Kyrgyz debate renaming capital

Picture copyright Almutamid/Wikimedia Commons Picture caption Bishkek lies under the Ala Too Mountains The Kyrgyz public has reacted with shock to the thought of renaming their capital after a legendary nationwide hero. Politician Emilbek Kaptagayev needs the town of Bishkek to be often known as Manas, a warrior whose adventures make up an enormous epic poem dated again to a minimum of the 18th century. The previous presidential chief of

African migration: 5 issues we have learnt

Picture copyright AFP A couple of in three Africans have thought-about emigrating, researchers for Afrobarometer say. Their continent-wide survey additionally discovered that younger and educated folks have been extra doubtless than others to need to depart their dwelling nation. For many who do depart, it isn’t to Europe or North America that almost all go to, however one other African nation. Listed below are 5 key issues we’ve got learnt

Pope’s ring-kissing controversy not what it appears

Picture copyright Reuters Picture caption The Pope’s fisherman’s ring is exclusive to every pontiff, and destroyed upon their dying How must you greet a pope? For hundreds of years, it was Catholic custom to kiss the papal foot. These days, many trustworthy select to bow and kiss the papal ring. Conservative Catholics, who routinely accuse the present Pope of straying from church doctrine and custom, now suspect that he has

Purdue Pharma settles opioid lawsuit for $270m

Picture copyright Getty Pictures Purdue Pharma, the drug-maker owned by the billionaire Sackler household, has reached a $270m settlement in a lawsuit which claimed its opioids contributed to the deaths of 1000’s of individuals. The cope with Oklahoma is the primary settlement the US agency has struck amid some 2,000 different lawsuits it’s dealing with linked to its painkiller OxyContin. Purdue is one in all a number of companies named

Expenses in opposition to Jussie Smollett ‘dropped’

Picture copyright Reuters Picture caption The Empire actor maintains he was attacked by two unknown people Prosecutors have dropped all expenses in opposition to US actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic assault, his legal professionals say. The Empire actor attended a courtroom listening to in Chicago on Tuesday, the place a choose reportedly dismissed the case. Mr Smollett pleaded not responsible this month to 16 counts

Algeria military urges elimination of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Picture copyright AFP/Getty Picture caption President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has led Algeria since 1999 Algeria’s military chief of employees has demanded President Abdelaziz Bouteflika be declared unfit to rule after weeks of protests in opposition to him. “We should discover a method out of this disaster instantly, inside the constitutional framework,” Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah mentioned in a speech on tv. The president has already agreed to not stand for

Kvitova knifeman jailed for eight years

Picture copyright Getty Pictures Picture caption Petra Kvitova’s left hand was injured within the wrestle to free herself The person who stabbed tennis champion Petra Kvitova in her dwelling within the Czech Republic has been sentenced to eight years in jail, native media report. Radim Zondra, 33, went to her home in December 2016 saying he wanted to examine the boiler. He then grabbed Kvitova from behind and held a

Indonesia theme park censors mermaid statues’ breasts

Picture copyright AFP/Getty Picture caption The mermaid statues have been on the park for the previous 15 years An Indonesian theme park has lined the naked breasts on two statues to respect “Jap values”. Ancol Dreamland within the capital metropolis Jakarta positioned golden chest wraps on the mermaid figures, which have been on the park for the final 15 years. The transfer has confused many within the metropolis and prompted

EU backs controversial copyright regulation

Picture copyright Peter Macdiarmid Picture caption Internet pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned in regards to the attainable penalties of copyright adjustments The European Parliament has backed controversial copyright legal guidelines critics say might change the character of the web. The brand new guidelines embody holding expertise firms liable for materials posted with out correct copyright permission. Many musicians and creators say the brand new guidelines will compensate artists pretty

Royal Albert Corridor singer requested to vary ‘pro-EU’ costume

Picture copyright Benedict Nelson Picture caption Anna Patalong described her outfit selection as “rocking some EU colors” An opera singer was requested to vary her EU-themed costume for a live performance at London’s Royal Albert Corridor. British soprano Anna Patalong sang in six performances of the Classical Spectacular live performance from 21 to 24 March. Ms Patalong wore the EU flag-inspired outfit for a efficiency on Saturday. The present’s producer,