Are the Asian Games the Olympics+?

Are the Asian Games the Olympics+?

Spurs’ Son Heung-min (centre) and his South Korean team-mates share the Asian Games stage with less familiar sporting figures Over the the next four days, the last of 12,000 athletes and officials will check into six tower blocks in the centre of Jakarta. The Asian Games athletes village will be a diverse community. Representing two-thirds […]

Tonga PM challenges Pacific Island leaders to lose weight

Tonga PM challenges Pacific Island leaders to lose weight

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pacific Island leaders pictured at the Pacific Islands Forum in Samoa last year Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has challenged other Pacific Island leaders to participate in a year-long weight-loss challenge to set an example to their national communities. Mr Pohiva told a local newspaper he would propose the […]

Trump campaign takes legal action against ex-aide Omarosa

Trump campaign takes legal action against ex-aide Omarosa

Media captionOmarosa Manigault Newman: The audio tapes Donald Trump’s election campaign has begun legal action against an ex-White House aide and reality TV star for allegedly breaching her contract. Donald J Trump for President, Inc has filed for arbitration against Omarosa Manigault Newman, claiming she violated a 2016 non-disclosure agreement. A feud between the two […]

Nebraska first in US to use opioid fentanyl in execution

Nebraska first in US to use opioid fentanyl in execution

Image copyright AFP Image caption Carey Dean Moore was sentenced to death for two 1979 murders Nebraska has become the first US state to use the opioid fentanyl to carry out the death penalty. Convicted criminal Carey Dean Moore, 60, who killed two cab drivers in 1979, was executed in the state’s first lethal injection […]

Men killed in California highway brawl identified

Men killed in California highway brawl identified

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Two men fought over a car collision on the highway, resulting in both of their deaths California police say that two men who were killed in a violent road rage incident have been identified. Jose Rodriguez-Carrasco, 37, allegedly chased and hit Jason Dykes, 39, with a pipe or bat […]

West Virginia votes to impeach state Supreme Court justices

West Virginia votes to impeach state Supreme Court justices

Image copyright West Virginia Judiciary Image caption The three justices facing a Senate trial are: Allen Loughry (left), Elizabeth Walker (centre) and Margaret Workman (right) Lawmakers in West Virginia have voted to impeach all four justices on the state’s Supreme Court for failing to carry out their duties. Three justices now face an impeachment trial […]

FBI agent Peter Strzok ‘fired over anti-Trump texts’

FBI agent Peter Strzok ‘fired over anti-Trump texts’

Media captionFBI’s Peter Strzok: Anti-Trump bias claims ‘deeply destructive’ A veteran FBI agent who exchanged anti-Trump text messages with a colleague during the election has been fired from the FBI, his lawyer has said. Peter Strzok has been accused by Republicans of being biased against Donald Trump, and seeking to prevent his election victory. Mr […]

South Africa to eradicate pit latrine toilets in schools

South Africa to eradicate pit latrine toilets in schools

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many pit toilets are made from cheap metal, are shoddily built and left uncovered South Africa is to get rid of all pit latrines in state schools within two years after a five-year-old pupil drowned in a toilet in March. “This is an initiative that will save lives and […]

Palm oil: A new threat to Africa’s monkeys and apes?

Palm oil: A new threat to Africa’s monkeys and apes?

Image copyright Getty Images Endangered monkeys and apes could face new risks if Africa becomes a big player in the palm oil industry. Most areas suitable for growing the oil crop are key habitats for primates, a study suggests. The researchers, who are examining palm oil’s possible effect on Africa’s biodiversity, say consumers can help […]

IS conflict: Up to 30,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq – UN

IS conflict: Up to 30,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq – UN

Image copyright Amaq/Twitter Image caption IS has defeated militarily in Iraq and most of Syria Between 20,000 and 30,000 Islamic State (IS) militants remain in Syria and Iraq despite the group’s recent losses, according to a United Nations report. The report says that while many fighters, planners and commanders have been killed, some IS members […]

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