Germany conservatives: Armin Laschet backed by Merkel party in chancellor race

image copyrightReutersimage captionArmin Laschet is the recently elected CDU leader, and current premier of North Rhine-WestphaliaArmin Laschet has won the backing of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party to run as a centre-right candidate to succeed her in September's elections.Christian Democrat (CDU) leader Mr Laschet was supported by 77.5% of the party's executive board members.His rival…

The Ugandan mum who was once ashamed of her gay son

By Mary GoodhartThe Comb podcast, BBC Africaimage copyrightAFPimage captionIn Uganda, gay sex can be punishable by life imprisonmentWhen Rita heard rumours that her son was gay she refused to believe it. At the time, she thought that homosexuality was an abomination - a "problem" that happened elsewhere, not in Uganda. When she finally realised the…

Redonda: The Caribbean island transformed into an eco haven

By Gemma HandySt John's, Antiguaimage copyrightShanna Challengerimage captionRedonda is Antigua and Barbuda's lesser known third islandThere are no resorts, no beaches, no amenities, and its contribution to the national GDP is practically zero. Yet the mile-long rocky isle of Redonda in the Caribbean Sea is deemed one of the most valuable spots in the region.Virtually…

How a bicycle tripled one woman's income

If you don't have a car and the roads are poor then it can be difficult taking your products to market or getting to school.So are bicycles the answer? One man in Zambia thinks so. A film for People Fixing the World by Richard Kenny.Pictures:

Oscars 2021: 19 geeky facts from Borat to Boseman

By Steven McIntoshEntertainment reporterimage copyrightGetty/Netflix/Amazon/Disney/Focusimage captionL-R: Nomadland director ChloĆ© Zhao, Viola Davis as Ma Rainey, Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat, Soul's Joe Gardner and Carey Mulligan in Promising Young WomanAfter an awards season which has dragged on even longer than some of the nominated films, the Oscars finally take place this Sunday. The 2021 race…

Table Mountain fire: Residents evacuated in Cape Town suburb

media captionFire breaks out on Table MountainSouth African emergency workers have evacuated three 17-storey residential buildings overlooking Cape Town as a huge fire burns along Table Mountain.The blaze spread quickly after breaking out on Sunday morning near a memorial to politician Cecil Rhodes. A restaurant was destroyed.The University of Cape Town's historic library was also…