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New Zealand students say word 'trivial' in exam confused them

New Zealand students say word 'trivial' in exam confused them

Image copyright Getty Images High School students in New Zealand who didn’t know what the word “trivial” meant in an exam question have demanded not to be marked down as a result. More than 2,600 people signed an online petition over the “unfamiliar” word. The students were asked to write an essay based on the […]

The women smashing Ethiopia's glass ceiling

The women smashing Ethiopia's glass ceiling

Image copyright ullstein bild Image caption Chief Justice Meaza Ashenafi’s work as a lawyer led to a Hollywood film Ethiopia is changing rapidly under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, with women now wielding enormous power in a country where they have mostly been confined to traditional roles, writes BBC’s Tigrinya’s Hana Zeratsyon. Ethiopians like to say […]

'Stingray' attack kills Australian man in Tasmania

'Stingray' attack kills Australian man in Tasmania

Image caption Stingrays are not usually aggressive and fatal attacks on humans remain rare A 42-year-old man has died after a suspected stingray attack off the Tasmanian coast, Australian police say. They said the man developed a cardiac arrest after “sustaining a puncture to his lower abdomen” at Lauderdale Beach. The statement said the wound […]

Apec summit ends without statement over US-China division

Apec summit ends without statement over US-China division

Image copyright AFP Image caption US VP Pence (3rd right) and China’s Xi did not appear together in Apec leaders pictures An Asian economic summit has ended without a formal leaders’ statement for the first time because of US-China divisions over trade. Papua New Guinea’s President Peter O’Neill said a closing statement for the Asia-Pacific […]

Palm oil: One woman's fight to save 'the last place on Earth'

Palm oil: One woman's fight to save 'the last place on Earth'

Image copyright WFN Image caption Farwiza Farhan: Fighting to save Sumatra’s biodiversity There is only one place in the world where orangutan, rhinos, elephants and tigers still co-exist in the wild. Environmental activist Farwiza Farhan is fighting to protect this last wilderness, Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem. In 2012, her NGO, Yayasan HAkA, sued an oil palm […]

Olympic Games: Why cities are snubbing the 'greatest show on Earth'

Olympic Games: Why cities are snubbing the 'greatest show on Earth'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Demonstrators protest against Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics It has long been billed as the greatest show on Earth. Both the summer and winter versions of the Olympic Games are multi-billion dollar spectacles that bring together the world’s top athletes and draw masses of media coverage. So […]

Jonestown: Rebuilding my life after surviving the massacre

Jonestown: Rebuilding my life after surviving the massacre

Image copyright The Jonestown Institute Image caption Laura Johnson Kohl (pictured on Guyana passport) was one of only dozens from the group to survive Sunday 18 November is the 40th anniversary of the notorious Jonestown massacre where more than 900 people died at a settlement run by Christian cult leader Jim Jones. Ahead of the […]

The women keeping peace… in the deadliest place

The women keeping peace… in the deadliest place

Image copyright Xaume Olleros The United Nations wants to recruit more women as peacekeepers, but only a small proportion of its Blue Helmets are female. In Mali, Jennifer O’Mahony meets some of women trying to bring stability to the region. Superintendent Catherine Ugorji is settling in for another 24-hour shift monitoring UN patrols in the […]

Delhi's rickshaw pullers: Toxic air is killing us but we can’t quit

Delhi's rickshaw pullers: Toxic air is killing us but we can’t quit

Image copyright Ankit Srinivas Image caption Sanjay Kumar has been working as a rickshaw puller for five years “My eyes hurt and I struggle to breathe while pedalling my rickshaw. My body tells me to stop and run away from Delhi’s toxic smog, but I have to keep going to earn for my family. Where […]

Golden Horse: Zhang Yimou's Shadow wins most awards

Golden Horse: Zhang Yimou's Shadow wins most awards

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Zhang Yimou had never won a Golden Horse until now One of China’s most acclaimed directors, a rising star with a tragic story and a documentary charting mass protests have all won top prizes at this year’s Golden Horse awards. The 55th annual awards – dubbed the “Chinese Oscars” – […]

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