India police ‘sorry’ for lynching photo

India police ‘sorry’ for lynching photo

Image caption Police apologised after this picture went viral on social media Police in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have apologised after a photograph of a lynched man being dragged by a crowd in the presence of three officers caused outrage. The victim, identified as Kasim, died soon after the picture was taken, […]

North Korea: A sacred mountain and other ideologies

What is juche, why do North Koreans revere a mountain, and why do they call themselves a special name? As the isolated state begins to make friends with the rest of the world, we explain three key concepts of North Korea’s ideology. Presented by Hyung Eun Kim of BBC Korean. Video by Tessa Wong. Animation […]

Jacinda Ardern baby: New Zealand PM gives birth to girl

Jacinda Ardern baby: New Zealand PM gives birth to girl

Image copyright @jacindaardern Image caption New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern posted a picture on Instagram of her with her new baby New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to her first child, a girl weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb). This makes her only the second elected leader in modern history to give birth while […]

The man who cycled to Russia to meet Messi

The man who cycled to Russia to meet Messi

Image copyright Clifin Francis Clifin Francis was sitting at home in southern India when a friend asked if he was going to the World Cup. “Of course,” he replied. “I might even travel to Russia to watch the extravaganza.” That was in August – but he had no idea how he would afford the air […]

Hong Kong sci-fi film mixes robots and Chinese opera

Featuring flying warrior robots and guitar-toting opera singers, Hong Kong animation Dragon’s Delusion aims to break stereotypes of Chinese culture. Its producers are now making a feature-length film after a successful crowdfunding exercise. Video by Gwyneth Ho of BBC Chinese and Tessa Wong. Hong Kong sci-fi film mixes robots and Chinese opera}

Why you can’t talk about John Oliver in China

Why you can’t talk about John Oliver in China

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Oliver is the latest target to be hit by Chinese censors If you’re looking to post something about John Oliver on Chinese social media this week, chances are you can’t. The British television host been censored on China’s biggest social media site, just days after he criticised Chinese […]

Indonesia Lake Toba: Nearly 200 feared dead after ferry sinks

Indonesia Lake Toba: Nearly 200 feared dead after ferry sinks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Devastated friends and families have been waiting for news on the shore More than 190 people are now thought to be missing after Monday’s ferry disaster on Lake Toba, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The number, revised up from 130, is three times the number of passengers the ferry […]

Australia launches national inquiry into sexual harassment

Australia launches national inquiry into sexual harassment

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia says its inquiry will be unprecedented globally Australia has announced that it will hold a national inquiry into workplace sexual harassment. The investigation is in part a response to the global #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said. The government described the inquiry, to […]

India Kashmir: Direct rule imposed after BJP quits alliance

India Kashmir: Direct rule imposed after BJP quits alliance

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) is seen here with Mehbooba Mufti in May, 2018 Indian-administered Kashmir has come under direct rule after its chief minister Mehbooba Mufti resigned. She quit on Monday after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of a coalition with her People’s Democratic […]

World Cup: Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium

World Cup: Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium

Image copyright Reuters After a heated World Cup match, the stands are usually left with food waste, cups and wrappers scattered in the heat of the moment. Japanese fans certainly had reason to go wild on Tuesday night. Their side won their opening game, beating Colombia 2-1, and securing the team’s first victory against a […]