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The site is still a work in progress, so expect new countries to be added over time.
World News Headlines
- South Korea's president mulls dog meat ban as consumption waneson September 27, 2021
An estimated one million dogs are slaughtered in South Korea for human consumption each year.
- Beirut port explosion investigation suspended for second timeon September 27, 2021
Families of the victims of the catastrophe react angrily after the investigating judge is taken off.
- Afghanistan: Social media users delete profiles over fear of attackon September 27, 2021
Prominent online critics of the Islamist group in Afghanistan remove content over fear of attack.
- Man killed as Crete struck by 5.8-magnitude earthquakeon September 27, 2021
Officials say the man died when a church dome collapsed on the southern Greek island.
- Instagram for kids paused after backlashon September 27, 2021
Facebook delays its child-friendly Instagram version to do more work with concerned parents.
- Germany elections: Centre-left claim narrow win over Merkel's partyon September 27, 2021
The Social Democrats beat the party of outgoing Chancellor Merkel and may need weeks to form a coalition.
- German election: Seven things we learnedon September 27, 2021
Seats, Schleswig and an ex-spy: here are some of the sidelights from Sunday's vote.
- Fire, smoke and colour as Ethiopians mark Meskelon September 27, 2021
Worshippers gathered to mark the eve of one of the country's biggest Orthodox Christian festivals.
- Papers gripped by Germany's era of uncertaintyon September 27, 2021
Newspapers across Europe are watching the knife-edge results in Germany with a high degree of concern for the country's - and continent's - future course.
- Power cuts hit homes in north-east Chinaon September 27, 2021
An electricity shortage affecting factories has now spread to some homes.
- Hakuho: Sumo wrestling's greatest champion retireson September 27, 2021
Hakuho has recorded more wins, titles and perfect championships than any other sumo wrestler.
- German elections 2021: 'Bazooka man' Olaf Scholz bidding for chancelloron September 27, 2021
The centre-left leader looks to succeed Angela Merkel after preliminary results put him ahead.
- Swipe left or right? Germany's election dating game, explainedon September 27, 2021
The leaders of the two biggest parties are now in a race to find partners to join a coalition.
- COP26: Australia PM undecided on attending crucial climate summiton September 27, 2021
The coal-supporting nation has faced increasing pressure to commit to a net zero emissions target.
- German elections usher in political change with a small 'c'on September 27, 2021
While voting patterns are changing, none of the front-running parties can be described as radical.
- Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Why are hundreds of aid trucks stranded?on September 27, 2021
The UN says hundreds of trucks have not returned from Tigray and it's affecting the flow of aid.
- India's misunderstood maharajahson September 27, 2021
Indian princes were often stereotyped as lazy hedonists, but they were serious political figures.
- Dalai Lama backs bid to save Edinburgh café he inspiredon September 27, 2021
Reka Gawa opened the Himalaya Café after a chance meeting with the spiritual leader almost 20 years ago.
- Xianzi: The #MeToo icon China is trying to silenceon September 27, 2021
A court has thrown out a high-profile sexual harassment case. Can China's feminist movement survive?
- In rural Afghanistan, a family welcomes Taliban ruleon September 26, 2021
The BBC's Jeremy Bowen travels to Helmand province, a month after the hardline Islamists took control.
- How climate change is making inequality worse, especially for childrenon September 26, 2021
Children will face up to three times as many extreme climate events as their grandparents, research suggests.
- Manta rays inspire new device to filter microplasticson September 26, 2021
Wastewater plants release microplastics into the environment, but could manta rays hold the key to a solution?
- Interviewing the Taliban: 'Still now I am terrified'on September 26, 2021
Afghan news anchor Behishta Arghand made history when she interviewed the Taliban.
- German election: Green Party speaks of 'fantastic campaign'on September 26, 2021
Annalena Baerbock said the numbers were "fantastic" for the Green Party in Germany's election.
- German election: CDU leader 'not happy' with exit poll resulton September 26, 2021
Armin Laschet thanks Angela Merkel for her service as chancellor - but says he is not happy with the election result so far.
- Afghanistan: Inside the prison staffed by former inmates released by the Talibanon September 24, 2021
The BBC's Jeremy Bowen goes inside Kabul's main jail, where former Taliban inmates are now caretakers.
- Angela Merkel: A career in pictureson September 24, 2021
As Angela Merkel steps down as German chancellor, we take a look back at the photos documenting her career.