The Ramayana, a 2,500-year-old mythological epic has been brought to the fore of the world's largest election
A revolutionary hero's suggestion that Cuba's food shortages could be resolved by eating ostrich is ridiculed online.
The jail ordeal of ex-Alstom executive Frédéric Pierucci is a warning for firms with a history of corruption.
Sudanese protest icon Alaa Salah tells the BBC of her unexpected fame after demonstrating against the country’s former leader.
Thousands of motorised fridges are driven around South Korea, providing yoghurt and companionship for isolated people.
Critics say the Russian government's latest controversial cyber laws are a form of censorship.
Mr Kim is to have his first-ever meeting with President Putin near the Russian city of Vladivostok.
It is the first seismic signal ever detected on the surface of a body other than Earth and its Moon.
What's the movement behind the groups of armed US civilians patrolling the US-Mexico border?
References to sexual and reproductive health were removed over US opposition to abortion.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said his resignation was the only "logical outcome".
The move is to honour the US president for recognising Israeli sovereignty over the territory.
Time is no longer on North Korea’s side. The US-North Korea summit in Hanoi ended in a breakdown, with negotiations coming to an impasse. Having resumed weapons testing last week, Chairman Kim Jong-un has turned to another important, though often overlooked, regional player – his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok will be the first between heads of the two states since 2011.The United States does not have the capacity to guarantee a “bright future” for North…
The Philippine president chastises Canada for failing to repatriate waste sent to his country.
The workers were sleeping as they were struck by what police have described as a "mud lake".
Volunteers provide water, food and support to those mourning the bombing in Negombo, Sri Lanka.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte berated Canada on Tuesday in a long-running dispute over waste exported to the Southeast Asia nation, threatening to sail it back to Canada.Manila has filed several diplomatic protests with Canada over tons of waste shipped to the Philippines between 2013 and 2014. Canada has said the shipment was a commercial transaction and was not backed by its government.“For Canada’s garbage, I want a boat prepared,” Duterte told officials after being briefed on an…
Etihad Airways has completed the first long-haul flight while replacing 95 single-use plastic items.
Organisers of walkouts in protest at Google's treatment of women say they are facing backlash at work.
One of the men killed was crucified following his execution, an official statement says.
The Sri Lankan prime minister says the people responsible may be linked to the militant group.
The taxi driver in Sweden lent his credit card for three days to a customer who forgot his wallet.
New hydroelectric power plants can play a crucial role in climate change mitigation. The Batang Toru Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) in North Sumatera, Indonesia, which is being built by PT North Sumatera Hydro Energy (NSHE), is one such case.
The Batang Toru HEPP will contribute vitally to helping meet Indonesia’s climate change mitigation and adaptation plan.
Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge of our generation - our future depends on our ability…
The head of the military council tells the BBC force will not be used against protesting civilians.
More than 130 polling station workers and policemen across Indonesia have died, mostly from fatigue, while hundreds of others became ill before, during and after last week’s general election, an election official said on Tuesday.Viryan Aziz, head of the General Election Commission, said that at least 119 polling station workers, mostly temporary volunteers over 40 years old, reportedly died, while 548 others fell sick.Most were fatigue-related cases, Viryan said, adding that the workload before…
A border militia group's leader is accused of training members to eliminate political figures.
A man with a large backpack can be seen walking into St Sebastian's church just before a device is detonated.
Mini tubs of Haagen-Dazs, champagne and cutlery are going missing from the airline's planes.
Munira Abdulla, from the United Arab Emirates, had been unconscious since 1991 after a car crash.
Thailand’s royal astrologer cast King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s horoscope on Tuesday in an important ritual to prepare for his elaborate coronation ceremonies next week.Saffron-clad Buddhist monks chanted as the horoscope for the king’s reign was cast on a golden plaque.The three-hour ceremony included the inscription of the king’s name and new royal title on another golden plaque, and the carving of the king’s official seal.The royal seal is an auspicious symbol that is said to show the…
Interpol has joined the investigation into the devastating series of blasts across Sri Lanka on Sunday that killed 321 people, including at least 45 children, with attention now focused on a second extremist group known as Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen.In a special session of parliament on Tuesday, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said investigators were examining links between the local jihadist group National Thowheed Jamath and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen. He also noted that the Easter Sunday…
More than 50 people are feared killed after a landslide in northern Myanmar engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, local police said on Tuesday, the latest deadly accident in a notoriously dangerous industry.Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a notoriously corrupt and poorly-regulated industry concentrated near the country’s border with China.Police described a freak accident in Kachin state on Monday night so big it created a huge “mud lake” that buried the…
Judges say ex-presidential favourite François Fillon should stand trial over 'fake jobs' allegations.
A week after the cathedral was engulfed in flames, protective layers are being put in place.
Is the ban a sign of things to come for social media firms unable to halt the spread of misinformation?
Communist guerillas killed six Philippine soldiers and wounded six others on Tuesday, the military said, in one of the deadliest recent attacks in the country’s 50-year-old Maoist insurgency.Members of the New People’s Army (NPA) detonated bombs in a predawn ambush of soldiers marching through a mountainous area of central Samar island, triggering a four-hour firefight.“Our troops had received a report that NPA forces were extorting money from residents and so they went there to take action,”…
The driver reportedly ploughed into the procession because it was blocking the road in northern Nigeria.
Indians were voting on Tuesday in the third phase of the country’s general election, amid campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party and the opposition that has been marred by bitter accusations and acrimony.The voting for 117 parliamentary seats in 13 states and two union territories on Tuesday means polls are half finished overall for 543 seats in India’s lower house of Parliament. The voting over seven phases ends on May 19, with counting expected to begin on May…
The bus was trying to overtake a lorry on a narrow road when it crashed and went over the cliff.
The director admitted unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 and was expelled from the Academy last year.
Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday moved one step closer to becoming the Lion City’s next leader after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong named him as his new deputy.Lee, 67, moved his two current deputies, Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, to senior minister roles.Heng, 57, will be the sole Deputy Prime Minister and will also continue as Finance Minister.Heng’s promotion comes after the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) last November elevated him to the position of…
Teenage activist Greta Thunberg has an uncompromising message on climate change.
The electric carmaker entrepreneur makes a new promise on driverless vehicles.
The musician started work on his autobiography shortly before his death three years ago.
Japan on Tuesday dropped the push to apply “maximum pressure” on North Korea from its official foreign policy, an apparent softening of Tokyo’s position as major powers engage with Pyongyang.In last year’s “Diplomatic Bluebook”, published when tensions on the Korean peninsula were soaring, Japan said it was coordinating efforts with its allies to “maximise pressure on North Korea by all available means.”But this language was dropped from this year’s edition, drawn up after diplomats had “taken…
The Philippine government on Monday warned the media against plotting to “destroy” President Rodrigo Duterte’s government, as his spokesman accused journalists of spreading fake news.The warning followed recent local news reports alleging the Duterte family’s involvement in illegal drugs and raising questions about a large increase in his wealth.“They are all there doing their thing, trying to destroy this government by spreading false news and planting intrigues against the government,”…
Thai police will issue arrest warrants for Chad Elwartowski and his partner Nadia Summergirl, who have been accused of violating the country’s sovereignty by building an offshore “sea home” 14 nautical miles off the island of Phuket.On Monday, the Royal Thai Navy deployed three frigates to dismantle the shack as divers from the force’s SEAL team separated the hexagonal fibreglass structure from the underwater base and dragged the cabin back to shore to be used as evidence against the couple…
The Grand Duke, who abdicated in 2000, oversaw the duchy's transformation into a financial centre.
Buckingham Palace is expected to announce on Tuesday that the US president will visit in early June.
The name of a gay student who died after being outed may remain known to only a small number of people – his immediate family, friends, classmates, and the university where he studied – because even in death, his privacy is considered important in Japan.But his death four years ago is changing the legal and social landscape for the LGBT community in a nation where, as the saying goes, “the nail that sticks up gets hammered down”.The parents of the 25-year-old man were in court in February to…
The death toll from Sunday's bomb blasts rises to 310 and a state of emergency is in effect.
The SS Iron Crown was sunk by a Japanese submarine in 1942, killing 38 sailors.
China has warned its citizens not to travel to Sri Lanka after a series of explosions on Easter Sunday killed nearly 300 people, including one Chinese national.“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese embassy to Sri Lanka remind Chinese nationals not to travel to Sri Lanka in the near term,” a statement posted on the embassy’s website read.“Those already here, please step up safety precautions, try to stay away from crowded areas and pay attention to safety reminders by the embassy and…
From the Hells Angels of the US to the Rebels of Australia and Russia’s Night Wolves, motorcycle gangs the world over revel in their notoriety for violence, lawbreaking and general disdain for the police.Attempting to emulate their international biker heroes, a gang from the city of Ebina, west of Tokyo, decided to use the name of their neighbourhood as inspiration. But it may have failed to enhance their reputation as fearsome road warriors.“Ebi” is the Japanese word for lobster, so the gang…
Each year billions end up in landfill, but the world's largest nappy production company is now backing a scheme to recover the plastic and other materials inside them.
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have their seven year sentences upheld by the country's Supreme Court.
The group offered "full and sincere apologies" to the journalist's family and friends, Irish News reports.
Myanmar’s top court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail for breaking the Official Secrets Act, in a landmark case that has raised questions about the country’s transition to democracy.“They were sentenced for seven years and this decision stands, and the appeal is rejected,” Supreme Court Justice Soe Naing told the court in the capital, Naypyidaw, without elaborating.Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, have spent more than 16 months in…
At least 290 people were killed in the Easter Sunday bombings across Sri Lanka, with at least 31 of those being foreigners. The attackers targeted prominent churches and luxury hotels – places where entire families were worshipping or holidaying together.Here are some details of the victims from Sunday’s devastating events.Sri LankaThe vast majority of the victims were Sri Lankan, many from the island nation’s Christian minority. Their names and other details of their lives were slow to trickle…
Bangladesh “never will” ask China for more loans as it looks for ways to finance its future development, according to the country’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam.Speaking to the South China Morning Post ahead of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on Thursday, Alam said any amount of debt can be “dangerous” for countries not achieving high economic growth, adding that “Bangladesh has gained the economic power” to service its own loans linked to Beijing’s “Belt and…
North Korea confirmed Tuesday that leader Kim Jong-un will soon visit Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin in a summit that comes at a crucial moment for tenuous diplomacy meant to rid the North of its nuclear arsenal.North Korea has so far not got what it wants most from the recent flurry of high-level summitry between Kim and various world leaders – namely, relief from crushing international sanctions.There are fears that a recent North Korean weapon test and a series of jibes at…
Philippines agencies are combing through collapsed buildings and cracked structures after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on Monday killed at least 10 people.Search and rescue operations continued Tuesday morning in a collapsed supermarket in Pampanga province where as many as 30 people were feared trapped, Governor Lilia Pineda told local radio DZMM.The quake, which struck Zambales province north of the capital at 5.11pm on Monday, was felt all the way to the southern areas of Batangas and Cavite,…
The devastating bombings that ripped across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday will go down as one of the biggest acts of terror to hit Asia in recent history.As of Tuesday, almost 300 people had died from the string of suicide bombings in the capital Columbo, and hundreds more were injured. That number surpasses the devastation of the 2002 Bali bombings in Kuta, which took 202 lives, and the 2006 blasts in Mumbai, which killed 209.On Twitter, Michael Kugelman, deputy director at the US-based Asia…
Speaking at his wife's funeral, Lewis Allen recalls the moment he learnt she had died in the Sri Lanka attacks.
It is a topic shrouded in shame, but traction alopecia may affect one-third of women of African descent.
Unlikely events propelled a struggling politician to Spain's top job - and the top of the polls.
The treatment, developed over 30 years, is the first to give partial protection to children, WHO says.
There'll be a lot of history and potential behind the North Korean leader's first Russian visit.
Vehicle restorer Charles Palmer on his long-held fascination with bringing classic cars back to life.
Tuesday sees India's opposition leader contest a seat in the south for the first time.