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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffer outages Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffer outages
Social networks Facebook and Instagram, as well as messaging service WhatsApp, were unavailable on Sunday for more than three hours, users said. The website Down Detector reported that thousands of people globally had complained about the Facebook-owned trio being down from 11.30 BST onwards. Facebook users were presented with the message: "Something went wrong." At 14:50, the site said i...
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Military leader vows to 'uproot regime' Military leader vows to 'uproot regime'
The leader of Sudan's interim military council has vowed to "uproot the regime" two days after a military coup. Speaking on TV, Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan announced the restructuring of state institutions, the end of a night curfew and the release of political prisoners. Protests continue despite the ousting of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir. Demonstrators have demanded an im...
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Dalai Lama discharged from Delhi hospital Dalai Lama discharged from Delhi hospital
The Dalai Lama has been discharged from a Delhi hospital, three days after being admitted with a chest infection. The Tibetan spiritual leader said he felt, "normal, almost normal," the Associated Press reports. His spokesman Tenzin Taklha said the 83-year-old had suffered from a "light cough" but was "doing very well". The Dalai Lama, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, fled t...
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Omar al-Bashir: Sudan military coup topples ruler after protests Omar al-Bashir: Sudan military coup topples ruler after protests
After nearly 30 years in power, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has been ousted and arrested, the defence minister says. Speaking on state TV, Awad Ibn Ouf said the army had decided to oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections. He also said a three-month state of emergency was being put in place. Protests against Mr Bashir, who has governed Sudan since 1989, have been ...
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Argentine 11-year-old's C-section sparks abortion debate Argentine 11-year-old's C-section sparks abortion debate
News that doctors performed a caesarean section on an 11-year-old rape victim has reignited a debate on Argentina's abortion rules. The girl became pregnant after being raped by her grandmother's 65-year-old partner and had requested an abortion. However, her request was delayed by almost five weeks, and some doctors refused to carry out the procedure. Eventually doctors carried out a C-s...
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Cairo station fire: Train crash causes deadly blaze Cairo station fire: Train crash causes deadly blaze
At least 25 people have been killed and 50 injured after a train crash sparked a large fire at Cairo's main railway station, Egyptian state media say. The train hit a buffer stop near the end of a busy platform at Ramses Station, which is in the city centre. The collision caused the train's fuel tank to explode, setting the platform and nearby buildings alight. The cause of the crash is n...
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French Islamic State accused handed over to face trial in Iraq French Islamic State accused handed over to face trial in Iraq
Thirteen French citizens accused of fighting for the Islamic State group are to be tried in Iraq rather than face charges back home in France. Iraqi President Barham Saleh said the 13 were handed over by Syrian Kurdish forces last month. French President Emmanuel Macron declined to comment, saying it was a sovereign matter for Iraq. The news comes as several Western countries struggle wit...
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Bangladesh plane 'hijacker' shot dead by special forces Bangladesh plane 'hijacker' shot dead by special forces
A passenger suspected of attempting to hijack a flight from Bangladesh to Dubai has been shot dead by Bangladeshi special forces, local media report. The suspect, who reportedly warned he had a pistol, was killed when security forces stormed the plane after it made an emergency landing in Chittagong. All 148 passengers and crew on board the Biman Bangladesh Airlines Flight BG147 disembarked ...
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Venezuela crisis: Maduro to close border with Brazil Venezuela crisis: Maduro to close border with Brazil
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has announced he is closing the border with Brazil on Thursday night as a row over foreign humanitarian aid continues. The embattled leftist leader went on TV to say that he was also considering shutting the border with Colombia to stop the opposition bringing in relief. He denies any crisis and calls the aid delivery plans a US-orchestrated show. Oppos...
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Bangladesh fire: Blaze kills dozens in Dhaka historic district Bangladesh fire: Blaze kills dozens in Dhaka historic district
A fast-moving fire swept through a historic district of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, killing at least 78 people, officials say. The blaze broke out at night in a residential building that had flammable material stored on the ground floor. Members of a bridal party are thought to be among the victims. It is not yet clear what started the fire. The centuries-old Chawkbazar district has narr...
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