Twitter bot purge prompts backlash

Twitter bot purge prompts backlash

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Twitter has been under pressure to block bot accounts used to spread disinformation The hashtag #TwitterLockout has trended after an apparent purge of suspected malicious bots on the social network. Dozens of users report having had their accounts suspended until they provided a telephone number which they then had […]

North Korea’s Kim Yo-jong baby rumours fascinate South

North Korea’s Kim Yo-jong baby rumours fascinate South

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pregnant or not? The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told officials in the South that she was pregnant during a recent visit to the Winter Olympics, South Korean media report. There has been no confirmation from the South of Kim Yo-jong’s reported comments, which are attributed to unnamed […]

Pakistani ex-PM Nawaz Sharif banned from leading his party

Pakistani ex-PM Nawaz Sharif banned from leading his party

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nawaz Sharif (centre) denies any wrongdoing Pakistan’s Supreme Court has disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as head of his party. Mr Sharif was ordered to step down as prime minister last year amid corruption allegations that he denies. The court ruled that his earlier dismissal from office made him […]

Singapore City Harvest megachurch leader Chew Eng Han ‘tries to flee by sea’

Singapore City Harvest megachurch leader Chew Eng Han ‘tries to flee by sea’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chew Eng Han and five others were convicted of misappropriating millions of dollars from the megachurch. A Singaporean man convicted in a megachurch fraud case was caught trying to escape by sea before starting his prison sentence, police say. Chew Eng Han was found in a small boat heading towards […]

What does Australia need from Trump’s US?

What does Australia need from Trump’s US?

Image copyright Getty Images Australia will send its largest-ever political and business delegation to the US this week. If anything, Australia has “doubled down” on its relationship with the US since President Donald Trump began his tenure, explains Prof Simon Jackman. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will visit Washington for his fourth meeting with President […]

India film star Kamal Haasan launches political party

India film star Kamal Haasan launches political party

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kamal Haasan (centre), seen here at an awards ceremony in Mumbai last month Indian film star Kamal Haasan has launched his new political party in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Mr Haasan, 62, made the announcement in the town of Madurai before crowds of his party supporters. The state […]

Government ‘has no plan’ for Northern Ireland – Sinn Féin

Government ‘has no plan’ for Northern Ireland – Sinn Féin

Image caption Mary Lou McDonald (left) and Michelle O’Neill spoke to the the media at Westminster The government “does not have a viable plan” to deal with the political stalemate in Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin’s president has said. Mary Lou McDonald feared “entrenchment and drift” in efforts to resurrect devolved institutions at Stormont which collapsed […]

UK’s Brexit transition plans released

UK’s Brexit transition plans released

Image copyright Reuters The UK has published proposals for how it wants the transition period immediately after Brexit to work. It says the period should last as long as it takes to “prepare and implement the new processes and new systems”. Number 10 denied this meant it would be longer than the planned two years. […]

Government loses clean air court case

Government loses clean air court case

Image copyright PA Campaigners have won a third High Court victory over the UK government’s plans to tackle air pollution. The judge in the case said the government plan was “unlawful” and that more action was needed in 45 English local authority areas. He said ministers had to ensure that in each of the areas, […]

NFU elects first female president

NFU elects first female president

Media captionMinette Batters: UK must not ‘open flood gates’ to cheap food The National Farmers Union has elected its first female president in the organisation’s 110-year history. Minette Batters, a beef farmer from Wiltshire, takes over from Meurig Raymond, who held the post for four years. She had just one opponent, Essex farmer Guy Smith, […]