January 2020

Christopher Hasson: White supremacist Coast Guard officer jailed for 13 years

Christopher Hasson: White supremacist Coast Guard officer jailed for 13 years

Image copyright US District Court for the District of Maryland Image caption Christopher Hasson, 50, created an Excel spreadsheet with a list of targets – including liberal politicians and news broadcasters A former US Coast Guard officer has been jailed for 13 years for stockpiling weapons to carry out an alleged white supremacist attack.Officials said…


Odion Ighalo: Manchester United land deadline-day striker after last-gasp search

Odion Ighalo: Manchester United land deadline-day striker after last-gasp search

Odion Ighalo scored 39 goals in 99 matches for Watford between 2014 and 2017.A largely uneventful January transfer deadline day ended with one almighty twist, as Manchester United sealed a loan move for former Watford striker Odion Ighalo.Plying his trade in the Chinese Super League with Shanghai Shenhua, lifelong United fan Ighalo emerged as the…


Huntington’s disease: I’m taking a test that will reveal my future

Huntington’s disease: I’m taking a test that will reveal my future

Eighteen years ago, Danielle’s mum, Lisa, started having aggressive outbursts, stumbling a lot and feeling anxious. She’s now in the late stages of Huntington’s disease and requires full-time care. Huntington’s disease is caused by a faulty gene that causes parts of the brain to become damaged over time. Because her mum has the disease, Danielle…



Black and in the police: ‘I’ve been called a traitor’

Black and in the police: ‘I’ve been called a traitor’

Image copyright Alex Cunningham/Alisha Sunneh “There’s such a bad stereotype of black people joining the police – I want to break away from that.”Alisha Sunneh, 20, is a university student who is in the process of enrolling to become a police officer in Manchester where she lives. She says her family and some friends are…


What does healing the Brexit divide mean?

What does healing the Brexit divide mean?

The moment of Brexit is a time to “find closure and let the healing begin”, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. But what does “healing” involve?If there is one thing that people on both sides of the referendum debate agree on it is that, at times, the argument became far too hostile. In the House…


Lina Ben Mhenni: The woman who blogged Tunisia’s revolution

Lina Ben Mhenni: The woman who blogged Tunisia’s revolution

Image copyright AFP Hundreds of Tunisians attended the funeral of 36-year-old blogger and activist Lina Ben Mhenni, mourning the loss of a brave voice who fought for radical change. The BBC’s Rana Jawad joined them.This is a story of a “family and a country”, a tearful woman said to me as people slowly gathered on…


Kashmir avalanche: ‘My baby’s toy torch saved me from death’

Kashmir avalanche: ‘My baby’s toy torch saved me from death’

Image caption Those that survived the avalanches have been cut off from outside help “There was nothing but horrible signs of death under the snow,” Shakila recalls. “My 11-month-old daughter was on one side of me, and the dead body of my sister-in-law on the other.”Shakila’s village, Surgun, was the worst hit in a series…


Week in Pictures: 25-31 January

Week in Pictures: 25-31 January

A selection of striking news photographs from around the world this week. Image copyright Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters Image caption Chinese tourists wearing protective masks pray at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand. The World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency over the outbreak of coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China. At least 213…



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