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Russian man refused job over 'gay looks'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russian LGBT activists have campaigned against controversial gay propaganda laws A sports nutrition store has been a hot topic on Russian social media and LBGT forums over its feedback to an unsuccessful job applicant. Eduard Myra from Omsk, applied for a position as sales assistant at LLC Hardcore earlier […]

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Punishment island

Unmarried girls who got pregnant used to be seen as bringing shame to their families in parts of Uganda, so they were taken to a tiny island and left to die. The lucky ones were rescued, and one of them is still alive. The BBC’s Patience Atuhaire tracked her down. “When my family discovered that […]

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Estonian police teddy bears will comfort children

Estonian police teddy bears will comfort children By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright kallikaru.ee Image caption Estonian police will use teddy bears to comfort upset children Police cars in Estonia will soon be equipped with teddy bears to help comfort children at the scene of incidents, if a crowdfunding plan […]

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Kim Jong-nam's body to be released to North Korea

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kim Jong-nam, pictured in 2010, was the eldest son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il Malaysia has said it will release the body of the assassinated half-brother of North Korea’s leader following negotiations with Pyongyang. Prime Minister Najib Razak said a coroner had approved the release of Kim Jong-nam’s […]

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North Carolina 'bathroom' law: Deal reached on repeal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Forcing transgender people into specific bathrooms was the best-known effect of HB2 A late-night deal has been reached in North Carolina to repeal a controversial law that limits protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. A key element banned transgender people from using toilets in accordance with their […]

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Ronaldo sculptor defends work

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Real Madrid star and Armani model put on a brave face at the event The sculptor behind a statue of Cristiano Ronaldo that left football fans scratching their heads has said his work is just “a matter of taste”. Emanuel Santos said the bust, unveiled on the Portuguese island […]

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Kuki Gallmann's Kenya safari lodge burned down

Image copyright Mukutan Retreat A luxury safari lodge in Kenya owned by Italian-born conservationist and author Kuki Gallmann has been burned down by suspected cattle herders. It is the latest attack in the drought-stricken Laikipia region by suspected herders, who have been invading private property in search of fresh grazing. There were no visitors staying […]

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Trump-Russia ties: Senate pledges thorough inquiry

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Senators are examining what role Russia played in influencing the US election Russia tried to hijack the US democratic process, says a senator investigating alleged interference in the US election. A hearing by the Senate Intelligence Committee opened on Thursday morning. Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, is to […]

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'Exploding' soup dumpling video angers Asian foodies

Image copyright TimeOut London Image caption “You’re not supposed to pop the dumplings! *Asians screaming everywhere*” Asian food lovers are fuming over a video they say “manhandles” traditional soup dumplings. The video published by Time Out London on Facebook shows diners attempting to burst their Xiao Long Bao (little basket buns), and throw out the […]

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French pensioners demand end to chip drought

Image copyright YouTube Pensioners living in a retirement home in France are so annoyed at not being served chips with their meals that they have complained to the mayor. The residents of the Hubiliac home in Saint-Marcel, a town in the east-central Burgundy region, have missed their favourite side order because the fryer in the […]