India scraps tampon tax after campaign

Image copyright AFP Image caption The introduction of the 12% “blood tax” sparked protests across India India has scrapped its 12% tax on all sanitary products following months of campaigning by activists. The announcement comes a year after the government introduced the tax, known as GST, on all goods – including the 12% duty on […]

Japan heatwave: Warnings issued amid scorching temperatures

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The heatwave has filled public parks, but also caused many deaths People across Japan have been urged to take precautions against a heatwave that has killed about 30 people. Thousands more have sought hospital treatment for heat-related conditions over the past two weeks. Temperatures reached 40.7C (105F) in central […]

Trump ‘ready’ to tax all Chinese imports

Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump says he is ready to intensify his trade war with China by slapping tariffs on all $500bn of imports from the country. “I’m ready to go to 500,” he said in an interview with the CNBC channel. Mr Trump’s comments come before the most recent round of […]

Pakistan election: Imran Khan scents victory

Image copyright AFP Image caption Imran Khan’s supporters have never been nearer to victory, opinion polls suggest Leading Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan has told the BBC his opponents in elections next week will “lose because of their track record” when in power. Mr Khan dismissed concerns about the fairness of the elections. “The status […]

Thai cave: Artists’ huge mural honours rescue heroes

A giant mural entitled The Heroes has been created in Chiang Rai, Thailand, to honour the rescue operation that saved 12 young footballers and their coach, who were trapped in a cave for over a fortnight. Image copyright Getty Images Image copyright Getty Images The artwork was created by a team of local artists, and […]

Neil Prakash: Turkey rejects extradition of Australian jihadist

Image caption Neil Prakash appeared in IS propaganda videos A Turkish court has ruled against extraditing Australia’s most wanted jihadist, Neil Prakash, to face terrorism charges in his home country. Prakash was arrested in Turkey in 2016 after crossing from Syria. He later admitted partial blame for Islamic State group terror plots in Australia. In […]

Transgender acid attack survivor runs for parliament

Image copyright AFP Image caption Acid attack survivor Nayyab Ali (L) and Nadeem Kashish are both standing for seats in Pakistan’s parliament Forced to leave home when she was only 13, physically and sexually abused by relatives, and later attacked with acid by her former boyfriend, Nayyab Ali’s life as a transgender woman in Pakistan […]

Court rules South Korea must pay for Sewol victims

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Sewol tragedy shocked South Korea A South Korean court has ruled the government has to pay compensation for the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster. It is the first time a court has acknowledged the state is liable for the deaths. The Sewol sank in 2014 killing 304 people, […]

India Netflix actor Rajshri Deshpande ‘disgusted by porn star label’

Image copyright Rajshri Deshpande Image caption Rajshri Deshpande stars in Netflix’s first Indian drama Sacred Games An Indian actress has said she felt “disgusted” after her sex scene in a Netflix series went viral as a “porn clip”. The 30-second video clip from Sacred Games shows consensual sex between a gangster and his wife, played […]

The bark paste make-up used as sunscreen

Reuters photographer Clodagh Kilcoyne has created a series of portraits of Rohingya Muslim girls and women in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh, capturing their striking traditional makeup. Image copyright Reuters Image copyright Reuters Image copyright Reuters More than 700,000 Rohingya people have fled the destruction of their homes and persecution in the northern Rakhine province […]