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Seven things to know about the Circassians — and their struggle

Seven things to know about the Circassians — and their struggle By Zeynep Şahin Twitter: @zeynebelle91 This week, Circassians are commemorating the ethnic cleansing of their people. 1. Who are the Circassians —  and why are they commemorating...

Japanese ‘baby factory’ man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates

Japanese 'baby factory' man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates   Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, became the centre of a "baby factory" scandal in 2014 after Thai police said DNA samples linked him to...

Afghan female powerlifters flex their muscles

Afghan female powerlifters flex their muscles   Lifting weights heavier than themselves, the group of around 20 women are flexing their muscles in a country where sport has long been the domain of men. Inside the Afghanistan...

Ghana’s female footballers face tough challenges to reach the top

Ghana's female footballers face tough challenges to reach the top   Women footballers in Ghana battle tough training and working conditions for a coveted spot on the national team. But for competitors like Vivian Donkor, it's...

Landmarks around the world light up for Chinese Lunar New Year

Landmarks around the world light up for Chinese Lunar New Year   Thousands across the world have celebrated the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year by lighting incense sticks and praying at temples to wish...

Mongolian reindeer herders’ way of life under threat

Mongolian reindeer herders' way of life under threat   In the vast and wild forests of northern Mongolia, a centuries-old way of life is migrating closer to modernity. One of the world's last nomadic reindeer people near...

Ancient Roman neighbourhood discovered in France

Ancient Roman neighbourhood discovered in France   The ancient site revealed luxury homes, mosaics and items of furniture that date back to the 1st century AD. Archaeologists work during the excavation of an ancient Roman neighborhood on...

Steeped in history but crumbling, Albania’s ‘slanted city’

Steeped in history but crumbling, Albania's 'slanted city'   Many of the centuries-old, fortified buildings, which won the southern Albanian town of Gjirokastra a place on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005 are at...

Cate Blanchett joins stars urging Russia to drop ‘flimsy’ charges against director

Cate Blanchett joins stars urging Russia to drop 'flimsy' charges against director Leading arts figures sign petition calling on Moscow’s public prosecutor to end investigation into Kirill Serebrennikov. High-profile figures in the arts world have called...

Are witches the ultimate feminists?

Are witches the ultimate feminists? Kim Kelly   A new book argues that witchcraft’s proponents were among the first to champion the cause and compares their treatment with that of Hillary Clinton. Men have always feared powerful women,...

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