Brazil fires prompt 'prayers' for Amazon rainforest

  • 23 August 2019
Sao Paulo goes dark due to smoke. Image copyright Jeff Nascimento
Image caption Darkness descends on Sao Paulo at 16:00 (20:00 GMT) due to smoke from forest fires

A daytime blackout in a Brazilian city has prompted millions of people to voice their concerns for the welfare of the Amazon rainforest.

Sao Paulo was blackened for around an hour on Monday after strong winds and a cold front brought in smoke from forest fires burning in the states of Amazonas and Rondonia, more than 2,700km (1,700 miles) away.

Sao Paulo resident Gianvitor Dias told the BBC what it was like in the city during the smoke-filled blackout on Monday afternoon.

"It was as if the day had turned into night," he said. "Everyone here commented, because even on rainy days it doesn't usually get that dark. It was very impressive."

The hashtag #PrayForAmazonia started to be widely used on Tuesday as a result and there have been more than three million tweets since.

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Anti-natalists: The people who want you to stop having babies

  • 13 August 2019
A baby with a cross through it

They believe humans shouldn't have children. Who are the anti-natalists - and how far are they willing to push their ideas?

"Wouldn't it just be better to blow a hole in the side of the earth and just have done with everything?"

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Twitch CEO apologises for pornography on Ninja's channel

  • 12 August 2019
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Image caption Ninja left Twitch for Mixer in August 2019

Twitch has apologised to former streamer Ninja after pornography was hosted on his page.

Twitch replaced the content on the page - which has 14.7 million followers - to show a list of other streamers after he left the platform for Mixer this month.

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Gundam: The 'nerdy' encounter that led to marriage

  • 11 August 2019
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Image caption Elle Grasso has social media and Japanese robots to thank for finding true love

When Elle received a message on social media from a stranger offering to send her a picture of his "Gundam", she may not have known what she was going to see.

Report the post? Block the sender? No, she decided to take a chance, see his Gundam, and meet the man in question.

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TikTok videos spread climate change awareness

  • 8 August 2019
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Image caption Anna Bogomolova, 21, says her generation is seeing the effect global warming is having on the Earth through melting glaciers and hotter summers

Users of the social video app TikTok have been spreading a message of climate change awareness through make-up and time-lapse videos.

Their chosen hashtag of #Globalwarning - a play on the term "global warming" - has been viewed more than 24 million times on the app so far.

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What is 8chan?

  • 5 August 2019
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An extreme message board is understood to have served as a platform for the violent ramblings of the suspect in the El Paso mass shooting.

The perpetrators of the Christchurch mosque shootings and an attack on a US synagogue also posted links to documents and live streams of their violent sprees on 8chan.

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'Siberia is burning': Artists raise awareness of Russia wildfires

  • 2 August 2019
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Image caption Artist Maria Rybina is among those calling for urgent action as Russia's woodlands burn
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As wildfires continue to burn across Russia, artists in the country have taken to social media to share their feelings of powerlessness and call for urgent action to protect what is left of the forests.

About three million hectares (7.4 million acres) have been affected, with the smog now reaching across the border to Mongolia.

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Are you in your 30s and facing 'the swerve'?

  • 1 August 2019
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Image caption Rachel Syme never expected to feel part of such a major tribe of women who understood the experiences she was going through

On the morning of journalist Rachel Syme's 36th birthday, she took to Twitter to ask: "I feel like 33-38 is a really tough age for a lot of women I know; feels like so many big decisions and future plans have to be squeezed into this lil window; just me?

"It's not just a baby decision which, yes, is huge in those years and looms over everything. It feels like all my friends this year are doing this huge re-evaluation of everything. It's a time of lurches and swerves."

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Why are politicians getting 'schooled' and 'destroyed'?

  • 1 August 2019
"Corbyn Schooled by Boris": A still from one of the Conservative Party's most popular recent videos Image copyright Facebook
Image caption A still from one of the Conservative Party's most popular recent videos

Political videos with aggressive titles are cropping up in the UK and other countries. Is this American language import the sign of a growing trend?

The Conservative Party hasn't had many viral video hits lately, but two recent exceptions jump out.

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Hindu man refuses Zomato takeaway over 'Muslim driver'

  • 31 July 2019
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Image caption The customer had an issue with the religion of the delivery driver

Indian restaurant search and delivery service Zomato has been praised on social media for its response to a Hindu customer who refused to take a delivery from a driver who appeared to be of Muslim heritage.

Twitter user @NaMo_Sarkaar told his followers: "Just cancelled an order on @ZomatoIN they allocated a non Hindu rider for my food they said they can't change rider and can't refund on cancellation I said you can't force me to take a delivery I don't want don't refund just cancel."

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