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North Carolina 'bathroom' law: Deal reached on repeal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Forcing transgender people into specific bathrooms was the best-known effect of HB2 A late-night deal has been reached in North Carolina to repeal a controversial law that limits protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. A key element banned transgender people from using toilets in accordance with their […]

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Ronaldo sculptor defends work

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Real Madrid star and Armani model put on a brave face at the event The sculptor behind a statue of Cristiano Ronaldo that left football fans scratching their heads has said his work is just “a matter of taste”. Emanuel Santos said the bust, unveiled on the Portuguese island […]

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Kuki Gallmann's Kenya safari lodge burned down

Image copyright Mukutan Retreat A luxury safari lodge in Kenya owned by Italian-born conservationist and author Kuki Gallmann has been burned down by suspected cattle herders. It is the latest attack in the drought-stricken Laikipia region by suspected herders, who have been invading private property in search of fresh grazing. There were no visitors staying […]

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Trump-Russia ties: Senate pledges thorough inquiry

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Senators are examining what role Russia played in influencing the US election Russia tried to hijack the US democratic process, says a senator investigating alleged interference in the US election. A hearing by the Senate Intelligence Committee opened on Thursday morning. Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, is to […]

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'Exploding' soup dumpling video angers Asian foodies

Image copyright TimeOut London Image caption “You’re not supposed to pop the dumplings! *Asians screaming everywhere*” Asian food lovers are fuming over a video they say “manhandles” traditional soup dumplings. The video published by Time Out London on Facebook shows diners attempting to burst their Xiao Long Bao (little basket buns), and throw out the […]

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French pensioners demand end to chip drought

Image copyright YouTube Pensioners living in a retirement home in France are so annoyed at not being served chips with their meals that they have complained to the mayor. The residents of the Hubiliac home in Saint-Marcel, a town in the east-central Burgundy region, have missed their favourite side order because the fryer in the […]

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Credentials, please

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mombasa county governor, Ali Hassan Joho is being investigated over his educational credentials In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu looks at why Kenya insists that its senior political leaders must hold a university degree. There is a whirl of activity online at the moment as […]

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'You may as well kill us'

Media captionThe crackdown on “illegal” slaughterhouses is causing heartache in the state. The government’s crackdown on meat shops in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has left many traders and butchers without much work and money. The BBC’s Vikas Pandey meets them in Allahabad city. “I have no money since my shop shut two […]

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Turkey ends Euphrates Shield military campaign in Syria

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pro-Turkish rebels have closed in on the town of Al-Bab from the north and east Turkey says it has “successfully” ended its seven-month Euphrates Shield military campaign in northern Syria. But Prime Minister Binali Yildirim did not rule out new military operations and did not say whether Turkish troops would […]