Brazil President Temer rejects bribery charge ‘fiction’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Temer’s speech was his first reaction since the bribery charge was filed Brazilian President Michel Temer has rejected a bribery charge against him, saying it is a “fiction” based on “revenge and vengeance”. In a passionate speech, he questioned the authenticity of the evidence presented by Brazil’s chief prosecutor. Mr Temer is accused of receiving money from the executives of a meatpacking firm implicated

Colombia’s Farc officially ceases to be an armed group

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Santos (left) and Farc leader Timochenko attended a ceremony in Mesetas Colombia’s Farc rebel group has formally ended its existence as an armed group, putting an end to half a century of violent conflict. In a ceremony which ended the disarmament process, President Juan Manuel Santos said the “peace was real and irreversible”. The former guerrillas will now work on forming a political party.

A father’s grief

Image copyright EPA Image caption The blaze left a trail of charred vehicles on the road around the tanker A mass burial has been held in Pakistan for 125 unidentified victims of Sunday’s fuel tanker inferno in the southern province of Punjab. The blaze killed more than 150 people and came just a day before the religious festival of Eid. Muhammad Hayat, 36, has been looking for his family ever

Facebook hits two billion users

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook has been criticised for not doing enough to remove terror-related content More than a quarter of the world’s population now uses Facebook every month, the social network says. “As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially two billion people,” founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg posted. The milestone comes just 13 years after the network was founded by Mr Zuckerberg when

Republicans delay Senate healthcare vote

Image caption Republicans will delay their vote on health insurance legislation US Senate Republicans have delayed a vote on their healthcare bill until after next week’s 4 July holiday. The announcement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a setback to their plan to replace Obamacare. Five Republican senators had vowed to oppose the bill, and the party could only afford to lose two votes to get it passed in

Grenfell Tower fire: German flats cleared amid cladding fears

Image copyright AFP Image caption The 80 residents were told they could return to their flats when the cladding had been removed An 11-storey block of flats is being evacuated in the German city of Wuppertal because its facade has panels similar to those that caught fire at Grenfell Tower in London. At least 79 people died in the London fire and authorities in Wuppertal said the disaster had prompted

Human trafficking: US downgrades China over record

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionZhang Qingqing’s family told her she was bought as a baby China “is not making significant efforts” to stop human trafficking, the US says, claiming that fewer people are now being prosecuted than before. The US Department of State released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report on Thursday, and downgraded China to one of the worst offenders. The reports highlights the forced

EU slaps Google with record $2.7 billion fine

European Union regulators slapped Google with a record €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) antitrust fine on Tuesday, the latest broadside fired at big American tech companies doing business in the region. The European Commission found that the U.S. tech giant denied “consumers a genuine choice” by using its search engine to unfairly steer them to its own shopping platform. Regulators said that Google must change its behavior within 90 days or

Syrian refugee’s award-winning dairy company

It was 2012, and the country’s brutal civil war had arrived in Damascus. Alsous’ husband survived the blast. But what came next was wrenching: The couple decided to leave their home in the capital and take their three children to safety in the United Kingdom. Syria has only slid further into chaos and violence in the five years that have passed since the family’s departure. But Alsous has carved a

Queen Elizabeth II is getting a 78% raise from the government

The Queen received £42.8 million ($54.6 million) in tax-free income from the state last year as her annual “sovereign grant.” This year the payment will balloon by 78% to £76.1 million ($97 million). Payouts from the state are expected to remain at elevated levels for 10 years as Buckingham Palace undergoes an extensive face lift. Staff have to replace wiring and pipes that are over 60 years old. Visitor access