Outrage over leprosy patient’s ID card

A leprosy patient in the south Indian city of Bangalore who lost her pension as she was unable to provide biometric data has now been given a new identity card to restore her welfare...

Saudi king switches heir to son

By BBC Saudi Arabia’s king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince – replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne. King Salman’s decree also means Prince Mohammed...
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YouTube lifts Swazi bare-breasted dancer restrictions

YouTube has lifted restrictions from videos showing Swaziland's reed dance, which feature bare-breasted women. A spokesperson for the video-sharing platform told the BBC that YouTube allows nudity when "culturally relevant or properly contextualised". Users who had...
Pope Francis has chided the Catholic faithful for using their mobile phones during Mass

Pope Francis: Mass is for prayers not mobile phones

Pope Francis has chided the Catholic faithful for using their mobile phones during Mass. He said it made him sad when many phones were held up, and even priests and bishops were taking photos. The pontiff...

Maldives police arrest country’s CJ over growing political crisis

Maldives police have arrested the country's chief justice of the Supreme Court as a political crisis worsens in the Indian Ocean nation. Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested hours after...

Tokyo Governor resigns over spending scandal

By BBC The governor of Tokyo has said he is standing down amid a spending scandal, Japanese media report. Yoichi Masuzoe has faced fierce criticism over allegations he used official funds to pay for holidays, art...
Yakuza boss arrested in Thailand after tattoos go viral

Yakuza boss arrested after tattoos go viral

Thai police have arrested a Japanese yakuza boss on the run for 15 years after pictures of his tattoos went viral on Facebook. Shigeharu Shirai is accused of murdering a gang rival in 2003. The photographs...

Philippines storm kills more than 100

More than 100 people are reported to have been killed as a tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines, with dozens more missing. Storm Tembin brought flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Mindanao island. Two...

Uganda MPs scrap off presidential age limit

Uganda's parliament has approved a constitutional change that will allow the current president to run for an unprecedented sixth term in office. After three days of debate, MPs voted overwhelmingly to remove the age limit...

Commonwealth Leaders to choose Queen successor

Commonwealth leaders will meet behind closed doors later to discuss whether the Prince of Wales should succeed his mother as head of the 53-nation body. On Thursday the Queen endorsed Prince Charles as future leader...
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