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British school students 'stole Auschwitz artefacts'

British school students 'stole Auschwitz artefacts'

Image copyright AP Image caption The pupils from the independent Perse School in Cambridge were on a school trip to Auschwitz Two British teenagers stole items including buttons and a rusted hair clipper from the Auschwitz death camp, a court in Poland has heard. Guards at the site saw the pair pick up the items […]

Facebook U-turn over 'Napalm girl' photograph

Facebook U-turn over 'Napalm girl' photograph

Image copyright Aftenposten/Nick Ut Image caption Espen Egil Hansen is editor of Aftenposten, Norway’s largest newspaper. Facebook says it will allow an iconic photograph of a girl fleeing a Napalm attack taken during the Vietnam war in 1972 to be used on its platform. It had previously removed the image, posted by a Norwegian author, […]

Texas mattress shop closes over 'tasteless' 9/11 ad

Texas mattress shop closes over 'tasteless' 9/11 ad

Image caption At the end of the advert staff knock over two towers of mattresses A Texas mattress shop is to close after facing a backlash for a 9/11-themed advert described as “tasteless”. Miracle Mattress faced strong criticism after its “twin tower sale” offered every mattress sold on the anniversary of the attacks for the […]

US Paralympic team – should do better?

US Paralympic team – should do better?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Seth Jahn is the poster boy for US Paralympic soccer The US Olympic team swept all before it in Rio, topping the medal table. Why is it not the same story for the country’s Paralympians? It is early days, and there have been some outstanding performances, particularly in the […]

A surgeon's downfall

A surgeon's downfall

Image copyright Conan Fitzpatrick Ground-breaking work on synthetic organ transplants made Paolo Macchiarini one of the most famous doctors in the world. But some of his academic research is now seen as misleading, and most of the patients who received his revolutionary treatment have died. What went wrong? In July 2011, the world was told […]

Week in pictures: 3 – 9 September 2016

Week in pictures: 3 – 9 September 2016

Our selection of some of the best news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright Alberto Saiz/ap Image caption Spanish firefighters battled a huge forest blaze on the Costa Blanca that forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 people including tourists. They were moved late on Sunday from properties in Javea and the […]

Ethical selfies

Ethical selfies

Image copyright Laura Lawson Visconti The quest for a perfect photo to share online – many have valiantly embarked on that journey. But the destruction of an iconic natural landmark, popular with selfie-takers, has led some to question if its social media fame might have made it a target for the vandals. Oregon’s Cape Kiwanda […]

Facebook unliked

Facebook unliked

Image caption Social media platforms are being used to organise political activity in various African countries As the mobile revolution continues to drive change across Africa, governments are rushing to introduce legislation to curb cyber crime and to regulate the use of social media platforms. Security experts warn that African governments and commercial online services […]

Farce and swagger

Farce and swagger

Image copyright TV Centre Image caption “The Terminator”: Igor Korotchenko denounced opponents of Vladimir Putin during the debates Russia goes to the polls on 18 September to elect a new State Duma, at a time when the country is suffering an economic downturn and tensions with most of the Western world. Yet the nightly election […]

Shy billionaire

Shy billionaire

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Browsing the rails at Zara, you might not be aware of this: but there’s an 80-year-old grandfather in northern Spain who helped pick out what you’re taking to the till. Amancio Ortega stepped down as chief executive at Zara’s owner, Inditex, five years ago. But he didn’t give up work. Not […]