Fifa fines the Lao Football Federation after a BBC story

Fifa fines the Lao Football Federation after a BBC story

Kesselly Kamara, 14, said he was never paid and had to sleep on the floor of the club’s stadium Fifa has fined the Laos Football Federation $700,000 for sanctioning the illegal transfer of minors. The fine comes after BBC Sport reported in 2015 that African players as young as 14 were being traded to Laos […]

North Korea undergoes an image change ahead of summits

North Korea undergoes an image change ahead of summits

Image copyright KCNA Image caption No more cigarettes: Has Kim given up, or is this a subtle change in his image? North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to have undergone a minor media makeover as he prepares for a series of meetings with former sworn enemies. He’s due to meet South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in […]

India rape crisis: Twitter users rally round hunger striker

India rape crisis: Twitter users rally round hunger striker

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption Swati Maliwal, Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, has been on hunger strike since 13 April As India’s rape crisis continues, a hashtag has emerged expressing support for a hunger striker demanding tougher penalties for rapists. “#BetiKhatreMeinHai” which translates to “daughter in danger” is being used to […]

Meesha Shafi: Pakistan actress says pop star Ali Zafar harassed her

Meesha Shafi: Pakistan actress says pop star Ali Zafar harassed her

Image copyright Getty Images/AFP Image caption Meesha Shafi (left) has acted in films including The Reluctant Fundamentalist, while Ali Zafar is well known as an actor and singer A leading Pakistani actress has accused a popular singer of sexual harassment, in what is thought to be the first #MeToo moment in conservative Pakistan. Meesha Shafi, […]

Why a coat worn to meet the Queen makes New Zealand swell with pride

Why a coat worn to meet the Queen makes New Zealand swell with pride

Image copyright PA When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore a traditional Maori coat to meet the Queen, it had quite a few people scratching their heads – and most New Zealanders glowing with pride. It’s a korowai, a cloak-like garment woven with feathers and steeped in history, tradition and cultural significance. Worn by […]

Australia bank inquiry ousts first executive amid fee scandal

Australia bank inquiry ousts first executive amid fee scandal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption AMP is a leading financial services firm in Australia The head of Australia’s largest wealth manager has resigned after the company admitted lying to regulators for more than a decade. AMP chief executive Craig Meller quit after an inquiry heard the business had routinely charged fees to customers for […]

Why this India priest carried an 'untouchable' into a temple

Why this India priest carried an 'untouchable' into a temple

Image caption Dalits have historically been denied entry into temples A Hindu priest from a temple in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad made headlines for carrying a Dalit (formerly known as untouchable) man on his shoulders into the temple’s inner sanctum. It has been seen as a dramatic move because Dalits have historically been […]

Five ways China's past has shaped its present

Five ways China's past has shaped its present

Image copyright Getty Images To understand today’s headlines about China’s approach to issues such as trade, foreign policy or internet censorship, turn to its past. The country is perhaps more aware of its own history than any other major society on earth. That remembering is certainly partial – events like Mao’s Cultural Revolution are still […]