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Charity giver

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Rachel Lapierre set up Le Book Humanitaire after winning the lottery What would you do if you won the lottery? Buy a new house, a sports car, or travel the world perhaps? But how many of us would use our winnings to set up a charity? That is exactly what Rachel Lapierre, a former Miss Quebec, did back in 2013. The Canadian always loved volunteering, and after

Iceland election: Independence Party still has most seats

Image copyrightAFP/GettyImage caption Mr Benediktsson’s Independence Party appears to have retained most seats Iceland’s governing coalition has suffered big losses in parliamentary elections with centre-left parties picking up many seats. PM Bjarni Benediktsson’s centre-right Independence Party remains the largest but lost nearly a quarter of its seats. The second snap election in a year, called after a paedophile scandal, was held amid deep voter distrust. Coalition talks are expected to

Fighting talk

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption US Army Sgt La David Johnson was killed in Niger US senators are asking cabinet secretaries about the campaign against extremist groups in Niger and other places – and whether a new law authorising the use of military force should be written. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis are speaking on Monday about the president authority to wage war – the first

'My fans saved my life'

Image caption Hawa Mohammed Adam’s fans, friends and family paid for her cancer treatment abroad Sudanese music star Hawa Mohammed Adam hopes the lifting of US trade sanctions means she will no longer have to travel to Egypt to receive life-saving treatment for cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and her extended family, friends and fans raised the money to send her to Cairo. Her cancer initially

Political drama

It’s more gripping than any box set we can get our hands on right now. The investigations into Russian interference in the US election, and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin, continue to deliver daily developments and drama worthy of anything seen in House of Cards. There are several ongoing investigations into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia, and reports of imminent arrests. Here is your viewer’s guide

Thailand enshrines ashes of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMourners lined the streets for the elaborate funeral ceremony The final stage of the funeral ceremony for Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej has taken place in Bangkok. The king’s ashes were enshrined in two royal temples and Thailand’s Grand Palace, where he had lain in state since he died aged 88 last October. On Thursday, hundreds of thousands of people lined the

Trump ally Roger Stone suspended from Twitter

Image copyrightEPAImage caption Mr Stone has claimed credit for getting Mr Trump to run for president Roger Stone, a high-profile supporter of Donald Trump, has been suspended from Twitter after using the network to attack journalists. Mr Stone, who advised Mr Trump during his election campaign, said he had been told he had violated Twitter’s rules. His suspension came hours after he used abusive and homophobic language to target journalists,

Me too

Image copyrightGetty Images Following the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, women have been sharing their stories of sexual harassment online using the hashtag #metoo. Here, Shaimaa Khalil writes about her first experience of harassment as a child growing up in Egypt. There’s one particular day – soon after I turned 11 – that I can’t forget. I was at my grandparents’ house and for the first time I’d been allowed to

Thumbs up

Image copyrightAlan Brandt A mill town with high unemployment has seen its fortunes changed by Facebook’s need for data servers. But will the town have to radically change to save itself? The people of Prineville live deep in a valley surrounded by dense forests. In the 1800s, it was the first place in central Oregon where white settlers drove out Native Americans to start a city. Steve Forrester’s grandparents got

Nazi in a sari

Image copyrightSavitri Devi Archive Savitri Devi, a mystical admirer of Hitler and a cat-loving devotee of the Aryan myth, seemed destined to fade into obscurity after her death 25 years ago. But thanks to the rise of the extreme right, her name and her image now crop up online more and more, writes Maria Margaronis. In 2012, browsing the website of Greece’s Golden Dawn party for an article I was