September 11, 2017

Hope springs eternal

Image copyrightGetty Images The communications office of the Trump campaign was staffed by Hope Hicks, the press secretary – and it was a disaster. To be fair, the office was run with a skeleton staff. But reporters couldn’t get calls returned, and things were chaotic. Somehow she survived. Now in the Trump White House, a place where loyalty is often valued over competence, she’s been promoted. The president is hard

Rap battle

Image copyrightiQIYI A hugely successful internet reality show has put hip hop music into the national spotlight for the first time in China. With more than 2.5 billion views on China’s largest online video hosting website, iQiyi, the Rap of China has seen dozens of Chinese rappers shoot to stardom. Showcasing young and feisty contestants locked in rap battle in front of a panel of celebrity judges, the show sparked

'The power of mothers'

When a group of Indonesian mothers sharing pictures of their children stumbled upon news of an online paedophile group earlier this year, they decided to infiltrate it to expose those behind it. The BBC’s Christine Franciska followed the story. Capturing and posting the funny, sweet and memorable moments of children on social media is common for many proud parents in Indonesia and around the world. Risrona Simorangkir has been uploading

Protest for justice over murdered Indian journalist

Image copyrightK VenkateshImage caption Gauri Lankesh’s murder sparked protests across several Indian cities Up to 15,000 people including writers, journalists and academics have turned out in Bangalore to condemn the murder of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh. Many held placards saying “I am Gauri”, while others read out poems on the importance of free speech. Police are investigating her murder but no arrests have yet been made. Ms Lankesh, who was