Far-right protests greet Georgia gay film premiere

  • 8 November 2019
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Image caption Protests against the award-winning film have been taking place in Tbilsi

Protests have been taking place in Tbilisi over the premiere of Georgia's first LGBTQ film, And Then We Danced.

Directed by Levan Akin, the film tells the story of how Merab, a traditional Georgian dancer, discovers his sexuality while training in the National Georgian Ensemble.

In an interview with Variety magazine, the award-winning Georgian-Swedish director said he wanted to show "the challenges of dealing with homosexuality in a conservative society, the hope in a new generation and the roles of art and tradition".

And Then We Danced has already won several awards, including at the Chicago International Film Festival and the Sarajevo Film Festival. It has also been screened at other film festivals, including in Cannes and London.

Sweden has selected the film as its entry for the best international feature film award for the Oscars.

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How a misleading story about Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson's husband went viral

  • 5 November 2019
Picture showing Jo Swinson and her husband Duncan Hames who were the subjects of a viral misleading story on Facebook Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Jo Swinson and her husband Duncan Hames were the subjects of a viral misleading story on Facebook

Misleading politics stories go viral online all the time. The action gets particularly frantic during an election campaign.

This is the story of how one tale - involving Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson and her husband Duncan Hames - became one of the most-shared politics stories in the first few days of 2019's battle, with a potential audience of more than 1.5 million people.

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The real people pretending to be 'Boris bots' on Facebook

  • 1 November 2019
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Image caption Just a few examples of the thousands of nearly identical messages being posted to Facebook

Thousands of nearly identical messages of support for Boris Johnson are being posted to Facebook pages.

It's prompted concerns about whether "bots", or automated inauthentic accounts, are being used to try to sway voters.

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Iceland livestreams 10-year-old McDonald's cheeseburger

  • 1 November 2019
Hjortur Smarason bought this McDonald's meal in 2009 to see how long it would take to decompose Image copyright AFP / Angelika OSIEWALSKA
Image caption Hjortur Smarason bought this McDonald's meal in 2009 to see how long it would take to decompose

When McDonald's closed all its restaurants in Iceland in 2009, one man decided to buy his last hamburger and fries.

"I had heard that McDonald's never decompose so I just wanted to see if it was true or not," Hjortur Smarason told AFP.

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Ukraine MP 'sorry' for prostitute chat in parliament

  • 31 October 2019
MP Bohdan Yaremenko was photographed discussing services and prices on his phone with a prostitute Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption MP Bohdan Yaremenko was photographed discussing services and prices with a prostitute

A Ukrainian MP has apologised after he was photographed chatting with a woman believed to be a prostitute on his phone in parliament.

Bohdan Yaremenko, who is married and has two children, was snapped by a journalist with Bukvy website discussing sex services and prices.

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Election splits over Brexit revealed in Facebook groups

  • 30 October 2019
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As the UK gears up for a December general election, divisions are becoming clear in some of the largest and most active Brexit-focused Facebook groups.

There are clear splits in anti-Brexit groups over which opposition party to back. Meanwhile, pro-Brexit groups are relatively more united in their support for the Conservatives.

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JJ Lin: Nurses suspended over 'auctioning' of singer's drip

  • 30 October 2019
JJ Lin is a popular Mandopop singer and won best Mandarin male singer in the Golden Melody Awards Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption JJ Lin is a popular Mandopop singer and won best Mandarin male singer in the Golden Melody Awards

Eleven staff have been suspended from a Chinese hospital on suspicion of trying to sell medical products used by a popular singer.

A photo of a drip bag and syringe said to have been used by JJ Lin during his recent hospital stay in Jiangsu province were posted online by staff.

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Egyptian man dies after official 'forced' him off moving train

  • 29 October 2019
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Image caption Images of the man who died, Mohamed Eid, were widely shared on social media

Railway officials in Egypt have been arrested following the death of one man and life-changing injuries of another near the Nile Delta city of Tanta on Monday.

The man who died, named by local media as Mohamed Eid, reportedly jumped from a moving train with a second man, Ahmed Mohamed, when the pair were unable to pay a fine of 70 Egyptian pounds (£3.38) for travelling without a ticket.

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PewDiePie: No, the world's biggest YouTuber is not banned in China

  • 25 October 2019
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Image caption PewDiePie is the most popular YouTuber in the world with more than 100 million subscribers

Has China really banned PewDiePie?

You would be forgiven for thinking so. After all, several major international news websites have written headlines about the world's most popular YouTuber being "wiped" or "banned" from the internet in China.

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Woman finds her childhood book in museum

  • 21 October 2019
Zoe identified her childhood copy of The Secret Garden by the hieroglyphics inside Image copyright Museum of English Rural Life
Image caption Zoe identified her childhood copy of The Secret Garden by the hieroglyphics inside

When a little girl wrote her name in hieroglyphics in a front cover, she didn't realise it would reunite her with the book decades later.

As children in Reading, England, Zoe Andrews and her sister Hannah read the English classic The Secret Garden, annotating the front cover with Hannah's name.

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