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Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo dies
Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was China's most prominent human rights and democracy advocate, has died aged 61, BBC report. The activist had been serving an 11-year prison term for "subversion" and was recently moved to a hospital due to a terminal liver cancer. A university professor turned tireless rights campaigner, Mr Liu was branded a criminal by authorities. The Nobel Committee said..
a Singer Katy Perry becomes first to 100m Twitter followers
The US singer-songwriter Katy Perry has become the first person to reach 100m followers on Twitter, according to BBC. The website posted a video compilation of her tweets since she joined in 2009 along with a message saying "Today, we #WITNESS history". Witness is the name of Perry's new album. The Canadian singer Justin Bieber has the second highest number of followers at 96.7m with..
a US challenges China’s claims in South China Sea
A US Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since US President Donald Trump took office, according to Al Jazeera. The US patrol, the first of its kind since October, marked the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom..
a Cyber-attack ‘may have N Korea link’
Who was behind the huge global cyber-attack? One prominent theory right now is North Korea - but what we know is far from conclusive. You may not have heard of the Lazarus Group, but you may be aware of its work. The devastating hack on Sony Pictures in 2014, and another on a Bangladeshi bank in 2016, have both been attributed to the highly sophisticated group. It is widely believed that the..
a Paris Jackson explains nude Insta posts
Paris Jackson has a message for her 1.4 million followers on Instagram - nudity is natural and "part of what makes us human", BBC report. The model and only daughter of the late pop superstar Michael Jackson had earlier been criticised for posting a photo of herself lying in the sun topless alongside her dog - using a pair of strategically placed beetle emojis to cover her nipples. That post..
a Europol says Cyber-attack was unprecedented in scale
A cyber-attack that hit organisations worldwide including the UK's National Health Service was "unprecedented", Europe's police agency says, according to BBC. Europol also warned a "complex international investigation" was required "to identify the culprits". Ransomware encrypted data on at least 75,000 systems in 99 countries on Friday. Payments were demanded for access to be..
a Worldwide massive cyber hack reported
A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organisations around the world, according to BBC. Screenshots of a well known program that locks computers and demands a payment in Bitcoin have been shared online by parties claiming to be affected. There have been reports of infections in the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy, Vietnam, Taiwan and others. Security..
a Trump sacks FBI director Comey
President Donald Trump has fired the director of the FBI over his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's emails, the administration says, according to BBC. The White House shocked Washington by announcing that James Comey "has been terminated and removed from office". But Democrats said he was fired because the FBI was investigating alleged links between the Trump campaign and..
a North Korea claims US and South Korean agents plot to kill Kim Jong-un
US and South Korean agents are plotting to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, state media report, according to BBC. A statement by the ministry of state security said a terrorist group backed by the CIA and South Korea's intelligence agency had entered the country to attack with a bio-chemical substance. It said North Korea would find and "mercilessly destroy" the terrorists. It comes..
a Thai man kills baby on Facebook Live
A Thai man filmed himself killing his baby daughter on Facebook Live, before taking his own life, Thai police say, according to BBC. The 21-year-old hanged his daughter, and then himself, at a deserted hotel in Phuket on Monday, reportedly after an argument with his wife. Facebook sent condolences to the family for the "appalling" incident and said that the content had now been..
a Russian hackers target campaign of French presidential candidate Macron
Russian hackers are targeting the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, say security experts,according to BBC. Phishing emails, malware and fake net domains were all being used as attack techniques, said Feike Hacquebord, from security company Trend Micro. The attackers are believed to be part of the same group that targeted the US election. Russia has denied that it..
a American citizen detained in North Korea
An American citizen has been detained in North Korea as he tried to leave the country, BBC report quoting South Korean media. The man was identified only by his surname, Kim. He becomes the third American to be detained by the North; one has been sentenced for spying, the other for trying to steal a sign from a hotel. The latest detention comes amid high tension on the peninsula, with the..
a ‘Facebook killer’ found dead
Police say a man suspected of shooting a grandfather on an Ohio street and posting video of the killing to Facebook has taken his own life. Pennsylvania State Police tweeted that Steve Stephens was spotted on Tuesday morning in Erie County. "After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself," they tweeted. Stephens, 37, allegedly shot dead 74-year-old Robert Godwin as the victim..
a Trump congratulates Erdogan over referendum victory
Donald Trump has congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his victory in Sunday's referendum that gave him sweeping new powers, BBC report. The US president's phone call contrasts with European concern that the result - 51.4% in favour of the changes - has exposed deep splits in Turkish society. Mr Erdogan has rejected criticism from international monitors who said he had..
a St Petersburg blast suspect ‘from Central Asia’
The man suspected of killing 11 people in a St Petersburg train is in his early 20s and from Central Asia, according to BBC. At least 45 people were injured in the explosion between two underground stations on Monday afternoon. The Interfax and Tass news agencies said the suspect had been identified, but there are conflicting reports as to whether he was a suicide bomber. Authorities in..
a Uncertainty reigns after UK triggers Brexit
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has triggered the formal two-year process of negotiations that will lead to Britain leaving the European Union  after 44 years in a process popularly known as Brexit. A letter invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and officially notifying the EU of Britain's decision to withdraw from the bloc was hand-delivered to European Council President Donald Tusk in..
a Solid gold coin worth $4m stolen in Germany
A giant gold coin bearing the Queen's image, and worth $4m (£3.2m), has been stolen from a museum in Germany, BBC report. The Canadian coin, nicknamed the "big maple leaf", has a face value of $1m - but because it is 100kg (220lb) of pure 24-carat gold, its value is much higher at today's price for gold bullion. It was taken during the night from the Bode Museum in Berlin. It is not clear..
a Park Geun-hye accused of abandoning dogs
Animal rights groups have accused impeached South Korean leader Park Geun-hye of abandoning her dogs when she left the presidential palace, BBC report. The row comes as Ms Park was called for questioning and named as a suspect in the wide-ranging corruption scandal that eventually led to her downfall. She was dismissed from her post last week when the constitutional court upheld her..
a North Korea fires four ballistic missiles
North Korea has launched four ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan, BBC report. Three of them fell into Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) after flying some 1,000km (620 miles), in what PM Shinzo Abe called a "new stage of threat". They were fired from the Tongchang-ri region, near the North's border with China, the South Korean military said. The type of missile in unclear but..
a South Korean women to have an average life expectancy above 90
South Korean women will be the first in the world to have an average life expectancy above 90, reports the BBC quoting a study. Imperial College London and the World Health Organization analysed lifespans in 35 industrialised countries. It predicted all would see people living longer in 2030 and the gap between men and women would start to close in most countries. The researchers said the..