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Fall of Eastern Ghouta pivotal for Assad

Image copyrightEPAImage caption President Assad visited the front line last month in a sign of growing confidence The recapture of Eastern Ghouta by Syrian government forces means President Bashar al-Assad is now more securely in power than at any time since the start of this seven-year conflict. President Assad will be exuberant that the rebels have been ousted from their last remaining stronghold close to the capital. He can rest

Bao - Pixar's first film by an Asian woman

Image copyrightPixarImage caption Pixar hopes its forthcoming short film will warm both hearts and tummies The story is simple and sweet: an aging and lonely Chinese mother, suffering from empty nest syndrome, receives an unexpected second chance at motherhood when her homemade dumpling comes to life. Disney Pixar has now released the short trailer and first glimpse of its much-awaited short film ‘Bao’, made by Chinese-Canadian director Domee Shi, the

Are we on the brink of a US-China trade war?

Image copyrightGetty Images The US and China have imposed tariffs on each other’s goods. But will a skirmish between the world’s two biggest economies turn into a full-on trade war? Perhaps it has already started. Both sides have struck initial blows. The US has imposed tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium. Countries accounting for the bulk of those imports have been exempted (possibly temporarily), but China is not among

The woman who took on Uganda's legal system from the inside

Image copyrightIsaac Kasamani/ BBC When a young woman was convicted of murdering her partner and sentenced to death, no-one could have imagined that she would study law and free not only herself but hundreds of others from death row. Now Susan Kigula wants to go further and set up the first legal chambers staffed by lawyers behind bars. What’s about to happen next in a small, wooden panelled courtroom in

Bug hunters: The hackers earning big bucks... ethically

Image copyrightHackerOneImage caption James Kettle took up hacking because he was bored with his degree The term hacker is often used pejoratively, but the ability to spot weaknesses in companies’ software and cyber-security systems is in high demand. Ethical hackers are now earning big bucks and the industry is growing. James Kettle is a bug hunter – not of the insect kind, but of software. He scans through pages of

Commonwealth Games: It's not rare for athletes to go missing

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Petit Minkoumba, from Cameroon, is among those who’ve gone missing At least 13 African athletes have vanished from the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Most of them are from Cameroon, with the team describing the disappearance as “desertion”. Organisers on the Gold Coast say the other missing athletes are from Uganda, Sierra Leone and Rwanda. But this certainly isn’t the first time a major global sporting event

Iceland to play its first cricket international

Image copyrightIceland CricketImage caption This pitch is unlikely to suit fast bowlers, which is just as well given the poor light Iceland’s cricket board has announced that its national team is embarking on a tour in which the country will play its first ever international match. A press release from Krikketsamband Islands (Icelandic Cricket Board) says that the squad will play four matches in England this July, including two against

North Korea error opens door to fake Twitter account

Image copyrightTwitterImage caption The fake account contains unflattering images of the North Korean Supreme Leader and calls him an obscene name in Korean An error on a state-run North Korean website means that users can click through to a Twitter account attacking the government. The Our Nation School website, which teaches its readers about the philosophy of former North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung, should point to the @Juche_School Twitter account,

Katie Brennan: Australia's AFL accused of gender discrimination

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Katie Brennan says she should face the same penalty as a male player The captain of an Australian rules football team has launched a high-profile gender discrimination complaint after she was banned from playing in her league’s biggest match. Katie Brennan was suspended from the Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) over a rough tackle. A similar offence in the men’s league would attract a fine, not

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta rebels announce ceasefire

Image copyrightAFP/Getty ImagesImage caption Rebels say they want talks with Russia’s military to guarantee the safety of civilians One of the remaining Syrian rebel groups in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta, outside Damascus, has announced a ceasefire. The Faylaq al-Rahman group said the UN-brokered truce was to begin in the south of the enclave at 22:00 GMT. It said the move would allow talks with the Russian military, Syria’s