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Gospel star Edwin Hawkins dies, aged 74

Gospel star Edwin Hawkins dies, aged 74

Image caption The Edwin Hawkins Singers were pioneers of contemporary gospel music The American gospel music star Edwin Hawkins has died at his home in California, at the age of 74. The Grammy-winning singer had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, his publicist said. Hawkins was regarded as a pioneer of urban gospel music, blending gospel […]

Pope Francis in Chile at start of Latin America visit

Pope Francis in Chile at start of Latin America visit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pope Francis will hold an open-air mass in a park in Santiago on Tuesday Pope Francis has arrived in Chile on a visit overshadowed by child sexual abuse accusations against almost 80 members of Chilean clergy. Some priests have been convicted by the Vatican’s court, but protests against an alleged […]

Edible insects: Where to find the world's tastiest insects

Edible insects: Where to find the world's tastiest insects

Image copyright EPA Image caption A young boy snacks on a handful of stir-fried termites in Johannesburg, South Africa Edible insects are often portrayed as something of a sustainable superfood – an environmentally friendly alternative to livestock. But who is already eating them and do they actually taste any good? Two men cloaked in tarpaulin […]

Letter from Africa: Inside the gated communities of WhatsApp

Letter from Africa: Inside the gated communities of WhatsApp

Image copyright AFP In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu peeps into WhatsApp groups to find out who the group administrators really are. I’ve just been promoted to become the administrator of a WhatsApp group aimed at mobilising support for development projects for my home village in Kenya. With a click and […]

Antwerp: Belgium building collapses in explosion

Antwerp: Belgium building collapses in explosion

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPolice do not believe the blast is related to terrorism A blast has brought down a residential building in the Belgian city of Antwerp, injuring several people. The origin of the explosion on the central street of Paardenmarkt is not clear. But police said they did not […]

Spain to replace US as second most popular tourism spot

Spain to replace US as second most popular tourism spot

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Spain is now set to become the world’s second most visited destination Spain is set to replace the US as the world’s second most popular tourism location, with France retaining top spot, according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Overall, the number of international tourist arrivals grew 7% […]

Toronto police say scissor attack on a girl's hijab 'did not happen'

Toronto police say scissor attack on a girl's hijab 'did not happen'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Khawlah Noman, 11, (L) speaks to reporters with her mother at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School Canadian police say an alleged scissor attack on an 11-year-old girl’s hijab never happened. The girl made headlines last week after she said a man came up to her and tried to cut her […]

Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The bite of rat-borne fleas infected with the bubonic plague has been blamed for disease transmission during the medieval pandemic Rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death, according to a study. The rodents and their fleas were thought to have spread […]

Romania loses second PM in seven months

Romania loses second PM in seven months

Romania has lost its second prime minister in seven months after Mihai Tudose’s own political party withdrew its backing. The Social Democrat prime minister said he was resigning “with his head high”, AFP news agency says. The party has been riven by a power struggle which also claimed his predecessor, Sorin Grindeanu, in June. It […]

Nine charged for giving food to homeless in California

Nine charged for giving food to homeless in California

Image copyright Facebook / Homelessness News San Diego Image caption People handed out food and supplies at Wells Park, El Cajon in defiance of a city rule Nine people in California have been charged after they handed out food to the homeless, violating a rule about sharing food in public places. The group were protesting […]