'Wake up, sort it'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Venezuelans look for their names on electoral rolls before Sunday’s mayoral polls On Sunday, Venezuelans turned out to vote in mayoral elections, the result of which was easy to predict, as opposition parties had boycotted the vote in protest at the government. The BBC’s Latin …

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Bitcoin futures trading begins on Cboe exchange in Chicago

Image copyright Getty Images Bitcoin has begun trading on a major exchange for the first time in what is being regarded as a step towards legitimising the digital currency. Trading opened at 23:00 GMT Sunday on the Cboe Futures Exchange in Chicago, valuing Bitcoin at $15,000. The currency’s futures were …

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Venezuela opposition banned from running in 2018 election

Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition parties have accused President Nicolas Maduro of running a dictatorship Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, says the country’s main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year’s presidential election. He said only parties which took part in Sunday’s mayoral polls would be able …

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Caught up in Lebanon tear gas clashes

Protests in the Lebanese capital Beirut against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel have turned ugly again, with youths throwing stones at the US embassy. The BBC’s Martin Patience reports from the scene as police use tear gas to disperse the crowd.

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Netanyahu: Palestinians must face reality over Jerusalem

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionProtests in Beirut turn ugly again Israel’s prime minister has said Palestinians must “get to grips with” the reality that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital in order to move towards peace. Benjamin Netanyahu said Jerusalem had been the capital of Israel for 3,000 …

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Actress Zaira Wasim: I was molested on flight

Image copyright @zairawasim_/Instagram Image caption Ms Wasim shared her experience on her Instagram account, which has almost 400,000 followers An actress who starred in Bollywood’s biggest film says she was molested on a flight between Delhi and Mumbai. Zaira Wasim, 17, said a “middle-aged man” had repeatedly moved his foot …

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Sudan women charged with indecency for wearing trousers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sudanese women risk arrest if their clothes are deemed provocative by police Twenty-four women have been charged with indecency after being caught wearing trousers at a party near the Sudanese capital Khartoum. The gathering was raided by morality police on Wednesday. The women could …

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Apple 'to buy Shazam for $400m'

Image copyright Shazam Apple is close to buying the music recognition app Shazam for about $400m (£300m), media reports say. Shazam, a UK company founded in 1999, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify and buy music through a snippet of sound. Shazam, which says it has …

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Trump Jerusalem move: Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Security forces barricaded the main road leading to the large embassy complex Protesters have clashed with Lebanese security forces near the US embassy north of the capital, Beirut, the latest demonstration against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Security …

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