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No place to hide for LGBT people in Indonesia’s Aceh province

No place to hide for LGBT people in Indonesia’s Aceh province

Image caption The canings usually draw crowds of spectators Two gay men were publicly caned in the conservative Indonesian province of Aceh on Tuesday, the first to be punished under Islamic laws introduced two years ago that outlawed gay sex. As the BBC’s Rebecca Henschke reports, the case has deeply worried Aceh’s gay community. Salman […]

Mindanao martial law could last a year, warns Philippine president

Mindanao martial law could last a year, warns Philippine president

Image copyright EPA Image caption Security forces have been patrolling streets on Mindanao after the declaration of martial law Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said martial law on Mindanao island could last a year, while the army fights against Islamist militants. The violence on the southern island has left three members of the security forces […]

Australian indigenous leaders meet for historic summit

Australian indigenous leaders meet for historic summit

Image caption Uluru, in Australia’s Northern Territory, was formerly known as Ayers Rock Hundreds of indigenous leaders have gathered in central Australia for a historic summit on formally recognising the country’s first inhabitants. The three-day summit at Uluru coincides with the 50th anniversary of a vote that allowed indigenous Australians to be included on a […]

Indonesian men caned for gay sex in Aceh

Indonesian men caned for gay sex in Aceh

Image copyright Junaidi Image caption The punishment was delivered outside a mosque in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh Two men have been caned 83 times each in the Indonesian province of Aceh after being caught having sex. The men stood on stage in white gowns praying while a team of hooded men lashed their […]

Park Geun-hye: S Korea awaits trial of impeached president

Park Geun-hye: S Korea awaits trial of impeached president

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Park has been in detention since she was arrested in March South Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye is due to go on trial for corruption, the latest stage in her dramatic fall from grace. Ms Park, who was very popular when she came to power in 2012, was impeached […]

Stockpiles of dead tiger and rhino body parts go up in smoke in Nepal

The authorities in Nepal have destroyed more than 4,000 animal body parts in an effort to discourage illegal hunting and trading in wildlife. Image copyright Ishwor Joshi/BBC Horns of endangered rhinos, and skins of tigers and leopards – including a snow leopard and two clouded leopards – were among exhibits burnt on Monday in Chitwan, […]

Indian woman ‘sets new Everest dual ascent record’

Indian woman ‘sets new Everest dual ascent record’

Image copyright Dream Himalaya Adventures Image caption Anshu Jamsenpa also scaled Everest twice in 2011, but 10 days apart. An Indian has climbed Mount Everest twice in under a week in what may be a new woman’s record for the fastest double ascent. Anshu Jamsenpa, a 37-year-old mother-of-two, reached the summit on 16 and 21 […]

Billboard awards: BTS beat Bieber to be first K-pop winners

Billboard awards: BTS beat Bieber to be first K-pop winners

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption BTS sing about issues including bullying and mental health South Korean boy band BTS have become the first K-pop group to win a prestigious US Billboard music award. The seven-member group – known as Bangtan Sonyeondan in Korean or “Bulletproof Boy Scouts” – won Top Social Artist, voted for […]

Thai military hospital bomb blast injures more than 20

Thai military hospital bomb blast injures more than 20

Image copyright EPA Image caption The bomb blast happened in a waiting room inside a military hospital More than 20 people have been injured in a small bomb blast at a military hospital in the Thai capital, Bangkok. The explosion happened at Phramongkutklao Hospital, which is used by serving and retired members of the military […]

Indonesian police arrest 141 men over ‘gay sex party’

Indonesian police arrest 141 men over ‘gay sex party’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia except in ultra-conservative Aceh province Indonesian police have arrested 141 men attending what they called a “gay sex party” at a sauna in the capital Jakarta late on Sunday. Police said attendees, including a Briton and a Singaporean, paid 185,000 rupiahs ($14; £10) to […]