China Uighurs: Xinjiang 'legalises' Muslim internment camps

China Uighurs: Xinjiang 'legalises' Muslim internment camps

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some reports say a million Uighurs have been detained China’s western Xinjiang region has written internment camps for Muslim Uighurs into law amid growing international concern over large-scale disappearances there. Xinjiang says the camps will tackle extremism through “ideological transformation”. Rights groups say detainees are made to swear loyalty to […]

Bangladesh to hang 19 for deadly attack on 2004 rally

Bangladesh to hang 19 for deadly attack on 2004 rally

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than 20 people died and hundreds were injured in the attack A court in Bangladesh has sentenced 19 people to death for their role in a deadly grenade attack on a 2004 political rally in the capital Dhaka. Those to hang include a former minister and deputy minister, […]

Row over Australia plan to let faith schools reject gay students

Row over Australia plan to let faith schools reject gay students

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gay marriage became legal in Australia last year Australia’s prime minister has defended leaked proposals to let religious schools discriminate against gay students. Scott Morrison said the proposals were already “existing law”. Schools in some states can already reject staff if they are gay. The new proposals would apply […]

MJ Akbar: India minister under scrutiny over #MeToo allegations

MJ Akbar: India minister under scrutiny over #MeToo allegations

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Akbar has denied all the allegations against him A former prominent newspaper editor who is now a junior foreign minister is the latest to be named in what is being called India’s #MeToo movement. MJ Akbar is accused of predatory behaviour, including inviting young women to hotel rooms […]

Sydney Opera House ad 'makes us look tacky'

Sydney Opera House ad 'makes us look tacky'

A plan to advertise a horse race on the sails of the Sydney Opera House has prompted a large backlash in Australia. The World Heritage-listed site displayed the advert on Tuesday, after an order by the New South Wales premier. Critics say the decision defies Sydney Opera House rules by effectively creating a “billboard” for […]

BTS: How to be the perfect K-pop fan

BTS: How to be the perfect K-pop fan

They’re the Beatles for the 21st Century, a global pop sensation that generates mania and devotion in equal measure, and they’ve sold out London’s O2 Arena. BTS, the South Korean seven-member boyband and pin-up stars of the K-pop genre, are performing in the UK for two nights only. And their fans, who call themselves the […]

Vaginal mesh implants: Australia apologises for 'decades of pain'

Vaginal mesh implants: Australia apologises for 'decades of pain'

Image caption The health scandal has affected women around the world The Australian government has issued a national apology to women affected by a vaginal mesh scandal, acknowledging decades of “agony and pain”. Mesh implants are at the centre of health scandal affecting women around the world, prompting lawsuits in the UK, US, Canada and […]

The Dalai Lama: Intimate portrait of a spiritual leader

The Dalai Lama: Intimate portrait of a spiritual leader

Image copyright Raghu Rai Image caption The Dalai Lama watching the TV series, Mahabharata A new book by acclaimed Indian photographer Raghu Rai offers an unprecedented glimpse into the life of one of the world’s leading religious figures. A God In Exile is the result of a photographer’s decades-long insight into his muse. Rai took […]

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