Coronavirus capital by capital: How are Europeans coping with shutdown?

Image caption For BBC Rome correspondent Mark Lowen, Italy’s deserted capital is reminiscent of wartime curfews Across the Continent, Europeans are facing a barrage of restrictions on their freedoms as the authorities struggle to stop the new coronavirus spreading further. BBC correspondents describe the challenges faced in the cities where they live. Spaniards do their … Read more

Coronavirus: Why Ghana has gone into mourning after mass funeral ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Funerals in Ghana are well known to be elaborate affairs with specially designed coffins In our series of letters from African writers, journalist and former Ghana government minister Elizabeth Ohene writes about the dramatic impact coronavirus is having on life in her country and beyond. If anyone had any … Read more

Coronavirus: Words at the window from those in isolation

As more and more people stay indoors to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Stephen Lovekin has started photographing families isolating in Brooklyn, New York. Image copyright Stephen Lovekin/REX/Shutterstock Image caption Anna Beth Rousakis and daughter Mary Rousakis Initially, Lovekin photographed families on their porches but it soon became clear picturing them behind a window … Read more

Turkey sends secret arms shipments into Libya

On January 24, a ship called the Bana set sail from Turkey. Four days later the ship vanished from the radar. Where did it go? What was it carrying? And why does it matter? BBC Africa Eye investigates secret arms shipments into Libya, and shows how foreign powers – in violation of UN resolutions – … Read more

Christchurch gunman pleads guilty to 51 murders

A man accused of deadly attacks on mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch a year ago has pleaded guilty to 51 charges of murder. Brenton Tarrant, 29, also admitted the attempted murder of another 40 people, and one terrorism charge. He had previously denied the charges and was due to go on trial … Read more

Coronavirus: The struggle of being a ride-share driver

A stimulus package worth more than $1.8 trillion (£1.5tn) has been agreed by US Senate leaders and the White House to ease the impact of coronavirus. The pandemic has destabilised the gig economy, leaving tens of thousands of ride-share drivers in the United States in economic limbo. Julie Davis is a full-time ride-share driver in … Read more

Robert Levinson: US hostage has died in Iran, says family

Image copyright AFP Former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran 13 years ago, has died in custody there, according to statement from his family. “It is impossible to describe our pain,” the family said, adding that his death appeared to have occurred before the coronavirus pandemic. Levinson, the longest-held hostage in US history, … Read more

Coronavirus: Cruise passengers quarantined with quokkas

Image caption It is common to see tourists on Rottnest Island get up close to the animal Hundreds of cruise ship passengers are to be placed in coronavirus quarantine on an island home to one of Australia’s cutest marsupials – the fluffy quokka. Some 800 Australians on board the Vasco de Gama will spend 14 … Read more