Transgender dolls: Breaking the mould or just a fad?

  • 22 February 2017
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A new toy billed as the world's "first transgender doll" has created a buzz on social media.

Thousands of tweets about the product unveiled by the Tonner Doll Company have been posted since it was announced that the doll would make its first appearance at this week's New York Toy Fair.

The doll is modelled on a teenage activist who was born a boy, but lives as a female. Jazz Jennings shot to fame when she was interviewed about her gender dysphoria by US TV presenter Barbara Walters.


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That was a decade ago, and Jennings is now 16. She said on her Facebook page: "I was assigned male at birth but was a girl right from the start. I expressed myself as a girl to my family by gravitating towards dolls, dresses, sparkles, and everything feminine. I didn't just like girly objects, but I heavily insisted that I WAS a girl."

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Image caption Jazz Jennings was just six years old when she went on US television to talk about her gender dysphoria

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How Milo's downfall split the alt-right

  • 22 February 2017
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Image caption Comedian Bill Maher (left) hosted Milo Yiannopoulos (right) on his television show

Leading figures and activists on the alt-right have split over controversial comments made by one of the movement's champions.

Milo Yiannopoulos is a passionate supporter of Donald Trump and rose to fame as an editor at the right-wing website Breitbart. His extreme views on feminism and Islam made him a darling of the American alt-right - a loose collection of anti-immigration, anti-political correctness conservatives including many white nationalists. Although Yiannopoulos has consistently said he is not a member of the movement, in March 2016 co-wrote a much-cited defence of the alt-right.

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Gordon Ramsay's roasting food reviews, and UK pair's chilling Canary Wharf stunt

  • 21 February 2017
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Gordon Ramsay savages people's cooking skills on Twitter, and a British pair conquer Canary Wharf's tallest building.

Ramsay takes no prisoners on Twitter

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is known for his ferocious temper and explosive outbursts on television, but his social media followers are now getting a taste of his brutal reviews too.

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The mystery of the anti-UKIP Twitter machine

  • 21 February 2017
An image of Paul Nuttall, one of the images that's circulating among a network of co-ordinated anti-UKIP Twitter accounts Image copyright @Terry_andover/Twitter
Image caption One of the images that's circulating among a network of co-ordinated anti-UKIP Twitter accounts

Why is a strange network of Twitter accounts, usually the source of pro-Russian messages, now pumping out tweets about a very specific British election?

They number in the dozens and they are targeting the pro-Brexit UK Independence Party and in particular its leader, Paul Nuttall.

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Make Somalia Great Again gift, and 'day of action' for UK migrants

  • 20 February 2017
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The newly-elected president of Somalia has received a unique present from the US ambassador, and migrant workers in the UK take a day off to participate in a nationwide campaign.

Make Somalia, not America, Great Again

US President Donald Trump's ubiquitous Make America Great Again cap has now made inroads into Somalia, but in a slightly unusual fashion.

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America's extremist battle: antifa v alt-right

  • 20 February 2017
A protester lobs a brick at police during protests in Washington during the inauguration of Donald Trump Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption A protester lobs a brick at police during protests in Washington during the inauguration of Donald Trump

In a divided America, two groups at the extreme ends of the political spectrum are doing battle online, and on the streets.

The alt-right - a disparate group of pro-Donald Trump provocateurs who critics say are bigoted white nationalists - has a reputation for trolling and online bullying. Now some believe they may have met their match in the form of a group of left-wing anarchists whose tactics are arguably more extreme.

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The Bachelorette: the most eligible black woman in America?

  • 18 February 2017
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One of the most popular reality TV programmes in the US has cast an African-American lead. People are asking: what took so long?

It was no huge surprise that Monday night's announcement of the latest lead in America's most popular reality TV dating show franchise, The Bachelorette, got Twitter excited. But this announcement was, in the words of its producer Mike Fleiss, "historic".

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Viral video of women 'boycotting' Nordstrom for Ivanka Trump, and a man's 'Jason Segel diet' challenge

  • 17 February 2017
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A video of women cancelling their Nordstrom accounts over the store's dropping of Ivanka Trump's products has gone viral, and a man commits to eating a picture of Jason Segel every day until the actor eats one of him.

'No money for Nordstrom'

A group of women have filmed themselves walking into a Nordstrom store to cancel their accounts citing the store's decision to drop a fashion line by Ivanka Trump.

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'Fake news city' is now pumping out odd Facebook videos

  • 17 February 2017
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Fake news writers are producing strange, static videos that appear designed to boost pro-Donald Trump Facebook groups.

It was billed as the city of fake news. After the election of Donald Trump, journalists descended on Veles in Macedonia, which hosted a disproportionate number of fake news websites.

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Elon Musk's offer to German 'hero', and 'LOL' shirt for sale after Kim Jong-nam poisoning

  • 16 February 2017
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Tesla chief Elon Musk offers free repairs to a German saviour, and a replica of the "LOL" T-shirt worn by a woman thought to be one of the suspects in the death of North Korea's leader went on sale in China before being taken down.

Elon Musk offers free repair to German 'hero'

Tesla chief Elon Musk is offering free repairs to a man who sacrificed his Tesla car to save an unconscious driver near Munich, Germany.

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