• BBC News

    Why is this photo such a talking point?

    Family portraits often prove popular on social media, but this one has inspired people to click the like button more than most. American couple Aminat and Justin McClure posted it to celebrate their family's mixed heritage, prompting thousands of people to share their own stories about growing up in dual and multi-cultured families. The couple, who live in New Jersey, US, posed with their three children in West African-inspired outfits to honour Aminat's Nigerian heritage. She left Lagos, in south west Nigeria, when her family moved to the US when she was little. "We wanted to give the girls a lesson about how much diversity there is in the world so they learn to enrich themselves by opening

  • BBC News

    Hen party 'shocked' by cancelled flight

    A hen party whose flight was cancelled at the last minute said they were made to feel "like criminals" after being escorted out of the airport by police. The Bristol to Malaga flight had to be abandoned after what EasyJet referred to as a "crew welfare" issue. The party of 20 women were told there was not an EasyJet flight for another week, so they paid £6,000 for new flights with another airline. EasyJet said it did everything possible to minimise disruption. Abi Parker from Newport was one of the group. She said they first heard the flight was off while they were sitting in the departure lounge. "It was quite shocking. The flight was originally delayed for 40 minutes, but then it came over

  • Al Jazeera

    Saudi Arabia sacks chief of General Entertainment Authority

    Saudi Arabia has sacked the head of its entertainment authority after a Russian circus featuring women wearing tight costumes drew criticism in the kingdom. The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) announced on Monday that chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) Ahmad al-Khatib had been removed from his position, citing a royal decree, without giving a reason. The pro-government Sabq news website, however, said al-Khatib was dismissed over a circus performance in Riyadh, which included women wearing "indecent clothes". A video circulating on social media appeared to show a female performer in a tight pink costume, drawing outrage from Saudi conservatives. Al-Khatib's sacking

  • BBC News

    Python tries to strangle selfie taker

    An Indian forest ranger had a narrow escape after a rock python briefly attempted to strangle him while he posed for pictures with the giant snake. Sanjay Dutta was called in by frantic villagers in Sahebbari, West Bengal after they saw the 18ft (5.5m) python swallowing a goat. After rescuing the goat, the official picked up the python, wrapped it around his neck and posed for pictures. But Mr Dutta was almost strangled when the animal wound itself around his neck, forcing him to struggle to free himself from its grip. He escaped unscathed.

  • CNN

    Nigerian celebrities look stunning at Ocean's 8 Lagos premiere

    Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)It was a night of drama and elegance as Nollywood celebrities, fashionistas and influencers gathered in Lagos, Nigeria for the premiere of Ocean's 8 movie on Sunday. The stars turned out in force at the Filmhouse IMAX Cinema to celebrate one of the most anticipated Hollywood movies of the year with a Met Gala themed event -- a nod to the film's heist plot where an all-female crew attempt to steal precious jewels at New York City's yearly Met Gala. Guests were free to dress in their own interpretation of any of the past Met Gala themes such as "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," "China: Through the Looking Glass," and many others from the past two decades the fundraising event has been running.

  • PICTURES: UAE presents evidence of Iran weapon links to Yemen’s Houthi militia

    PICTURES: UAE presents evidence of Iran weapon links to Yemen’s Houthi militia

    The UAE presented on Tuesday evidence of what it described as Iranian support for the Houthi militia in Yemen. The UAE is part of an Arab Coalition fighting against the militia to restore the country’s legitimate government and allow it to retake key areas across the country. The evidence, presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) and the UAE Armed Forces showcased “a wide range of military weapons and equipment acquired by the Arab Coalition during operations in Yemen on behalf of the legitimate Yemeni government,” a statement from Emirati news agency WAM said.

  • Iran player dodges question on women’s rights at World Cup

    Iran player dodges question on women’s rights at World Cup

    Women’s rights are a sensitive issue within the Iran team at the World Cup. Masoud Shojaei was evasive during his team’s news conference Tuesday when the midfielder was asked what he thought of Iranian women in stadiums in Russia. “With all due respect for you and your question, we are not just a team. Women have been prohibited from attending men’s games and other sports fixtures in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.