Liu Xiaobo: Western doctors contradict China on Nobel laureate's cancer

Liu Xiaobo: Western doctors contradict China on Nobel laureate's cancer

Image copyrightGetty Images Image caption Supporters have appealed to China to allow Mr Liu to travel abroad for treatmentTwo Western doctors have contradicted Chinese medical experts over the fate of a dying Nobel Peace Prize winner. Liu Xiaobo, an imprisoned pro-democracy advocate, was moved to hospital while serving an 11-year jail term, because of his advanced terminal liver cancer. His doctors in China say he is too ill to travel abroad for treatment, and must remain in China. But medics from the US and Germany who examined Mr Liu disagree,…

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Venezuela: Maduro praises opposition leader Lopez's prison release

Venezuela: Maduro praises opposition leader Lopez's prison release

Image copyrightReuters Image caption Mr Lopez (above) was cheered by jubilant supporters outside his home in CaracasVenezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has praised the decision to release from prison one of the country’s main opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez. Mr Lopez has been moved to house arrest after more than three years in jail. He left a prison near Caracas and was reunited with his family on Saturday. Mr Lopez was serving a 14-year sentence for inciting violence during anti-government protests in 2014, a charge he has always denied. The Supreme Court…

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Canada's British Columbia battles wildfires

Canada's British Columbia battles wildfires

Image copyright BC Wildfire Service/Reuters Image caption Wildfires seen near 100 Mile House in British ColumbiaA state of emergency has been declared by the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) as it battles over 180 wildfires. The federal government says it is monitoring the situation closely and is ready to provide assistance upon request. CBC News reported that an estimated 7,000 people had been forced from their homes. The fires threaten several communities in BC’s central interior region. It is the first state of emergency declared by the province in…

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True Blood star Nelsan Ellis dies aged 39

True Blood star Nelsan Ellis dies aged 39

Image copyrightGetty Images Image caption Co-stars of Nelsan Ellis said they were “stunned” and “devastated” by the newsUS actor Nelsan Ellis, who starred in the popular HBO series True Blood, has died aged 39, his manager confirmed. Ellis, best known for playing the flamboyant Lafayette Reynolds in the horror-drama series, died after complications from heart failure. “He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed,” his manager Emily Gerson Saines told the Hollywood Reporter. Ellis appeared in True Blood from 2008 until the series ended…

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Ivanka Trump takes Donald Trump seat at G20 leaders' table

Ivanka Trump takes Donald Trump seat at G20 leaders' table

Image copyrightGetty Images Image caption Ms Trump accompanied her father to earlier sessions before sitting in for him laterIn an unusual move Ivanka Trump briefly took her father Donald’s seat at a summit of world leaders on Saturday. The US president had stepped away for a meeting with the Indonesian leader during the G20 meeting. Ms Trump is an adviser to her father, but a leader’s absence is usually covered by high-ranking officials. A BBC correspondent at the summit said he could recall no similar precedent. There has been widespread…

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