September 2017

'Play with love'

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Bollywood actress Sunny Leone is the brand ambassador for Manforce condoms A condom company has been forced to pull down an advertisement promoting their popular Manforce brand ahead of the major Hindu festival of Navratri in the western state of Gujarat after protests by some Indians. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi explains the controversy. Just days before the nine-day festival was to begin on Thursday,

India women reject 'poor quality' free saris from government

Image caption Women were disappointed because they were told they would be given hand-woven saris A scheme to gift saris to poor women as part of festival celebrations in the south Indian state of Telangana backfired after women began rejecting the “poor quality” garments. “I doubt it will last longer than four days,” Ganga, who had just received a sari, told BBC Telugu’s Balla Satish. Women said they were disappointed

India rape: Second uncle held in 10-year-old pregnant child's case

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Campaigners say 50% of abusers are known to the child or are “persons in trust and care-givers” A second uncle of a 10-year-old Indian child who gave birth to a baby girl last month has been arrested for allegedly raping her. He is the younger brother of the uncle who was arrested earlier and charged with raping the girl, police said. Police began looking for a

Australian school discriminated against turban-wearing boy

Image copyrightSAGARDEEP SINGH ARORAImage caption Sidhak Singh was initially not allowed to wear his patka, or child’s turban, to school An Australian school discriminated against a five-year-old Sikh boy when it prevented his enrolment because he wore a turban, a tribunal has found. The uniform policy of Melton Christian School in Melbourne prohibits non-Christian head coverings for boys. But the boy’s father, Sagardeep Singh Arora, argued that not letting him

Hurricane Maria 'devastates' Dominica: PM

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHurricane Maria has hit Dominica and is making its way through the Caribbean Dominica has suffered “widespread damage” from Hurricane Maria, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says, as the storm hammers neighbouring Guadeloupe. “We have lost all that money can buy,” Mr Skerrit said in a Facebook post. The hurricane suddenly strengthened to a “potentially catastrophic” category five storm, before making landfall on

Ukraine women's football clip prompts online sexism row

Image copyrightFutbol-1/2 TVImage caption Ukraine women’s football squad prepare to face Croatia A video clip promoting a women’s football international fixture has kicked off a row on Ukrainian social media over its sexualised content. The clip shows a close-up of the face of a gently moaning woman, with glossy lips parted in apparent sexual pleasure, before leaping to the Ukrainian women’s football squad shouting “we’re not faking it!” at the

When Bengaluru FC visited North Korea

Erik Paartalu (left) has played for Gretna, Melbourne City and Australia in his 14-year career A trip to the world’s most secretive state while it is in the midst of a tense stand off with a world superpower featuring the rhetoric of nuclear war – well, it’s not a footballer’s average away day. Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC travelled to North Korea last week to play Pyongyang’s 4.25 SC

North Korea: Bengaluru FC's Erik Paartalu on missile launches, lost baggage and Kim Jong-un memes

Erik Paartalu (left) has played for Gretna, Melbourne City and Australia in his 14-year career A trip to the world’s most secretive state while it is in the midst of a tense stand off with a world superpower featuring the rhetoric of nuclear war – well, it’s not a footballer’s average away day. Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC travelled to North Korea last week to play Pyongyang’s 4.25 SC

Rohingya crisis: Are Suu Kyi's Rohingya claims correct?

Image copyrightEPA Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been speaking about the violence and refugee crisis in Rakhine State. The BBC’s South East Asia correspondent, Jonathan Head, who has been covering the story of the Rohingya people from both sides of the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, assesses her claims. Aung San Suu Kyi: “There have been no conflicts since the 5 September and no clearance operations.” On 7 September,

Winter Olympics 2018: British Bobsleigh to withdraw funding for women's team

Mica McNeill won junior Bobsleigh World Championship gold in Winterberg in January British Bobsleigh is set to withdraw funding from its women’s team – just five months before the Winter Olympics – BBC Sport has learned. Mica McNeill – the top female driver – said she was “gutted and shocked” to be told by bosses there was no money left to fund her because of “an overspend”. The crisis-hit British