Has North Korea really executed top official?

It is being reported across international media that North Korea's nuclear envoy has been executed as part of a purge of officials involved in a failed summit between the US and North Korea. But there...

Dutch hostage killed fleeing Abu Sayyaf captors in Philippines

A Dutch hostage held by Philippines militant Islamist group Abu Sayyaf has been killed as he tried to flee during a battle with troops, the army says. Ewold Horn, 59, was killed by his captors...

Pakistan general gets life for spying

A Pakistani general has been sentenced to life for spying by a military court that also gave death sentences to a brigadier and a civil officer. The trio were charged with espionage and leaking "sensitive...

Why Californian wine will soon cost more in Beijing

China is set to hike tariffs on a range of US goods on Saturday, marking the latest strike in the trade war between the world's two largest economies. Beijing will raise tariffs on $60bn (£47.6bn)...

New Zealand budget: ‘Hacking’ was actually website blunder

New Zealand's Treasury has admitted that details of its budget - leaked earlier this week - were not stolen by hackers but accidentally made available through its website. The government called in police after parts...

Papua New Guinea chooses James Marape as new prime minister

Papua New Guinea has appointed a new prime minister after weeks of political upheaval. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to elect James Marape, a former finance minister, who resigned in April in protest against a gas project. His...

Nusrat Jahan Rafi: 16 charged in Bangladesh for burning girl alive

Sixteen people have been charged in Bangladesh over the shocking murder of a teenager who was burned to death after reporting sexual harassment. Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, was doused with kerosene and set on fire...

Huawei: US move to blacklist firm sets a ‘dangerous precedent’

A move by the US to put Chinese telecoms giant Huawei on a trade blacklist "sets a dangerous precedent," the firm's top legal officer said. Speaking at a press conference, Song Liuping said other...

Australia’s ‘Egg Boy’ gives donations to NZ attack survivors

An Australian teenager who broke an egg on a controversial far-right senator's head says he has given almost A$100,000 (£55,000; $69,000) to survivors of the Christchurch mosque attacks. Will Connolly, 17, egged Fraser Anning in...

Real Madrid ‘most valuable club in Europe’, says KPMG

Real Madrid has overtaken Manchester United and been named most valuable European football club, being worth about €3.22bn (£2.91bn) says KPMG. The Spanish club tops KPMG's study of top sides' "enterprise value". The report, based on...

Ken Wyatt: Australia’s first indigenous cabinet minister

Ken Wyatt was chosen this week to be Australia's minister for indigenous Australians, the first Aboriginal person ever to hold the role. It's a historic appointment which also makes him the first indigenous Australian to...

Japan knife attack: Children stabbed in Kawasaki park

A man has stabbed at least 16 people, including children, near a park outside Japan's capital, Tokyo, officials say. It is not yet clear what was behind the attack on Tuesday morning, which has reportedly...

Inside the UK university rape chat scandal

Warning: This story contains content that readers may find distressing Media playback is unsupported on your device "It was as if I was going to be impressed by how vulgar it was" "Rape the whole flat to...

Fertility paradox in male beauty quest

Scientists have uncovered an evolutionary paradox where men damage their ability to have children during efforts to make themselves look more attractive. Taking steroids to get a buff physique or anti-baldness pills to keep...

Narendra Modi’s historic win: ‘India is at the whim of one man’

Media playback is unsupported on your device India in 'uncharted territory' after Modi win Indian PM Narendra Modi made history on Thursday, after he won a second landslide. The BBC's Jugal Purohit spoke to leading political...

Trump in Japan: US president backs Abe-Kim talks

US President Donald Trump has backed a possible face-to-face meeting between the leaders of Japan and North Korea. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Mr Trump pledged "full support" to the proposed meeting, in which...

Courtney Herron: Melbourne woman killed in ‘horrendous bashing’

The brutal killing of a young, homeless woman has renewed discussion in Australia about violence against women. The body of Courtney Herron, 25, was found in a Melbourne park by walkers on Saturday, police said. "She...

Leading UK Conservative warns of election ‘crushing’

Boris Johnson, the front-runner in the Tory leadership race, has said the party risks being "dismissed" if it does not deliver Brexit. Writing in In the Daily Telegraph, he said voters in the EU election...

Anthony Albanese: Australia’s Labor opposition elects new leader

Australia's Labor opposition has chosen Anthony Albanese as its new leader after the party suffered an upset in the nation's general election. Previous leader Bill Shorten resigned on 18 May, immediately after conceding the election...

Russia ordered to release Ukraine sailors

Media playback is unsupported on your device In November 2018, Jonah Fisher talked to a commander of the Ukrainian Navy about the tensions in the Azov Sea An international tribunal has ordered Russia to "immediately" release...

South Africa’s President Ramaphosa vows ‘new era’ at inauguration

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to bring about "hope and renewal" as he was inaugurated at a stadium in the capital Pretoria. The African National Congress (ANC) leader vowed to tackle corruption and rejuvenate...

Spice Girls: Fans take to Twitter over Dublin gig sound

Spice Girls singer Mel B has said she hopes the sound will be "much better" on their tour after complaints following their opening reunion concert in Dublin. More than 70,000 people turned out for the...

Mount Agung: Flights resume after Bali volcano disruption

Flights have returned to normal in Bali, after an volcanic eruption caused some delays and cancellations on Friday night. Mount Agung spewed lava and rocks over about 3km (2 mile) distance, officials said. Some villages...

Hawaii hiker found alive after two weeks missing

A woman has been found alive more than two weeks after she went missing on Maui, Hawaii. Amanda Eller, 35, was last seen on 8 May. Family and friends had launched an intense search effort...

Boston museum accused of racist ‘no watermelons’ remark

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has apologised after a teacher alleged her group of pupils suffered racist language and treatment during a visit. Marvelyne Lamy said staff had followed the black and other...

The full story in charts

Results for India's general election released on 23 May saw a landslide victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which increased its huge parliamentary majority. The margins of victory Narendra Modi and his ruling BJP...

Theresa May to resign as UK prime minister

Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. In an emotional statement in Downing Street, Mrs May...

Zakir Musa: Thousands mourn India’s ‘most wanted’ militant

Thousands of people have attended the funeral of Zakir Musa, described as "India's most wanted" militant, who was killed in Indian-administered Kashmir. The army said that Musa was shot dead on Thursday after they...

Trump orders new powers for Attorney General’s surveillance probe

US President Donald Trump has ordered US intelligence agencies to co-operate with an investigation into whether he was spied on during the 2016 election. The probe, headed by Attorney General William Barr, is examining the...

Harvey Weinstein ‘to settle with accusers for $44m’

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein and his former studio's board members have reached a tentative deal with women who accuse him of sexual misconduct, US media report. Lawyers said the settlement to resolve civil lawsuits...

Viewpoint: What Assange charges could mean for press freedom

For over a decade, there has been a raging debate over precisely what Julian Assange is - whistleblower, journalist, or spy. Now that question will have to be answered after the United States hit...

Rahul Gandhi: Is this the end of the Gandhi dynasty?

On Thursday when Indian PM Narendra Modi won a landslide victory in the Indian elections, Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and leader of India's Congress party, emerged at the other end,...

‘Why can only guys make movies?’

In the almost 72-year history of the Cannes Film Festival only one female director, Jane Campion, has ever won the prestigious Palme d'Or prize for best film. Furthermore, just 86 movies by female directors have...

Fifty children saved as international paedophile ring busted

Fifty children have been rescued and nine people arrested after an Interpol investigation into an international paedophile ring. The arrests were made in Thailand, Australia and the US and more are expected, Interpol said. The investigation...

Sultan of Brunei hands back Oxford degree over LGBT laws

The Sultan of Brunei has handed back an honorary degree after Oxford University raised concerns about his country's strict new anti-LGBT laws. Introduced in April, they initially made sex between men and adultery punishable by...

Bob Higgins: The Southampton football coach who abused boys

Such was the influence of Bob Higgins as a youth coach at Southampton, he was known as the "star-maker". He was seen as instrumental in the development of several players who would go on to...

See all the results

Between 11 April and 19 May, hundreds of millions of Indians voted for 542 members of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, which has 543 elected seats (the poll was cancelled in...

Election results 2019 live

Between 11 April and 19 May, hundreds of millions of Indians voted for members of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, which has 543 elected seats. Counting of results began at 08:00...

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

Media playback is unsupported on your device How would re-introducing elephant hunting affect communities and the economy in Botswana? Botswana has lifted a ban on elephant hunting, citing growing conflict between humans and the animals, which...

Ozone layer: Banned CFCs traced to China say scientists

Researchers say that they have pinpointed the major sources of a mysterious recent rise in a dangerous, ozone-destroying chemical. CFC-11 was primarily used for home insulation but global production was due to be phased...

Canada to take back rubbish sent to Philippines

Canada says it will take back tonnes of waste shipped to the Philippines, causing a diplomatic stink. The federal environment minister's announcement came shortly after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the rubbish sent back....

Farishta: Outrage over Pakistan child murder

The family of a 10-year-old Pakistani girl who was abducted and murdered have said they were ignored by police when they tried to report her missing. They say police told them the child might have...

Indonesia post-election protests leave six dead in Jakarta

Media playback is unsupported on your device Tear gas was fired as the protests turned violent Six people have been killed and 200 injured during mass rallies in Jakarta against the re-election of Indonesian President Joko...

Tesla ‘hires’ witty museum sheep tweeter

What happens when you post a picture of "an absolute unit" of a sheep to your work Twitter account and it then gets picked up by Elon Musk - also known as the...

New Zealand parliament shocked by assault allegations

Staff at New Zealand's parliament have suffered serious sexual assault, bullying and harassment, according to an independent inquiry. House Speaker Trevor Mallard described the situation as "intolerable" in an interview on Wednesday. The inquiry's 120-page...

Taiwan ‘Tank Man’ marks Tiananmen crackdown anniversary

A Taiwanese artist has created a giant inflatable depiction of the iconic "tank man" scene to mark 30 years since China's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests. The photo of a man standing in front of...

Abe Shinzo? Japan re-thinks the order of names

Japan's foreign minister wants Japanese names to be written surname-first in foreign languages. Taro Kono told reporters he plans to ask overseas media to write personal names in the Japanese style, so Prime Minister Shinzo...

Follow the results on the BBC

Hundreds of millions of Indians have been voting to decide the shape of the next parliament, ahead of results day on Thursday 23 May. Here's how to keep up with the latest results, analysis...

Boeing 737 Max: China’s top airlines seek compensation

Media playback is unsupported on your device The MCAS system explained China's three biggest airlines are demanding compensation from Boeing over its grounded 737 Max fleet. Air China, China Southern and China Eastern have filed claims...

Pakistani children worst affected in HIV outbreak

The first sign that something was wrong in the small southern Pakistani town of Ratto Dero appeared in February. A handful of worried parents had taken their children to the doctor, complaining that their little...

Jamie Oliver restaurant chain collapse costs 1,000 jobs

Or use the form below Your contact details Name (optional) Your E-mail address (required) Town & Country (optional) Your telephone number (optional) Comments (required) If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please...

Chinese boyband member ‘sorry’ for illegal smoking

One of China's biggest boybanders has apologised after he was caught smoking illegally in a Beijing restaurant. Wang Yuan, who also uses the English name Roy Wang, is considered to be one of the country's...

Instagram: Facebook probes breach of millions of influencer accounts

Photo sharing site Instagram says it is trying to find out how contact details of almost 50 million of its users were stored online in an unguarded database. TechCrunch, which broke the story, said it...

Sherpa climbs Everest twice in a week, setting record 24 ascents

A Nepalese Sherpa has set a new Mount Everest record, making it to the top for the 24th time - with his second summit in only seven days. Kami Rita Sherpa, 49, successfully scaled...

Eurovision: Is Brexit to blame for the UK’s latest flop?

The UK finished in last place at Eurovision on Saturday, despite the best efforts of singer Michael Rice. The talent show winner has reportedly blamed a Brexit backlash, as have some disgruntled British Eurovisionophiles. Rice...

Exit polls: India opposition rejects BJP exit poll lead

India's election is nearly over: voting began on 11 April, and the final ballot was cast on 19 May with results out on 23 May. Every day, the BBC will be bringing you all...

Japan economy beats expectations of slowdown

Japan's economy unexpectedly grew in the three months to March, shrugging off forecasts for a contraction in the world's third largest economy. The economy grew at an annualised 2.1% in the period, preliminary gross domestic...

Australian betting company pays out for wrong result

An Australian betting company has paid out for the wrong result in the country's elections. Sportsbet handed out more than A$1m (£540,000) to those who thought that the opposition Labor Party would win, two...

How Scott Morrison rose to high office

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has claimed an against-the-odds victory for his centre-right Coalition in the latest twist of his political career. Amid poor opinion polls, few had predicted that his government would be...

Kevin Mallory: Ex-CIA agent jailed for spying for China

A former CIA officer has been jailed for 20 years for disclosing military secrets to a Chinese agent, the US justice department says. Kevin Mallory, 62, was found guilty of several spying offences following a...

2019 Australia election: Polls open for ‘generational’ vote

Australians have begun voting on Saturday in the first general election since political infighting ousted the nation's fourth leader in a decade. PM Scott Morrison says he has united his conservative government in the...

‘Incredibly rare’ Roman coin found during A14 roadworks

An "incredibly rare" Roman coin minted for an ill-fated emperor has been found during work to upgrade an A road. It depicts Ulpius Cornelius Laelianus, who reigned for about two months in AD269 before he...

Heinz-Christian Strache: Vice-chancellor caught on secret video

Austria's Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache has been filmed appearing to offer government contracts in exchange for political support. The video, filmed secretly shortly before Austria's election in 2017, shows Mr Strache speaking to a woman who...

Moscow courier service campaign creates a stir online

Do you pay attention to the person who delivers your food, and would it make a difference if you knew them? In Moscow, a company called Delivery Club has launched an advertising campaign around the...

The weird, wild politics of Queensland

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a last-minute dash to north Queensland on Friday to back local candidates in key electorates. The outcome in Queensland could be decided in a handful of marginal seats,...

2019 Australia election: 10 things to know about the poll

Australians are voting in a closely-fought general election on Saturday. The poll will decide whether the conservative Liberal-National Coalition wins a third term or is replaced by a Labor administration led by Bill Shorten. All 151...

A landmark legacy: I M Pei’s iconic buildings

One of the world's best-known architects, I M Pei, has died at the age of 102. His most famous structures include the glass pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris - which was widely...

Belgium ex-King Albert II faces fine if refuses DNA test

A Belgian appeals court has ruled that former King Albert II is to be fined €5,000 (£4,370) a day if he refuses to undergo a DNA test. In February, he refused to undergo such a...

GozNym cyber-crime gang which stole millions busted

An international crime gang which used malware to steal $100m (£77m) from more than 40,000 victims has been dismantled. A complex police operation conducted investigations in the US, Bulgaria, Germany, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The gang...

Banks fined €1bn by EU for currency rigging

Five banks have been fined €1.07bn (£935m) by the European Commission after traders clubbed together to rig the foreign exchange market. Four banks in the "Banana Split" cartel - Barclays, RBS, Citigroup and JP Morgan...

Hawksmoor Manchester: Diners given £4,500 red wine by mistake

Lucky diners were accidentally served a £4,500 bottle of red wine at a restaurant. Hawksmoor Manchester said on Twitter it hoped the customers had enjoyed their evening after being given the pricey 2001 bottle of...

Bob Hawke: Australia’s former PM dies at 89

Former Australian prime minister and Labor Party leader Bob Hawke, who dominated the country's politics in the 1980s, has died at the age of 89. The charismatic politician, renowned for his love of beer and...

When is the ‘OK’ gesture not OK?

France's Marine Le Pen, of the far-right National Rally, is the latest politician to find themselves in hot water for signalling that everything is OK. While visiting Estonia's far-right EKRE party, which has just entered...

Stowaway kittens rescued on US building site

Five kittens which hitched a ride on a California truck were found inside a steel column at the end of the 500-mile (800km) trip. The 60ft (18m) steel column was being transported from Hayward,...

The charismatic Bob Hawke

In 1952, Bob Hawke had an experience that led him to abandon his Christian faith. The university student was attending a Christmas Eve party at a mansion in India at the end of the World...

Did an election kill 500 people?

Indonesia held presidential, national and regional elections last month in one of the biggest voting exercises held on a single day anywhere in the world. Now questions are being asked as to whether a deadly...

2019 election: Why politics is toxic for Australia’s women

Australian women in politics have had enough. A slew of allegations of sexist bullying and misogyny have emerged in recent years, while at the same time the country has steadily tumbled down the global rankings...

The rapes haunting an isolated community

In Manitoba, an insular Mennonite colony in Bolivia whose residents eschew modernity, nine men were rounded up in 2009. Later, they were convicted of the rape and sexual assault of 151 women and girls...

Chang’e-4: Chinese rover ‘confirms’ Moon crater theory

The Chinese Chang'e-4 rover may have confirmed a longstanding idea about the origin of a vast crater on the Moon's far side. The rover's landing site lies within a vast impact depression created by an...

Estonia: How boom-time Baltic republic embraced far right

The concert had been organised in a hurry. Ten thousand people standing side by side on a Sunday afternoon, hands on chests, singing their country's national anthem. This spot in Tallinn was where 300,000 people...

ADHD: ‘The web comics that show what my life is like’

When Dani Donovan wanted to show her colleagues what life was like for her as someone diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), she never thought her sketches would lead to a series of...

Priyanka Gandhi: Can Congress party’s ‘mythical weapon’ deliver?

On Wednesday, Priyanka Gandhi is taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his home turf - by holding a road show in his constituency Varanasi. Ever since she formally joined politics in February, she...

The Pakistani brides being trafficked to China

The marriage between a local Christian woman and a Chinese Christian man six months ago in the eastern Pakistani city of Faisalabad had all the signs of a perfect match. She was 19, he was...

San Francisco is first US city to ban facial recognition

Legislators in San Francisco have voted to ban the use of facial recognition, the first US city to do so. The emerging technology will not be allowed to be used by local agencies, such as...

Australia election 2019: The most remote polling stations

In a vast, sparsely populated land like Australia, overseeing an election is a massive logistical effort... particularly when you have compulsory voting. The task is greater than ever ahead of Saturday's general election because a...

Man detained in China for giving dogs ‘illegal’ names

A man has been detained in eastern China for giving his dogs "illegal" names, it's reported. According to popular newspaper Beijing News, a dog breeder in his early 30s surnamed Ban in eastern Anhui...

Unrest erupts over toddler’s rape in Kashmir

Huge protests have continued for the third day in Indian-administered Kashmir with people demanding the death penalty for a man who allegedly raped a three-year-old girl. "The accused had tried to flee, but we caught...

North Korea demands return of ship seized by US

North Korea has demanded the immediate return of a cargo ship seized by the US, branding the move an "unlawful robbery". Last week the US justice department accused Pyongyang of violating international sanctions by using...

LGBT Virgin Mary triggers Polish activist’s arrest

The Polish civil rights activist who put up images of the Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo said she did so to protest against what she calls the "exclusion of LGBT people from society"...

Australia’s election in 11 charts

Australia will go to the polls on 18 May at a time when many Australians have big questions about their country and who leads it. Here's a visual look at some key issues and...

Taiwanese men in skirts challenge gender stereotypes

Men of all ages have been gathering on the streets of Taiwan wearing skirts, as part of events organised to challenge gender stereotypes and raise awareness of Taiwan's long-awaited marriage bill. Discussions will take place...

Doris Day, America’s girl next door

Doris Day was the fresh-faced, all-American girl who became one of the world's most bankable film stars. Her glittering singing career included timeless classics like Whip Crack Away, Qué Será Será and Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps....

Philippines elections: Duterte faces key poll test

Voting is under way in the Philippines, in mid-term polls seen as a popularity test for President Rodrigo Duterte after his first three years in office. Gaining a Senate majority would allow him to push...

Pakistan to get $6bn IMF lifeline to ease economic crisis

Pakistan has secured a $6bn (£4.6bn) bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the country battles to stave off an economic crisis. The funding, which still needs approval from the IMF's management, would...

Does the NHS damage other countries’ healthcare?

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) will soon begin a major campaign to recruit health workers from other countries to meet growing staff shortages. Reports suggest a strategy has been drawn up to target a...

How we endured the McCarthy purges in US

Nearly 70 years after the US government carried out its infamous purge of what it perceived as a Communist threat, some academics whose lives were turned upside down have been speaking out about lessons...

Wrestler Silver King dies during Camden Roundhouse bout

A professional wrestler and actor has died after collapsing during a bout in London. Cesar Barron, known as Silver King, was a star in his native Mexico and appeared alongside the comic actor Jack Black...

Cuba gay rights activists arrested at pride march in Havana

Media playback is unsupported on your device People celebrating LGBT rights in Havana are detained A number of gay rights activists have been arrested after clashing with police at an unauthorised pride march in Cuba's capital,...

Rich List 2019: Hinduja brothers top rankings for third time

The billionaire Hinduja brothers have been named as the wealthiest people in the UK for a third time, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. Sri and Gopi Hinduja saw their fortune increase by £1.356bn...

Brexit talks will fail – sacked UK minister

Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit talks with the Labour Party are a "grave mistake", according to former defence secretary Gavin Williamson. Mrs May is hoping to reach a cross-party consensus on her withdrawal agreement after...

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