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iPhone 'text bomb' can crash your phone by text

A “text bomb” has been discovered which can crash iPhones just by being sent to a victim’s device. Software developer Abraham Masri discovered the bug and said he released it to get Apple’s attention after his reports and warning to the company...
Kazakh bus fire kills 52 – just five survive

Kazakh bus fire kills 52 – just five survive

A bus fire in Kazakhstan has killed 52 people, all citizens of neighbouring Uzbekistan. The bus caught fire at around 10.30am local time on a road frequently used by migrant workers travelling to Samara, in Russia, and Shymkent in the south of Kazakhstan near the...

Brutal heat hits Australian Open

Gael Monfils struggled in stifling conditions as the temperature approached 40C on Rod Laver Arena 2018 Australian Open Dates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne Park Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches...
Kazakhstan accident: Bus fire kills 52

Kazakhstan accident: Bus fire kills 52

Kazakhstan accident: Bus fire kills 52 18 January 2018 A bus has caught fire in north-western Kazakhstan, killing 52 people, the interior ministry has said. Five people managed to escape and were treated by rescue workers on the spot, reports said. The accident...
Nigeria gunmen kidnap two US and two Canadian citizens

Nigeria gunmen kidnap two US and two Canadian citizens

Nigeria gunmen kidnap two US and two Canadian citizens 17 January 2018 Image copyright Reuters Two American and two Canadian citizens have been kidnapped near the northern city of Kaduna, Nigeria, police say. Two police escorts were also killed in a shootout with the...
Thousands flee as Syria violence intensifies

Thousands flee as Syria violence intensifies

The Syrian government’s fresh assault on the last rebel stronghold in the country has sparked another mass movement of people, with tens of thousands fleeing the fighting.  Turkish troops were spotted early on Tuesday morning moving into positions along the...
Arrest over rape and murder of Pakistani girl

Arrest over rape and murder of Pakistani girl

Pakistani authorities have arrested a man in connection with the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl, whose death sparked nationwide protests. The body of Zainab Ansari was found in a rubbish heap more than a mile from her home in Kasur, near the eastern city of...
Bodies recovered after 'ghost ship' washes ashore

Bodies recovered after 'ghost ship' washes ashore

The skeletal remains of eight suspected North Koreans have been recovered from the wreckage of a small wooden ship in Japan. It was found by police in Kanazawa – the capital of Japan’s central Honshu Island – last week alongside one body, with bad...
Inventor charged with murder of Kim Wall

Inventor charged with murder of Kim Wall

Peter Madsen has been charged with the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, a Danish prosecutor has said. The inventor is thought to have killed Ms Wall on his private submarine in August, during a trip in which she was interviewing him for an article. She was...
Jordan urged to end animal cruelty at Petra site

Jordan urged to end animal cruelty at Petra site

Jordan urged to end animal cruelty at Petra site By Sebastian Usher BBC Arab affairs editor 16 January 2018 Image copyright Peta Image caption Peta says the donkey on the left has a tongue sticking out due to a neurological disorder Animal rights group Peta has...
Gospel star Edwin Hawkins dies, aged 74

Gospel star Edwin Hawkins dies, aged 74

16 January 2018 Image caption The Edwin Hawkins Singers were pioneers of contemporary gospel music The American gospel music star Edwin Hawkins has died at his home in California, at the age of 74. The Grammy-winning singer had been suffering from pancreatic cancer,...
Cranberries star Dolores O'Riordan dies

Cranberries star Dolores O'Riordan dies

The lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries has died aged 46 in London, her publicist has confirmed. Dolores O’Riordan was in the city for a recording session, according to a statement. Her family are “devastated” by the news of her death and...
Dozens hurt in stock exchange ceiling collapse

Dozens hurt in stock exchange ceiling collapse

Nearly 80 people have been injured after a ceiling inside the Jakarta stock exchange tower collapsed. CCTV footage showed a group of about 40 visiting students walking on the mezzanine floor before it suddenly crashed down. People can be seen falling into the lobby...
Twin bombings at Baghdad street market kill 38

Twin bombings at Baghdad street market kill 38

At least 38 people have died and more than a hundred have been wounded in a twin suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Officials at the country’s Interior Ministry said two bombers blew themselves up at Tayran Square – a busy street market –...
Abbas: Jerusalem recognition 'slap of century'

Abbas: Jerusalem recognition 'slap of century'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump following the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In a speech to the Palestinian central council on Sunday, Mr Abbas described the move as the “slap of the...
Burning oil tanker 'sinks off China' after one week

Burning oil tanker 'sinks off China' after one week

Burning oil tanker ‘sinks off China’ after one week 14 January 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Sanchi had been burning for more than a week since the collision An oil tanker burning in the East China Sea for more than a week has finally...
US father charged with adopted girl's murder

US father charged with adopted girl's murder

Sherin Mathews: Father of adopted girl charged with murder 13 January 2018 Image copyright CBS News Image caption The adopted father of Sherin Mathews had changed his story about her disappearance The US father of an adopted three-year-old girl has been charged with...
Meet the robot that can fold your clothes

Meet the robot that can fold your clothes

There may still be no sign of the long overdue hoverboards promised to us by Back to the Future, but how does a robot that can fold your clothes sound as a compromise? The $ 16,000 (£11,654) pricetag may make it somewhat out of reach for most of us, but there can be...

Sting and Shaggy to release Caribbean collaboration

In an early contender for strangest music collaboration of 2018, Sting and Shaggy have announced they have been working on new tracks together. The British singer-songwriter and Jamaican-American rapper got together late last year, according to a post on Sting’s...
Stricken oil tanker continues to explode

Stricken oil tanker continues to explode

Efforts to extinguish a fire and rescue survivors on a stricken oil tanker have been hampered because the vessel keeps exploding. The Iranian tanker, Sanchi, has been ablaze since it collided with Hong-Kong registered freight ship CF Crystal on Saturday night, 185...
China professor accused in #MeToo campaign is sacked

China professor accused in #MeToo campaign is sacked

China professor accused in #MeToo campaign is sacked 12 January 2018 Image copyright BUAA Image caption Beihang University said Mr Chen’s actions were a seriously violation of conduct A Chinese university has fired a professor accused of sexual misconduct, after...
Critics' Choice: Franco no-show as women win big

Critics' Choice: Franco no-show as women win big

The spotlight remained on women at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards with some significant female winners, as James Franco was absent amid sexual misconduct allegations. Franco, who has denied claims made by two women, won best actor in a comedy for his role as...
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