• BBC News

    'Snake celebrity' dies of cobra bite

    A Malaysian man who became famous for his snake-handling skills has died after being bitten by a cobra. Abu Zarin Hussin, a firefighter, first shot to fame after British tabloids published a story incorrectly identifying him as a Thai man who'd allegedly married his pet snake. Mr Hussin had trained other firefighters on how to handle snakes. But he was admitted to hospital on Monday after being bitten a cobra during a snake-catching operation. According to local news outlet The Star, the 33-year-old who lived in the state of Pahang, often taught other firemen how to identify different snake species and ways to capture them without having to kill. He had also participated in television programme

  • BBC News

    France seeks arrest of Saudi king's daughter

    A French judge has issued an arrest warrant for Princess Hassa bint Salman, the daughter of the Saudi king. Princess Hassa is accused of ordering her bodyguard to beat up a worker at her apartment on Avenue Foch in Paris. The victim of the alleged assault says he took a photo of the room he was due to work on and was suspected of wanting to sell the images, French media say. The bodyguard has already been charged in relation to the incident, which took place in 2016. The alleged victim claims he was punched, tied up and forced to kiss the princess's feet, and was only able to leave the apartment several hours later, according to AFP. Princess Hassa, whose brother is Crown Prince Mohammed bin

  • The National

    Emirates flight attendant falls from parked plane in Uganda

    An Emirates cabin crew member fell from a parked plane at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda on Wednesday. The woman fell after opening the emergency door of an Emirates aircraft which had safely landed and parked. Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority said airport authorities "immediately engaged emergency procedures” and ordered an ambulance to rush the woman to a nearby medical centre, where she is currently undergoing treatment for her injuries. An Emirates spokesperson confirmed the incident on Thursday saying: “We can confirm that a member of our cabin crew unfortunately fell off from an open door while preparing the aircraft for boarding on flight EK730 from Entebbe on March 14." "The

  • CNN

    Sons of Iranian-Canadian who died in jail: 'We just want the truth'

    "That's like the first suspicious part," he told Amanpour. "If he was such a high-profile prisoner, why wasn't he being monitored? "If you talk to other people who have been prisoners in Evin... it's impossible to do something suspicious in your room without them torpedoing into the room and stopping it." Fighting back tears, Ramin explained how his widowed mother, Maryam Mombeini, found out that her husband had died. "They gave her a phone call on Friday February 9th and tell her that we have some good news for you. She's finally hoping she's going to see her husband and they take her and interrogate her and grill her for four hours with ludicrous questions and accusations and just threatening

  • BBC News

    Professor Stephen Hawking's greatest wish

    The physicist, who has died aged 76, had motor neurone disease and was told he would live for three years when he was first diagnosed when he was 21. He spoke to the BBC's Science Correspondent Pallab Ghosh in 2017 about what he wanted most to celebrate his 75th birthday.

  • BBC News

    Gold bars rain down on Russian airport

    There has been shock at an airport in far east Russia after bars of precious metal rained down onto the runway. A plane laden with tonnes of gold-silver alloy was taking off from Yakutsk airport in Siberia when a loading hatch broke off. Some 200 bars, each weighing about 20kg (44 pounds), were then scattered across the runway. All of the bars have now been recovered, a spokesman for the Canadian mine owner told news agency Interfax. Police have launched an investigation into the cause of the accident. You may also like:

  • BBC News

    She kissed a boy and he didn't like it

    A 20-year-old singer kissed by Katy Perry during his American Idol audition has said the experience left him "uncomfortable" - because it was his first kiss. Benjamin Glaze, who was 19 at the time, told Perry and her fellow judges he had never kissed a girl. The singer beckoned him over for a kiss on the cheek, but then kissed his lips. Glaze, from Oklahoma, has stressed that he does not think Perry sexually harassed him. She has faced a backlash since the incident was broadcast earlier this week as part of the series premiere, with some pointing out there would have been an outcry if a male judge had kissed a woman in the same way. Glaze, a cashier, looked visibly shocked by the incident and