• 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

    'Why I never want babies'

    An increasing number of South Korean women are choosing not to marry, not to have children, and not even to have relationships with men. With the lowest fertility rate in the world, the country's population will start shrinking unless something changes. "I have no plans to have children, ever," says 24-year-old Jang Yun-hwa, as we chat in a hipsterish cafe in the middle of Seoul. "I don't want the physical pain of childbirth. And it would be detrimental to my career." Like many young adults in South Korea's hyper-competitive job market, Yun-hwa, a web comic artist, has worked hard to get where she is and isn't ready to let all that hard graft go to waste. "Rather than be part of a family, I'd

  • Al Jazeera

    Pompeo forms Iran Action Group for post-nuclear deal policy

    Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, has formed a dedicated group to coordinate and run the country's policy towards Iran following President Donald Trump's unilateral withdrawal from a multinational nuclear deal with Tehran. Pompeo announced the creation of the Iran Action Group (IAG) at a news conference on Thursday, naming Brian Hook, the Department of State's director of policy planning, as its head. "We are committed to a whole of government effort to change the Iranian regime's behaviour and the Iran Action Group will ensure that the Department of State will remain closely synchronised with our interagency partners," he said. "The IAG will also lead the way in growing efforts with nations

  • BBC News

    How a coffee in LA sparked a diplomatic row

    A bakery in the US has found itself at the centre of a geopolitical storm by giving a coffee to Taiwan's president. The LA branch of Taiwanese-owned 85C Bakery Cafe gave the coffee, along with an enthusiastic welcome, to Tsai Ing-wen when she dropped in last Sunday. But many Chinese customers - who visit the chain's branches in mainland China - were furious, calling for a boycott. China regards Taiwan as part of its territory, and the Chinese public are often quick to jump on anything that is seen as endorsing Taiwanese independence. Warmly welcoming Ms Tsai, the leader of a pro-independence party, was seen as unacceptable. Yet, when the bakery chain tried some damage control, quickly putting

  • Al Jazeera

    Displaced Muslim teens learn computer skills at Catholic mission

    Bangassou, Central African Republic - As an IT specialist, Djamaladine Mahamat Salet is used to providing solutions to complex problems. When he discovered there were no high-school classes for the displaced children in his community, he decided to start teaching them basic computer skills.  The big challenge was that he would have to do so without electricity, an internet connection, and no laptops. "These children are stuck here due to this conflict," said 38-year-old Salet. "I am trying to prepare these students so that when they can finally go on to university, they will thrive." To deal with the lack of power, Salet, who is also a displaced person, rigged a car battery to solar panels to

  • BBC News

    Madonna at 60: Career in pictures

    Celebrated pop star, actress, director and writer Madonna celebrates her 60th birthday on Thursday. The artist - full name Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone - has performed on 10 concert tours and sold more than 300 million records, making her the best-selling female recording artist of all time, according to the Guinness World Records. We take a look at the star's career and life in pictures, from her early beginnings studying dance in New York, to her chart success, film career and family life. Madonna, seen below in a photo from her high school yearbook, grew up in Rochester, Michigan. She moved to New York in 1977 where she studied dance and worked as a model. Madonna is seen below posing for

  • Arabian Business

    Saudi's Almarai takes brand beating after boycott campaign

    Saudi Arabia’s biggest dairy has seen big declines in its brand perception among residents in the kingdom during July following a price increase, BrandIndex has announced. The company became a boycott target of citizens and a social media campaign launched circulating photos of a popular yogurt drink plastered with a red X and the phrase “let it go sour” after Almarai raised the price of a litre of milk by 0.25 riyals, or 7 cents. In a statement, the dairy said it raised prices because its own costs went up after the government cut energy subsidies and introduced new fees on foreign workers. BrandIndex, the region’s only daily brand perception tracking study, said the campaign negatively impacted