• 20 April 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Kodnani (L) was a close aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was then the chief minister of Gujarat An Indian court has overturned the conviction of a senior BJP party member who was sentenced to 28 years in jail for her part in the murder of 97 people in the 2002 Gujarat religious riots.Maya Kodnani, a former state minister, was the most...

  • 20 April 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nearly 500 people showed up to protest against Mr Modi in London The UK has apologised after the Indian flag in London's Parliament Square was torn down amid protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit.Hundreds of people gathered on Wednesday outside Downing Street where Mr Modi met his British counterpart Theresa May.The...

  • Kyrgyz mayor dons fake beard to tour city in disguise By News from Elsewhere... ...as found by BBC Monitoring 20 April 2018 Image copyright KNEWS Image 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...

  • 20 April 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Kim (L) and Mr Moon (R) are expected to hold a telephone call before their face-to-face meeting next week North and South Korea have set up a telephone hotline between their two leaders - the first time such a direct line of communication has been set up.Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in are due to meet later this month for the first...

  • India rape crisis: Twitter users rally round hunger striker By BBC UGC and Social News and BBC Monitoring 20 April 2018 Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption Swati Maliwal, Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, has been on hunger strike since 13 April As India's rape crisis continues, a hashtag has emerged expressing support for a hunger striker demanding tougher...

  • By Alistair Coleman BBC Monitoring 20 April 2018 Image copyright KCNA Image caption No more cigarettes: Has Kim given up, or is this a subtle change in his image? North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to have undergone a minor media makeover as he prepares for a series of meetings with former sworn enemies.He's due to meet South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in next week for the first...

  • By Andreas Illmer BBC News 20 April 2018 Image copyright PA When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore a traditional Maori cloak to meet the Queen, it had quite a few people scratching their heads - and most New Zealanders glowing with pride. It's a korowai, a garment woven with feathers and steeped in history, tradition and cultural significance. Worn by Maori on special occasions, it...

  • 20 April 2018 Image copyright Getty Images/AFP Image caption Meesha Shafi (left) has acted in films including The Reluctant Fundamentalist, while Ali Zafar is well known as an actor and singer A leading Pakistani actress has accused a popular singer of sexual harassment, in what is thought to be the first #MeToo moment in conservative Pakistan.Meesha Shafi, who has acted in films such as The...

  • By Navin Singh Khadka Environment correspondent, BBC World Service 18 April 2018 Image copyright Purnima Shrestha A record number of Nepalese women are climbing Mount Everest this spring season, officials have told the BBC.Fifteen Nepalese women are planning to climb from the Nepali side, with just five male Nepali climbers so far.The last time a large number of Nepalese women climbed Everest...

  • 19 April 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Commonwealth Bank of Australia is the nation's largest lender Australia's largest lender collected fees from customers it knew had died, a major inquiry has heard.Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) told a public hearing that some of its financial planners had billed services to deceased clients.In one case, an adviser collected fees from...

  • 19 April 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sister Patricia Fox, 71, says her activism is not politically motivated Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said he personally authorised an investigation into an Australian nun who was detained earlier this week.Sister Patricia Fox, 71, was held by immigration authorities in Manila on Monday after being accused of political activity that...

  • 19 April 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Fukuda denies the allegations against him A Japanese broadcaster says it will file a complaint against the finance ministry alleging a top official sexually harassed a female journalist.Junichi Fukuda resigned on Wednesday but denies the allegations.Japan's socially conservative society has so far been slow to join the worldwide #MeToo...

  • 19 April 2018 Image copyright Mumbai Police Image caption Khomdram Gambhir Singh (right) was found living rough in Mumbai An Indian man who disappeared 40 years ago has been reunited with his family after his brother recognised him in a YouTube video that went viral. Khomdram Gambhir Singh went missing from Manipur state aged 26 in 1978. His family heard nothing for decades.Then they saw a video...

  • 19 April 2018 Image caption The tree is spread across three acres A 700-year-old banyan tree in the southern Indian state of Telengana has been put on special "drips" filled with diluted pesticides, to ward off insects.The tree is spread across three acres and is reportedly the second largest of its kind in the world.Officials are trying to save the tree - a popular tourist attraction - from...

  • 19 April 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump on North Korea meetingUS President Donald Trump says that if his planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are not fruitful he will "walk out".At a joint news conference, he and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said maximum pressure must be maintained on North Korea over nuclear disarmament.Mr Abe is at the president's...

  • 18 April 2018 Related TopicsCommonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Image copyright PA Image caption Sadiq Khan welcomed Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern to London London's mayor has praised the prime ministers of Canada and New Zealand for using their power to champion feminism.Sadiq Khan said Justin Trudeau and Jacinda Ardern were "two of the leading feminists in...

  • 18 April 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The top three sorghum producing states in the US are Kansas, Texas and Colorado China has announced a hefty anti-dumping move against US sorghum imports, as a multi-billion dollar tit-for-tat trade spat between the two nations continues. China said US importers would have to pay a temporary 178.6% deposit on the value of their imports from...

  • 18 April 2018 Image copyright Instagram/Mélina Roberge Image caption Melina Roberge (left) with Isabelle Lagacé, who was jailed last year A Canadian woman who helped smuggle cocaine into Australia on a cruise ship has been jailed for eight years.Melina Roberge, 24, was one of three Canadians who pleaded guilty to the import of 95kg (210lb) of drugs on the MS Sea Princess.Roberge...

  • 18 April 2018 Image copyright Reuters More than 100 people have been detained across Germany in raids against an organised crime gang involved in people trafficking and forced prostitution.Germans and Thais were among those held as police commandos targeted dozens of brothels and flats in 12 states.The victims were smuggled in on fake visas, police say."Hundreds of women and men fell prey for...

  • 18 April 2018 Image copyright WORLD SURF LEAGUE Image caption The Margaret River Pro was due to conclude on Sunday A major surfing tournament in Australia has been called off following two shark attacks in the area.The World Surf League (WSL) said the final days of the Margaret River Pro event in Western Australia would be cancelled due to safety concerns.On Monday, two recreational surfers...