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Image caption South Africa has been hit by what is described as the worst data breach in history Authorities in South Africa are investigating a data breach which has seen the personal details of more than 30 million citizens leaked on the internet – placing them at risk of identity theft. The information contained in […]

Suicide bomb in Kabul Shia mosque kills dozens

Suicide bomb in Kabul Shia mosque kills dozens

A suicide bomber has killed at least 30 people inside a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials say. An eyewitness told the BBC the scene at the Imam Zaman mosque, in the west of the city, “looks like a frontline”. The blast happened as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers. The so-called Islamic State […]

Malawi cracks down on 'vampire' lynch mobs

Malawi cracks down on 'vampire' lynch mobs

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Malawian president has been visiting parts of the country to stop the killings. Police in the south-east African state of Malawi say they have arrested 140 members of lynch mobs who attacked people suspected of being vampires. At least eight people are believed to have been killed, including two […]

EU paves way for post-Brexit trade talks

EU paves way for post-Brexit trade talks

Image copyright AFP Reports of deadlock over Brexit negotiations may have been exaggerated, European Council President Donald Tusk has said after a Brussels summit. Progress was “not sufficient” to begin trade talks with the UK now but that “doesn’t mean there is no progress at all”, he said. EU leaders will discuss the issue internally, […]

Top Chinese officials 'plotted to overthrow Xi Jinping'

Top Chinese officials 'plotted to overthrow Xi Jinping'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former top politician Sun Zhengcai (right) was among several named as having plotted against Xi Jinping (left) A top Chinese official has claimed several high-ranking members of the Communist Party had plotted to seize power from President Xi Jinping. These party members have since been arrested or jailed in […]

Kirkuk province: Iraqi and Kurdish forces in fierce fight

Kirkuk province: Iraqi and Kurdish forces in fierce fight

Image copyright AFP Image caption Altun Kupri is the last area in Kirkuk province held by Kurdish forces There have been fierce clashes between Kurdish and Iraqi troops north of Kirkuk city, days after the Iraqi army took control of disputed areas. A BBC correspondent at the scene said there had been rocket, artillery and […]

Czech election: Billionaire Andrej Babis poised to win

Czech election: Billionaire Andrej Babis poised to win

Image copyright AFP Image caption Andrej Babis’ ANO (Yes) party is predicted to win the biggest share of the vote Czechs are voting in a two-day general election in which the favourite is a populist billionaire who has campaigned on an anti-establishment platform. Andrej Babis, 63, is estimated to be worth $4 billion (£3bn) making […]

MH370: Malaysia in deal with US firm to restart plane search

MH370: Malaysia in deal with US firm to restart plane search

Image copyright EPA Image caption The search for the Malaysia Airlines plane was suspended in January Malaysia has struck a “no find-no fee” deal with a US company to locate the wreckage of downed flight MH370. The government accepted an offer from Ocean Infinity, according to Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester. The Texas-based company will […]

Ibrahim Halawa freed from jail in Egypt

Ibrahim Halawa freed from jail in Egypt

Image copyright Free Ibrahim Halawa Image caption Campaigners posted a Facebook message on Thursday to say Mr Halawa had been freed. Ibrahim Halawa, an Irishman who has spent more than four years in prison in Egypt, has been freed. Mr Halawa, who is from Dublin, was arrested during a siege at the Al-Fath mosque in […]

Obama and Bush decry deep US divisions without naming Trump

Obama and Bush decry deep US divisions without naming Trump

Image copyright Getty Images/Reuters Image caption Neither Barack Obama nor George W Bush mentioned President Donald Trump by name Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush have voiced concern about the current political climate in the US, in comments seen as a veiled rebuke of Donald Trump’s leadership. Mr Obama urged Americans to reject […]

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