The photographer who captures the expressions of tiny animals

The photographer who captures the expressions of tiny animals

Image copyright Muhammad Roem Image caption This photograph of a cheeky gecko is the one Mr Roem describes as his favourite shot There are close-up images, and then there are the ones taken by Muhammad Roem, an amateur Indonesian photographer. From dancing frogs to cheeky geckos, there is little that escapes 28-year-old Mr Roem’s camera. […]

China’s Alibaba back on US counterfeits blacklist

China’s Alibaba back on US counterfeits blacklist

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Alibaba raised $25bn when it floated its stock in New York last year Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is back on the US’s “notorious markets” list over counterfeit goods sales. Alibaba was taken off the list four years ago, but US authorities say the firm’s online platform Taobao is used to […]

What is ‘Om Telolet Om’ and why are DJs sharing it?

What is ‘Om Telolet Om’ and why are DJs sharing it?

Image caption Martin Garrix, pictured performing at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, is among the DJs to have tweeted the cryptic phrase. Since Tuesday afternoon social media users worldwide have been sharing the mysterious phrase ‘Om Telolet Om’. The phrase has been used close to 790,000 times on Twitter in that period. It’s proven particularly […]

Health of ‘young and old’ hit by China smog

People in Beijing in China have been outlining their health concerns at the city’s smog problem. Near-record levels of toxic air pollution have prompted the authorities to ground planes, shut factories and close schools. Health of ‘young and old’ hit by China smog}

China’s first global pop star?

Media captionJane Zhang: A global star in the making? Jane Zhang is a pop megastar in China but her latest single breaks the mould of China’s pop industry and could help her become its first global superstar, writes Grace Tsoi of BBC Chinese. She first became a household name in 2005 when she finished as […]

Japan cancels failed $9bn Monju nuclear reactor

Japan cancels failed $9bn Monju nuclear reactor

Image copyright AP Image caption The experiment at Monju has cost $9bn (£7.2bn) Japan is a scrapping an experimental reactor which has worked for just 250 days of its 22-year lifespan and cost $9bn (£7.2bn). The Monju reactor, in western Japan’s Fukui city, was designed to burn most of its own spent fuel, eliminating the […]

Singer Richard Marx ‘restrains unruly man’ on Korean Air flight

Singer Richard Marx ‘restrains unruly man’ on Korean Air flight

Image copyright Twitter / @richardmarx Image caption Marx was among a group of passengers and crew who restrained the man with rope American singer Richard Marx has said he had to restrain a fellow passenger on a Korean Air flight, after the man allegedly attacked others onboard. The incident happened as Marx and his wife, […]

China’s first global pop star?

Media captionJane Zhang: A global star in the making? Jane Zhang is a pop megastar in China but her latest single breaks the mould of China’s pop industry and could help her become its first global superstar, writes Grace Tsoi of BBC Chinese. She first became a household name in 2005 when she finished as […]

Afghan hostage couple decry ‘Kafkaesque nightmare’

Afghan hostage couple decry ‘Kafkaesque nightmare’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption “My children have seen their mother defiled,” Caitlan Coleman says in the video An Afghan insurgent group has released video of a kidnapped North American couple, featuring two children apparently born to them in captivity. The footage from the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network shows Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman […]

The big row over a small Australian statue

The big row over a small Australian statue

Image copyright BBC/Greg Dunlop Image caption A statue honouring so-called “comfort women” outside a church in Sydney Outside a church in suburban Sydney sits a bronze sculpture of a young Korean girl in traditional dress. She stares in silent protest, a symbol of the estimated 200,000 women were forced to work for the prostitution corps […]