• BBC News

    Big Brother responds to Stormy Daniels row

    Big Brother has denied claims that Stormy Daniels didn't go into the Celebrity Big Brother House because producers wanted to "control" her. The adult film star was expected to be one of the housemates this series, which started on Thursday night. But she pulled out at the last minute, and her lawyer said producers "tried to script a result" that she wouldn't go along with. He added: "They can make up any story they want, but that's what happened." The adult film star hit the headlines after alleging she had slept with President Donald Trump in 2006, which he denies. On Friday, presenter Rylan Clark-Neal told viewers: "Five hours before the live show, Stormy informed us that she wished to simply

  • Al Jazeera

    Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of blocking access to Hajj

    Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its nationals from performing this year's Hajj, a charge Saudi officials deny. Around 1,200 Qatari citizens are allowed to attend the pilgrimage under a quota system, but Qatari officials say it has become impossible to register for the annual religious event. Saudi Arabia, alongside the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt, severed relations with Qatar in June 2017, and has placed the Gulf state under a land, sea, and air blockade.  Qatari nationals are also banned from entering the states, but Riyadh claims to have made an exception for the Hajj. In June, Saudi Arabia's ministry for the Hajj announced the opening of a website, which allowed Qataris

  • BBC News

    Missing US mum and girls' bodies 'found'

    Investigators in Colorado believe they have found the bodies of a missing pregnant woman and her two daughters, as the husband appeared in court. Chris Watts, 33, was denied bail in Thursday's hearing when he said nothing other than to acknowledge his rights. Shanann Watts, 34, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and the couple's daughters Celeste, three, and Bella, four, were reported missing on Monday. No indictment has yet been filed in the case. But Mr Watts could face murder charges and three counts of tampering with evidence, Weld County Jail officials say. Judge Marcelo Kopcow reportedly told prosecutors to file formal charges next Monday, and set a hearing date for Tuesday. Colorado Bureau of

  • BBC News

    'I met my IS captor on a German street'

    A Yazidi teenager sold into slavery by Islamic State has told the BBC of her horror after she escaped to Germany, only to come face-to-face with her captor in the street. Ashwaq was only 14 when Islamic State fighters stormed into northern Iraq, including the heartland of the Yazidi people. They took thousands of women as sex slaves, including Ashwaq - sold for $100 to a man named Abu Humam. Raped and beaten, she managed to escape three months later and then went to Germany with her mother and one brother. A few months ago, on the street outside a supermarket, she heard someone call out her name. She says it was Abu Humam - and he said he knew where she lived. "I never in my life believed that

  • Egypt Independent

    Turkey ready to respond if US imposes more sanctions

    Turkey on Friday threatened to respond in kind if Washington imposed further sanctions over the detention of an American pastor which has sparked a diplomatic standoff and battered the Turkish currency. A Turkish court on Friday turned down another appeal to free the pastor in the third such rejection, his lawyer said. As Ankara sought to reassure markets after the lira went into a tailspin over the deepening spat, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned more sanctions would be on the way until Andrew Brunson was released. Last week, US President Donald Trump said he had doubled the tariffs on aluminium and steel tariffs from Turkey, prompting Ankara to sharply hike tariffs on several US

  • BBC News

    In pictures: Kerala floods

    Weeks of monsoon rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala have triggered landslides and floods, leaving 324 people dead and thousands stranded. The Indian armed forces are stepping up efforts to rescue those affected. Many people are still believed to be trapped on rooftops. Dozens of boats including 51 navy vessels are involved in the evacuation. Naval forces are also involved in helicopter rescues. The Times of India newspaper said 23 military helicopters had been deployed. This man was pictured waiting on a stretcher for his airlift to safety. Others like this elderly woman had to rely on more primitive evacuation methods. Any available vehicles are being used to transport people to safety.

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    Fighting sexism in comic book covers

    An artist in India is challenging sexist drawings of women in comic books by parodying them using male heroes in poses typically associated with women. She-Hulk has superhuman strength and speed and is one of the most formidable hand-to-hand combatants in the Marvel world. Like Hulk, not only does she have physical power, she's also completely green. Yet, on a 1991 comic book cover, she is shown in a seductive pose, wearing a G-string bikini, with her curves sharply accentuated. Indian artist Shreya Arora was shocked when she saw the image. "For Hulk, the visual representation focuses on his strength. For She-Hulk, all we see is an emphasis on sexuality," says Arora, who grew up reading comic