UK backpacker ‘raped repeatedly’ over two months in Australia – BBC News

UK backpacker ‘raped repeatedly’ over two months in Australia – BBC News

Image copyright APN Western Star via AP Image caption Police officers found the suspect in the back of the vehicle A UK backpacker was raped, assaulted and choked during a two-month hostage ordeal in Australia, police have said. The 22-year-old woman was on a roadtrip across the Queensland outback with an ex-boyfriend, officers said. She […]

Frankie Fredericks: IAAF official quits two roles over corruption claim

Frankie Fredericks: IAAF official quits two roles over corruption claim

Frankie Fredericks carried the Olympic torch on its journey to Rio 2016 Four-time Olympic silver medallist Frankie Fredericks has stepped down from two key administrative roles after corruption claims. IAAF council member Fredericks has quit as head of the evaluation commission for the 2024 Games, having already left a taskforce helping Russia return to international […]

Satao, one of the last ‘giant tusker’ elephants, killed in Kenya

Satao, one of the last ‘giant tusker’ elephants, killed in Kenya

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption One of the park’s elephants, photographed in 2009. It takes decades for ivory tusks to grow to “giant tusker” size A rare African elephant – one of the continent’s oldest and largest – died in a suspected poaching incident, a conservation group has said. Satao II, a 50-year-old so-called […]

Trump signs new travel ban directive

Trump signs new travel ban directive

Image copyright Twitter Image caption The White House releases an image of Mr Trump signing the new executive order President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order placing a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations. Iraq – which was covered in the previous seven-nation order – has been removed from the […]

South Africa’s SASSA crisis: Lumka Oliphant refuses English interview

South Africa’s SASSA crisis: Lumka Oliphant refuses English interview

Image copyright AFP Image caption The spokeswoman was asked to defend her boss, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini (L), in the interview A row has broken out in South Africa after a government official refused to conduct a radio interview in English. Lumka Oliphant was invited to discuss a crisis over social security payments, amid […]

Nigeria Chibok abductions: Ex-President Jonathan denies rescue snub

Nigeria Chibok abductions: Ex-President Jonathan denies rescue snub

Image copyright AFP Image caption A global campaign was launched to secure the release of the girls Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied he rejected a British offer to rescue the Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram. The Royal Air Force (RAF) located the more than 200 girls and proposed to rescue them but […]

Europe court backs Belgium’s rejection of visa to Syrians

Europe court backs Belgium’s rejection of visa to Syrians

Image copyright EPA Image caption Syria’s biggest city Aleppo was for years the focus of fighting that finally ended in December The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has backed a Belgian decision to refuse a humanitarian visa to a Syrian family. The family of five, from Aleppo, had applied for a 90-day visa at the […]