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Portugal's parliament approves new legal gender change law

Portugal's parliament approves new legal gender change law

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption LGBT activists have welcomed the new law (file photo) Portugal’s parliament has approved a new law making it easier for people to change their legal gender. Citizens from the age of 16 will now be able to change their gender and name in documents without the need of a […]

Tibet group thanks Sweden in 'Chinese spy' case

Tibet group thanks Sweden in 'Chinese spy' case

Image copyright AFP Image caption China closely monitors the activities of Tibetan separatists A Tibetan leader says she hopes other countries will follow Sweden’s example by prosecuting alleged spies who give China information on exiled Tibetans. On Wednesday, Sweden charged a Tibetan man, Dorjee Gyantsan, with espionage. China allegedly paid him for personal information about […]

China man caught by facial recognition at pop concert

China man caught by facial recognition at pop concert

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption (File Photo) There are an estimated 170 million CCTV cameras already in place in China Chinese police have used facial recognition technology to locate and arrest a man who was among a crowd of 60,000 concert goers. The suspect, who has been identified only as Mr Ao, was attending […]

Russia to block Telegram app over encryption

Russia to block Telegram app over encryption

A court in Moscow has approved a request from the Russian media regulator to block the Telegram messaging app immediately. The media regulator sought to block the app because the firm had refused to hand over encryption keys used to scramble messages. Security officials say they need to monitor potential terrorists. But the company said […]

DR Congo boycotts own aid conference

DR Congo boycotts own aid conference

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tens of thousands of Congolese refugees have crossed the border into Uganda The Democratic Republic of Congo has boycotted a UN donor conference in Geneva seeking to raise $1.7bn (£1.2bn) for the country. The UN says more than 13 million Congolese need humanitarian aid, calling it a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. […]

Chelsea Hotel: Bob Dylan's door sells for $100,000

Chelsea Hotel: Bob Dylan's door sells for $100,000

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The door to a room once used by actor Humphrey Bogart sold for $5,500 The door to US singer Bob Dylan’s room at the iconic Chelsea Hotel in New York has sold at auction for $100,000 (£70,000). It was one of 50 doors from the hotel, where a host of […]

Fall of Eastern Ghouta pivotal for Assad

Fall of Eastern Ghouta pivotal for Assad

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Assad visited the front line last month in a sign of growing confidence The recapture of Eastern Ghouta by Syrian government forces means President Bashar al-Assad is now more securely in power than at any time since the start of this seven-year-conflict. President Assad will be exuberant that the […]

Australian company Optus apologises for 'Anglo-Saxon' job ad

Australian company Optus apologises for 'Anglo-Saxon' job ad

Image copyright TWITTER/CATHERINE SNELSON Image caption The job advert has been removed after causing controversy An Australian telecommunications company has apologised for posting a job advert that stated a preference for “Anglo-Saxon” candidates. Optus, the nation’s second-biggest provider, had included the description in a posting about a vacant position in a Sydney store. The advert […]

Russia warns of 'dangerous' escalation over Syria

Russia warns of 'dangerous' escalation over Syria

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russia is an ally of Syria and gives military backing to its government Russia has warned the US that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries. “The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war,” […]

India outrage spreads over rape of eight-year-old girl

India outrage spreads over rape of eight-year-old girl

Image copyright EPA Image caption People are angry over the brutal rape and murder of Asifa Bano The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year old girl has sparked outrage and anger across India. The body of Asifa Bano, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest on 17 January […]