Chicago officers fired over fatal 2014 shooting

Chicago officers fired over fatal 2014 shooting

Image copyright Getty Images The Chicago Police Board has fired four officers for allegedly covering up the 2014 fatal police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.Sgt Stephen Franko and officers Daphne Sebastian, Janet Mondragon and Ricardo Viramontes were dismissed on Thursday after a vote by the nine-member board.The board determined the officers had exaggerated the…
Thousands protest against lifting Madrid car ban

Thousands protest against lifting Madrid car ban

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionProtesters gathered in Madrid, furious at the suspension of an anti-pollution planThousands of protesters flooded the streets of Madrid on Saturday to oppose the newly elected conservative mayor's decision to reverse car pollution restrictions. The People's Party-run city hall has provoked an outcry by suspending a ban…
‘Our girls are being killed senselessly’

‘Our girls are being killed senselessly’

Femicide – the killing of a female, on account of her gender – is a global issue. Activists in Kenya say there has been a spike in violence recently, with 40 women reported to have been killed this year alone. BBC Africa has visited the county of Busia in western Kenya which has been the…
Who shone in first Democratic debate?

Who shone in first Democratic debate?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption From left: De Blasio, Ryan, Castro, Booker, Warren and O'Rourke The first Democratic presidential debate is in the books, and 10 of the 20 candidates who qualified for the proceedings have had their say - in one-minute chunks. Now that we've had a chance to see what at least…
US festival reverses ‘racist’ ticket fee policy

US festival reverses ‘racist’ ticket fee policy

Image copyright Getty Images A music festival in Detroit that was charging double fees for white attendees is reversing course after a backlash that drew national attention.Tickets for Afrofuture Fest were $40 (£32) for white people and $20 for "people of colour" - a term used in the US for racial minorities.The disparity caused one…
Germany to compensate Chile sect victims

Germany to compensate Chile sect victims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Colonia Dignidad was built to resemble a Bavarian village but the reality was very different Germany will pay compensation of up to €10,000 (£8,700; $11,000) to victims of a notorious and abusive commune in southern Chile.Colonia Dignidad was founded by former Nazi soldier Paul Schäfer in 1961.The commune, which…
Endangered kakapo parrot gets brain surgery

Endangered kakapo parrot gets brain surgery

Image copyright David Wiltshire/Massey University Image caption Kakapos - the world's fattest species of parrot - are flightless and nocturnal Vets in New Zealand have performed life-saving brain surgery on a critically endangered kakapo parrot in a world-first procedure amid efforts to save the species. Surgeons adapted techniques used on humans and other mammals to…
Yemen rebels prepare to leave key port

Yemen rebels prepare to leave key port

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Houthi supporters at a rally in the capital Sanaa, last month Yemen's Houthi rebels are preparing to withdraw from a key strategic port, in the first major step since a ceasefire agreement signed in December.Both the Houthis and government forces agreed to withdraw from Hudaydah port to allow in vital…
Netanyahu’s wife admits misusing public funds

Netanyahu’s wife admits misusing public funds

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sara Netanyahu signed the plea deal last week and has been ordered to pay a fine The wife of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has admitted to misuse of state funds and will have to pay $15,000 (£11,910).Sara Netanyahu was accused of spending $99,300 on outside catering while falsely…
Guaidó deputy detained in Venezuela

Guaidó deputy detained in Venezuela

Image copyright EPA Image caption Intelligence agents in balaclavas towed Mr Zambrano's car when he refused to get out Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó's deputy has been detained by the country's intelligence services.Edgar Zambrano, vice president of the National Assembly, refused to leave his car when approached, and as a result he and his car…