September 2017

Political football

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption All FC Barcelona’s fans are passionate about football… and many are passionate about Catalan independence FC Barcelona has been anything but a neutral bystander on the question of Catalan independence in recent years. It has firmly nailed its colours to the mast of the movement planning a referendum on the issue on 1 October – a referendum declared illegal by the central government in Madrid. But

Why are posts by Rohingya activists getting deleted?

Image copyrightShah HossainImage caption Shah Hossain’s social media channels were curtailed in the wake of the conflict in Myanmar A number of Rohingya activists have had their social media accounts curtailed during the recent conflict in Myanmar, leading many to question whether they have been targeted by a co-ordinated campaign. Shah Hossain is a prominent activist living in Saudi Arabia. He’s been running a Facebook page since 2010, and was

Blocked off

Image copyrightShah HossainImage caption Shah Hossain’s social media channels were curtailed in the wake of the conflict in Myanmar A number of Rohingya activists have had their social media accounts curtailed during the recent conflict in Myanmar, leading many to question whether they have been targeted by a co-ordinated campaign. Shah Hossain is a prominent activist living in Saudi Arabia. He’s been running a Facebook page since 2010, and was

The long wait for a Persian iPhone keyboard

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Apple introduced new iOS on Tuesday Android devices as well as Apple computers have Persian keyboards, but until this week the option wasn’t available on Apple phones or iPads. For years Persian speakers used the Arabic keyboard on the iPhone, which was not really ideal for writing quickly or accurately in Persian. There were lots of petitions to Apple, pressing them to add a Persian keyboard to

Farglish no more

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Apple introduced new iOS on Tuesday Android devices as well as Apple computers have Persian keyboards, but until this week the option wasn’t available on Apple phones or iPads. For years Persian speakers used the Arabic keyboard on the iPhone, which was not really ideal for writing quickly or accurately in Persian. There were lots of petitions to Apple, pressing them to add a Persian keyboard to

Russia: Trump and Kim are like 'children in a kindergarten'

Image copyrightEPAImage caption Mr Lavrov said the exchanges were “like when children in a kindergarten start fighting”. Russia’s foreign minister has likened the war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to a kindergarten fight between children. The North Korean leader earlier labelled Mr Trump “mentally deranged” and a “dotard” after Mr Trump threatened to destroy his country. Mr Trump responded with a tweet calling Kim Jong-un “a madman”

Tour Championship: Paul Casey takes a share of halfway lead as Spieth falters

Casey is 10th in the FedEx points standings Tour Championship second-round leaderboard -7 P Casey (Eng), J Thomas (US), W Simpson (US); -6 P Reed (US), J Rose (Eng), G Woodland (US), J Rahm (Spa); -5 X Schauffele (US), J Dufner (US) Full leaderboard England’s Paul Casey moved into a share of the lead at halfway in the Tour Championship as FedEx points leader Jordan Spieth fell off the pace.

Diego Costa: Striker says he will always have 'special affection' for Chelsea

Diego Costa scored 36 goals in 52 games for Atletico Madrid in 2013-14 Diego Costa says he did not want to leave Chelsea on bad terms and that he has “special affection” for the club. Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal with Chelsea to bring the striker, 28, back to the Spanish club. Costa has not played for the Blues this season, and spent much of August in his native

Canada targets senior Venezuelan officials with sanctions

Image copyrightReutersImage caption President Nicolas Maduro is top of the sanctions list Canada will impose sanctions against senior members of the Venezuelan government over their “anti-democratic behaviour”. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is among the 40 people who will have their assets frozen, and Canadians will be banned from doing business with them. Canada’s foreign minister said the country “will not stand by silently” amid the country’s ongoing crisis. The move

New Zealand votes in tight general election

Image copyrightAFP New Zealand is heading to the polls in a tightly-fought general election. Polls are showing a slight lead for incumbent Bill English of the ruling National Party over his main challenger Jacinda Ardern of the Labour Party. Labour saw a major surge after the July appointment of the 37-year-old leader but has fallen back slightly since. The vote is expected to result in a coalition government with one