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Kabul suicide car bomb: 30 killed in Afghan capital

Kabul suicide car bomb: 30 killed in Afghan capital

Media captionThe blast is one of many to have struck Kabul this year. Video: Ahmad Shuja A suicide car bomb has exploded in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 30 people, officials have told the BBC. At least 42 people were injured in the blast and there are fears the number of casualties could […]

South China Sea: Vietnam halts drilling after ‘China threats’

South China Sea: Vietnam halts drilling after ‘China threats’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Vietnam and other neighbours contest China’s territorial claims in the area Vietnam has reportedly terminated a gas-drilling expedition in a disputed area of the South China Sea, following strong threats from China. A source in the south-east Asian oil industry has told the BBC that the company behind the drilling, […]

Bernard Tomic amazed at career, despite lack of effort at times

Bernard Tomic amazed at career, despite lack of effort at times

Tomic reached a career-high ranking of 17 in January 2016 Bernard Tomic says he has never “really tried” throughout his tennis career, adding that he has probably been operating at “around 50%”. The Australian claimed he was bored during his straight-set defeat by Mischa Zverev at Wimbledon on 4 July. A series of lacklustre displays […]

Afghanistan: Taliban ‘kidnapped dozens’ of villagers

Afghanistan: Taliban ‘kidnapped dozens’ of villagers

Image copyright EPA Image caption Police conduct a vehicle search in Kandahar after the reported kidnapping At least seven villagers have been killed after being kidnapped by suspected Taliban militants, a senior Afghan police official says. He said about dozens of villagers were abducted in Kandahar province earlier in the week. About 30 have been […]

North Korea tourism: US to ban Americans from visiting

North Korea tourism: US to ban Americans from visiting

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The US State Department currently warns US citizens not to travel to North Korea The US is to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement that the ban would be published next week in the Federal Register, to come into […]

Justine Damond’s death ‘should not have happened’

Justine Damond’s death ‘should not have happened’

Media captionIt’s the first news conference Police Chief Janee Harteau has held since the fatal shooting The fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer “should not have happened”, the city’s police chief has said. Justine Damond, originally from Sydney, was shot when she approached a police car after reporting a suspected […]

India musician plays guitar during brain surgery

India musician plays guitar during brain surgery

Image copyright PTI Image caption Mr Prasad said he felt normal and awake on the operating table An Indian musician played the guitar on the operating table to help doctors treat involuntary muscle spasms in his fingers. Abhishek Prasad was asked to play every time doctors “burnt” a circuit in his brain to treat what […]

N Korea economy grows at fastest rate in 17 years

N Korea economy grows at fastest rate in 17 years

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Looking up? North Korea recorded its fastest economic growth since 1999. North Korea’s economy accelerated at its fastest pace in 17 years, despite sanctions over its nuclear and missile programmes. Gross domestic product grew by 3.9% in 2016 compared with the previous year, according to the Bank of Korea. […]

North Korea drought: Children at risk in ‘worst crisis since 2001’

North Korea drought: Children at risk in ‘worst crisis since 2001’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea’s crop production has been hit in recent years by both drought and flooding North Korea is facing severe food shortages after being hit by its worst drought since 2001, a report from the United Nations says. Crop production in the country has been hampered by a prolonged […]

Why is India’s next president so unknown?

Why is India’s next president so unknown?

Image copyright EPA Ram Nath Kovind, former governor of the northern Indian state state of Bihar, has been elected as the country’s new president. BBC Hindi’s Vineet Khare profiles a man many Indians have never heard of. “I have been writing about the Dalits [formerly untouchables] for 27 years. But I first heard of Ram […]