Estonia's Kanepi town adopts cannabis leaf flag after online poll

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:28
Kanepi, whose name derives from the word for marijuana, took the step after a controversial poll.

Birkin bags vs $4 sandals in Malaysia's corruption scandal

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:47
How Birkin handbags and cheap shoes became a symbol of change for many Malaysians.

China drops sanctions probe into US sorghum imports

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 06:26
Beijing and Washington are currently in talks to avoid the escalation of a trade war.

Australia tracks missing Games athletes

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 05:27
Australia says it has received asylum applications, but the number of missing athletes is still unknown.

Malaysia police seize cash and luxury goods in Najib-linked raids

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 05:03
Police say the raids targeting the ousted Malaysian PM are linked to the 1MDB corruption scandal.

The innocent kids growing up behind bars

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 04:53
Some of these children have never even seen life outside prison but one woman is trying to help.

Rural v urban: Ireland's abortion divide?

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 03:34
With Ireland set to vote on legalising abortion, do people living in its cities and its countryside see the issue differently?

Iran nuclear deal: EU looks to avoid impact of US sanctions

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 02:55
It is seeking to protect billions of dollars of investment in Iran by resurrecting an old statute.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak: WHO in emergency talks as cases spread

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 02:53
The World Health Organization mulls a wider response as an outbreak in DR Congo spreads to a city.

The India village 'on the verge of extinction'

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 02:34
A village ravaged by decades of mining is struggling after the mines closed.

How easy is it to get an illegal EU passport?

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 02:13
The BBC goes undercover to expose the EU passport black market in Turkey.

Africa's week in pictures: 11 May - 17 May 2018

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 02:06
A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.

Denuclearisation: The word Trump and Kim can't agree on

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:57
The US and North Korea have very different ideas about what denuclearisation means.

Growing resistance to antifungal drugs 'a global issue'

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:28
Scientists warn this could lead to more outbreaks of disease and affect people who are already ill.

Turning carbon dioxide into rock - forever

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:14
A high-tech solution being tested in Iceland gets rid of waste carbon dioxide by pumping it 1,000m underground.

Rafiki director Wanuri Kahiu on Cannes success and Kenya ban

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:12
Wanuri Kahiu talks about Kenya's decision to ban the film, and its success at the Cannes Film Festival.

PayPal acquires Swedish payments firm iZettle

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:02
The move will boost PayPal's in-store presence as competition in the digital payments sector grow.

Viewpoint: Why racism in US is worse than in Europe

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 00:10
Writer Barrett Holmes Pitner explains why he thinks American racism is unique.

Hawaii volcano sends 30,000ft plume into the air

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 00:00
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano exploded and sent ash flying thousands of metres into the air.

Truck bursts into flames on motorway

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 22:49
The vehicle caught fire on a Texas motorway after crashing into the central reservation.

Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA's first female director

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 21:54
The CIA veteran was criticised for overseeing a "black site" where terror suspects were tortured.

Colorado city unanimously votes to ban assault-style rifles

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 21:20
Gun rights advocates say they will sue the city of Boulder after it voted to ban semi-automatic rifles.

Survivor of the Rwandan Genocide makes plea for peace.

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 21:05
Clemantine Wamariya, who fled the Rwandan Genocide aged six and is a human rights advocate, makes a plea for peace.

Poland stops 'Russian hybrid war groups'

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 19:47
Poland says Russian networks were trying to foment Polish hostility to Ukraine.

Singapore's measures to reduce short-sightedness

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 19:42
As global rates of short-sightedness - or myopia - increase around the world, Singapore is hoping to buck the trend with three simple but innovative solutions.

California blast leads to arrest of victim's business partner

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 19:40
He was not arrested over the blast but on suspicion of possessing an unregistered destructive device.

Royal wedding: Emmanuel Macron sends best wishes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 19:34
The French president says he hopes to watch the ceremony on TV, and will send them his best regards.

Kerry James Marshall: Record $21.1m sale for Chicago artwork

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 19:28
Past Times depicts African-American life, a central theme to Kerry James Marshall's work.

Explosive eruption at Hawaii volcano

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 18:21
Explosive eruption at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano sends ash thousands of metres into the sky

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams helps sick patient on Delta flight

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 17:22
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams helps with a medical emergency on board a Delta Air Lines plane.

North Korea turns on 'incompetent' South

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 16:46
Angry at US military drills, Pyongyang says it will not talk to South Korea until issues are settled.

Nigerian students 'tied to cross and whipped' for being late

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 16:16
Three people, including the school's headteacher, are under arrest in Nigeria after the incident.

Belgium migrants: Girl found dead after police chase van

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 15:19
A young girl's body is discovered after Belgian police pursue a van carrying up to 30 migrants, reports say.

New York man threatens to report Spanish-speaking staff to authorities

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 14:09
Video shows a customer threatening to call immigration authorities on staff at a New York restaurant.

Venezuela political prisoners 'revolt' at Caracas jail

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 13:10
Anxious relatives gather after reports of an uprising in a former shopping centre now used as a jail.

Hawaii's Volcano Kilauea spews out 'ballistic blocks'

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:50
But projectile boulders are not the only hazard facing islanders near the erupting Mount Kilauea.

Whitney Houston was 'sexually abused', film claims

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:38
The documentary alleges that Houston's cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, abused her as a child.

China car app Didi updates safety measures after murder

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:37
The country's equivalent of Uber is overhauling a service following the murder of a female passenger

Scientists detect oxygen legacy of first stars

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:58
The very first stars to shine in the Universe left a tell-tale trace in a far-distant galaxy.

Bee crisis: EU court backs near-total neonicotinoids ban

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:52
Three insecticides blamed for bee colony collapses will be restricted to greenhouses.

California parents 'waterboarded and shot' children

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:42
Prosecutors detail the "continuous abuse" of ten children in a San Francisco suburb.

YouTube unveils new music streaming service

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 10:54
The new app will combine millions of official songs with all the music already on YouTube.

Is removing 'Aboriginal' from birth certificates whitewashing history?

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 10:35
One indigenous Australian was shocked to discover his relatives' birth records had been altered.

US birth rates drop to lowest since 1987

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 10:08
Births decreased among young women and teenagers but increased among those aged between 40 and 44.

Yanny or laurel: The sound dividing the internet

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 08:40
Yanny or laurel? Here's why everyone is hearing different words - and what it means.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 07:56
Forty-two people have now been infected and 23 people are known to have died.

WeChat's owner Tencent sees profits soar by more than 60%

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 07:00
Profits at China's Tencent soar thanks to hugely popular online games like Honour of Kings.

Japanese train departs 25 seconds early - again

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 06:19
In the second such case in months, a train leaves 25 seconds early. "Inexcusable" says the operator.

Trump: Immigrant gangs 'animals, not people'

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 03:00
The president says the US has the "dumbest immigration laws in the world" and he wants that to change.

Nicaragua unrest: Protesters confront Ortega in televised debate

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 02:49
President Daniel Ortega and his opponents trade accusations in a heated televised debate.

Florida man killed by exploding vape pen at home

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 02:31
The Florida man's death is is believed to be the first in the US caused by a vape pen.

Dementia exercise programmes 'don't slow brain decline'

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 02:13
Gym exercise programmes for people with mild to moderate dementia "don't work", researchers say.

What is left to agree in the Brexit Treaty?

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 02:03
From the Irish border to data protection to tax information, some key issues are still outstanding on the road to a deal.

Malaysia's political drama is worthy of Shakespeare

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 01:35
The release of Anwar Ibrahim in Malaysia melds loyalty and betrayal in a narrative for the ages.

Marvel's next big thing: Who could follow The Avengers' cinema success?

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 01:30
We take a look at which Marvel characters Disney could bring to movie screens after Avengers 4.

The Indian sanitary pad workers going to the royal wedding

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 01:29
The Indian charity sells low-cost sanitary pads to poor women in the city of Mumbai.

Why mums-to-be are fleeing Venezuela

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 01:26
Pregnant mothers are fleeing crisis-hit Venezuela to have their babies in Brazil.

Meet Charmaine: Royal Family 'super fan'

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 01:23
Charmaine Gooden has adored the Royal Family since she was growing up in Jamaica.

Trump financial disclosure: What did we learn?

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 00:58
How did the president's businesses do during his first year in office?

'Heroic' US officer guns down school shooter

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 23:31
The officer exchanged gunfire with a teenage former student who opened fire in hallway, say police.

'I hated myself after abuse at Abu Ghraib'

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 23:17
One of the soldiers convicted in the Abu Ghraib scandal talks about its legacy.

Malaysia's Najib Razak has home searched by police

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 23:11
It comes a week after he lost the election and after years of corruption allegations.

Stormy Daniels: Trump discloses payment to reimburse lawyer

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 21:56
An ethics watchdog says Mr Trump should have revealed the payment, which he formerly denied, sooner.

Robot stands in for US student at graduation

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 21:38
Cynthia Pettway was too sick to attend the ceremony in Alabama, so her school came up with another plan.

Russia's military hot water bottle blowers

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 20:40
The unique skills of Russia's armed forces were on display at the World Military Wrestling Championship.

How rival agendas threaten Trump's summit with Kim

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 19:32
North Korea's threat to cancel its summit with the US suggests a problem of interpretation.

Pope warns nuns to use 'sobriety' on social media

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 19:26
The guidance is intended to safeguard silence and recollection in monastic life.

Larry Nassar: Michigan State University to pay $500m to abuse victims

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 19:07
More than 300 women and girls who accuse the ex-sports doctor of sexual assault will receive $500m.

Micronation founder Eli Avivi dies in Israel

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 18:45
Eli Avivi led the micronation of Achzivland and was one of its two residents for nearly 50 years.

Burundi's President Nkurunziza: First a third term, now a seven-year mandates

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 18:24
The referendum could see President Pierre Nkurunziza's mandate extended and has sparked fears of more violence in the country.

Gaza: The history behind the anger

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 17:18
The BBC's Paul Adams explains the issues at the root of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

North Korea summit: US hopeful Trump-Kim meet will go ahead

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 17:16
North Korea says it may cancel the meeting after a top Trump aide's "reckless" remarks.

Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in anti-fake news campaign

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 17:15
A new law in Kenya imposes fines of up to $50,000 and/or up to two years in prison.

Trump helped Europe lose its illusions - Tusk

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 16:54
European Council President Donald Tusk accuses Washington of "capricious assertiveness".

Stan Lee: Comic book legend, 95, 'sues old company for $1bn'

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 16:44
The Spider-man co-creator files lawsuit over improper sale of his company and digital impersonation.

Saudi women troll men telling them 'You won't drive'

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 15:55
Women in Saudi Arabia are hitting back at men telling them: "You won't drive," on social media.

Senate panel releases report on 2016 Trump Tower meeting

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 15:33
The 2016 meeting is a part of the ongoing Russia meddling investigation by the Justice Department.

Beirut Pride cancelled after organiser detained

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 15:16
The organiser of Lebanon's Beirut Pride says authorities detained him on Monday night.

Vault 7 inquiry: CIA data leak suspect named by media

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:07
Joshua Schulte is suspected of leaking secret documents but instead faces charges over abuse images.

Syria war: OPCW says chlorine used in February attack

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:46
The global chemical weapons watchdog says chlorine was released from cylinders in Saraqeb.

Aliso Viejo blast: Mystery explosion kills woman in Orange County California

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:32
Reports say a package may have caused the explosion at a building south of Los Angeles.

Why is Spanish Iberico cured ham so expensive?

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:17
A single leg costs hundreds of pounds and increasing demand is pushing prices up.

Kim Kardashian called 'toxic' for advertising diet lollipop

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:53
TV presenter Jameela Jamil has criticised the reality TV star, saying she's a "terrible influence" on young girls.

Russia World Cup: Argentina 'flirting manual' panned

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:41
Argentina's football association is panned for giving advice about flirting in Russia.

New Girl: Zooey Deschanel bids 'bittersweet' farewell to sitcom

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:38
The two-part series finale of Zooey Deschanel's comedy show has aired in the US - with a twist.

Indonesia violence: Samurai sword-armed men target police station

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:03
Four men are killed attacking a police station in the latest violence linked to Islamist militancy.

Venezuela seizes Kellogg cereal factory after closure

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:56
Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro says the plant has been handed to workers and will continue output.

Disappearing Tarn: Tasmanian lake's return delights visitors

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:19
Nearly always dry, the tarn has delighted visitors after filling with a rare amount of water.

Italy's populists aim to challenge EU on debt and migrants

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:15
The parties say they are close to a government deal and one plan is to wipe out billions in debt.

Why some Commonwealth Games athletes overstay their visas

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 08:02
A group who face deportation in Australia have made a "huge" decision, an ex-Cameroon athlete says.

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim freed from jail

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 05:37
Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim freed from jail after being pardoned, paving the way for his return to politics

N Korea threatens to cancel Trump summit

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:48
North Korea says it may pull out of talks with the US if Washington insists it gives up nuclear weapons.

Farnese Blue diamond fetches $6.7m at Geneva auction

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 03:13
The Farnese Blue has spent the past 300 years in the collections of European royal families.

Japan's economy shrinks for first time in two years

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 02:40
The world's third-largest economy shrinks for the first time in two years amid slower private consumption.

Ghanaian shoe seller vows to bring Jammeh to justice

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:16
A Ghanaian seeks justice for his friends who were killed in The Gambia during Yahya Jammeh's rule.

Is US faith really rising under Trump as Mike Pence claims?

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:14
A decade ago, 65% of Americans identified as white Christians. Now, that number has decreased to 43%.

Would you pay your ex a 'break-up fee'?

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:11
Some Chinese couples go beyond handing back a box of stuff and put a cash price on the end of love.

Colombia's ex-fighters taught skills for peace

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:09
Farc guerillas have returned home, but they are often illiterate and unemployed and in urgent need of new skills for jobs.

How tech took the bite out of France's rail strikes

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:09
Mobile apps and working from home have made the difference in coping with months of disruption.