Restoring faith to Japan’s sad forest

One of Japan’s most beautiful forests also has a sad association with suicide. But Kyochi Watanabe wants to change that. The vlogger Logan Paul brought the forest into the global public eye when he visited the forest and posted a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim, forcing YouTube to cut business ties […]

France ‘yellow-vest’ protesters pelt Lyon police van with stones

Anti-government ‘yellow-vest’ protesters threw stones at a police van in Lyon, France, footage filmed by a riot officer shows. The French Interior Ministry says the violence was “one-sided”. The country’s ‘yellow-vest’ protests began in mid-November over fuel taxes. But they have since broadened into a revolt against President Macron, and a political class seen as […]

Bollywood’s first major LGBTQ film

A new Bollywood film, one of the first to focus on same-sex relationships, has been released in India. How I Felt When I Saw That Girl is the first mainstream Indian release with a star cast that focuses on a lesbian love story. The film’s director Shelly Chopra Dhar spoke to the BBC about the […]

Japanese men scramble for lucky sticks

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Emiliano Sala: Former coach’s tribute as funeral takes place

A former football coach and childhood friend have paid tribute to Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala, whose funeral was held on Saturday. The 28-year-old died when the plane he was travelling in crashed on 21 January. The pilot of the aircraft, David Ibbotson, is still missing. Mourners gathered in Sala’s hometown of Progreso in Argentina, […]

Emiliano Sala: Former coach pays tribute to footballer

A former football coach and childhood friend have paid tribute to Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala, whose funeral was held on Saturday. The 28-year-old died when the plane he was travelling in crashed on 21 January. The pilot of the aircraft, David Ibbotson, is still missing. Mourners gathered in Sala’s hometown of Progreso in Argentina, […]

Emiliano Sala: Mourners pay tribute to coffin in Argentina

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Ligue du LOL: Secret boys’ club cyber-bullying shakes French media

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ICYMI: Babies, birds and base jumping…

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‘I’d rather have my son than a hero’

Thirty years after Soviet troops pulled out of Afghanistan, the BBC went to meet the mother of a soldier killed in the disastrous war. Raisa Alexandrov has turned the family home, in the remote village of Izobilnoye in southern Russia, into a museum in memory of her son. Correspondent: Steve Rosenberg; Camera/edit: Matt Goddard; Producer: […]