India BJP minister criticised for peeing in public

Image copyright Ram Shinde/Facebook Image caption Ram Shinde is a minister in Maharashtra state government A minister from India’s ruling party has been criticised for urinating in the open, despite a government drive to persuade people to use toilets. Video of Ram Shinde relieving himself in a field in Maharashtra went viral on World Toilet […]

What is the extent of China’s influence in Zimbabwe?

Image caption General Chiwenga was welcomed to China by military leaders A trip to Beijing by Zimbabwe’s military chief was a “normal military exchange”, China’s foreign ministry said after the army seized power in Harare. How deep are relations between China and Zimbabwe really? The news that General Constantino Chiwenga had visited China only a […]

MP Bob Katter’s abrupt crocodile line amuses Australia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bob Katter is a veteran politician from northern Queensland Australia may have learned the result of its same-sex marriage vote last Wednesday, but it took until Sunday for one memorable reaction to gain steam. It was given by veteran MP Bob Katter, a same-sex marriage opponent who once claimed […]

India’s Indira canteen: The best meal you can buy for 13 cents

Image copyright Asif Saud The governing Congress party in the southern Indian state of Karnataka recently set up Indira canteens in the state capital, Bangalore, which serve more than 200,000 cheap meals every day. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey joins the queue to sample the treats and comes back more than satisfied. It’s just after 07:00 […]

Toshiba shares fall on new share sale plan

Image copyright Getty Images Toshiba shares fell nearly 5% on Monday after the company announced a plan to help it retain its listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). On Sunday, Toshiba said it would raise $5.4bn (£4.1bn) from new shares to plug a hole in its balance sheet left by its bankrupt US nuclear […]

Beijing housing block fire: Nineteen people killed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption It took 14 firefighting teams more than three hours to extinguish the fire A fire in a housing block in a southern district of the Chinese capital, Beijing, has killed 19 people and injured eight others, reports say. It took firefighters several hours to bring the overnight blaze under control. […]

Images show North Korea’s ‘submarine ballistic missile programme’

Image copyright DigitalGlobe Image caption Satellite images appear to show evidence of a submarine-launched missile programme North Korea is on “an aggressive schedule to build and deploy its first operational ballistic missile submarine”, according to an analysis of new satellite images by the expert website 38 North. The images represent a powerful reminder that, as […]

Sri Lanka violence: 19 held amid Buddhist-Muslim street clashes

Media captionHomes, businesses and vehicles were damaged in the clashes Riot police and army troops have been deployed in southern Sri Lanka following an outbreak of violence between Buddhists and Muslims, and a curfew has been imposed for the second night running. Nineteen people were arrested when clashes erupted in Galle province, after a traffic […]

North Korean defector found to have ‘enormous parasites’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Parasites like tapeworms (file pic) can live inside people’s digestive tracts A North Korean soldier who was shot while fleeing across the border has an extremely high level of parasites in his intestines, his doctors say. The defector crossed the demilitarised zone on Monday, but was shot several times […]

Mungo Man: Australia’s oldest remains taken to ancestral home

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The return of the remains was welcomed with a traditional ceremony For decades, Australia’s oldest human remains – an Aboriginal man who died about 42,000 years ago – have been stored at a university in Canberra. But on Friday, the skeleton known as Mungo Man was returned to his […]

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