US & World

India election 2019: A journey across land and sea to reach 44 voters

[ad_1] Around 20 officials from Indian’s election commission brought voting machines to the island of Ajad Tapu, off the coast of Gujarat.The journey involved a boat ride, a trek and a long car trip.On polling day, 29 of the 44 registered voters turned up to cast their ballots. Hundreds of millions of votes have now been cast as the election enters its sixth round.Video by Abhishek Madhukar [ad_2] Source link
US & World

Alyssa Milano urges sex strike in protest against Georgia abortion law

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Alyssa Milano's call for a sex strike drew an immediate backlash online Actress and #MeToo activist Milano has urged women to take part in a "sex strike" to protest against a new abortion law in the state of Georgia."Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy," she tweeted.Georgia is the latest state to enact legislation restricting abortion.Ms Milano's
US & World

‘Tragedy’ as 300 yaks starve trapped by snow in India

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Authorities tried to drop food to the animals but were pushed back by poor weather At least 300 yaks have starved to death near India's border with China after getting trapped by heavy snowfall. Government official Raj Yadav said they found the corpses in the north-east state of Sikkim on Friday. The yaks had been trapped since December. Authorities had tried to drop
US & World

Albania protests: Petrol bombs hurled at PM’s office

[ad_1] Thousands of Albanians have been protesting against Prime Minister Edi Rama, with some throwing petrol bombs at his office.For the last three months, there have been anti-government demonstrations in Albania. Mr Rama faces allegations of electoral fraud and corruption.Opposition leader Lulzim Basha urged crowds to continue protests until Mr Rama steps down from power. [ad_2] Source link
US & World

Cuba gay rights activists arrested at pride march in Havana

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption An LGBT rights activist is carried away by plainclothes officers in Havana A number of gay rights activists have been arrested after clashing with police at an unauthorised pride march in Cuba's capital, Havana.Saturday's event followed the unexpected cancellation by the communist authorities of the country's 12th annual march against homophobia.Activists condemned the move and then organised their own demonstration, largely through social media.Marching
US & World

Georgia state abortion law fuels Hollywood boycott call

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alyssa Milano was among a number of actors pledging not to film in Georgia if the law passed A new abortion law in the US state of Georgia has fuelled calls for a Hollywood boycott from actors and production companies.Actors signed an open letter in March pledging not to work should the law - which bans most abortions as early as six weeks
US & World

Ghana’s 100 year-old imam who went to church

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Ghana's chief imam is a man of few words, but the 100-year-old Muslim cleric certainly knows how to make waves - by attending a Catholic Church service as part of his birthday celebrations.Pictures of Sheikh Osman Sharubutu, sitting attentively in the pews of Accra's Christ the King Catholic Church for an Easter service, went viral on social media.The grand mufti, leader of Ghana's minority Muslim community,
US & World

Should this cross be removed from public land?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A row in the US state of Maryland over the location of a 40ft-high cross will be resolved by the country's top court, and has sparked a vigorous debate about religious icons in public life.You may not have heard much about the tussle over the Peace Cross, the 40-foot (12 meter) granite Latin Cross plonked incongruously in the middle of a busy intersection in Maryland.
US & World

The children growing up in a ‘motherless village’

[ad_1] Image caption Ely Susiawati with a photo of her mother In eastern Indonesia there are areas where almost all young mothers have gone to work abroad. Indonesians refer to these communities as the "motherless villages". The BBC's Rebecca Henschke went to meet the children left behind. Ely Susiawati was 11 when her mother left her in the care of her grandmother.Her parents had just split up and in order
US & World

US states file lawsuit accusing drugs firms of inflating costs

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A lawsuit alleges that more than 100 generic drugs were included in a price-fixing scheme More than 40 US states have filed a lawsuit accusing pharmaceutical firms of conspiring to artificially inflate the cost of common medicinal drugs.The lawsuit alleges that as many as 20 companies have been involved in fixing prices for over 100 drugs, including treatments for diabetes and cancer.One of