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Charlie Whiting, the head of Formula 1 for governing body the FIA and one of the most influential people in the sport for decades, has died aged 66. Whiting suffered a pulmonary embolism on Wednesday morning in Melbourne, where he was due to officiate this weekend's season-opening Australian GP. Whiting was the official race starter and oversaw all rules matters in...
Hey, North Korea - what's up? What are you doing? As the correspondent for the Koreas, I find myself asking those questions a lot, no more so than now after the much-anticipated Hanoi summit ended without reaching a deal on denuclearisation. Most of the world's media have no free access to North Korea, and Kim Jong-un's Ryongsong Residence isn't really taking...
California Governor Gavin Newsom will announce a moratorium on executions and a temporary reprieve for all 737 inmates on death row in the state. US media report he plans to sign an executive order later on Wednesday, describing the death penalty as "inconsistent with our bedrock values". California has not carried out any executions since 2006, as a series of court...
The Indonesian woman freed after being accused of killing the half-brother of North Korea's leader says she was "shocked" when she learned of her release. Siti Aisyah had been accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong-nam's face in Kuala Lumpur airport. In an interview with the BBC, she said at one point she had thought: "Is this the end...
Police in Slovenia have accused a woman of cutting off her hand with a circular saw - with the help of her family - to make a fraudulent insurance claim. The 21-year-old and a relative have been detained and face up to eight years in prison if convicted. The suspects recently took out injury insurance, police say. The woman allegedly stood to...
The US has told Germany it would curb intelligence sharing with Berlin if it allows Huawei to participate in its 5G mobile network. The warning came in a recent letter from the US ambassador to Germany seen by the Wall Street Journal. The US has been lobbying its allies to boycott Huawei due to national security risks. The firm has pushed back...
Dreaming of starting an airline but don't know where to begin? One 10-year-old boy went straight to the top for advice. Alex Jacquot, from Australia, decided to write to the chief executive of Qantas to ask about founding a carrier. "Please take me seriously," he wrote in the letter to Alan Joyce. Now, in a widely shared response, Mr Joyce has offered...
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched another assault on the Islamic State group's last enclave in Syria. Head of the SDF media office, Mustafa Bali, tweeted their troops were in "direct violent clashes". Islamic State militants are centred in the town of Baghuz in eastern Syria. Once the village is taken, the US and its allies are expected to formally declare...
A US man has claimed to have found a video tape allegedly showing R. Kelly "sexually abusing underage African-American girls." Gary Dennis told reporters that he handed the tape to authorities after discovering it at his house. R. Kelly was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, three of whom were minors. The R&B...
Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan, a new book has claimed. Bette Dam's The Secret Life of Mullah Omar says the leader never hid in Pakistan as believed by the US. Instead, he lived in hiding just three miles from a major US Forward Operating Base in his home province of Zabul. Dutch journalist...

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