Thrifty Germany takes on debt to rescue arts

Image caption This choir has been able to start rehearsing again – in the conductor’s garden As evening sunshine ripples through a ripening pear tree, birds chatter above the distant hum of a lawnmower. Then, suddenly, the singers of Lübeck’s rock and roll choir raise their voices. Swaying and smiling, they run through their repertoire: … Read more

Memories of Srebrenica massacre 25 years on

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than 8,000 men and boys were massacred at Srebrenica “All who wish to go will be transported, large and small, young and old. Don’t be afraid… No one will harm you.” On 11 July 1995, Bosnian Serb units captured the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In less than … Read more

The two men fighting for Poland’s future

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Andrzej Duda (L) is facing Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski Poland’s presidential election on Sunday will be crucial in shaping the country’s future and its strained relations with the EU for at least the next three years and perhaps beyond. Why run-off presents Poles with clear choice If the incumbent … Read more

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith confirm her involvement with August Alsina

But the couple came together for a special Friday edition of her “Red Table Talk” show on Facebook to share their side of the controversy surrounding her relationship with singer August Alsina. According to the superstar couple they “were going through a very difficult time” and had broken up when Pinkett Smith started a romantic … Read more

Starting at $500,000: A Swiss mountain vault for storing riches

By Leonard Kehnscherper Long known as a bastion of discrete, secure banking, Switzerland will soon offer the world’s wealthy another choice for storing their prized possessions: rock vaults carved into foothills of the Alps. The idea comes from entrepreneurs in central Switzerland, home of the Bruenig massif, a hulking mountain about 25 miles southwest of … Read more

Turkey’s Hagia Sophia becomes Mosque after court ruling

Istanbul: President Tayyip Erdogan declared Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia open to Muslim prayer as a mosque on Friday after a top court ruled that the building’s conversion to a museum by modern Turkey’s founding statesman was illegal. Erdogan made his announcement just an hour after the court ruling was revealed, brushing aside international warnings not to … Read more

From boy bullied for acne to Instagram beauty guru

Image copyright Scott McGlynn Image caption Scott McGlynn used make-up to hide his acne while he was at school Social media influencer Scott McGlynn has more than 150,000 Instagram followers and can earn £6,000 for his beauty and skin care posts. But as a teenager bullies targeted him for his acne, dubbing him “pizza face”. … Read more

Barefoot ballet boy dancing in the rain goes viral

A recent video of 11-year-old Anthony Mmesoma Madu dancing in the rain went viral with the likes of Hollywood superstar Viola Davis and other celebrities sharing the video. Anthony is one of the 12 students at the Leap of Dance Academy in Lagos. The academy, founded in 2015, is the brainchild of Daniel Ajala Owoseni … Read more

U.S. foreign aid agency hit with low morale as White House works to appoint Trump loyalists

President Donald Trump’s former body man entered the White House after he was chosen to lead the Presidential Personnel Office earlier this year with a message to a team of liaisons: sweep out anyone disloyal to the commander in chief.  John McEntee, Trump’s new personnel head, reportedly called on the group in that meeting in … Read more

Facebook Said to Consider Banning Political Ads

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is considering banning political advertising across its network before the November general election, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions, after facing intense pressure for allowing hate speech and misinformation to flourish across its site. The decision has not been finalized, said the people, who spoke on condition of … Read more