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K-pop superstars BTS launch world tour

Image copyrightGetty Images South Korean boy band BTS have announced a mammoth world tour which includes two UK dates. The seven-member group will perform at the O2 Arena in London on 9 and 10 October. The tour, called Love Yourself, will start in their native South Korea before also heading to Canada, the Netherlands and Germany. BTS have become global stars and are one of the genre’s most established acts.

Iran pushes app with 'Death to America' emoji

Image copyrightSoroushImage caption “Death to America”, “Death to Freemasons” and “Let’s go pray” are among the stickers available for users Iran is promoting a domestically-produced mobile messaging app, complete with a “Death to America” emoji, in an attempt to get millions of Iranians to abandon the popular Telegram service, which it blames for promoting unrest in the country. Among the features on new app Soroush are a series of emojis

Chinese university hosts 'grenade-throwing' contest

Image copyrightWikimedia CommonsImage caption The North University of China wants students to put down their javelins and pick up their hand grenades A Chinese university has decided to liven up its annual sports day by hosting a grenade-tossing event, it’s reported. According to the China Youth Daily newspaper, the North University of China in the city of Taiyuan, northern Shanxi province, has decided to introduce a “500-gram grenade toss” to

Kyrgyz mayor dons fake beard to tour city in disguise

Image copyrightKNEWSImage caption Bishkek mayor Albek Ibraimov – not seen in disguise – visits the site of a major fire in his city The mayor of Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek says that he sometimes tours the city in disguise so that he can see people’s problems first-hand. Albek Ibraimov told local media that he changes into old clothes and wears a false beard so that the locals don’t recognise him, the

Egyptians gear up for Ramadan with Mo Salah lanterns

Image copyrightMohamed Gamal MohamedImage caption Mo Salah lanterns are a pre-Ramadan hit Egyptian football prodigy Mohamed Salah has reappeared in his home country, this time in the form of a Ramadan lantern rather than on the football field. As Egyptians prepare for the upcoming Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in mid-May, the traditional lanterns used to celebrate the event have taken on a new form – that of the much-loved

Trump pardons ex-Dick Cheney aide Libby

Image copyrightGetty Images US President Donald Trump has pardoned former Vice-President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, who was convicted of lying about leaks to the media. Lewis Libby, known as Scooter, was found guilty in 2007 following an investigation into the unauthorised disclosure of a CIA agent’s identity. The White House said Libby was “fully worthy of this pardon”. “I don’t know Mr Libby,” said Mr Trump, “but for years

James Comey's FBI memoir: Six claims about Trump

Image copyrightAFP US President Donald Trump is seething about former FBI Director James Comey’s new memoir, which is chock-full of scathing assessments of him. The publication likens Mr Trump to a mafia boss and details his fixation on unsubstantiated claims he consorted with prostitutes at a Moscow hotel. But there are some parts the president is unlikely to brand fake news. Mr Comey says he believes Mr Trump’s hair was

The One Where Ross Got Mistaken for a Banker

Image caption David Schwimmer, the one where he appeared on Friends and Band of Brothers When the London Stock Exchange announced their next chief executive, many people on Twitter had to do a double take and asked if it was really him. David Schwimmer will take up his new role on 1 August. People on Twitter had just one question – is it the David Schwimmer of Friends fame who

#ItaliaLovesMichaelOliver - Italian fans back English referee after wife abused on Twitter

Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for his protestations at Michael Oliver’s injury-time penalty decision and later criticised the official to the media “A great man does not seek applause or place; he seeks truth… this man is Michael Oliver.” Two days ago, British referee Michael Oliver was described by one of the world’s best goalkeepers, Gianluigi Buffon, as having “a bag of rubbish for a heart” and vilified by the

India outrage spreads over rape of eight-year-old girl

Image copyrightEPAImage caption People are angry over the brutal rape and murder of Asifa Bano The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year old girl has sparked outrage and anger across India. The body of Asifa Bano, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest on 17 January near Kathua city of Indian-administered Kashmir. The story made headlines this week when Hindu right-wing groups protested