Canada university under fire for gender pronoun debate

Canada university under fire for gender pronoun debate

Image caption Dr Jordan Peterson set off a political and cultural firestorm over his refusal to use alternative pronouns A Canadian university is being accused of stifling free speech after it scolded a teaching assistant for airing a debate on gender-neutral pronouns. Wilfrid Laurier University chastised Lindsay Shepherd for showing her class a televised debate […]

John Conyers: Longest-serving congressman denies harassment

John Conyers: Longest-serving congressman denies harassment

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Conyers it the longest-currently serving member of congress The longest-serving member of the US Congress has “expressly and vehemently” denied allegations that he sexually harassed staff members. But John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, appeared to confirm the payment of a settlement to one of his accusers. A staff member […]

Robert Mugabe: From war hero to resignation as president

Zimbabwe’s leader Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe, ending a 37-year rule. In a letter, he wrote “I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender m resignation… with immediate effect”. Robert Mugabe: From war hero to resignation as president

New York terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov defended by mother

The mother of the man accused of killing eight people in a terror attack in New York has said she believes her son is innocent. The BBC’s Will Vernon tracked her down in Uzbekistan, the country that was home to terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov until 2010 when he moved to the US. It’s the first […]

‘Move bus, get out the way!’

A camera operator waited 40 minutes to film a stadium demolition but was thwarted at the last moment by some unfortunate bus scheduling. The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, which in its 25-year history hosted the Super Bowl and the Olympics, was reduced to rubble by a controlled demolition using around 5,000lb of explosives. ‘Move bus, […]

Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe resigns

Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe resigns

Media captionMPs cheered and celebrated as the resignation was announced Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has resigned, parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda has said. A letter from Mr Mugabe said that the decision was voluntary and that he had made it to allow a smooth transition of power. The surprise announcement halted an impeachment hearing that had […]

Brexit: UK ‘ready to pay more to the EU’

Brexit: UK ‘ready to pay more to the EU’

Image copyright EPA Brexit supporters in the cabinet have agreed the UK should offer to pay more money to the EU as it leaves. But no formal offer will be made until the EU agrees to begin talking about a new trade deal with the UK. No new figure has been given – but it […]

Russian boy’s WW2 speech to German MPs stirs web anger

Russian boy’s WW2 speech to German MPs stirs web anger

Image copyright German Bundestag Image caption Nikolai Desyatnichenko (r) told German MPs that the fate of a Wehrmacht soldier “touched him” A Russian schoolboy has received online abuse and death threats after suggesting that many German troops who invaded the USSR in World War Two were themselves victims of the conflict. Teenager Nikolai Desyatnichenko was […]

Iranian charged with Game of Thrones hack

Image copyright HBO Image caption The leaks were released prior to the broadcast of Game of Thrones series seven episodes The US Department of Justice is to charge an Iranian man with hacking into HBO, leaking Game of Thrones scripts and demanding a $6m (£4.5m) ransom. Behzad Mesri is accused of accessing a computer without […]

More than 480 web firms record ‘every keystroke’

More than 480 web firms record ‘every keystroke’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The scripts also record the entire contents of the pages visited, the researchers said Hundreds of web firms are tracking every single keystroke made by visitors, a study from Princeton University has suggested. The technique – known as session replay – is used by companies to gain an understanding […]