U.S. says Congo must elections by end of 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo must hold a long-delayed election to replace President Joseph Kabila by the end of next year or the vote will lose international support, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations...

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...

Indonesian `volcano tsunami´ kills hundreds

More than 220 people have been killed and 843 injured after a tsunami hit coastal towns on Indonesia's Sunda Strait, government officials say. The tsunami waves struck at night without any warning, destroying hundreds of...
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...

Harry ‘wanted out’ of Royal Family

By BBC Prince Harry was once so disillusioned with being part of the Royal Family that he decided he "wanted out". Having considered giving up his title, he finally decided he should remain and "work out...

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...

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...

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...

Chile election: Pinera to face Guillier in run-off

Conservative Sebastián Piñera has won the first round of Chile's presidential poll, but failed to avoid a run-off. With more than 90% the votes counted, the 67-year-old billionaire has 37%, electoral officials say. Mr Piñera, who...
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