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Who can stop India WhatsApp lynchings?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many Indians are first exposed to the internet through low-cost smartphones India’s government has asked messaging service WhatsApp to act urgently to halt the spread of “irresponsible and explosive messages” on its platform after a spate of deadly attacks. But will it have any effect, asks the BBC’s Ayeshea Perera. […]

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The deaf protest that gripped America

In 1988 students at the world’s only university for the deaf occupied the campus in protest at the board’s decision to appoint a hearing president. Gallaudet University was established in Washington DC in 1864 but it had never had a deaf president. Then 30 years ago students barricaded the campus and forced the board of […]

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'My wife can never call my name in public'

Image copyright Getty Images Imagine you’re at a busy airport, somewhere in Europe or the US. You’re meeting your wife (let’s call her Layla) after work and flying off for a mini-break. She’s running late, so you sit down in a coffee shop to wait. Soon you’re lost in thought, so you don’t see your […]

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President Macron parties at Nigeria nightclub

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has visited the famous nightclub built in honour of legendary musician Fela Kuti in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos. Fela, who died in 1997, pioneered the Afrobeat sound and was known for his sexual exploits, marijuana smoking and being a fearless critic of military rule. The French leader – who spent six […]

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Montreal jazz festival cancels Slav production over criticism

Image copyright WireImage Image caption Singer Betty Bonifassi agreed to cancel the remaining Slav performances The Montreal International Jazz Festival has cancelled performances of a controversial show heavily featuring African-American slave songs. The festival announced cancellation of the show Slav on Wednesday over criticism of cultural appropriation. The show features a white lead artist and […]

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Artefacts worth €40m recovered in raids across Europe

Image copyright Europol Image caption Thousands of illegally excavated artefacts were recovered in the police raids A huge sting operation targeting a criminal gang and carried out by police in Italy, Spain, Germany and the UK has recovered 25,000 archaeological items worth €40m ($47m; £35m), Europol says. The European Law Enforcement Agency said that 43 […]

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Malawi's President Mutharika and the police food scandal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika initially called the claims “fake news” There have been mounting calls for the resignation of Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika after a leaked report by the country’s anti-graft agency accused him of receiving a kickback from a 2.8bn kwacha ($3.9m; £2.8m) contract to supply food to […]