September 2019

Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni jailed on abortion charges

Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni jailed on abortion charges

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Activists with posters of the journalist held a protest outside the tribunal last month A Moroccan journalist has been sentenced to a year in prison for premarital sex and having an abortion, in a case activists say is part of a crackdown on critical reporters.Hajar Raissouni was arrested with her…


Japan delivers long-delayed consumption tax hike

Japan delivers long-delayed consumption tax hike

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Train fares have risen following the tax hike Japan has increased its consumption tax for the first time in five years, bringing the long-delayed policy into effect despite concerns it may knock the economy. On Tuesday, the country raised its sales tax rate from 8% to 10%. The new…


‘I struggled to do my mum justice at her inquest’

‘I struggled to do my mum justice at her inquest’

Every year, mental health trusts spend millions of pounds employing lawyers to represent them at inquests, where they could be found to be at fault. The relatives of those who have died, however, often get no legal aid and have to stand up and face those lawyers alone. Becky Montacute describes her bid to ensure…



Kara Walker’s fountain installed at Tate’s Turbine Hall

Kara Walker’s fountain installed at Tate’s Turbine Hall

Image copyright EPA Kara Walker is the latest artist to grace Tate Modern’s vast Turbine Hall, with a huge water sculpture set to be unveiled to the public on Wednesday.Fons Americanus is a 13-metre high soaring fountain that rises from two oval basins filled with water. Its form is inspired by the Victoria Memorial near…


‘Sadfishing’ social media warning from school heads

‘Sadfishing’ social media warning from school heads

Image copyright Getty Images A social-media “trend” is leaving young people with genuine mental health problems “facing unfair and distressing criticism”, private-school leaders say.”Sadfishing” is a growing “behavioural trend”, where people make “exaggerated claims about their emotional problems to generate sympathy”, the heads say.And it means those with real problems are often overlooked or even…


Trump asked Australian PM to help investigate Russia inquiry

Trump asked Australian PM to help investigate Russia inquiry

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Scott Morrison and Donald Trump have forged a close relationship US President Donald Trump called Australian PM Scott Morrison and asked for his help with an investigation into the origins of the Mueller inquiry, Australian officials have confirmed.Mr Trump asked Mr Morrison to help find evidence to discredit the…


Jessye Norman, Grammy-winning star of opera, dies at 74

Jessye Norman, Grammy-winning star of opera, dies at 74

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Norman was one of the rare black singers to reach fame in the opera world US opera singer Jessye Norman, one of the most renowned sopranos of the 20th Century, has died at the age of 74.A native of Augusta, Georgia, Norman was one of the rare black singers to…



Conference pledges but it’s Brexit that will make or break PM – BBC News

Conference pledges but it’s Brexit that will make or break PM – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Conferences are always a parallel universe. But this week in Manchester takes that to the extreme. On the conference platform speaker after speaker is outlining the promises the Tory party is presenting as a rough draft of their election manifesto – “schools, cops and docs” one cabinet minister joked. But the…


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