Australia’s first same sex wedding takes place

Earlier this month Australia’s marriage equality law came into effect. The first weddings were expected in the new year to allow for a 30 day notice period, but this couple was given an exemption allowing them to legally wed. Australia’s first same sex wedding takes place

Jacob Zuma and the ANC: Are South Africa’s dreams of freedom dead?

One of the most important elections in South Africa‚Äôs modern history takes place this weekend when the ruling African National Congress meets to pick a new leader. Billions of pounds have been lost in corruption scandals under the rule of the incumbent Jacob Zuma. The leading challengers for the leadership are Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril […]

Matthew Petersen: Trump’s nominee for judge flubs law test

Matthew Petersen may have trained as a lawyer, but judging by his confirmation hearing he’s clearly out of practice. President Trump’s nominee for federal judge in the District of Columbia was asked a series of basic legal questions by a Republican senator. It did not go well. Matthew Petersen: Trump’s nominee for judge flubs law […]

Why 2018’s big food trend could come from West Africa

Food experts and chefs are predicting West African food will be a big cuisine in 2018. Global food trend consultancy firm, The Food People, estimates dishes from countries like Senegal and Nigeria could be the next big food trend and the “last great untapped cuisine”. Nigerian chef Tokunbo Koiki has been bringing a taste of […]

Hugh Jackman’s novelty top hat trick

The Australian actor performed the trick for the “6,000th” time and described how he’d be spending Christmas. Hugh Jackman stars in upcoming movie The Greatest Showman. Hugh Jackman’s novelty top hat trick

ANC: Zuma pleads for unity as party picks new leader

ANC: Zuma pleads for unity as party picks new leader

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Zuma said his ANC party was at a “crossroads” South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has called on the African National Congress (ANC) to stop infighting as it decides who will next lead the party. Mr Zuma warned the future of the ANC was under threat, with South Africans “not […]

Austria far right: ‘Nobody has anything to fear’ says new minister

Austria far right: ‘Nobody has anything to fear’ says new minister

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sebastian Kurz (R) has agreed a coalition deal with far-right party leader Heinz-Christian Strache Austria’s next interior minister has said “nobody has anything to fear” from the new coalition government. Far-right politician Herbert Kickl, a senior figure in the Freedom Party, said he had “a very, very good feeling” about […]

Million Britons miss out on ‘decent’ broadband speeds

Million Britons miss out on ‘decent’ broadband speeds

Image copyright AFP Image caption Decent broadband can be hard to find in some rural areas, said Ofcom The UK’s digital divide has narrowed but more than one million homes and offices still struggle to get good broadband, says an Ofcom report. The Connected Nations report found that about 4% of properties cannot get a […]

Australia citizenship row: Government wins key by-election

Australia citizenship row: Government wins key by-election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The victory for John Alexander (right) is a huge relief for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) Australia’s ruling coalition has retained its one-seat majority after it won a bitterly contested by-election in a Sydney suburb. Former tennis professional John Alexander was re-elected in Bennelong division after stepping down over a […]

Swati Maliwal: Call to speed up child rape executions in India

Swati Maliwal: Call to speed up child rape executions in India

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Maliwal said there was better awareness of rape cases – but that had not solved India’s rape problem Rapists of children should be executed within six months of their crime, a leading advocate for women’s rights in India has demanded. Swati Maliwal made the appeal in a letter to […]

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