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Why cities are snubbing the Olympics By BBC | Last Updated: 18th November, 2018, 13:59

Both the summer and winter versions of the Olympic Games are multi-billion dollar spectacles that bring together the world's top athletes

Olympic Games: Why cities are snubbing the 'greatest show on Earth'

Khmer Rouge verdict: 'I live next to my torturer' Khmer Rouge verdict: 'I live next to my torturer'

Prime Minister Hun Sen, himself a former Khmer Rouge commander, has been outspoken in his opposition to further trials of mid-ranking cadre


The glamour and drama of the Oscars of Asia The glamour and drama of the Oscars of Asia

The Oscar statuette is Hollywood's biggest trophy


Suneung: The day silence falls over South Korea Suneung: The day silence falls over South Korea

The infamous Suneung, an abbreviation for College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) in Korean, is an eight-hour marathon of back-to-back exams


Is India waging a 'war' on Islamic names? Is India waging a 'war' on Islamic names?

More than 100 of them, including the most prominent, have been renamed since Independence - Bombay to Mumbai, Calcutta to Kolkata, Madras to Chennai


Stan Lee obituary: The genius of the superhero creator The genius of superhero creator Stan Lee

Many marvel at the man who gave his characters extraordinary powers and everyday headaches - a formula which revolutionised comics


The forgotten English poet buried in India The forgotten English poet buried in India

There is a poetic aspect to Nicholson's overgrown burial spot


Mahinda Rajapaksa: Return of Sri Lanka's wartime strongman Rajapaksa: Return of Sri Lanka's wartime strongman

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the prime minister recently sacked by his erstwhile ally, President Maithripala Sirisena


Delhi pollution: Are Diwali fireworks to blame? Are Diwali fireworks to blame for smog?

There are studies which show that levels of some hazardous pollutants rise significantly during the Diwali period


Record number of women win seats in US midterm elections Record number of women win seats in US midterm elections

On the Senate side, 12 women would win Senate seats, with two newly elected women joining nine female incumbents


First two Muslim women elected to US Congress: Networks First two Muslim women elected to US Congress

Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House seat in a heavily-Democratic district in the Midwestern state of Minnesota


Suicides among Japanese young people hit 30-year high Japan youth suicides hit 30-year high

In the fiscal year 2016/7 up to March, 250 children from elementary to high school age were recorded as having taken their own lives


US 2018 mid-terms in charts: Should Donald Trump be worried? An election looms - should Trump be worried?

Voters will be choosing members of Congress - 35 senators and all 435 members of the House of Representatives - as well as 36 state governors


Khashoggi murder: Is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed finished? Khashoggi murder: Is Saudi crown prince finished?

Then there is the ongoing spat with neighbouring Qatar, a major Western ally


RBI: What is the Indian central bank's conflict with the government? Why is India at war with its central bank?

The two have also differed over government plans to set up a separate regulator to look after digital payments


Sexual abuse of women 'common' in North Korea Sexual abuse of women 'common' in North Korea

The report is based on interviews with 62 North Koreans who fled the country and provided detailed accounts of rape and sexual abuse


56,800 migrants dead and missing in 4 years 56,800 migrants dead and missing in 4 years

The tens of thousands of people who die or simply disappear during their journeys, never to be seen again


Climate change: Oceans 'soaking up more heat than estimated' Heating of oceans 'underestimated'

Their study suggests that the seas have absorbed 60% more than previously thought


Lion Air: How could a brand new plane crash? How could a brand new plane crash?

This is the first major incident involving that kind of plane


‘Modi is favourite prime ministerial candidate of Muslims for 2019’ ‘Modi is favourite prime ministerial candidate of Muslims for 2019’

On the Ram temple issue, senior BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said for the BJP, it was a matter of faith and not a poll plank


Kentucky grocery shootings were 'possible hate crime' US grocery shooting 'possible hate crime'

Gregory Bush, 51, has been charged with two counts of murder and 10 of wanton endangerment over Wednesday's incident


3 things to know about Brazil's presidential candidates 3 things to know about Brazil's presidential candidates

The success of his campaign caught many by surprise as Bolsonaro tapped into an anti-establishment wave


'The food supplement that ruined my liver' 'The food supplement that ruined my liver'

Jim McCants took green tea capsules in a drive to get healthy in middle age and now, his doctors say they left him needing an urgent liver transplant


Who is to blame for America's toxic environment? Who is to blame for America's toxic environment?

Washington, and much of America, has been subjected to an increasingly toxic political climate. Who and what is to blame


Migrant caravan: What is it and why does it matter? What is the migrant caravan heading to US?

They say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in their home countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador


Hong Kong-Zhuhai bridge: World's longest sea crossing opens to quiet start Quiet start for world's longest sea crossing

The $20bn (£15.3bn) bridge spans 55km (34 miles) and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai


More concerned than ever for human rights defenders: UN expert Human rights defenders facing more attack worldwide

The expert called on States to renew their commitment to the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders on the 20th anniversary of its adoption


UN humanitarian chief: 8.4 million Yemenis need urgent aid 8.4 million Yemenis need urgent aid: UN

Estimate that 3.5 million to 4 million more people could become severely food insecure in the months ahead


National apology delivered to Australia sexual abuse victims National apology delivered to Australia sexual abuse victims

It follows a five-year inquiry which found tens of thousands of children had suffered abuse in the nation's institutions over decades


Do you speak Telugu? Welcome to America Do you speak Telugu? Welcome to America

The number of US residents speaking Telugu rose by 86% between 2010 and 2017, according to an online video by the World Economic Forum


The Jamal Khashoggi I knew: mentor, bridge between cultures   The Jamal Khashoggi I knew: mentor, bridge between cultures

Jamal earned the respect of all sides, whether Islamist or leftist and secular


Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi murder suspect had spy training Khashoggi suspect had 'cyber spy' training

Saudi Arabia denies any knowledge of what happened to Mr Khashoggi, insisting he left the consulate soon after getting routine paperwork


Crimea attack: College shooting is 'globalisation' result Crimea attack is 'result of globalisation'

Fifteen students and five teachers were killed in Wednesday's attack on the technical college in Kerch


Why is Germany beefing-up its military? Why is Germany beefing-up its military?

Germany commands the Nato multinational battle group in Lithuania, intended to reassure a small ally in the face of a more assertive Russia


Afghan drought 'displacing more people than Taliban' Drought affecting Afghans 'more than war'

The drought is adding to the misery in the country where levels of violence have been increasing since 2014


Doormats are rarely valued: Reham Khan I was labelled a bad woman: Reham Khan

British-Pakistani writer Reham Khan recently made waves for her autobiography outlining her twin troubled marriages


Canada cannabis legalisation: ‘We know the world is watching’ Canada cannabis: ‘We know the world is watching’

Supporters say legalisation will bring new medical advances and help stamp out drug-related crime


Royal wedding: Princess Eugenie marries Jack Brooksbank Princess Eugenie ties the knot

Princess Eugenie has married her long-term partner Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle


Royal wedding: Well-wishers gather for Eugenie ceremony Well-wishers gather ahead of royal wedding

Princess Eugenie, who is ninth in line to the throne, is the daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson, and the granddaughter of the Queen


China Uighurs: Xinjiang legalises 'reeducation' camps China legalises Uighur 'reeducation'

Xinjiang says the centres will tackle extremism through "thought transformation"

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