Month: March 2019

Ukraine election: Comedian is front runner ahead of first round

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ukrainians are heading to the polls on Sunday to vote in the first round of presidential elections. Current leader Petro Poroshenko is seeking re-election but the surprise front runner is comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Both candidates, along with former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, have expressed largely pro-European views during […]

Ethiopian pilot: ‘Pitch up, pitch up!’

Details have begun to emerge of the final moments of an Ethiopian Airlines flight which crashed three weeks ago. An anti-stalling system on the plane, a Boeing 737 Max, has been blamed for the disaster which killed all 157 people on board. Soon after take-off – and just 450ft (137m) above the ground – the […]

Mark Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet content

Mark Zuckerberg says regulators and governments should play a more active role in controlling internet content. In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Facebook’s chief says the responsibility for monitoring harmful content is too great for firms alone. He calls for new laws in four areas: “Harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.” […]

Gaza protests: Thousands mark ‘Great Return’ anniversary

Media playback is unsupported on your device Tens of thousands of Palestinians have demonstrated in Gaza to mark the anniversary of the start of weekly protests on the boundary with Israel. Demonstrators threw stones and burned tyres, with Israeli troops using tear-gas and live rounds in response. Three protesters died in the clashes, Palestinian officials […]

Zuzana Caputova becomes Slovakia’s first female president

Anti-corruption candidate Zuzana Caputova has won Slovakia’s presidential election, making her the country’s first female head of state. Ms Caputova, who has almost no political experience, defeated high-profile diplomat Maros Sefcovic from the governing party in a second round run-off vote. She framed the election as a struggle between good and evil. The election follows […]

Migrant ship hijacking: Three teenagers charged in Malta

Media playback is unsupported on your device Three teenage migrants have been charged in Malta after “hijacking” an oil tanker, which is considered a terrorist activity under Maltese law. One has been named as Abdalla Bari, 19, from Guinea. Two others, 15 and 16, are from Guinea and Ivory Coast and, as minors, cannot be […]

Afghan VP survives second assassination attempt

Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum has escaped unharmed after an attack that killed one of his bodyguards in the north of the country. Officials say the attackers ambushed Gen Dostum’s convoy in Balkh Province. The Taliban said they carried out the attack, which lasted an hour and left two other bodyguards injured. It is the […]

Brazil judge overturns ban on Bolsonaro’s coup celebration

A Brazilian judge has overturned a ban on commemorations of the 1964 coup overthrowing the democratic government. Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro had planned to mark the anniversary of the start of military rule on Sunday. On Friday a judge said the event would not be compatible with “democratic reconstruction”. But the appeals judge allowed the […]

Pope calls on Moroccans to fight fanaticism

Pope Francis has called on Moroccans to fight fanaticism during a visit to promote inter-faith dialogue. He was met at the airport by King Mohammed VI and driven to the capital Rabat, where he gave a speech. The pontiff is to meet migrants and Muslim leaders, and hold a Mass for the country’s small Roman […]