Why a chicken is on trial in France (CNN)

A rooster called Maurice was Thursday put on trial in western France, in an unusual case that has come to symbolise the divide between urban and rural communities. The copper-feathered cockerel is the defendant in a court battle stemming from…

Africa Avant-Garde: Spotlight on African arts comes to CNN

Africa Avant-Garde, CNN’s newest programme, which will tell stories across CNN’s TV and digital platforms about contemporary African culture is to air with Access Bank as the inaugural sponsor. A statement from the bank said the sponsorship marks five years…

Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ has the longest run atop Amazon since ‘Fifty Shades’ (CNN)

Becoming by Michelle Obama is not just one of the best-selling books of the past year — it is one of the hottest titles of the decade. The inspirational memoir by the former first lady has been on sale for…

New Nissan Leaf goes farther, faster (CNN)

This time, Nissan is going head-to-head with General Motors and Tesla. Nissan unveiled a new, more powerful version of its Leaf electric car Tuesday that will compete more directly against cars like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and, eventually, the base…

SpaceX speeds past a $30b valuation (CNN)

SpaceX is in the midst of a funding round that has already pulled Elon Musk’s rocket company past a $30 billion valuation. The new capital cements SpaceX’s position as one of the highest-valued private startups in the world, according to…

British woman, 48, allegedly raped in Indian tourist hotspot (CNN)

A 31-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly raping a British woman in the western Indian state of Goa. The victim was walking back to her hotel on Thursday in the popular tourist destination when the incident took place, according…

Child bride auctioned on Facebook in ‘barbaric use of technology’ (CNN)

Facebook has come under fire for a “barbaric use of technology” that allowed the sale of a child bride to be held on its site. An auction was held on the social media platform for a 16-year-old girl in South…

Sentinel tribe thought to have killed American ‘world’s most isolated’ (CNN)

The tribe that appears to have killed American John Allen Chau on remote North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal is one of a number of vanishing peoples sealed off from the rest of the world. The Sentinelese, as they’re known,…

UN Human Rights Body Decries Cameroon Violence (CNN)

The United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has condemned the continuing insecurity in Cameroon, amid reports of killings by armed groups and state forces that has prompted mass internal displacements. The development followed a worsening situation in North-West and South-West…

Dead whale in Indonesia had swallowed 1,000 pieces of plastic (CNN)

In just the latest reminder of the dangers of pollution in our oceans, a dead whale in Indonesia has been found with 13.2 pounds (six kilograms) of plastic waste in its stomach. The 31.17-foot sperm whale was found near Kapota…

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