World: News and Reviews from the BBC

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II poses with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren in the Green Drawing Room, part of Windsor Castle's semi-State apartments. The children are: James, Viscount Severn (left), 8, and Lady Louise (second left), 12, the children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex; Mia Tindall (holding The Queen's handbag), the two year-old-daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; Savannah (third right), 5, and Isla Phillips (right), 3, daughters of The Queen's eldest grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn; Prince George (second right), 2, and in The Queen's arms and in the tradition of Royal portraiture, the youngest great-grandchild, Princess Charlotte (11 months), children of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in this official photograph, released by Buckingham Palace to mark her 90th birthday. Annie Leibovitz/Handout via REUTERS

Here is the latest World News from the BBC.

Harriet Tubman: Former slave who risked all to save others
Harriet Tubman, the face of the new $20 bill, risked everything

‘No evidence’ of SA arms deal fraud
South African President Jacob Zuma says an inquiry into a controversial arms deal worth billions of dollars has found no evidence of fraud or corruption.

Row over Brussels bombing ‘dance’ claim
A Belgian minister comes under fire for saying that a “significant part of the Muslim community danced” in response to the Brussels attacks.

Mexico oil plant blast toll rises to 13
The death toll in a huge explosion that struck a state oil plant in Mexico on Wednesday rises to 13, officials say.

China’s Xi named commander in chief
China’s President Xi Jinping is named commander in chief of a military command centre, in his latest move to increase his control of the armed forces.

Olympic torch lit at ancient Greek site
The flame for the Olympic Games in Brazil is lit in southern Greece before it is taken on an international torch relay ahead of the opening ceremony.

Turkey ‘coup’ convictions overturned
Turkey’s top appeals court overturns the convictions of 275 people, including military officers, accused of plotting a coup.

The squatters of Mozambique’s Grande Hotel
The Mozambicans residing in the once-luxurious Grande Hotel

VIDEO: Former slave to be face of US $20 bill
A former slave who helped many others to escape is to replace a slave owner as the face of the US $20 bill.

VIDEO: Why does Shakespeare overshadow Cervantes?
Literary giants Cervantes and Shakespeare died one day apart, 400 years ago, so why does the English playwright’s quartercentenary overshadow the Spanish author’s?

VIDEO: Yemen’s bitter conflict explained
Talks aimed at resolving the conflict in Yemen are scheduled to restart in Kuwait on Thursday.

VIDEO: 65 years, 1 Queen and 12 presidents
There have been 12 American presidents during the Queen’s reign and in that time she’s met nearly all of them.

Huge US-Mexico drugs tunnel found
One of the longest cross-border drugs-smuggling tunnels between Mexico and the US has been found by authorities in San Diego, US officials say.

Ethiopia army ‘locates abducted children’
Ethiopia’s army has surrounded the area in neighbouring South Sudan where it believes more than 100 abducted Ethiopian children are being held, local media report.

VIDEO: What do Jamaicans think of the Queen?
As Britain prepares to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, Jamaica where she is also head of state is considering cutting links with the monarchy.

VIDEO: Ecuadorians to pay for quake damage
Plans for rebuilding after an earthquake struck Ecuador on Saturday will be paid for with an emergency tax increase, President Rafael Correa has announced.

Ecuador to tax rich to fund quake relief
Ecuador’s President introduces new measures to pay for rebuilding after Saturday’s earthquake, including a one-off tax on millionaires.

Mitsubishi Motors office raided
Japanese officials raid an office of Mitsubishi Motors following the revelation on Wednesday that it had falsified its fuel economy data.

In pictures: Lives changed by Nepal quake
The young lives changed forever by Nepal quake

Panama Papers and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif
What Panama revelations mean for Pakistan PM

Canada to push for legal marijuana
The Canadian government will introduce legislation next year that would make the sale of marijuana legal, its health minister says.

VW ‘to offer US diesel buy back deal’
Volkswagen may outline a deal on Thursday to buy back up to 500,000 diesel cars in the US, according to reports.

How the French learned to love their police
How the French learned to love their police

What is ‘actual innocence’ in US justice?
Could a radical experiment save the broken US justice system?

El Salvador unveils new military force
El Salvador deploys a new heavily armed unit to fight the country’s notorious criminal gangs in rural areas.

2.2 billion in ‘at risk’ Zika areas
More than two billion people live in parts of the world where the Zika virus can spread, detailed maps published in the journal eLife show.

Blouse-ripping sex scene brings down Australian MP
Raunchy sex scene sinks Australian politician

Yemen peace talks to open in Kuwait
Peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in Yemen will begin in Kuwait on Thursday, the United Nations says.

Large blast hits Mexican oil facility
A large explosion has rocked an oil facility in the south-east Mexican state of Veracruz, the region’s governor says.

German refugees ‘occupy’ far-right videos
German YouTube users searching for anti-immigration videos are being shown adverts of refugees talking about the prejudices they encounter.

Israeli diamond dealer arrested
An Israeli diamond dealer is arrested on suspicion of embezzlement, amid a fraud investigation that could involve $65m (£45m).

‘Polish Catholic posed as rabbi’
A man entrusted to give talks at Polish schools about Judaism and lead Jewish prayers was neither a rabbi nor even Jewish, media say.

Seven shot dead in Pakistan polio attack
Motorcycle gunmen shoot dead seven policemen in the Pakistani city of Karachi in the latest attack against polio vaccination.

Top court gives Iran cash to US victims
The US Supreme Court permits the families of victims of a 1983 bombing in Beirut and other terror attacks to collect nearly $2bn (£1.4bn) in frozen Iranian assets.

Syria siege evacuations under way
Relief agencies begin to evacuate 500 wounded people from four besieged Syrian towns.

Criminal charges over Flint water crisis
Michigan’s attorney general files charges against three officials over contaminated water supplies in Flint.

How one woman’s ‘bathroom bill’ campaign went viral
The anti-transgender rights photos dividing opinion online

VIDEO: Race car narrowly avoids hitting deer
A deer in Poland had a lucky escape when it narrowly missed being hit by a racing car.

VIDEO: Sweaty billboard could help fight Zika
A billboard that smells of human sweat and breath in order to attract and kill mosquitoes has been designed in Brazil.

Nato-Russia talks show Ukraine schism
Differences over the conflict in eastern Ukraine mark the first formal meeting of the Nato-Russia Council in almost two years.

Two burned alive in Zambia riots
Two people were burned to death on Monday during xenophobic violence in Zambia’s capital, police say, without giving their nationality.

Brussels suspect charged over Paris
Osama Krayem, a Swedish suspect in the Brussels bombings of 22 March, is charged with involvement in last year’s Paris attacks.

‘Attacked’ India police horse dies
An Indian police horse that had a leg amputated after allegedly being assaulted by a politician has died.

US criminal probe into Panama Papers
The US Justice Department opens a criminal investigation into tax avoidance schemes exposed by the Panama Papers.

Killer Breivik wins human rights case
Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik wins part of a human rights case against the Norwegian state, alleging “inhuman or degrading treatment”.

Volcano implicated in Mayan upheaval
Scientists think they can now tie the disruption that hit Mayan civilisation in the 6th Century to an eruption of the El Chichon volcano.

Lebanon ‘to free Australian TV crew’
A deal is reportedly reached in Lebanon in the case of an Australian mother and TV crew accused of abducting two children in a custody dispute.

Germany asks Belgium to shut reactors
German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks calls on Belgium to close two nuclear reactors temporarily because of concerns over safety.

Court overturns $50bn Yukos compensation
A Dutch court overturns a ruling ordering Russia to pay $50bn (£29.5bn) to former shareholders of the Yukos oil company, which was forcibly broken up in 2007.

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