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Can anyone 'own' the Moon? By BBC | Last Updated: 20th January, 2019, 13:09

Since the Apollo 11 mission of July 1969, the Moon has remained largely untouched - no human has been there since 1972

Chang'e-4: Can anyone 'own' the Moon?

Vogue sorry for misidentifying journalist Noor Tagouri Vogue misidentifies US Muslim journalist

Vogue magazine has apologised for misidentifying Muslim American journalist Noor Tagouri as a Pakistani actress in its February issue


Britain's Prince Philip still driving at 97 Britain's Prince Philip still driving at 97

Once motorists reach 70 in Britain, they need to renew their licences every three years, though they do not need to retake their driving test


The widow who asked eight French presidents for the truth The widow who asked eight French presidents for the truth

The 87-year-old is telling me about her life with Maurice Audin, a fellow maths student at the University of Algiers in the 1950s


US government shutdown: Six ways it could end Six ways the US shutdown ends

Mr Trump continues to call the border a national security crisis while Democrats say he is holding America hostage over an exaggerated threat


US shutdown after four weeks - food banks and job fairs US shutdown after four weeks - food banks and job fairs

Volunteer groups are collecting food to hand out, towns are organising job fairs, and banks and telecommunications firms have loosened rules


How one heatwave killed 'a third' of a bat species in Australia How 'one-third' of a bat population died in two days

The animals, also known as spectacled fruit bats, were unable to survive in temperatures which exceeded 42C


Rahaf Mohammed: Saudi teen says fleeing 'worth the risk' Saudi teen refugee 'had nothing to lose'

Rahaf Mohammed, 18, locked herself in a Bangkok hotel room and refused to fly back home earlier this month


Kumbh Mela: How to plan a festival for 100m people Kumbh Mela: How to plan a festival for 100m people

Hindus believe that doing so will cleanse them of their sins and help them attain "moksha", setting them free from the cycle of birth and death


Why Padmavat should be named India’s national epic Why Padmavat should be named India’s national epic

Padmavat is well known and much loved and hence can have considerable influence


Who is Ali Bongo, president of Gabon? From playboy prince to Gabon's president

Gabon's President Ali Bongo is a man of many faces


Saudi teen Rahaf granted asylum in Canada Saudi teen Rahaf granted asylum in Canada

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok, but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting


Rahaf al-Qunun: Unpicking the tweets that may have saved her life #SaveRahaf: How Twitter saved a Saudi woman

Fleeing her Saudi family in Kuwait, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, sent out a series of tweets pleading for help from an airport hotel room in Bangkok


The men who stay awake so India's rich can sleep The men who stay awake so India's rich can sleep

Two men, dressed in dark blue jackets and caps with the word "security" sewn in bright yellow, have just begun their nightly patrol


Nepal woman and children die in banned 'menstruation hut' Nepal woman and children die in banned 'menstruation hut'

The traditional practice of exiling menstruating women from the family home is banned in Nepal but it is still widely practised in rural areas


Serbia-Kosovo: Where neighbours do not share a coffee The town where neighbours won't share a coffee

The town's population is majority Serb, but in the wider region Albanians are more numerous


Harappa grave of ancient 'couple' revels secrets Secrets of ancient 'mystery couple' skeletons revealed

In 2015, archaeologists and scientists from India and South Korea found these two "very rare" skeletons in a Harappan


India transgender gurus in landmark Hindu procession India transgender gurus in landmark Hindu procession

Thousands throng the streets of Allahabad to seek blessings from transgender sadhus (holy people)


Saudi woman left Bangkok airport 'under care of' UNHCR Saudi woman left Bangkok airport 'under care of' UNHCR

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun told she ran away from her family while travelling in Kuwait because they subjected her to physical and psychological abuse


Who rescues migrants in the Channel?

Who rescues migrants in the Channel?

In 2018, the Home Office says 539 people attempted to travel to the UK on small boats


How worried should we be about China's economy? How worrying is China's slowdown?

Adding to the worries, China's stock market was the world's worst performer last year, ending with a loss of 28%


Justin Trudeau: Three challenges facing him in 2019 Justin Trudeau: Three challenges facing him in 2019

Canada also managed to clinch an updated - though still to be ratified- free trade deal with the US and Mexico


Anak Krakatau volcano: Satellites get clear view of collapse

Satellites show extent of volcano collapse

Poor weather conditions over Indonesia's Sunda Strait had frustrated spacecraft that view the Earth in the same type of light as our eyes


Mrinal Sen: The extraordinary chronicler of middle class life Mrinal Sen: The extraordinary chronicler of middle class life

His three Kolkata-centric films — Interview (1971), Kolkata 71 (1972) and Padatik (1973) — are a pointer to this fact


Reality Check: Where is the plastic waste mountain? Where is the plastic waste mountain?

Many Chinese recyclers moved their operations abroad to benefit from cheap flows of plastic in the region


Who died in 2018? Who died in 2018?

Bollywood's first female superstar Sridevi Kapoor who appeared in 300 films in a career spanning 50 years


Putin's Russia: Icy Siberia reveals cracks in society Icy Siberia reveals cracks in Putin's Russia

It takes hours for the morning steam to lift from the river in Irkutsk and for the temperature to creep up from around -20C


Zuckerberg sees 'progress' for Facebook after tumultuous year Zuckerberg sees 'progress' for Facebook after tumultuous year

He added that Facebook's systems were also being retooled with the aim of helping "improve people's well-being," based on research it conducted


Anak Krakatau: How a tsunami could wipe out the last Javan rhinos Anak Krakatau: Endangered Javan rhino at risk from tsunam

The park sits in the shadow of Anak Krakatau, the volcano which triggered waves that killed hundreds of people


Anak Krakatau tsunami: The moment a child was swept from her mum

'I lost my five-year-old to the tsunami'

Emilia and her family lived on the island of Sebesi - one of the largest islands in the Sunda Strait - located near the Anak Krakatau volcano


Jeremy Hunt orders review into persecuted Christians' plight Hunt orders persecuted Christians review

Officials say violence against Christians is rising dramatically, with an average of 250 killed every month


UK now has systems to combat drones - Ben Wallace UK now has anti-drone systems – minister

It follows three days of disruption at Gatwick airport last week, when drones were sighted near the runway


Delhi records year's second highest pollution level Delhi records year's second highest pollution level

On Sunday, 30 areas of the national capital recorded 'severe' air quality while it was 'very poor' in six, says the CPCB


The high court verdict on 1984 riots is historic The high court verdict on 1984 riots is historic

The court traces the development of the concept of crimes against humanity, from the Nuremberg trials after the second world war


Deal or no deal? EU bewildered by Brexit confusion Deal or no deal? EU bewildered by Brexit confusion

Cancelling Brexit would probably leave the UK bitterly divided politically and socially


Key quotes from Putin's 2018 marathon presser Key quotes from Putin's 2018 marathon presser

Here are the top quotes from the Russian president's end-of-year press conference, which lasted three hours and 43 minutes


Syria conflict: Trump troop pullout raises questions Trump rewrites US Syria policy

US ground troops first became involved in Syria in Autumn 2015


Google China: Has search firm put Project Dragonfly on hold? Has Google suspended China search plan?

The Intercept, which revealed the existence of Project Dragonfly in August, says Google has been "forced to shut down a data analysis system


How race relations in the 'rainbow nation' have become toxic South Africa's 'toxic' race relations

Most Afrikaners accepted the compromise which led to black majority rule


Climate talks deliver ‘rule book’ Climate talks deliver ‘rule book’

One of the largest disappointments for countries of all wealths and sizes was the lack of ambition to reduce emissions shown in the final COP24 text

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