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Terracotta theft: Chinese anger over stolen warrior thumb

Terracotta theft: Chinese anger over stolen warrior thumb

Image copyright TripAdvisor Image caption The thumb was removed from a warrior on display in Philadelphia. Chinese authorities have demanded “severe punishment” for a man who allegedly stole the thumb of a terracotta warrior statue on display in the US, Chinese state media report. The 2,000-year-old statue, worth $4.5m (£3.2m), is one of 10 on […]

'No shoes or socks' to stop India students from exam cheating

'No shoes or socks' to stop India students from exam cheating

Image copyright AFP Image caption In 2016, parents of students were photographed climbing school walls to pass on answers in Bihar Authorities in India’s eastern state of Bihar have asked students not to wear shoes or socks to stop them from cheating during exams. Officials told the BBC that the measure was to stop students […]

Justin Trudeau in India: Is the Canadian PM being cold-shouldered?

Justin Trudeau in India: Is the Canadian PM being cold-shouldered?

Image copyright EPA Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first official visit to India has not been the headline-grabbing love fest he must be accustomed to on his overseas trips. Despite plenty of photo opportunities, including at the Taj Mahal, Mr Trudeau and his family’s tour has been largely ignored by senior members of the Indian […]

Australia rugby star Karmichael Hunt avoids drug conviction

Australia rugby star Karmichael Hunt avoids drug conviction

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Karmichael Hunt made his Wallabies debut last June Australian rugby union player Karmichael Hunt has avoided a conviction after a cocaine possession charge against him was dropped. Hunt was arrested in Brisbane in December on the cocaine charge and a second count of possessing the prescription drug Xanax. On […]

Australia MP George Christensen criticised over gun photo

Australia MP George Christensen criticised over gun photo

Image copyright FACEBOOK Image caption Government MP George Christensen posted this image with a caption: “Do you feel lucky, greenie punks?” An Australian MP has drawn criticism for posting a photo online that showed him aiming a gun and asking: “Do you feel lucky, greenie punks?” George Christensen, a government MP, put the image on […]

The country breeding a generation of chess whizz kids

The country breeding a generation of chess whizz kids

Since 2011, all children in Armenia from six to eight years old have had compulsory chess lessons. For one boy it’s paying off, reports Emma Levine. I was trapped. Surrounded on all sides, and there was no escape. The king’s capture was imminent – and my bishop was of no use this time. “Shakh yev […]

Malaysia wishes wrong New Year with a barking rooster

Malaysia wishes wrong New Year with a barking rooster

Image copyright AFP Image caption The barking rooster appeared in Chinese-language newspapers The Malaysian government is facing ridicule after it took out a full-page advert to celebrate the Lunar New Year – featuring a barking rooster. The Year of the Rooster – based on the Chinese zodiac – has just ended, giving way to the […]

New Zealand v England: Hosts reach T20 tri-series final despite defeat

Opener Colin Munro helped New Zealand qualify with a blistering 18-ball fifty Twenty20 tri-series, Hamilton: England 194-7 (20 overs): Morgan 80*, Malan 53, Boult 3-50 New Zealand 192-4 (overs): Guptill 62, Munro 57, Chapman 37* England win by two runs; New Zealand qualify for final Scorecard England beat New Zealand by two runs but failed […]

The Indian artist challenging 'dirty taboos' on Instagram

The Indian artist challenging 'dirty taboos' on Instagram

Image copyright Kaviya Ilango @wallflowergirlsays Image caption Kaviya Ilango is inspired by the “dirty taboos” that don’t get discussed In an illustration on Instagram, a young woman perched on the arm of a bench can be seen letting out a fart. The Indian artist behind the sketch, Kaviya Ilango, speaks to the BBC’s Krutika Pathi […]

Sacred Tibetan monastery in Lhasa hit by fire

Sacred Tibetan monastery in Lhasa hit by fire

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Footage posted online showed flames billowing from the ancient compound A fire broke out at the most important shrine in Tibetan Buddhism – the Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa. Footage posted online showed flames billowing from the roof and what appeared to be at least one gutted pagoda. Chinese state media […]

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