Manus Island: Refugees refuse to leave Australian camp amid safety fears

Refugees held by Australia in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have barricaded themselves inside a detention centre and launched legal action to fight its closure. Detainees, fearing for their safety after crowds reportedly gathered chanting “don’t come out”, argue that closure will breach their human rights. Australia holds asylum seekers arriving by boat in camps on […]

Kabul Green Zone attacked by suicide bomber

\ At least four people have been killed and 13 injured in a suicide attack in central Kabul, Afghan officials say. A spokesman for Kabul police told the BBC the bomber was thought to be as young as 12 or 13. The so-called Islamic State has said it was behind the attack. Ambulances have been […]

Russians’ DNA taken by foreign agents, Kremlin says

The Kremlin says foreign agents are collecting DNA samples from Russians of different ethnicities and sending the data abroad for scientific analysis. The agents were often working for foreign NGOs, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Mr Putin told a Russian human rights committee that the DNA collection was “systematic and professional”. Some scientists […]

US sailors’ rescue: Doubts emerge over survival story

Doubts have emerged about the survival story told by two US women who said their lives had been saved when they were rescued by the navy after spending five months adrift in the Pacific. The US Coast Guard said that neither Jennifer Appel nor Tasha Fuiava activated an emergency beacon onboard. There appear to be […]

Catalan independence: Sacked leader Puigdemont ‘not seeking asylum’

Catalonia’s sacked President Carles Puigdemont says he has not travelled to Belgium to seek asylum. He has appeared in public in Brussels with several colleagues after declaring independence from Spain last week. Spain’s central government has taken direct control of Catalonia and sacked officials, following the region’s banned independence referendum. Mr Puigdemont said he was […]

Is your phone listening in? Your stories

Facebook has always denied using smartphone microphones to gather audio from people’s real-life conversations and then use that data to serve advertising. Last week Facebook’s vice-president of ads, Rob Goldman, said on Twitter that the technology giant did not and had never carried out the practice. “Just not true,”┬áhe tweeted in response to a call […]

Samsung Electronics unveils new leadership line-up

Samsung Electronics has named its new leadership team following the resignation of CEO Kwon Oh-hyun. Three executives have been promoted to joint chief executives of the firm as part of the management overhaul. The shake-up came hours after the firm reported quarterly profits had nearly tripled from a year ago. Net profit rose to 11.2 […]

North Korea calls UK WannaCry accusations ‘wicked’

North Korea has hit back at the UK government for accusing it of being behind a massive ransomware attack that badly affected the National Health Service (NHS). A UK government minister last week told the BBC he was “as sure as possible” North Korea was behind the attack. But a North Korean spokesman called the […]