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As villages burn and Rohingya flee, Aung San Suu Kyi tells the world “solid evidence” is needed

Myanmar is committed to peace and harmony, the Rohingya refugees are welcome to return home, and the international community doesn’t see the full picture of what is happening in the country—those were the main takeaways from a major speech delivered by state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Tuesday …

How climate change has sparked political and social unrest in Punjab this year

And what that tells us about how agriculture is faring in Punjab.<p>The professor will not forget 2015 easily.<p>A scientist at Ludhiana’s Punjab …

An Unworthy Ally

Ever since 9/11, the United States has provided Pakistan with a steady supply of security and nonsecurity assistance. U.S. officials have justified …

Pakistan

'Jihadistan': Can Isis militants rule seized territory?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1110000/1110531_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529866324_61769df7772e2b6a807a16c4b8535f20<p><b>Can Isis - the small but fanatical jihadist army now controlling large tracts of Syria and Iraq - rule the lands it has conquered?</b><p>Since the beginning …

Middle East

Iraq crisis: Where next in the struggle for the country?

Mark Urban<p><b>For much of last week the battle for Iraq entered a kind of strategic pause, in which both sides attempted to adjust to the capture of Mosul and Tikrit by Isis and prepare their next move.</b><p>Over the past couple of days it has become clear this lull is over and that it is Iraqi Prime …

Syria Iraq: The Islamic State militant group

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1110000/1110531_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529866324_61769df7772e2b6a807a16c4b8535f20<p><b>Islamic State stands with al-Qaeda as one of the most dangerous jihadist groups, after its gains in Syria and Iraq.</b><p>Under its former name Islamic State …

Middle East

The Deacon's Bench

Archdiocese of Baltimore now allows weddings outside of a church<p>Big news: Archbishop William E. Lori promulgated in February a revised policy …

Profile: Hamas Palestinian movement

<b>Hamas is the largest of several Palestinian militant Islamist groups.</b><p>Its name is an Arabic acronym for the Islamic Resistance Movement, originating as it did in 1987 after the beginning of the first intifada, or Palestinian uprising, against Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.<p>It …

No place to hide for children of war in Gaza and Syria

Lyse Doucet @bbclysedoucet on Twitter<p>http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1096000/1096428_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529866326_033d3b53a737d771e2c615eca337dd0e<p><b>The conflicts in Syria and Gaza are having a a devastating impact on the lives of children. The BBC's Lyse Doucet</b> …

Middle East

In pictures: Faces from Gaza

<b>Images taken by the BBC's Jon Donnison in Gaza reveal the experiences of ordinary people amid the Israeli military operation to destroy tunnels and rockets used by militants. To see more of Jon's pictures, follow him on Twitter @jondonnison.</b>

Gaza: Can alchemy of diplomacy bring lasting peace?

<b>Any ceasefire only holds until the moment it is broken, but with every hour that passes the truce between Israel and the Gaza militants feels a little more solid.</b><p>That means every passing hour brings the two sides closer to the moment when they have to decide what they want from peace negotiations, …

Gaza-Israel conflict: Is the fighting over?

<b>Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is currently on hold after both sides agreed to a long-term ceasefire. The past seven weeks have seen the deadliest violence in years, punctuated by a succession of failed truces. Here is a look at what is going on.</b><p>Does the truce …

Anti-Semitism comes back to haunt Europe

Gavin Hewitt @BBCGavinHewitt on Twitter<p><b>It has been in the background at some of the demonstrations against Israeli actions in Gaza.</b><p>Recently, during a protest in Paris, a synagogue was attacked and it was reported there were chants of "Jews to the gas chambers". In Sarcelles, again there were …

Anti-Semitism forcing Jews out of France, says Israel

Israel has said an increasing number of Jewish people are migrating to the country from France because of a rise in anti-Semitism.<p>Around 3,200 people left last year, a 63% jump when compared to 2012.<p>Christian Fraser reports from Paris.

Is There Any Empathy Left In The Gaza Conflict?

In the waiting room at Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital, an Israeli woman was shouting at a Palestinian mother whose son was being treated for a beating he received from a Jewish mob.<p>"Go away you trash," the Israeli woman yelled at the Palestinian. "I would bury you in Gaza."<p>A second Israeli woman …

Ukraine crisis: Russia urges Kiev to avoid force in east

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1068000/1068923_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529866324_abbe03c071fb20599526dea335f4c46f<p><b>Russia has urged the authorities in Kiev not to use force against pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine.</b><p>At a special UN Security Council session, …

Russia

Delhi gang rape: Death penalty for four men upheld

<b>A court in India has upheld the death sentence given to four men convicted of the gang rape and murder of a student in the capital Delhi, a case which led to protests and new anti-rape laws.</b><p>Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta were found guilty last September.<p>A fifth adult …

Venezuela profile - Timeline

<b>A chronology of key events</b><b>:</b><p><b>1498-99</b> - Christopher Columbus and Alonso de Ojeda visit Venezuela, which is inhabited by Carib, Arawak and Chibcha peoples.<p><b>1521</b> - Spanish colonisation begins on the north-east coast.<p><b>1749</b> - First rebellion against Spanish colonial rule.<p><b>1810</b> - Venezuelans take advantage of …

Venezuela profile - Media

<b>Venezuela's many private broadcasters operate alongside state-run radio and TV.</b><p>But the media balance has shifted towards pro-government voices in recent years, says US NGO Freedom House.<p>President Nicolas Maduro has done his utmost to silence independent media, says Reporters Without Borders (RSF), …

Venezuela profile - Leaders

<b>President: Nicolas Maduro</b><p>Nicolas Maduro assumed the role of acting president on the death of Hugo Chavez in March 2013, and was declared winner of the presidential elections held the following month.<p>He was named as vice-president in October 2010 by Chavez, who subsequently named him as his …

Venezuela profile - Overview

<b>Venezuela has some of the world's largest proven oil deposits as well as huge quantities of coal, iron ore, bauxite and gold.</b><p>Yet most Venezuelans live in poverty, many of them in shanty towns, some of which sprawl over the hillsides around the capital, Caracas.<p>Venezuela's economic fortunes are tied …

Venezuela country profile

<b>Venezuela is a country of striking natural beauty, ranging from the snow-capped Andean peaks in the west, through the Amazonian jungles in the south, to the beaches of the north. It is also among the most highly urbanised countries in Latin America.</b><p>The country has some of the world's largest proven …

Ukraine profile - Timeline

<b>A chronology of key events</b><p><b>1917</b> - Central Rada Council set up in Kiev following collapse of Russian Empire.<p><b>1918</b> - Ukraine declares independence: Ukrainian People's Republic set up. Numerous rival governments vie for control for some or all of Ukraine during ensuing civil war.<p><b>1921</b> - Ukrainian Soviet …

Ukraine profile - Media

<b>Television dominates the media scene, and private commercial channels are the most watched outlets.</b><p>Powerful business groups are influential in the market. Half a dozen major networks, including Inter TV and 1+1, attract the biggest audiences.<p>As part of reforms, Ukraine launched a public service TV …

Ukraine profile - Leaders

<b>President: Petro Poroshenko</b><p>Petro Poroshenko won the presidential election of May 2014 at a time of crisis which saw the ouster of his predecessor, the loss of the region of Crimea to Russia and a Russian-backed separatist rebellion in the east of the country.<p>A billionaire businessman, Mr Poroshenko …

Ukraine profile - Overview

<b>Ukraine gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and has since veered between seeking closer integration with Western Europe and being drawn into the orbit of Russia, which sees its interests as threatened by a Western-leaning Ukraine.</b><p>Europe's second largest country, …

Ukraine country profile

<b>Ukraine gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and has since veered between seeking closer integration with Western Europe and being drawn into the orbit of Russia, which sees its interests as threatened by a Western-leaning Ukraine.</b><p>Europe's second largest country, …

Mohammed Morsi trial over Egypt protesters' deaths resumes

<b>One of the four trials against ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has resumed in the capital, Cairo.</b><p>Mr Morsi reportedly turned his back on the judges, as he stood inside a soundproofed glass box at the hearing.<p>He and 14 other figures from the Muslim Brotherhood are charged with inciting the …

Associated Press News

Kristallnacht 75 years on: How strong is anti-Semitism in Germany?

<b>It's 75 years since the pogroms that became known as Kristallnacht - the night of broken glass. It was the outbreak of mass violence against Jews which was to end in their mass murder. As the anniversary is marked, how strong - or weak - is anti-Semitism in Germany today?</b><p>Ruth Recknagel remembers …