic courier service to smuggle cocaine to Europe. Police seized nearly 400kg of the drug from diplomatic luggage in an embassy annex after being told about it by the Russian ambassador in December 2016. They then mounted a sting

‘Fishing continued’ even after East China sea oil spill

Image copyright AFP/Transport Ministry of China Image caption The tanker carried a highly toxic petroleum product that became invisible after the spill Fishing activities continued at the site of massive oil spill in the East China Sea for days after the incident, a BBC investigation suggests. Most of the fishing vessels in the affected region were identified as Chinese. Independent experts say fishing was stopped much later and reports in

Tina Fontaine: Raymond Cormier not guilty of Red River murder

Image copyright Handout A Canadian man has been found not guilty in the death of indigenous schoolgirl Tina Fontaine. Raymond Cormier, 56, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of the 15-year-old in 2015. Ms Fontaine’s body was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River on 17 August 2014, a week after she was reported missing. Her death has renewed calls from activists to launch an inquiry into missing and murdered

Barnaby Joyce: Scandal-hit Australia deputy PM resigns

Barnaby Joyce says he will resign as Australia’s deputy prime minister following a politically damaging saga that began with his affair with a former staffer. Mr Joyce said he would step down on Monday as leader of the Nationals, the junior government partner. Mr Joyce had resisted calls to quit amid questions over whether he had breached ministerial rules. He called his decision on Friday a “circuit-breaker”. “This current cacophony

Sipping acidic fruit teas can wear away teeth, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavoured water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by scientists has shown. The King’s College London team found that drinking them between meals and savouring them for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid. The research, in the British Dental Journal, looked at the diets of 300 people with severe erosive

State Department struggles to describe what the US is doing to end the violence in Syria

Horrific reports have emerged of civilians dying under the Syrian regime’s siege of the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta. At the United Nations, calls for a 30-day ceasefire to allow for evacuations and the delivery of humanitarian supplies have been stymied by Russian objections. But pressed on whether easing the violence is part of the US mission and what Tillerson is doing to address the bloodshed, the State Department provided

The low-cost mini satellites bringing mobile to the world

Image copyright Sky and Space Global Image caption Arrays of tiny satellites will bring mobile services to billions who currently have no access Large chunks of the planet are still of out of reach of mobile phone signals – that’s about four billion people without access to digital communications. But this could change thanks to shrinking satellite sizes and costs. Lower-cost, space-based mobile phone services will soon be a reality