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Politics • African
2020-06-29T18:00:01+00:00
Malawi: Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as new president
Malawi: Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as new president
Credit: Dr. Lazarus Chakwera on Twitter @LAZARUSCHAKWERA

Former opposition chief Lazarus Chakwera has won the presidential election in Malawi against incumbent Peter Mutharika. He won with 58,57% of the votes in Tuesday's election. Chakwera said his win was a "victory for democracy and justice".

"There's no cause for fear because I will be your president and my policy for inclusivity means we are building a new Malawi for all of us," Chakwera told BBC.

Politics • Asian
2020-06-29T12:00:01+00:00
Multiple people dead after raid on Pakistani stock exchange in Karachi

Four gunmen attacked the Pakistani stock exchange in Karachi, killing at least two people and wounding others before police shot them dead. A police officer and security officials are also among those confirmed dead.

In an interview with BBC, Sindh police additional inspector general Ghulam Nabi Memon said: "The attackers came in a silver Corolla and were stopped by police at the gate outside where the exchange of fire took place,".

Militants from the Majid Brigade of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) took responsibility for the attack, but the claim has yet to be confirmed.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-10T19:30:02+00:00
Twitter puts fact-checking label on tweets linking 5G with Covid-19
Graffiti against 5G
Graffiti against 5G Credit: MHM55 (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Twitter is adding labels on tweets that wrongly link the spread of the Covid-19 with 5G mobile networks.

The label reads, “Get the facts on Covid-19”. After clicking on the message, users see a document titled “No 5G isn’t causing coronavirus” that collects sources debunking claims with links to pages like the BBC and Snopes.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
2020-06-05T16:00:01+00:00
Tim Davie named new BBC director-general
Tim Davie at a Creative Britain event at the Foreign Office in London, 14 May 2014.
Tim Davie at a Creative Britain event at the Foreign Office in London, 14 May 2014. Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Tim Davie has been appointed as the new BBC director-general, replacing Tony Hall who announced his departure in January 2020. Davie, who previously served as head of BBC Studios, said he was honoured by the appointment and that he plans to "accelerate change" and "continue to reform, make clear choices and stay relevant".

He added: "This has been a critical time for the UK and these past few months have shown just how much the BBC matters to people. Our mission has never been more relevant, important or necessary. I have a deep commitment to content of the highest quality and impartiality."

Transportation • Cars & Automobiles
2020-06-04T21:22:45+00:00
Bentley to cut up to 1,000 jobs in the UK
Bentley Continental GTC
Bentley Continental GTC Credit: Alexander Migl (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

BBC reports that luxury carmaker Bentley is to cut 1,000 jobs in the UK. The company, owned by German car-maker Volkswagen, declined to comment but is expected to make a formal announcement on Friday.

Sports • Soccer
2020-05-29T08:47:15+00:00
The Premier League to resume on June 17 after a 100-day pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic
View of North Stand in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium from East Stand
View of North Stand in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium from East Stand Credit: Daniel (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The English Premier League looks set to resume on June 17, more than three months after it was forced into hiatus by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Clubs agreed on the date at a shareholders’ meeting on Thursday, although the Government must still give the green light to the competition resuming behind closed doors as the country continues along with its road map to recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic.

All 92 matches remaining in the 2019-20 season are set to be televised by the league's broadcast partners, including the BBC, which means the corporation televising a live Premier League match for the first time since the competition’s foundation in 1992.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-05-09T16:31:46+00:00
UK to quarantine air passengers for 14 days
Heathrow Airport Terminal 5
Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Credit: Heathrow Airport

BBC reports UK airlines have been told the government will impose a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK from any country apart from the Republic of Ireland to try to avoid a second peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Travellers arriving in the UK will have to provide the address and then self-isolate at a private residence. It is not clear if non-UK residents will be allowed to stay in rented private accommodation.

"We need to see the details of what they are proposing", said Airlines UK, which represents British Airways, EasyJet and other UK-based airlines, in a statement.