A month of killing in Afghanistan – BBC News

From BBC News. An average of 74 men, women and children were killed every day in Afghanistan throughout the month of August, the BBC has found. The findings show unrelenting violence affects almost the entire country as US negotiations to withdraw after 18 years of war are in disarray. We confirmed 611 security incidents in…

Myanmar’s deadly ‘jade rush’ – BBC News

From BBC News. The world’s biggest jade mines are found in the restive Kachin state in Myanmar. BBC Burmese gained rare access to the area where mountains have been turned into moonscapes. The industry has been estimated to be valued at a staggering $31bn (£25bn) annually. Hundreds of thousands of people have flocked there to…

The Displaced – BBC News

From BBC News. More people are on the move, and forced to leave their homes, than ever before. In fact, the world is seeing the highest rate of human displacement in modern history. So how did we get to this point? The BBC’s Ashley John-Baptiste has spent the past few months visiting some of the…

Are our phones listening to us? – BBC News

From BBC News. A mobile security company has carried out a research investigation to address the popular conspiracy theory that tech giants are listening to conversations. The internet is awash with posts and videos on social media where people claim to have proof that the likes of Facebook and Google are spying on users in…

Acid attack survivor regains sight – BBC News

From BBC News. James O’Brien was blinded in his right eye over 20 years ago during an acid attack. For the last 18 months he’s been undergoing pioneering treatment at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital using stem cells to replace the scar tissue over his eye. He’s the first NHS patient to receive this treatment, and…

Risking death for thrills in Colombia – BBC News

From BBC News. “Gravity biking” is a popular extreme sport in the United States, involving riding specially-adapted pushbikes down steep roads. An even more extreme version has become popular among young men in poor neighbourhoods of Medellín, Colombia, who risk their lives on the mountain city’s vertiginous highways, usually without helmets or protective clothing. Marlon…

Could smartglasses replace your smartphone? – BBC News

From BBC News. As global technology companies start to invest in smartglasses technology as a possible replacement for smartphones, the BBC has experimented with how audiences might watch TV, access the news and learn about new topics using new augmented reality technology, holograms and smartglasses. Cyrus Saihan is Head of Digital Partnerships, Distribution & Business…

Prime Minister’s brother quits – BBC News

From BBC News. The Prime Minister’s brother has made a surprising announcement today that he’s quitting politics, because he’s torn between family loyalty and the national interest. After losing a series of crucial votes in the House of Commons over the last forty eight hours, Boris Johnson was in Wakefield this afternoon, where he again…