Charles Manson dies aged 83 after four decades in prison

Media captionCharles Manson’s followers carried out murders on his orders Charles Manson, the notorious cult leader who directed his followers to commit a string of brutal murders, and who became a symbol of the dark side of 1960s counterculture, has died aged 83. Manson was admitted to Bakersfield hospital, California earlier this month and died […]

Okinawa car crash sparks US troops alcohol ban in Japan

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US base in Okinawa houses tens of thousands of troops The US military has banned all soldiers stationed in Japan from drinking alcohol after one of its servicemen was involved in a deadly crash on Okinawa island linked to drink driving. US troops on Okinawa have also been told […]

Jeffrey Tambor signals Transparent departure

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tambor has starred in Transparent since 2014 The star of Transparent has signalled he is leaving the show after being accused of inappropriate behaviour. “I don’t see how I can return,” Jeffrey Tambor said in a statement. Last week the Emmy-winning actor said he was “not a predator” after […]

Zimbabwe latest: Thousands celebrate end of Mugabe era

Image caption Exuberant crowds gathered on Zimbabwean streets Jubilant scenes are unfolding on the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, as protests demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe have turned to a celebration of the army’s role in ending his grip on power. BBC correspondents say protesters are hugging soldiers in the crowd and cheering […]

Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina, feared Mafia boss, dies aged 87

Image copyright Unknown Image caption “Toto” Riina was known as the Mafia “boss of bosses” Notorious Sicilian Mafia boss Salvatore “Toto” Riina has died from cancer, Italian media reports say. Riina, 87, former boss of the feared Cosa Nostra, was jailed in 1993. He was serving 26 life sentences and is believed to have ordered […]

Serena Williams marries Alexis Ohanian in star-studded bash

Serena Williams has married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in one of the biggest showbiz weddings of the year. A-listers including Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Eva Longoria were at the star-studded bash which took place in New Orleans on Thursday. The event had a Beauty and the Beast theme and included 200 people on the guestlist, […]

Syria: Russia blocks extension of chemical attacks probe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April killed more than 80 people Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. It is the 10th time Moscow has used its veto powers at […]

Senators: Kushner ‘withheld WikiLeaks and Russia emails’

Image copyright EPA White House senior aide Jared Kushner failed to disclose emails he received about WikiLeaks and “a Russian backdoor overture” in 2016, senators have said. Two senators sent Mr Kushner a letter demanding additional documents as part of an ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged election meddling. The lawmakers said they became aware of […]

‘Da Vinci artwork’ sells for record $450m

Media captionThe painting has been cleaned and restored from the image on the left to the one on the right A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record $450m (£341m). The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the […]

Russia remains non-compliant with code, says World Anti-Doping Agency

Next year’s Winter Olympics take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea Russia’s hopes of competing at the Winter Olympic Games in February were dealt a blow as the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) said the country remained non-compliant with its code. Last year, an independent report commissioned by Wada found evidence of state-sponsored doping in the country. […]

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