Australia child abuse inquiry finds ‘serious failings’

Australia child abuse inquiry finds ‘serious failings’

Media captionAbuse survivor Andrew Collins recounts his story A five-year inquiry into sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, saying institutions had “seriously failed” to protect children. The royal commission, Australia’s highest form of public inquiry, heard more than 8,000 testimonies from victims of abuse. The accusations covered churches, schools and sports clubs […]

Russian court finds ex-minister Ulyukayev guilty of bribery

Russian court finds ex-minister Ulyukayev guilty of bribery

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ulyukayev denied the charges and alleged that he was framed A Moscow court has found Russia’s former Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev guilty of bribery. He is the first minister to stand trial in Russia’s recent history. Ulyukayev was arrested in 2016, accused of trying to extort $2m (£1.5m) from state […]

Sumatran rhino ‘hanging on by a thread’

Sumatran rhino ‘hanging on by a thread’

Image copyright Tom Uhlman Image caption Ipuh at the Cincinnati Zoo Scientists have decoded the genome of the Sumatran rhinoceros – one of the most threatened mammals on Earth. Its genetic blueprint shows that populations have been in decline for a very long time. The rhino’s troubles began during the last Ice Age, when its […]

Jerusalem: Israel braced for protests over Trump declaration

Jerusalem: Israel braced for protests over Trump declaration

Image copyright AFP Image caption Extra forces have been deployed at sensitive locations Israeli forces are on high alert for protests in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank against the US declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Hundreds of extra police have been deployed in Jerusalem’s Old City, and additional battalions sent to the West […]

California wildfires: Nearly 200,000 flee as new blaze spreads

California wildfires: Nearly 200,000 flee as new blaze spreads

Media captionFootage captures the moment a motorist risked his life to rescue a wild animal amid California wildfires Nearly 200,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in California as firefighters battle several raging wildfires. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego on Thursday after a new blaze spread from 10 […]

‘Samurai sword’ attack leaves three dead at Tokyo shrine

‘Samurai sword’ attack leaves three dead at Tokyo shrine

Image copyright Kyodo/Reuters Image caption The Tomioka Hachimangu shrine is famous for a summer festival in August An attack believed to have been sparked by a succession feud has left three people dead at a well-known Shinto shrine in Tokyo. The chief priestess was stabbed to death, reportedly by her brother. A bloodied Samurai sword […]

Bryan Singer: Director denies raping 17-year-old boy

Bryan Singer: Director denies raping 17-year-old boy

Image copyright Getty Images Film director Bryan Singer has denied sexual assault after being sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy. According to court filings obtained by Deadline, Cesar Sanchez-Guzman has alleged he was sexually assaulted by the director on a yacht in 2003. In a statement, a representative for Singer said the director “categorically […]

Bitcoin hits $17,000 as bubble fears mount

Bitcoin hits $17,000 as bubble fears mount

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bitcoin’s value has been volatile in recent weeks Bitcoin briefly crossed through the $17,000 (£12,615) mark on Friday, extending its record-breaking run. The cryptocurrency has soared about 70% this week according to Coindesk.com, despite fresh warnings of a dangerous bubble. Its dramatic rise has been likened to a “charging train […]

Jerusalem status: World condemns Trump’s announcement

Jerusalem status: World condemns Trump’s announcement

Media captionAnalysis: Breaking down what Mr Trump said and what it means for peace Traditional US allies are among a growing chorus condemning President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Saudi Arabia called it “unjustified and irresponsible”, while France and the UK said they did not support the decision. But Israeli PM Benjamin […]

US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Media captionWhy the city of Jerusalem matters US President Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, senior administration officials have said. He is due to announce the controversial decision in a speech later. Mr Trump is also expected to approve moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but not for several years. […]

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