Video of smoking iPhone 7 goes viral, and magicians to cast midnight 'spell' on Trump

  • 24 February 2017
Screengrab of photos tweeted by Brianna Olivas Image copyright Twitter/@briannaolivas_

Viral video of a smoking iPhone 7 raises Samsung Note 7 spectre, and magicians call for a midnight ritual to 'cast a spell' on US President Donald Trump.

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Et tu, Apple?

The video of a burning iPhone 7 Plus is raising questions about the safety of the iconic Apple smartphone.

The 21-second video was shared on Wednesday by Brianna Olivas, 18, from Tuscon, Arizona. In it, smoke can be seen coming out of the left side of the phone with the bezel and case both melting.

The clip has so far been viewed more than one million times and clocked up 24,000 retweets and 26,000 likes.

Photos taken after the incident by Ms Olivas reveal the phone's screen detached from the battery with a completely melted side bezel.

Image copyright Twitter/@briannaolivas_

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Uber clarifies harassment stance to users deleting accounts, and Poland's 'Fat Thursday'

  • 23 February 2017
A man arrives at the Uber offices in Queens, New York, US, 2 February 2017 Image copyright Reuters

Uber is sending apologetic messages to customers who want to delete their accounts over the recent sexual harassment allegations, and Poles gear up for a full day of doughnut-packed diet.

Uber explains stance amid delete requests

Ride-sharing company Uber has been hit with allegations of sexual harassment and has gone as far as asking former US President Barack Obama's attorney general to lead an investigation, but it is now sending an explanatory note to some of its users who request to delete their accounts over the claims.

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Russia's anti-fake news site mocked online

  • 23 February 2017
A headline from the "Santa Monica Observer" which is listed as "fake" on a Russian Foreign Ministry website Image copyright Santa Monica Observer

Russia's foreign ministry has launched a website to debunk fake news, but some social media users critical of the government are unimpressed by its lack of evidence.

Moscow has itself often been accused of using propaganda and false information, especially in state media reporting on the conflict in Ukraine and its alleged attempts to influence the US presidential election.

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Online petition calls for Wayne Shaw 'justice', and author's spat with Mumbai police over obesity

  • 22 February 2017
20/2/17: Sutton United's substitute Wayne Shaw eats a pie during the FA Cup match against Arsenal Image copyright Reuters

A petition has gone up in defence of Sutton United's pie-eating reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw, and Indian author Shobhaa Dee has found herself in a Twitter dispute with Mumbai Police.

Online petition demands 'justice' for Wayne Shaw

An online petition has been launched to call for the reinstatement of Sutton United's reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw, who resigned yesterday for breaking the Football Association's betting rules.

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Transgender dolls and all that Jazz

  • 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.

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How Milo's downfall split the alt-right

  • 22 February 2017
Comedian Bill Maher (left) with Milo Yiannopoulos (right) Image copyright AP
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
Gordon Ramsay as himself in the Extras Christmas Special. Thursday 27th December 2007

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
Screengrab of tweet by the US Mission to Somalia Image copyright Twitter/@US2Somalia

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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