Algeria blocks social media to beat exam cheats

By BBC  Algeria has temporarily blocked access to social media across the country in an attempt to fight cheating in secondary school exams. Almost half of students are being forced to retake the baccalaureat exam, starting...

EgyptAir crash: Tests begin on MS804 flight recorders

By BBC Investigators are subjecting the flight recorders from the EgyptAir jet which crashed last month to electrical tests before analysis can begin. Egyptian air accident investigation sources told Reuters news agency it would take "lots...

Refugees at highest ever level, says UN

By BBC  The number of people displaced by conflict is at the highest level ever recorded, the UN refugee agency says. It estimates that 65.3m people were either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced at the...

Turkish guards ‘shot Syrian children’

By BBC Turkish border guards have shot dead at least eight Syrians, including four children, who were trying to cross into Turkey, activists say. A further eight people were injured, said the Syrian Observatory for Human...

Falluja ‘faces humanitarian disaster’

By BBC A humanitarian disaster is unfolding in Falluja following a civilian exodus from the Iraqi city, aid workers warn. Some 80,000 people have fled during a four-week government offensive to drive back so-called Islamic State...

EU campaigns resume with new warnings

By BBC A historic gathering of Orthodox Churches has opened on the Greek island of Crete, despite the absence of four denominations including the Russians. The Holy and Great Council had been billed as the first...

Cameron: ‘No turning back’ on EU vote

By BBC The UK faces an "existential choice" in the EU referendum from which there would be "no turning back", Prime Minister David Cameron has said. Mr Cameron said choosing to leave the EU in Thursday's...

Rome likely to elect first female mayor

By BBC Rome is set to elect its first female mayor in a run-off vote in municipal elections. Virginia Raggi, from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, is seen as the favourite against Roberto Giachetti of the...

SA virginity scholarships ‘unlawful’

By BBC An official body in South Africa has ruled that university bursaries offered to proven female virgins were unlawful and should be scrapped. The Uthukela municipality in KwaZulu-Natal province introduced the bursaries to reduce Aids...

Belgium swoops on terror suspects

By BBC Police in Belgium have made 12 arrests in a huge anti-terror operation, nearly three months after the deadly bomb attacks on Brussels. Those detained overnight are suspected of plotting a terrorist attack, prosecutors say....
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