Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy protection in US

Image copyrightGetty Images Toys ‘R’ Us has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada as it attempts to restructure its debts. The firm was once a dominant player in the US toy market, but has struggled against larger rivals such as Amazon. The move casts a shadow over the future of the company’s nearly 1,600 stores and 64,000 employees. The firm’s European operations are not part of the

Bolivia governing party challenges Morales' term limit

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Evo Morales wants to stand again in the 2019 presidential election Lawmakers from Bolivia’s governing Movement Towards Socialism party (MAS) have asked the Constitutional Court to allow President Evo Morales to run for a fourth term, despite the constitution preventing him from doing so. The move comes a year and a half after Bolivians voted against changing the constitution to remove term limits. At the time, Mr

Rohingya crisis: Suu Kyi does not fear global 'scrutiny'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAung San Suu Kyi: ‘We will accept refugees who want to return’ Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said her government does not fear “international scrutiny” of its handling of the growing Rohingya crisis. It was her first address to the country about the violence in northern Rakhine state that has seen more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims cross into

Manchester United: Romelu Lukaku chant is 'racist' - Kick It Out

Lukaku has scored five goals in five league games for Manchester United this season Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has contacted Manchester United to ask them to stop the club’s fans singing a “racist” chant about Romelu Lukaku. It says the lyrics, about the size of the 24-year-old striker’s penis, are “offensive and discriminatory”. “Racist stereotypes are never acceptable, irrespective of any intention to show support for a player,” said

Elisabeth Moss had a secret message 'to the patriarchy' in her Emmys outfit

Image copyrightReutersImage caption There were words on Moss’s outfit that no-one saw on the red carpet Elisabeth Moss’s stylist has revealed there was a hidden message “to the patriarchy” in the actress’s Emmy Awards outfit. Moss won best actress in a drama series for The Handmaid’s Tale on Sunday. But what no-one noticed was the message written on the bottom of her shoes. Stylist Karla Welch posted a photo of

Rio Ferdinand: Retired footballer to launch pro boxing career

Rio Ferdinand appeared at Old Trafford in former team-mate Michael Carrick’s testimonial in June Rio Ferdinand is launching a new career as a professional boxer, two years after he retired from football. The 38-year-old’s move into the ring is being backed by betting company Betfair, which announced the news on Tuesday. Former Manchester United and England defender Ferdinand works as a TV pundit and he has his own clothing line.

Hurricane Maria: Dominica PM records storm's fury live on Facebook

Image copyrightFacebook The fury with which Hurricane Maria tore into the Caribbean island of Dominica was revealed in a series of Facebook posts by its Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. Skip Facebook post by Roosevelt Skerrit We do not know what is happening outside. We not dare look out. All we are hearing is the sound of galvanize flying. The sound of the fury of the wind. As we pray for

Some Auckland petrol stations run out of fuel after burst pipe

Image copyrightGetty Images Several petrol stations in Auckland have been hit by fuel shortages as problems caused by damage to a pipeline in New Zealand’s largest city spread. Z Energy confirmed to the BBC that 13 service stations had run out of 95 octane petrol by Tuesday. The firm said fuel was being trucked into the city and it did not expect the problem to worsen. Fuel supplies to cars

Nigeria's Amina Yuguda wins BBC World News Komla Dumor award

Image caption Amina Yuguda hails from Yola in north-eastern Nigeria A journalist from north-eastern Nigeria has won the third BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. Amina Yuguda is a news presenter on local network Gotel Television, where she has reported on high-profile news stories, including the Boko Haram insurgency. She will start a three-month placement at the BBC in London in September. The award was created to honour Komla Dumor,

St Louis: Police 'chanted' after clearing violent protests

Image copyrightReutersImage caption The protests began on Friday over the acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley Police in St Louis, Missouri, have come under fire for chanting after clearing protests over the acquittal of an officer who shot dead a black man. The chant, “whose street, our street”, is a phrase often repeated by those demonstrating against the verdict. Jason Stockley, 36, was cleared on Friday of murdering Anthony