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the photographer who became a warrior

image copyrightheather agyepong/tate exchangethe female warrior yaa is a "badass" according to photographer heather agyepong who has re-imagined the leader for images which fall from the ceiling of the tate modern in her latest show. they depict strength, but also reveal how the stereotype of the "strong, black woman" led to her own depression.agyepong was born and raised in london, the daughter of immigrant parents from the ashanti tribe in ghana. yaa is a celebrated ghanaian warrior from the same tribe - they may or may not be related. "my yaa is a badass, and powerful," agyepong says. "she goes into spaces and fills them and sometimes i feel like that and sometimes i don't." as a black, female, artist in the uk, agyepong admits she doesn't always feel totally at home or equal in galleries or museums and has taken a more personal take on black life to take attention away from "black trauma".she says people have become used to seeing "slavery, or films about women in pain" and rather than "dwell on this painful situation" she wants her work to reinvigorate and "reclaim" these cultural spaces and help black people feel "empowered".image copyrightheather agyepong/tate exchangeher latest project sees the 27-year-old recreate photographs and pose as yaa. the warrior, yaa asantewaa, led the ashanti rebellion known as the war of the golden stool in 1900.it was a fight against british colonialism after the british governor demanded the tribe hand over the gold s...





bosnia's silent killer: the coal industry

after the us decision to quit the paris climate agreement, the european union set its sights on becoming a global leader in curbing fossil fuel emissions. but some of its eastern neighbours that seek to join the bloc have severe levels of air pollution. the bbc's environment correspondent navin khadka visited bosnia-herzegovina, where a heavy reliance on the coal industry has led to high levels of pollution. many people are switching back to coal as a cheaper alternative to imported gas from russia. but the high level of air pollution in the balkan state has become a cause for alarm for the locals.produced by camelia sadeghzadehcamera marek polaszewski





week in pictures: 11 - 17 november 2017

our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week.image copyrightivan damanik/ afpimage caption in the karo lands of indonesia, a farmer fertilises his farm as mount sinabung erupts in the background. the volcano has been active for the past seven years after lying dormant for the previous 400, with activity particularly increasing since 2013. image copyrightangela weiss/ afpimage caption thando hopa, a south african model with albinism, attends the launch of the 2018 pirelli calendar, in which she is appearing. image copyrightsteve parsons/ paimage caption quixote and doris the shetland pony greet each other while inspector simon rooke of the metropolitan police looks on, ahead of the 2017 olympia horse show. image copyrightjekesai njikizana/ afpimage caption young women walk past an armoured personnel carrier as zimbabwean soldiers regulate traffic in harare. zimbabwe's military appeared to be in control of the country, although they are denying that they staged a coup against president robert mugabe. image copyrightjeff j mitchell/ getty imagesimage caption judges sample the entries at the world championship scotch pie awards in dunfermline, fife. image copyrightmanan vatsyayana/ reutersimage caption us president donald trump links hands with vietnam's prime minister nguyen xuan phuc and philippines president rodrigo duterte during the asean-us summit in manila, philippines. image ...





'crying every day': haitians could be sent home under trump

videohaitians who were granted temporary protected status in the us after the 2010 earthquake that devastated their country face an uncertain future under the trump administration.share this withcopy this linkhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-42031801/crying-every-day-haitians-could-be-sent-home-under-trumpread more about sharingclose share panel





floods: how to stay safe when disaster strikes

floods have been a deadly staple of 2017, causing damage across the world. we asked three experts about how to prevent deaths from flooding and stay safe should disaster strike near you.animation by jilla dastmalchi





the children's clothes helping to empower redheads

they are thought to make up about 2% of the world's population - and now fashion is celebrating redheads.jennie marshall, a dispensing optician from tamworth, staffordshire, has designed a range of children's clothing which focuses on the mc1r gene, responsible for red hair.jennie, who has brown hair, said she wanted her redheaded daughter to feel empowered by her difference and celebrate how she looked.video journalist: catherine mackie





newspaper headlines: budget boost for driverless cars and nhs

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azzedine alaïa: popular tunisian couturier dies aged 77

image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption alaïa was fascinated by the human form and his designs were often close-fitting the celebrated tunisian fashion designer azzedine alaïa has died at the age of 77, french media report. alaïa, whose close-fitting designs earned him the nickname "king of cling", achieved fame in the 1980s.clients included british model naomi campbell, us singer lady gaga, actress greta garbo and michelle obama.alaïa was known for his uncompromising attitude to exhibit his designs to his own schedule and was uninterested in the publicity of fashion weeks.image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption barbadian singer rihanna in a dress designed by alaïa at the grammy awards in los angeles in 2013 image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption michelle obama wore an alaïa dress at the nato summit in germany in 2009 image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption lady gaga in an alaïa creation at the academy awards in hollywood in 2015 tributes were being paid to the couturier on social media on saturday.lady gaga said that alaïa was a "genius in not only fashion but in his heart". in a statement posted on twitter, the singer said the designer "should be celebrated as one of the greatest," adding: "i love you." singer mariah carey also thanked alaïa in a tweet, adding that he was an "incredibly kind man". fellow fashion designer jean paul gaultier said that alaïa was "brilliant" at combining traditional techniques and knowl...





budget 2017: green light for driverless car testing

image copyrightgetty imagesthe testing of driverless cars on uk roads is expected to be given the green light in wednesday's budget.chancellor philip hammond will announce regulation changes to allow developers to apply to test the vehicles.writing in the sun, he said investment would "prepare the ground" for the cars to be on roads by 2021.investment in technology including artificial intelligence and 5g mobile networks will also be announced.the announcement comes after the uk's biggest car manufacturer, jaguar land rover, began testing driverless cars on public roads.the trials, which rely on sensors that allow the cars to detect traffic, pedestrians and signals, took place in coventry city centre over several weeks. jaguar said a human was on board to react to emergencies.in his article mr hammond said: "this was once just an inventor's dream, but it will soon become a reality."we can stand by and watch this happen, or we can embrace it and take full advantage of what is in front of us."my budget will include plans to make britain a world leader in this area - the best place for developers to make and road test prototype vehicles."the government said the industry would be worth £28bn to the uk economy by 2035 and will support 27,000 jobs.labour quipped that under the tories it would not only be the cars with no-one in the driving seat.mr hammond is also expected to announce:£75m for artificial intelligence£400m for electric car charge points£100m to boost cle...





dyfed-powys police confirm caldey island sex abuse reports

dyfed-powys police has told bbc wales it received reports of historical sexual abuse perpetrated by a monk on caldey island in the 1970s and 1980s.the force investigated in 2014 and 2016 but could not prosecute as the monk, father thaddeus kotik, died in 1992.the guardian newspaper has reported that caldey abbey has paid compensation to six women who were abused as children.bbc wales has attempted to contact caldey abbey in pembrokeshire.court papers seen by the guardian said kotik carried out the abuse between 1972 and 1987 and the women, who were on holiday at the time, believe there may be many more victims.kotik worked in the abbey's dairy and befriended families who regularly visited the island.after gaining the trust of parents he would babysit the children and sexually abuse them, the papers suggest.the women, who are not identified, said the abbey knew about the offences and failed to report kotik to the police.'terrified'in civil proceedings against the abbey, they said it was liable for the alleged assaults which occurred on its property by kotik who was charged with the safekeeping and care of the children.the women said that kotik "terrified them into silence" and said if they told anyone their parents would not want them and leave them on the island with him.in 2014, one of the women e-mailed the current abbot of caldey abbey, brother daniel van santvoort, and told him that the effect of the abuse had been catastrophic.she said: "father thaddeus' perversio...





waddesdon air crash: helicopter instructor among victims

image copyrighthelicopter servicesimage caption capt mike green was described as a 'respected' helicopter instructor one of the victims of a mid-air crash between a helicopter and a plane was capt mike green, his employer has confirmed.four men were killed in friday's crash at waddesdon estate, near aylesbury in buckinghamshire. there were no survivors.capt mike green was conducting a flight instructor course with a student when they both died, helicopter services said on facebook. the firm said it was "devastated". it added: "we have received many messages of support and kind words about our friend who, as a senior instructor and examiner, helped and mentored so many pilots throughout the industry during his distinguished career."it was an honour to work with you. captain green, you will be greatly missed."capt green's friend, capt phil croucher, said he was a "respected helicopter instructor who will be remembered with affection"."it's a sad loss. we have lost somebody with a vast amount of experience that could have been passed on to younger people, apart from him being a nice guy generally," he told the press association.three of the victims' families visited the site of the wreckage scattered across a wooded area, on saturday, thames valley police said.image copyrightfacebookinvestigations at the site, conducted by police and the air accidents investigation branch (aaib) are expected to continue for several days. supt rebecca mears said it was "to...





'a stranger ruined my life and wants to stab me'

imre is being stalked by a stranger. she was sent to prison for harassing him but she's being released and police have warned they think she's plotting to stab him.worried for imre's safety, they move him to a safe house. imre's story is told in full in stalkers on bbc one at 22:45 on monday 20 november. viewers in the uk can catch up later online.





new portrait marks queen and prince philip's 70th anniversary

image copyrightmatt holyoak/camera pressa new portrait of the queen and prince philip has been released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.the royal couple will mark monday's platinum anniversary with a private dinner with family and friends at windsor castle.the bells of westminster abbey, where they married in 1947, will toll to mark the occasion.royal mail has issued a set of six commemorative stamps, featuring the couple's engagement and wedding.image copyrightepaimage caption commemorative stamps from the royal mail feature the royal couple's engagement and wedding photos the queen and the duke of edinburgh are the first royal couple to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.when they married, the then princess elizabeth was 21-years-old while her groom, lieutenant philip mountbatten, was 26.image copyrightpaimage copyrightpathe new image, by celebrity photographer matt holyoak, shows the pair flanked by thomas gainsborough's paintings of george iii and queen charlotte from 1781.in the photograph, the queen is wearing a cream day dress designed by angela kelly, her personal assistant and dressmaker since 2002.she also wears a "scarab" brooch in yellow gold, carved ruby and diamond, designed by andrew grima and given to the queen as a gift in 1966.have you celebrated your platinum wedding anniversary? share your stories by emailing [email protected] can also contact us in the following ways:tweet: @bbc_haveyoursaywhatsapp: +44 7555 173285text a...





ac/dc guitarist malcolm young dies at 64

image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption malcolm young (right) and his brother angus (left) were driving forces behind the international success of ac/dc australian guitarist and ac/dc co-founder malcolm young has died aged 64 after a long battle with dementia.he died peacefully on saturday with his family nearby, a statement said.young will be remembered for his powerful rhythm guitar riffs that were instrumental in propelling the sydney heavy rock group to stardom.three young brothers have been part of ac/dc's history, including lead guitarist angus. producer george young died in october.ac/dc producer george young dies at 70ac/dc: malcolm young suffering from dementiaac/dc bassist cliff williams announces retirement"renowned for his musical prowess, malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many," the statement read."from the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. nothing less would do for their fans."image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption ac/dc are one of the biggest heavy rock bands in the world fans and friends of young have been posting their tributes to the popular musician on social media. tom morello, of the us band rage against the machine, tweeted his thanks to the "#1 greatest rhythm guitarist".english rock star david coverdale, a member of the band whitesnake and former lead singer of deep purple, also...





gerry adams to stand down as sinn féin leader next year

media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionmr adams said leadership means knowing when it's time for change sinn féin president gerry adams has revealed he plans to stand down as leader of the party next year.mr adams also said he will not stand for election to the irish parliament (dail) at the next election.speaking at the sinn féin ard fhéis (party conference) in dublin, mr adams said it would be his last as leader. "leadership means knowing when it's time for change and that time is now," mr adams said.profile: gerry adams the 69-year-old td (member of the irish parliament) for county louth has been party president since 1983.analysis: bbc ni political editor mark devenportso the build-up was justified - to paraphrase one of gerry adams' most famous phrases, he is going away you know. the precise date will depend on the party's ard comhairle or ruling executive which is expected to meet within the next fortnight - they will in turn call an extraordinary ard fheis where a new leader will be elected. sinn féin may hope that mr adams' decision not to stand in the next irish election will make any talks about a future coalition in dublin more straightforward. but the fianna fáil leader micheal martin has repeated his view that sinn fein remains unacceptable as a partner in government. whatever the future brings, though, there's no doubt gerry adams' move marks an historic change as a leader who oversaw the republican movement's journey between vio...





gaia pope: body found near swanage in search for missing woman

image copyrightpaimage caption gaia pope was last seen in swanage on 7 november a body has been found in the hunt for missing teenager gaia pope.dorset police said they were "confident" that the remains on land near swanage were those of the 19-year-old, who has been missing for 11 days.officers made the discovery at 15:00 gmt on saturday near a coastal path and field where items of her clothing were found on thursday.in a statement gaia's sister, clara pope, described her as the "light of my life".ms pope told itv news that her sister was "so beautiful, so emotionally wise and intelligent and so passionate and artistic and creative and understanding".addressing those people who had searched for gaia, she added: "i just want to tell everybody that every minute of your hard work has been absolutely worth it."'bird has flown'gaia's cousin, marienna pope-weidemann, said: "we are absolutely devastated and unable to put those feelings of loss into words. "our little bird has flown, but she will always be with us."ms pope-weidemann added: "we want to thank each and every one of you for everything you've done."if there is one ray of light in this nightmare it is the compassion, humanity and community spirit that you've shown over the last 10 days.media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captiongaia pope's family give statementthree arrested"your dedication and selflessness for a girl that many of you don't even know has been staggering and one ...





hurricane damage 'heartbreaking' - prince charles

image copyrightgetty imagesthe prince of wales has described the destruction caused by caribbean hurricanes as "utterly heartbreaking".after meeting homeless families in antigua, he said it was "painful beyond words to see the devastation".prince charles is on three-day tour to see the damage caused by hurricanes irma and maria in september.his visit came as the government announced a further £15m support for overseas territories affected by the hurricane, bringing the total to £92m.prince charles met residents of barbuda whose homes had been destroyed and who were being temporarily housed in antigua.later, the heir to the throne visited barbuda itself, flying over houses where the roofs had been torn off and replaced by blue tarpaulin. his first stop was to a primary school that was visited last year by prince harry. it is now partly ruined and abandoned.the barbuda affairs minister arthur nibbs told the prince that the force of the hurricane was "unprecedented" in 200 years. prince charles highlighted the belief of climate experts that global warming is already intensifying tropical storms. "this will get worse with continuous warming," he said.only about 100 of the island's 1,700 residents remain. the prince stopped at the home of one of them, evans thomas, 50, who had turned his house into a makeshift bar after the nearby pub was destroyed.the final stop on the royal tour will be the british virgin islands, where the prince is due to meet red cross staff who ar...





azzedine alaïa: popular tunisian couturier dies aged 77

image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption alaïa was fascinated by the human form and his designs were often close-fitting the celebrated tunisian fashion designer azzedine alaïa has died at the age of 77, french media report. alaïa, whose close-fitting designs earned him the nickname "king of cling", achieved fame in the 1980s.clients included british model naomi campbell, us singer lady gaga, actress greta garbo and michelle obama.alaïa was known for his uncompromising attitude to exhibit his designs to his own schedule and was uninterested in the publicity of fashion weeks.image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption us singer rihanna in a dress designed by alaïa at the grammy awards in los angeles in 2013 image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption michelle obama wore an alaïa dress at the nato summit in germany in 2009 image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption lady gaga in an alaïa creation at the academy awards in hollywood in 2015 tributes were being paid to the couturier on social media on saturday.lady gaga said that alaïa was a "genius in not only fashion but in his heart". in a statement posted on twitter, the singer said the designer "should be celebrated as one of the greatest," adding: "i love you." singer mariah carey also thanked alaïa in a tweet, adding that he was an "incredibly kind man". fellow fashion designer jean paul gaultier said that alaïa was "brilliant" at combining traditional techniques and knowledge to...





autumn international: scotland 17-22 new zealand

media playback is not supported on this device watch: highlights of scotland 17-22 new zealandautumn internationalsscotland (3) 17tries: gray, h jones cons: russell 2 pen: russellnew zealand (3) 22tries: taylor, mckenzie, barrett cons: barrett 2 pen: barrettscotland are still awaiting a first win over new zealand after a dramatic 22-17 loss at murrayfield. tries from codie taylor and damian mckenzie early in the second half put the world champions in command.jonny gray thundered over for scotland, but beauden barrett scampered away to stretch the all blacks' lead.huw jones raced clear for a converted try and in the last minute stuart hogg was denied by a superb cover tackle from barrett when heading for the line.the outstanding hogg was racing towards the left corner for a try that would have tied the scores with a conversion attempt to come, but barrett caught the full-back, who lost the ball forward as he attempted an offload. the five-point defeat is the closest scotland have come to beating new zealand since the sides drew 25-25 at murrayfield in 1983.this was always going to be a momentous occasion but the emotion was ratcheted up further when former scotland lock doddie weir and his three sons brought out the match ball before kick-off, murrayfield rising as one to greet the former lion, who has motor neurone disease.ex-scotland lock doddie weir, who has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease, presented the match ball with his sonsit was a searing moment an...





budget 2017: philip hammond to announce boost for driverless cars

image copyrightgetty imageswednesday's budget will include plans to make the uk the best place to manufacture and road-test driverless cars, the chancellor has said.writing in the sun newspaper, mr hammond said investment in "exciting new technologies", including in driverless cars, will be announced.this will "prepare the ground" for the cars to be on uk roads by 2021, he said.mr hammond said the "inventors dream" will soon become a reality.the technology that allows cars to become more autonomous has been increasing in recent years, with all the main manufacturers now offering some element of driverless technology, including self-parking features and cruise control on motorways.the announcement comes after the uk's biggest car manufacturer, jaguar land rover, began testing driverless cars on public roads.the trials, which rely on sensors that allow the cars to detect traffic, pedestrians and signals, took place in coventry city centre over several weeks. jaguar said a human was on board to react to emergencies.in his article mr hammond said: "take driverless cars. this was once just an inventors dream, but it will soon become a reality."we can stand by and watch this happen, or we can embrace it and take full advantage of what is in front of us."my budget will include plans to make britain a world leader in this area - the best place for developers to make and road test prototype vehicles."he said the industry could be worth £28bn to the uk economy by 2035, and...