Can the US crack down on fake vaccination cards?

The operator behind “Covid19vaccinecardsss” took just seconds to reply. One of a slew of Instagram accounts hawking fake proof of Covid-19 vaccination cards, whoever was running the page was eager to sell, inviting the BBC to move over to an encrypted messaging app to make a deal. For $100 (£70), the vendor would deliver a […]

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Nicole Scherzinger hits back at ‘false’ Pussycat Dolls reunion claims

Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger has rejected claims that she went back on a deal to perform in a reunion tour, branding them “ludicrous and false”. The singer is being sued by the band’s choreographer and founder Robin Antin for allegedly reneging on a previously-announced tour, it emerged this week. But Scherzinger’s lawyer has now […]

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China court drops case against ex-Alibaba employee accused of sexual assault

A court in China has dropped a case against a former Alibaba employee accused of sexual assault. The district court in north-eastern Shandong province said the “forcible indecency” committed by the man, identified as Wang, was not a crime. The employee was arrested last month after a female employee of Alibaba said she was sexually […]

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Britney Spears: Singer’s conservatorship case explained

US pop star Britney Spears’ career has been in the hands of legal guardians in an arrangement known as a conservatorship since 2008, when she faced a public mental health crisis. The court-ordered agreement gave her father control over her estate and other aspects of her life. But the arrangement could now be nearing its […]

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Afghanistan: ‘I feel lucky to leave but we must not forget those left behind’

eople who have fled Afghanistan for the UK after the Taliban takeover have spoken of their relief to have escaped the country. UK troops are continuing to evacuate British nationals and eligible Afghans after insurgents seized control of the capital Kabul. No 10 says 306 UK nationals and 2,052 Afghans have been evacuated so far. […]

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Afghanistan: Danger lies on Kabul’s airport road to freedom

As thousands of citizens and foreign nationals attempt to flee Afghanistan, scenes outside Kabul airport have become increasingly desperate. Since the Taliban took control of the country at the weekend and closed land border crossings, the capital’s airport has become the only way out of the country for many. But the militants have said they […]

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Nicole Kidman reportedly enters Hong Kong quarantine-free

Nicole Kidman has become the latest Hollywood star to come under fire for circumventing strict quarantine rules for international travellers. The Australian actress’s arrival in Hong Kong has sparked widespread anger after she was reportedly spotted out and about two days after touching down. This is despite the region having some of the strictest rules […]

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Afghan footballer falls to death from US plane in Kabul

Zaki Anwari, 19, had played for Afghanistan’s national youth team. Further details of when he died have not been disclosed. Since the Taliban’s recapture of Afghanistan, thousands of people have scrambled to Kabul’s airport as Western countries rush to evacuate their citizens and Afghan colleagues. Images emerged on Monday showing hundreds of people running alongside […]

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