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Naked Indonesia

Naked Indonesia

What is it like to be a nudist in a country that prizes modesty and where public nudity is strictly forbidden? Clara Rondonuwu of the BBC’s Indonesian service went to meet some members of the country’s nudist community to find out. There isn’t a single thread on Aditya’s body. As he speaks to me, droplets […]

Japan goes to the polls in snap election

Japan goes to the polls in snap election

Image copyright EPA Image caption Millions of Japanese are voting on Sunday Japan is heading to the polls a month after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election in the face of the rising threat from North Korea. Voting opened at 07:00 local time on Sunday (22:00 GMT Saturday). Mr Abe called the election […]

Magazine apologises to Solange for edit

Magazine apologises to Solange for edit

The Evening Standard has apologised to Solange Knowles after it altered her hairstyle on the front cover of its magazine. In an article on its website, the newspaper said it made “the wrong call” to edit the photograph and it was done for “layout purposes”. “We have offered our unreserved apologies to Solange,” the article […]

Catalonia independence: Puigdemont 'will not accept' Rajoy plan

Catalonia independence: Puigdemont 'will not accept' Rajoy plan

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSome 450,000 people protested on Saturday, local police said Catalan President Carles Puigdemont says Catalonia will not accept Madrid’s plan to curb the region’s autonomy. In a statement, he described the imposition of direct rule as the worst attack on Catalonia’s institutions since the Franco dictatorship. Spanish […]

Trump says he will allow scheduled release of JFK files

Trump says he will allow scheduled release of JFK files

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President John F Kennedy was given a state funeral, after hundreds of thousands of people viewed his casket Donald Trump has said he plans to allow the opening of a trove of long-classified files on the assassination of former president John F Kennedy. The president tweeted to say he […]

Czech election: Billionaire Babis wins by large margin

Czech election: Billionaire Babis wins by large margin

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Babis and his colleagues celebrated their poll-topping performance Populist billionaire candidate Andrej Babis and his party have won the Czech Republic’s general election. Mr Babis, 63, is the country’s second-richest man and campaigned on an anti-establishment and Eurosceptic platform. Results from more than 99.9% of electoral wards gave his […]

New Zealand town funds its own petrol station

New Zealand town funds its own petrol station

Image copyright Radio New Zealand Image caption “Fill her up please, and wipe the flies off the blinkers while you’re at it” A remote New Zealand township has funded its own petrol station because residents were fed up with their four-hour round trip to buy fuel. The nearest petrol station for people living in Pongaroa […]

Several injured in Munich knife attack

Several injured in Munich knife attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police said no motive had been established Several people have been lightly injured by a man wielding a knife in the German city of Munich, police said. Officers are searching for the attacker, who fled the scene. The motive for the assault is unknown, a police statement said. Residents nearby […]

Spain expected to impose Catalonia direct rule

Spain expected to impose Catalonia direct rule

Image copyright AFP Image caption Catalonia’s independence referendum has thrown the country into crisis The Spanish government is holding a special cabinet meeting to approve measures to take direct control of the semi-autonomous region of Catalonia. The meeting comes almost three weeks after the region held a controversial independence referendum, which was ruled illegal by […]

Positive noises

Positive noises

Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May has been meeting with EU leaders in Brussels EU leaders refused to comment on the Brexit tensions inside Theresa May’s Conservative Party, but some might say this was the elephant in the room at the Brussels summit. For decades the UK’s disputes with the EU have mainly centred […]

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