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India censors allow 'lady oriented' film

India censors allow 'lady oriented' film

Image copyright JIGNESH PANCHAL Image caption The film is about the dreams and desires of four women from small town India An appeals board of India’s film censor authority has cleared an award-winning Hindi language film for limited release. Lipstick Under My Burkha was earlier refused certification because it was too “lady oriented” and contained […]

China launches aircraft carrier, boosting military presence

China launches aircraft carrier, boosting military presence

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chinese state media released a picture of the launch showing the carrier bedecked in giant colourful streamers China has launched a new aircraft carrier, boosting its military presence amid rising tensions in the region. It is the country’s second aircraft carrier, after the Liaoning, and the first to be made […]

Anzac Day wet T-shirt contest cancelled by Australian bar

Anzac Day wet T-shirt contest cancelled by Australian bar

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The national holiday marks the Allied attack on Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula An Australian bar has cancelled plans to hold a wet T-shirt competition to mark Anzac Day, saying it had been a “naive” plan. The anniversary on 25 April marks the first major World War One battle involving Australia […]

Malaysia schoolboy 'beaten by warden' risks losing arm

Malaysia schoolboy 'beaten by warden' risks losing arm

A Malaysian schoolboy whose legs were amputated after allegedly being beaten by a staff member may also lose his arm, doctors have warned. The 11-year-old was attacked in March by the assistant warden at a private Islamic school, media reports say. Excerpts from the boy’s diary, published in Malaysian media, appear to describe systematic abuse. […]

Pope Francis TED talk says powerful leaders must be humble

Pope Francis TED talk says powerful leaders must be humble

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pope Francis recorded the talk at Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives in the Vatican Pope Francis has recorded an address for the influential TED media group, delivering a warning to the world’s “powerful” leaders. In his TED talk, Francis says that people with power must act humbly. “If you […]

Down but never out

Down but never out

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Not yet goodbye for President Jacob Zuma The last year has been a bumpy one for South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. Mr Zuma has appeared to veer from one crisis to another. The latest being the negative effect to the economy after the controversial sacking of his internationally respected finance […]

Brazil footballer Bruno Fernandes to return to jail over murder

Brazil footballer Bruno Fernandes to return to jail over murder

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bruno Fernandes being escorted by police in 2010 Brazilian footballer Bruno Fernandes has been ordered to return to jail to continue serving his 22-year-term for his role in the kidnapping and murder of his former girlfriend in 2010. The ex-Flamengo goalkeeper was released on parole in February pending an appeal […]

French mayor fined for 'too many Muslim children' comment

French mayor fined for 'too many Muslim children' comment

Image copyright AFP / PASCAL GUYOT Image caption Robert Menard insists he was stating a fact not encouraging discrimination A far-right French mayor has been fined 2,000 euros for inciting hatred, after declaring that there were too many Muslim children in his local schools. Robert Menard, mayor of the southern town of Beziers, is an […]

Body parts for cash

Body parts for cash

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe organ trafficker who preys on Syrian migrants There’s a glint of pride in Abu Jaafar’s eyes as he explains what he does for a living. He used to work as a security guard in a pub but then he met a group which trades in organs. […]

Turkey air strikes on Kurds in Syria and Iraq spark US concern

Turkey air strikes on Kurds in Syria and Iraq spark US concern

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A US military commander met Kurdish fighters after the attack to show solidarity The US has expressed “deep concern” at Turkish air strikes that killed about two dozen Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq. The US-backed Popular Protection Units (YPG), fighting against IS, said their positions were hit multiple times. […]