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Brittney Griner lands in US after prisoner swap with Russia
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 10:38:14 GMT
The basketball star returns home 10 months after she left the US to play the game in Russia.

The moment Brittney Griner and Viktor Bout cross on airport tarmac
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 20:40:19 GMT
After being freed from Russian and US prisons, Brittney Griner and Viktor Bout crossed in Abu Dhabi.

Huge fire engulfs Russian shopping mall Mega Khimki near Moscow
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 11:12:16 GMT
Video of the blaze shows explosions at the massive Mega Khimki complex outside Moscow.

UK, Italy and Japan team up for new fighter jet
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 11:07:36 GMT
The countries enter a joint venture to design and build the next generation of fighter aircraft.

Fired Twitter cleaning staff 'treated like garbage'
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 01:28:55 GMT
One of them told the BBC a member of Elon Musk's team said their jobs would be replaced by robots.

France ramps up Channel migrant patrolling
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 04:17:25 GMT
It is deploying two more vessels to deal with the growing number of migrants trying to reach the UK.

Celine Dion reveals incurable health condition and postpones tour dates
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 14:46:08 GMT
The star has Stiff Person Syndrome, a neurological disorder with features of an autoimmune disease.

Schengen: No EU border-free zone for Romania and Bulgaria
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 19:24:04 GMT
EU ministers vote to admit Croatia to the Schengen zone, but Romania and Bulgaria must wait.

Pope breaks down in tears over war in Ukraine
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 18:20:36 GMT
Pope Francis stops mid-prayer as he starts crying while talking about the suffering of Ukrainians.

Boy in the box: DNA helps Philadelphia police name victim after 65 years
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 17:50:39 GMT
DNA helps Philadelphia police identify the boy found dead in a cardboard box more than 60 years ago.

Backstreet Boys Christmas TV show pulled after Nick Carter rape allegation
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 10:56:42 GMT
ABC drops a Christmas TV special after a woman alleges pop singer Nick Carter raped her in 2001.

France makes condoms free for 18 to 25 year olds
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 11:02:04 GMT
The new health measure follows an increase in sexually transmitted infections in France.

Kelvin-Helmholtz: Rare wave clouds amaze sky-watchers in Wyoming
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 23:26:38 GMT
A weather expert says it is one of the most epic examples of the cloud formations they have ever seen.

Portugal euthanasia: New legislation expected to approve assisted suicide
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 00:05:19 GMT
The legislation will allow medically assisted suicide in certain limited circumstances.

Children stopped sleeping and eating to play Fortnite - lawsuit
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 00:47:47 GMT
A Canadian judge approves legal action by parents who say their children were addicted to the video game.

Fauci: 'Low-life trolls harass my wife and kids'
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 23:13:03 GMT
Dr Anthony Fauci speaks to Americast as he stands down as chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden.

SpaceX moon flight to include DJ, YouTuber and K-pop rapper
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 04:35:59 GMT
A Japanese billionaire recruits an artists-only crew for a space voyage around the moon.

How the Brittney Griner prisoner swap with Russia was done
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 21:32:29 GMT
The US and Russia were willing to talk despite worsening relations - but there were limits to the deal.

How Seychelles ocean plants could help tackle climate change
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 00:42:32 GMT
Seychelles is one of the first countries to map its seagrasses nationwide, which are a huge store of carbon.

Respect for Marriage Act: Why interracial marriage is also in the bill
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 16:29:14 GMT
The bill just approved also includes interracial marriage - not protected by federal law until now.

Emancipation movie: The true story of 'Whipped Peter' in Will Smith's new film
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 00:03:37 GMT
Emancipation tells the true story of "Whipped Peter" and his escape during the US Civil War.

The Indian women calling themselves 'proudly single'
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 22:20:38 GMT
In India, a country obsessed with marriages, millions of women are choosing to remain single.

Africa's week in pictures: 2 - 8 December 2022
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 00:21:59 GMT
A selection of the best photos from across Africa and beyond this week.

World Cup 2022: Could Morocco win to fulfil Pele's prediction?
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 11:09:35 GMT
Pele famously said an African team would win the World Cup by 2000 - could Morocco finally achieve his dream?

Li Wenliang: Chinese pour hearts out on Covid martyr's page
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 08:24:06 GMT
Thousands are leaving emotional comments on the page of a doctor who sounded the Covid alarm.

The brothers running the Great Wall of China
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 22:25:39 GMT
Jimmy and Tommy Lindesay are covering the equivalent of a marathon every day for six months.

Peru's political whirlwind in three moments
Wed, 07 Dec 2022 23:15:52 GMT
Pedro Castillo is impeached and replaced by Dina Boluarte hours after he attempted to dissolve parliament.

China zero-Covid: Hope and worry in Beijing as key policies scrapped
Wed, 07 Dec 2022 17:46:02 GMT
People in Beijing see a cautious return to life after China lifts its most severe Covid restrictions.

Plesiosaur fossil: Rare find in Australian outback excites scientists
Wed, 07 Dec 2022 07:20:14 GMT
The 100-million-year-old fossil is the first such find in Australia to have a complete head and body.

Fireworks and flares after historic Morocco win
Tue, 06 Dec 2022 21:21:45 GMT
The north African team beat Spain on penalties in their World Cup last 16 match.

Syria camps: Relatives of Islamic State group 'stuck in limbo'
Wed, 07 Dec 2022 07:44:30 GMT
Thousands detained in 2019 are stuck in limbo, with their home countries unwilling to take them.

Inside Honduras's abortion pill black market
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 00:53:52 GMT
Honduras's president pledged to relax abortion laws, but an abortion-pill black market still thrives.

Selma Blair: 'Multiple sclerosis took my career down'
Fri, 09 Dec 2022 00:54:44 GMT
The US actress says she hasn't landed a Hollywood role since revealing her MS diagnosis.

'Doctors fitted a contraceptive coil without my consent'
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 00:05:13 GMT
A Danish investigation will look at a historic scandal in Greenland, but women tell the BBC of recent involuntary contraception.

Women's basketball: 'I've been spat at in the face for the colour of my skin'
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 00:06:53 GMT
Sarah Chan has overcome racism and violence to become the first woman to manage African scouting for an NBA team.

Nirbhaya 10 years on: The lives the Delhi gang rape changed
Tue, 06 Dec 2022 01:43:57 GMT
A horrific gang rape and murder shocked the world in 2012 - has anything changed for women in India?

BBC 100 Women marks 10th year with focus on progress
Tue, 06 Dec 2022 01:36:17 GMT
The innovative BBC season reflects on a decade of change in a tumultuous year which has seen women taking centre stage.

'They allow us to name something we know is wrong': The new words defining sexual abuse
Tue, 06 Dec 2022 01:34:05 GMT
From stealthing to downblousing, the coining of specific terms is allowing women around the world to share experiences of abuse that have traditionally gone unrecognised - but what is actually changing?

Olena Zelenska: We will endure
Thu, 24 Nov 2022 23:11:08 GMT
Olena Zelenska tells the BBC's Lyse Doucet cold and blackouts are not the worst things Ukraine has faced.



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