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North Korea 'detains American citizen'

North Korea 'detains American citizen'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tension is high following a massive military parade and missile test An American citizen has been detained in North Korea as he tried to leave the country, South Korean media say. The man was identified only by his surname, Kim. He becomes the third American to be detained by the […]

Saudi Arabia's King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Saudi Arabia's King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption King Salman has issued a raft of decrees Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has reinstated bonuses and special allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut last September as part of austerity measures when oil revenues were low. The king fired his civil service minister and put him […]

Sewol sinking

Sewol sinking

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Much of the public’s anger has been directed at the government over poor safety standards and rescue work Three years ago the Sewol ferry disaster sparked a massive public outcry in South Korea, one that continues to reverberate till today. Now, a new film has come out claiming the […]

Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Erin Moran also starred in a spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi US actress Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, has died, aged 56. Police said a emergency team in Indiana responded to a call on Saturday afternoon and found her dead. The cause […]

Ecuador fines media for not publishing a story

Ecuador fines media for not publishing a story

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption The ruling affects some of the country’s biggest news outlets Ecuador has fined seven media companies for not publishing a story that it deemed of public interest. The state’s media watchdog said the press had a duty to cover a story about the supposed offshore dealings of […]

Trash on the tracks

Trash on the tracks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow Rome’s rubbish is powering Austrian homes Rome’s rubbish is helping to power Austrian homes – and it gets to Austria by train. Rome has been struggling to cope with a rubbish crisis and Austria has spare capacity at a waste-to-energy plant near Vienna. So a deal […]

France prepares to vote for new president amid high security

France prepares to vote for new president amid high security

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption Extra police have been deployed to protect voters France is preparing to vote in presidential elections on Sunday, amid high security after a fatal assault on a Paris policeman three days ago. About 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers are being deployed around the country after Thursday’s attack […]

'More revolution'

'More revolution'

Image caption Canal Caribe has young presenters and modern sets Slick new graphics, drum and bass theme music and young presenters: at least in its presentation, Cuba’s latest state television channel is a break with the past. Called Canal Caribe, it is an attempt to stand out from the stiffly presented, heavily scripted newscasts that […]

Beaten by a mob

Beaten by a mob

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The mob killing has shocked many in Pakistan The brutal mob killing of a university student who was accused of committing blasphemy has caused outrage in Pakistan. The country has strict and controversial blasphemy laws – which human rights groups say are often used to unfairly target religious minorities or […]

Vietnamese villagers free police hostages

Vietnamese villagers free police hostages

Image copyright EPA Image caption The remaining hostages are freed from Dong Tam Commune following a week-long stand-off Residents of a village in Vietnam have freed the remaining 19 hostages they were holding in a week-long stand-off over land rights. The release follows a meeting with the Hanoi police chief, who promised not to prosecute […]