Why Soviet prison-style tattoos are gaining popularity

The Gulag prison system of the Soviet Union produced a tattoo culture with dark, political and religious themes. Badges of pride for the hardest in society, they became commonplace throughout the criminal fraternity. Now a new generation of young tattoo enthusiasts in Moscow are bringing back the body art of the underworld. Video journalist: Elizaveta […]

Ivory Coast’s hair sculptor Laetitia Ky

Ivory Coast artist Laetitia Ky has a unique way of styling her hair. She uses it to create art, piled up high on top of her head. Sometimes it’s political, sometimes it’s beautiful and sometimes it’s simply bizarre. Video journalist: Tamasin Ford Ivory Coast’s hair sculptor Laetitia Ky

WHO chief ‘rethinking’ Robert Mugabe’s appointment

WHO chief ‘rethinking’ Robert Mugabe’s appointment

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Robert Mugabe is frequently taken to task over human rights abuses The new head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is rethinking a plan to appoint Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s original proposal sparked an outcry. He had previously praised Zimbabwe for its […]

Catalonia independence: Puigdemont ‘will not accept’ Rajoy plan

Catalonia independence: Puigdemont ‘will not accept’ Rajoy plan

Media captionSome 450,000 people protested on Saturday, local police said The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, says the region will not accept Madrid’s plan for direct rule. He described it as the worst attack on Catalonia’s institutions since General Franco’s 1939-1975 dictatorship, under which regional autonomy was dissolved. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s plans include the removal […]

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