R Kelly: backlash as singer announces Australia tour

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption R&B star R Kelly faces sexual abuse allegations from several women Singer R Kelly has announced a new tour of Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, sparking widespread criticism in light of abuse allegations against him. The R&B star posted his plans on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but later…

Baby polar bear takes first steps at Berlin zoo

Video The unnamed baby polar bear was born on 1 December and took her first steps with mother Tonja at Berlin zoo on Friday.

Top cleric urges Middle East's Muslims to 'embrace' Christians

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb signed a "document on human fraternity" The head of Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning has urged the Middle East's Muslims to "embrace" local Christians.Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar in Egypt, told an interfaith meeting in Abu Dhabi attended by Pope…

Ryan Zinke: US interior secretary to leave administration

Image copyright Getty Images US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is leaving his post at the end of the year, President Donald Trump says, in the latest high profile departure from his administration.In a tweet, President Trump thanked Mr Zinke for his service, saying he had "achieved much during his tenure".He said he would appoint a…

Egyptian actress Rania Youssef charged over revealing dress

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Youssef says she "probably miscalculated" in wearing the dress An Egyptian actress who wore a revealing dress to the Cairo Film Festival is to go on trial on charges of "inciting debauchery", reports say.Rania Youssef appeared in a lacy, black, see-through outfit that exposed most of her legs, outraging…

George Clooney calls for hotel boycott over Brunei LGBT laws

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption George Clooney said the new laws amounted to "human rights violations" Hollywood actor George Clooney is calling for a boycott of nine luxury hotels with links to Brunei, after the country said gay sex and adultery would soon be punishable by death.From 3 April, homosexuals could face being whipped…