Louise Linton: The photo, the hashtags and the sarcasm
- 22 August 2017
It's commonplace to post photos of trips and special occasions on social media, but as the actress Louise Linton found out, people didn't respond well to the hashtags she used in one of her posts.
Ms Linton, an Edinburgh-born actress who is married to the US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, posted on her Instagram account a photo of her and her husband disembarking a US Air Force jet in Kentucky, adding various hashtags of the designer labels she was wearing.
The post has since been made private, along with Louise Linton's Twitter account.
A Treasury Department official told the New York Times the Mnuchins reimbursed the government for the trip and that Ms Linton was not compensated by any of the labels she promoted with hashtags.
But it was not just the hashtags that created a storm - it was also her response to one person in particular that struck many. Writer Ali Yashar's post caught the Instagram comments in Ms Linton's post before it was blocked:
Spanish swimmer sacrifices race for attacks victims
- 21 August 2017
As the buzzer signalled the start of the 200 metre breaststroke final in the FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest, one competitor stood still as others raced away.
But Fernando Alvarez had not frozen, overawed by the occasion.
Darkened skylines and ribbons: Solidarity for Barcelona
- 18 August 2017
What happened in Barcelona on Thursday has shocked the world and as some have been pointing out, attacks like these are becoming increasingly common.
Gruesome images are being shared over and over on social media after a van drove into crowds at Barcelona's popular tourist spot Las Ramblas, killing 14 and injuring many more.
Afghan female singer's video draws threats and praise
- 17 August 2017
Afghan singer, songwriter and TV personality Aryana Sayeed will perform at a concert celebrating Afghan Independence Day on 19 August, but not everyone is happy.
As a traditionally conservative society, women in Afghanistan are restricted in what they can wear or do. Western clothing and not covering the head is considered by many to be against the national norm.
Russia's Telegram CEO sets #PutinShirtlessChallenge
- 16 August 2017
The release of Russian President Putin's topless holiday snaps have inspired the CEO of messaging app Telegram, Pavel Durov, to set a shirtless challenge on social media.
Pavel Durov's #PutinShirtlessChallenge post on Instagram (which prohibited enhancing images with photoshop or "pumping") gained over 47,000 likes in one day.
'Woman, man, gay' - 15-year-old toilet sign causes controversy
- 15 August 2017
Gender markings on lavatories are a huge talking point, so it is no surprise an apparently old 'gay' sign for the toilets at an Italian B&B has caused controversy.
Le Camporelle di Cavallino, a farmhouse in Lecce, southern Italy, has been criticised for signage which separates users into male, female and gay.
No tip for US waitress with LGBT tattoo
- 15 August 2017
Waiting staff in the US rely heavily on their tips to make up for their low wages, but one server in Rockford, Illinois, was surprised to find the reason for the lack of a gratuity written on a receipt.
"Can't tip someone who doesn't love Jesus! Bad tatoo [sic]" wrote the customer, instead of a tip, for Samantha Heaton, who bears rainbow-coloured equality bars on her arm, and has been serving at Buffalo Wild Wings for a year.
Russian TV presenter's on-air proposal
- 11 August 2017
As marriage proposals go, you don't get to see many on live TV, especially when the proposal is being done by the presenter himself and on a channel where romantic stories are highly unlikely.
But on Friday, a Russian TV host decided, due to there not being much news to report, he would propose to his girlfriend knowing she was watching him on the show.
Kenyans celebrate the well-prepared #GitheriMan voter
- 10 August 2017
As Kenya digests the results of this year's election, a photo of a man queuing to vote holding a bag of Githeri has emerged on social media, providing some light relief during tense times.
Githeri is a traditional meal of boiled maize and beans, also known as mutheri, which is filling, nutritious and cheap.
Mum accuses Clarks of selling 'inferior' girls' shoes
- 9 August 2017
A mother has accused Clarks, one of the UK's biggest shoe companies, of sexism in the way it differentiates boys and girls school shoes. The company has rejected accusations of gender bias.
Jemma Moonie-Dalton's Facebook update about trying to buy school shoes for her seven-year-old daughter and five-year-old son, at a Clarks store in east London, has been shared more than seven thousand times in the past 24 hours.