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Ethiopia Waldiya: Five killed by police at religious festival

Ethiopia Waldiya: Five killed by police at religious festival

At least five people have been killed in northern Ethiopia after security forces fired on a crowd at a religious festival who were reportedly shouting anti-government slogans. Many more were injured in the incident in the town of Waldiya. Angry protesters have blocked roads and businesses are closed. There have been nearly three years of […]

Kabul: Gunman shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

Kabul: Gunman shot Intercontinental Hotel diners – eyewitness

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGuests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconies An eyewitness has told the BBC of the terrifying moment gunmen burst into Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel restaurant on Saturday. The man, who is not being named for security reasons, said he was spared after […]

DR Congo: Anti-Kabila protests dispersed with tear gas

DR Congo: Anti-Kabila protests dispersed with tear gas

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tear gas was fired at protesters in the capital, Kinshasa Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo have used teargas to disperse protesters, as a wave of demonstrations takes place across the country. Protesters are demanding that President Joseph Kabila – whose expected term of office expired more than a […]

Pope in Peru: Francis speaks out on violence against women

Pope in Peru: Francis speaks out on violence against women

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPope Francis had a serious message for his congregation Pope Francis, who is on a visit to Peru, has spoken out about violence against women in Latin America. Speaking at a Mass in the northern city of Trujillo, the Pope called the violence “a plague” that needed […]

US shutdown: Senate in bid to end impasse

US shutdown: Senate in bid to end impasse

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMajority Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell accuses the Democrats of “irresponsible political games” The US Senate is due back in session to try to end a budget impasse before the start of the working week when the shutdown of many federal services will be felt around the […]

Why names matter so much

Why names matter so much

Image copyright Getty Images When it comes to politics and international diplomacy, names matter. We know they matter because people are always changing them. Two important addresses changed this week. The Russian embassy in Washington found itself situated not on Wisconsin Street but Boris Nemtsov Plaza, named after a Russian opposition politician. And in Turkey, […]

Dark is divine: What colour are Indian gods and goddesses?

Dark is divine: What colour are Indian gods and goddesses?

Image copyright Naresh Nil Image caption Goddess Sita is photographed with her twin sons Luv and Kush In India where light skin is coveted, a new campaign is re-imagining popular Hindu gods and goddesses with a darker skin, writes the BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi. The desire for fairer skin is not new in India […]

Trump's year on Twitter: Who has he criticised and praised the most?

Trump's year on Twitter: Who has he criticised and praised the most?

Seven months before his shock election victory, Donald Trump promised a crowd in Rhode Island he would not use Twitter if he became president. Why? “Not presidential,” he said in April 2016. Fast forward to the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Not only has he continued using Twitter since moving into the White House, he’s […]

Putin cast as national saviour ahead of Russia election

Putin cast as national saviour ahead of Russia election

Image copyright ALEXEI DRUZHININ/AFP Image caption Orthodoxy is a key part of the nationalist and conservative world view espoused by President Putin Long presented as the bare-chested, macho leader who defends Russia against the West, President Vladimir Putin now has a rather more mystical image in state media. With elections looming in March, leading state-controlled […]

Kabul: Afghan forces seek to end Intercontinental Hotel siege

Kabul: Afghan forces seek to end Intercontinental Hotel siege

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gunfire could still be heard eight hours after the assault began Afghan security forces have been fighting to gain control of a luxury hotel in Kabul after it was stormed by militants who killed several people. The gunmen burst into the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday evening, shooting at guests and […]