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King David v Joshua

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Kenya politicians on the campaign trail are adept at quoting from the Bible In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu reflects on how the Bible has taken centre stage in the battle for the Kenyan presidency. If opposition leader Raila Odinga contests and wins the presidential election re-run on 26 October, a large chunk of the Kenyan population will be about to enter the

Fractured nation

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRiot police were seen using batons to block voting The sight of masked police smashing their way into polling stations was evidence – if any were needed – that Catalonia’s independence drive has plunged Spain into its biggest political crisis for a generation. After the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, Spaniards approved the current constitution in 1978. But the democratic

Wimbledon station commuters flee train in 'Bible' panic

Image copyright@cyclingbettingImage caption Some passengers forced open the doors of train Passengers forced open the doors on a busy rush-hour train and climbed on to tracks after becoming “panicked” in the carriage. It happened outside Wimbledon station in south-west London at 08:30 BST as a man apparently began reading lines aloud from the Bible. Commuters became scared when the man also began saying “death is not the end”, a passenger

Nissan's sweat-sensing car seat signals dehydration

Image copyrightNissanImage caption Nissan’s Soak technology changes colour when drivers sweat Nissan has shown off a prototype sweat-sensing car seat which it says could help prevent road accidents. The technology, called Soak, changes colour if perspiration is high in salt, suggesting dehydration. Previous research by the European Hydration Institute and Loughborough University found that dehydrated drivers were as error-prone as those who had drunk alcohol. There are currently no plans

South Korea's president turns traffic reporter

Image copyrightBlue HouseImage caption President Moon Jae-in dispensed traffic news and advice to radio listeners South Korean President Moon Jae-in has surprised listeners by turning up as a radio station traffic reporter for the day. The country’s leader took to the airwaves from the studios of the TBS broadcaster in the north-east city of Seongnam as part of his campaign to get closer to the people, the KBS news website

Malaysians in a lather over laundrette for Muslims

Image copyrightThe Malaysian Insight/Hasnoor HussainImage caption Is cleanliness next to godliness? Malaysians are debating the extent to which this is the case Laundrettes offering their services to only Muslim customers have stirred up quite a debate in Malaysia, where about two-thirds of the population practise Islam. A photograph of a signboard advertising the “Muslim-friendly” laundrette in the state of Johor first started circulating on social media earlier this week. “This

Soviet mural enjoys rare Estonian restoration

Image copyrightPostimeesImage caption The sailor restored, along with the Soviet ensign A group of Estonian artists has restored a mural of a sailor at an abandoned Soviet naval base, in an effort to address their country’s troubled history with Russia. Hilkka Hiiop, a professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts, led the restoration work at the naval club on the small island of Naissaar just off the shore near the

Speed teens

Image caption Mirza Nikolaev, 16, joined Bosnia’s junior luge team after seeing an item about it on the TV news A summer luge may look like a plastic tray on wheels. But at full speed it hurtles around the concrete banking of Sarajevo’s Olympic bobsleigh track with the roar of a Star Wars TIE fighter swooping in for the kill. There are no barriers to prevent encroachment on the track,

Fear for the future

Image copyrightYolande KnellImage caption Sheikh Mirza, many of whose Yazidi community have been killed or enslaved A slight octogenarian dressed in loose white garments, Sheikh Mirza looks an unlikely warrior against the fighters of so-called Islamic State (IS). Nevertheless, the Yazidi leader says that when they approached his ancestral village two years ago he left Lalish – the holy site where he usually resides – for the frontline. “I picked

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