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Lombok earthquake: Strong tremor shakes Indonesian island

Lombok earthquake: Strong tremor shakes Indonesian island

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by another strong earthquake, just two weeks after the last one killed more than 460 people. Sunday’s quake was measured at magnitude 6.3 and a depth of 7km (4 miles). It is not yet known if there are any casualties. Residents said the tremor was felt strongly […]

'We are real': Saudi feminists launch online radio

'We are real': Saudi feminists launch online radio

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Saudi Arabia recently allowed women to drive but activists say more needs to be done Operating out of a small room in an unknown country, a new internet radio station broadcasts a programme aimed at campaigning for greater women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. With melancholy music playing in the […]

Nigeria's favourite leader won't become president – yet

Nigeria's favourite leader won't become president – yet

Image copyright AFP Image caption Yemi Osinbajo and his wife Dolapo are both Christian pastors Yemi Osinbajo is basking in the love of many Nigerians at the moment – not a common experience for politicians in this country where they are generally held in low esteem. The vice-president has been praised for the decisive – […]

Child passive smoking 'increases chronic lung risk'

Child passive smoking 'increases chronic lung risk'

Image copyright Getty Images Non-smoking adults have a higher risk of dying from serious lung disease if they grew up with parents who smoked, according to US research. The researchers said childhood passive smoking was “likely to add seven deaths to every 100,000 non-smoking adults dying annually”. The study of 70,900 non-smoking men and women […]

Ecuador tightens entry rules for Venezuelan migrants

Ecuador tightens entry rules for Venezuelan migrants

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Many Venezuelans have made a long overland journey to the Ecuador border, but are now stuck Ecuador has brought in new rules to stop Venezuelan migrants entering the country without a passport, leaving many stranded in neighbouring Colombia. Thousands of Venezuelans fleeing their country’s economic and political crisis have been […]

US-Turkey row: Pastor a 'pawn in personal feud'

US-Turkey row: Pastor a 'pawn in personal feud'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Andrew Brunson (third right) denies links to banned groups in Turkey The US is increasing pressure on Turkey to try to secure the freedom of American pastor Andrew Brunson. While the leaders of the two Nato allies clash with each other, Mr Brunson’s fate hangs in the balance. US President […]

How quinoa is changing farmers' lives in Peru

How quinoa is changing farmers' lives in Peru

Image caption Mr Cisneros’s plot has grown since he started selling quinoa Quinoa has become a popular food globally thanks to its healthy image. The boom has benefited farmers in Peru, but these gains are now under threat from growing international competition. Rodrigo Cisneros looks out at his fields of bright-yellow quinoa plants extending far […]

Egypt internet: Sisi ratifies law tightening control over websites

Egypt internet: Sisi ratifies law tightening control over websites

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Sisi’s supporters say he has brought stability while critics say he has stifled democracy Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed a new law that tightens controls over the internet. The legislation on “cybercrime” means websites can be blocked in Egypt if deemed to constitute a threat to […]

Latter Day Saints church leader rejects 'Mormon' label

Latter Day Saints church leader rejects 'Mormon' label

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is based in Salt Lake City, Utah People should no longer use the word “Mormon” to characterise the faith, the head of the Utah-based church has said. Church leader Russell Nelson urged both followers and non-followers to stick to the official designation […]

Hong Kong 'cardboard granny' has case overturned

Hong Kong 'cardboard granny' has case overturned

Hong Kong ‘cardboard granny’ has case overturned By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of elderly women collect cardboard in Hong Kong and sell it on to recyclers to make money An elderly Hong Kong woman who was fined for “setting down a bag of rubbish” has […]