10 toughest places for girls to go to school

Image copyright Unicef Image caption South Sudan has been named as the worst place in the world for education for girls Debates about schools in richer countries are often about the politics of priorities, what subjects should be given most importance, who needs extra help and what needs more public spending. …

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Oil exporters agree to extend output curbs

Image copyright Reuters   The world’s leading oil exporting nations have agreed to extend production curbs, aimed at boosting the oil price, by nine months. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and non-members, led by Russia, agreed the output limits would continue until the end of 2018. The limits …

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UK government funds Matthew Herbert's Brexit Big Band

Image caption Matthew Herbert destroyed some instruments on BBC Radio 3’s Between the Ears A musician who wants to tour Europe to heal the “huge divisions” caused by Brexit has been given a grant by the UK Department for International Trade. Matthew Herbert said he wanted to correct the impression …

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Google investigates mysterious vanishing files

Image copyright Google  Image caption Google Docs appears to be locking users out of files by flagging documents as violating its terms of services Numerous Google Docs users have reported that they are being mysteriously locked out of certain files in their accounts. The error causes files to be flagged …

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‘Therapist reignited sex abuse trauma’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Marie” says her counsellors offered to bath her The ineffective regulation of those practising talking therapies – such as counselling and psychotherapy – is leaving patients at risk of harm, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. For two sexual abuse …

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Hair raising

Image copyright Abid Bhat   Tasleema Rouf, 35, was on the top storey of her house in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, when she says she saw a man’s shadow. Before she could react, she says, she was attacked. When she tried to scream for help, he tried to …

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Rare spectacle

Image caption The orcas come to the fjords around Kvaløya to feast on herring Europe’s killer whales wowed in the BBC’s Blue Planet II series but these animals face extinction. Chris Gibson travelled to the small Norwegian island of Kvaløya where the orcas retain a strong foothold. But for how …

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Care homes: Public ‘pay unfair fees to plug £1bn shortfall’

Image copyright Getty Images   Care homes have been applying unfair charges and over-the-top fees for self-funders, an official review shows. The Competition and Market Authority found some homes had applied large upfront costs and charged families for weeks after their relatives had died. The watchdog also highlighted how those …

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Singapore python tries to eat ‘petrified’ pet parrot

Image copyright Melvin Yap  Image caption The cockatoo named Nikki was clinging on to one side of the cage A pet parrot in Singapore has been rescued from the jaws of death, after its owners discovered a huge python coiled around their bird’s cage. The 1.5m long (5ft) snake was …

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