Political pets: where the virtual life of a politician is in your hands

  • 1 March 2017
Media captionThe Dutch App lets you keep politicians as virtual pets

Dutch voters can now keep politicians as virtual pets ahead of the general election in March.

Video journalist: Natalia Zuo

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Nigerian engineer handed written test at New York airport, and death penalty bill criticised in Philippines

  • 1 March 2017
New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport resumes some service after being closed due to Hurricane Sandy on October 31, 2012 Image copyright AFP
Image caption The incident is said to have happened at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport

A Nigerian software engineer claims he was handed a written test by a US border officer at New York's JFK airport to prove his tech credentials, and Filipinos on social media criticise a proposed death penalty bill.

Tech test for Nigerian software engineer

A software engineer from Lagos, Nigeria, is claiming that he was made to sit a written test by US airport immigration officers because they weren't convinced he was telling the truth about his skills.

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Actress speaks out against 'casting couch culture'

  • 1 March 2017
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar Image copyright Varalaxmi Sarathkumar

In a note that she titled "Needs to be said", South Indian actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar opened up on Twitter, about the issue of sexual harassment within the film business.

Varalaxmi, who works in the Tamil film industry, wrote that in a recent working meeting she had been propositioned by a programming head of a leading TV channel.

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NFL players 'turned away' from London nightclub, and 81-year-old Japanese app designer

  • 28 February 2017
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Image caption NFL player Mark Ingram, with teammates and friends, was allegedly denied entry to London club Cirque Le Soir for being "too urban"

Six NFL players are allegedly turned away from a London nightclub, and an 81-year-old Japanese woman designs her own app.

NFL players "too urban" for London nightclub

A group of black American Football players have allegedly been turned away from a London nightclub for looking "too urban".

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The Indian viral video that empowers women and the Oscars' Muslim-designed dress

  • 27 February 2017
Screengrab of YouTube clip Nayi Soch Image copyright YouTube/STAR Plus

A female director sports a dress designed by a Muslim at the Oscars, an online funding campaign for Singaporean woman exceeds target amid deportation controversy and a viral video empowering women in India.

India's 'sweet' campaign for women

A video promoting women's empowerment has gone viral in India, racking up over 2.5 million views in 48 hours.

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'Ready for honesty?' An anonymous message site takes off

  • 27 February 2017
Screenshot from Sarahah showing the home page of the website and Arabic text Image copyright Sarahah

"Are you ready for honesty? Get constructive criticism from friends and colleagues, in total anonymity."

That's the promise of a new messaging service that has exploded in popularity across the Arab world.

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Video of smoking iPhone 7 goes viral, and Depeche Mode rejects alt-right ties

  • 24 February 2017
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Viral video of a smoking iPhone 7 raises Samsung Note 7 spectre, and Depeche Mode rejects a claim it is the "official band of the alt-right".

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Et tu, Apple?

The video of a burning iPhone 7 Plus is raising questions about the safety of the iconic Apple smartphone.

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Uber clarifies harassment stance to users deleting accounts, and Poland's 'Fat Thursday'

  • 23 February 2017
A man arrives at the Uber offices in Queens, New York, US, 2 February 2017 Image copyright Reuters

Uber is sending apologetic messages to customers who want to delete their accounts over the recent sexual harassment allegations, and Poles gear up for a full day of doughnut-packed diet.

Uber explains stance amid delete requests

Ride-sharing company Uber has been hit with allegations of sexual harassment and has gone as far as asking former US President Barack Obama's attorney general to lead an investigation, but it is now sending an explanatory note to some of its users who request to delete their accounts over the claims.

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Russia's anti-fake news site mocked online

  • 23 February 2017
A headline from the "Santa Monica Observer" which is listed as "fake" on a Russian Foreign Ministry website Image copyright Santa Monica Observer

Russia's foreign ministry has launched a website to debunk fake news, but some social media users critical of the government are unimpressed by its lack of evidence.

Moscow has itself often been accused of using propaganda and false information, especially in state media reporting on the conflict in Ukraine and its alleged attempts to influence the US presidential election.

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Online petition calls for Wayne Shaw 'justice', and author's spat with Mumbai police over obesity

  • 22 February 2017
20/2/17: Sutton United's substitute Wayne Shaw eats a pie during the FA Cup match against Arsenal Image copyright Reuters

A petition has gone up in defence of Sutton United's pie-eating reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw, and Indian author Shobhaa Dee has found herself in a Twitter dispute with Mumbai Police.

Online petition demands 'justice' for Wayne Shaw

An online petition has been launched to call for the reinstatement of Sutton United's reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw, who resigned yesterday for breaking the Football Association's betting rules.

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