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Isis 'orders FGM' for women in Mosul

bbc.co.uk — Islamist group Isis orders women aged 11 to 46 in Mosul, Iraq, to undergo female genital mutilation, UN says.
Jul 24, 2014

Now BBC is saying hoax RT @OrchidProject: @monaeltahawy And now this from the BBC:"Doubts grow over ISIS FGM edict" ht.ly/zyfiR

Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Islamist group Isis orders women aged 11 to 46 in Mosul, Iraq, to undergo female genital mutilation, UN says bbc.in/1nvxPp1

Jul 24, 2014

#ISIS FGM fatwa was widely debunked as fake. Hope all this coverage doesn't give them ideas bbc.co.uk/news/world-mid…

Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Islamist group Isis orders women aged 11 to 46 in Mosul, Iraq, to undergo female genital mutilation, UN says bbc.in/1nvxPp1

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Glasgow 2014: Queen photo-bombs hockey players' selfie

bbc.co.uk — Last updated at 13:31 They are arguably the most coveted "photo-bombed selfies" in the whole of the Commonwealth - featuring the Queen. Two Australian Commonwealth Games hockey players were left stunned when the most famous royal in the world appeared smiling in the background of their picture.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @charlesornstein: ! RT @BBCNews: "The Queen photo-bombed our selfie" - stunned hockey players' tweet goes viral bbc.in/WK2oh4 pic.twitter.com/v76ZBBjczy

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'Apostasy' woman flies out of Sudan

bbc.co.uk — A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has flown to Italy after more than a month in the US embassy.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @SalilShetty: Good that Meriam Ibrahim is free. But this must never repeat, ever. Unjust laws must be overturned. bbc.co.uk/news/world-afr…

Jul 24, 2014

Sudan 'apostasy' woman meets Pope who thanks her for her witness to faith #MeriamIbrahim bbc.co.uk/news/world-afr…

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Flight AH5017: Missing Algeria plane

bbc.co.uk — Contact is believed to have been lost between Gao and Tessalit in north-eastern Mali. The most probable scenario at the moment is that the plane came down in bad weather. Sandstorms in the desert would account for very poor visibility. However, it is possible that it was shot down as armed groups do operate in the area.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCAfrica: Flight #AH5017 had 110 passengers on board, including some 50 French citizens, as well as six Spanish crew members bbc.in/WFzPSj

Jul 24, 2014

#AH5017 pilot contacted control tower in Niger's capital Niamey to change course because of a storm bbc.in/1qC3rNx via @bbcbreaking

Jul 24, 2014

From @BBCBreaking:#AH5017 pilot contacted control tower in Niger's capital Niamey to change course because of a storm bbc.in/1qC3rNx

Jul 24, 2014

#AH5017 pilot contacted control tower in Niger's capital Niamey to change course because of a storm bbc.in/1qC3rNx via @BBCBreaking

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Shellfire 'kills 15 in Gaza school'

bbc.co.uk — At least 15 people are killed and more than 200 injured when a UN-run school used as a shelter in Gaza is shelled, Gaza health ministry says.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCWorld: "I strongly condemn this act," UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says after shelling of UN school in #Gaza bbc.in/1jXFdKE

Jul 24, 2014

15 killed and 200 injured after a UN school is bombed in #Gaza. Palestinian death toll now at 750, Israeli at 33: bbc.in/1jXFdKE

Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCWorld: "I strongly condemn this act," UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says after shelling of UN school in #Gaza bbc.in/1jXFdKE

Jul 24, 2014

@alexwinterstv @Swissss Yes, and who suggested that? The IDF. Of course they did. Independent reports make no mention bbc.in/1pg3Q1u

Jul 24, 2014

RT @sunny_hundal: Bombing a UN-run school and shelter in Gaza, for which Israel was given coordinates, looks like a war crime bbc.co.uk/news/world-mid…

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Bill Gates: Africa needs better international aid audit

bbc.co.uk — Bill Gates has called for an improved audit of international aid in Africa, to make sure it achieves its aims. The billionaire philanthropist told the BBC that aid remains vital in ensuring Africa is lifted from poverty, but that African countries need to find solutions for their own problems, especially development matters.

Iraq MPs elect Massoum as president

bbc.co.uk — Iraqi parliament elects Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as country's next president, succeeding Jalal Talabani.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Iraqi parliament elects Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as country's next president, succeeding Jalal Talabani bbc.in/1tF5C0j

Jul 24, 2014

RT @bbcme: Iraq MPs elect Massoum as president: Iraqi parliament elects Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as country's nex... bbc.in/1sXewIN

Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Iraqi parliament elects Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as country's next president, succeeding Jalal Talabani bbc.in/1tF5C0j

Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Iraqi parliament elects Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as country's next president, succeeding Jalal Talabani bbc.in/1tF5C0j

Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: Iraqi parliament elects Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as country's next president, succeeding Jalal Talabani bbc.in/1tF5C0j

Algeria 'loses contact with plane'

bbc.co.uk — Air Algerie - Algeria's national airline - says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: French soldiers find wreckage from #AH5017 in central Mali, French channel BFMTV reports bbc.in/1rbKkFV

Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking French soldiers find wreckage from #AH5017 in central Mali, French channel BFMTV reports bbc.in/1rbKkFV

Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: French soldiers find wreckage from #AH5017 in central Mali, French channel BFMTV reports bbc.in/1rbKkFV

Jul 24, 2014

RT @BBCBreaking: French soldiers find wreckage from #AH5017 in central Mali, French channel BFMTV reports bbc.in/1rbKkFV

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Mo Farah withdraws from Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

bbc.co.uk — Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah withdraws from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of illness.

Gaza UN shelter shelled, 'killing 15'

bbc.co.uk — At least 15 people have been killed and more than 200 injured when a UN-run school used as a shelter in Gaza was shelled. Hundreds of Palestinians were in the school in Beit Hanoun, where they were taking shelter from Israel's continuing military operation.

Birmingham teenager with dwarfism 'barred from buses'

bbc.co.uk — A boy with a form of dwarfism says he has been barred from buses five times in a fortnight in a row over his bike. Kain Francis, 17, from Kingstanding, Birmingham, said the bike was a "lifeline" to a social life as he did not have "much stamina" to walk.

Transcript: Borodai defends Ukraine rebels over MH17

bbc.co.uk — Rebels in east Ukraine continue to deny that they brought down Flight MH17. Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, spoke to BBC Newsnight's Gabriel Gatehouse at rebel headquarters in the city of Donetsk.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @rolandparis: "I am a professional political scientist" [shudder] MT @markmackinnon: Donetsk "prime minister"'s interview w BBC: bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur…

Jul 24, 2014

The world according to Alexander Borodai - a transcript of the Donetsk "prime minister"'s interview with the BBC: bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur…

Secret Cinema cancels Back To The Future opening night

bbc.co.uk — The immersive film-experience company, Secret Cinema, has cancelled the opening night of a special screening of 1980s film Back To The Future. With only a few hours before the show, organisers said they were "unable to receive guests" for the show "due to unavoidable circumstances".
Jul 24, 2014

Great Scott! Secret Cinema's opening night of Back To The Future has been cancelled. bbc.in/1pMnOCz

Jul 24, 2014

Fans are going mental on Facebook: BBC News - Secret Cinema cancels Back To The Future opening night bbc.in/1pMnOCz

Aerial view of new Glasgow landscape

bbc.co.uk — Glasgow has been getting ready for the Games and investing money in 13 sporting venues across the city for more than six years. With the opening of new sites like the Hydro arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome they have had a huge impact on the city's skyline.

Google to face data watchdogs over 'right to be forgotten'

bbc.co.uk — Google is to meet data regulators from across the European Union to discuss the implications of the recent "right to be forgotten" ruling. An EU court ruled in May that links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased from searches on request, leading to censorship concerns.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @DaveLeeBBC: Big meeting between Google and EU data regulators today. Top of the agenda: 'right to be forgotten' bbc.co.uk/news/technolog…

Jul 24, 2014

RT @DaveLeeBBC: Big meeting between Google and EU data regulators today. Top of the agenda: 'right to be forgotten' bbc.co.uk/news/technolog…

Jul 24, 2014

RT @DaveLeeBBC: Big meeting between Google and EU data regulators today. Top of the agenda: 'right to be forgotten' bbc.co.uk/news/technolog…

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