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Ukraine women's football clip prompts online sexism row

Image copyrightFutbol-1/2 TVImage caption Ukraine women’s football squad prepare to face Croatia A video clip promoting a women’s football international fixture has kicked off a row on Ukrainian social media over its sexualised content. The clip shows a close-up of the face of a gently moaning woman, with glossy lips parted in apparent sexual pleasure, before leaping to the Ukrainian women’s football squad shouting “we’re not faking it!” at the

Iraqi forces 'attack last IS bastion on Syria border'

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Iraqi forces announced they had recaptured the town of Akashat, south-west of Ana, last week Iraqi forces are reported to have launched an operation to recapture the last stronghold of so-called Islamic State in the country’s western desert. A military source told the BBC that soldiers, Anbar provincial police and Sunni Arab tribal fighters began moving on the town of Ana on Tuesday morning. Their progress was

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

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

Food security

Image copyrightChris de Bode In sub-Saharan Africa, conflict and climate change have had a major impact on food security. Communities in Niger, Burundi and Central African Republic are experiencing dangerous levels of hunger and malnutrition. Chris de Bode visited these places, bringing a backdrop to create photographs that blend studio portraits with documentary. As well as exploring how political and environmental instability can reduce people’s ability to grow or buy

Change ahead

Image caption Mr Vergara says things have changed on Isla Choros since it became part of a national reserve Chile created one of the world’s largest marine protection areas earlier this month off the coast of Easter Island after the indigenous Rapa Nui population voted in favour of the scheme. Before their vote, a delegation from Easter Island visited Punta de Choros on the Chilean mainland. As Jane Chambers reports,

'Blue Whale' panic

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The so-called Blue Whale challenge reportedly refers to the whales’ habit of deliberately swimming to the shore to die The rumoured internet challenge known as Blue Whale, which has recently been allegedly linked to several suicides by teenagers and young men in India, has set off near panic in the country. Police have not confirmed any link with the deaths or even that “Blue Whale” exists,

Unlikely Guides

Image copyrightHandoutImage caption Sham (left) joined the Girl Guides 10 years ago and has been going to meetings throughout the Syrian war Sham thinks I should learn to milk a cow. Her new enthusiasm for farming bursts forth over a Skype call between London and Damascus, along with a loud and confident laugh. She has been to visit a farm with her local Girl Guide group in Syria. From Damascus

Pyramid selling

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption China is experiencing a growing problem of financial fraud Li Wenxing was starting a new life. In May, the young university graduate left his home in rural China on the offer of work with a software company in the city of Tianjin. But the job was a scam and Mr Li was swept into the web of a gang running a pyramid scheme. Two months later