Nov 28, 2016

BBC, VOA reporters held in southeast Turkey amid crackdown

Turkish authorities detained two reporters working for foreign news organizations in southeast Turkey, the latest journalists taken into custody as part of the government’s sweeping crackdown following a failed coup in July. BBC Turkish correspondent Hatice Kamer was detained Saturday in the town of ...

China censors 'fatty' nickname for Kim Jong Un online

Nov 19, 2016

China censors 'fatty' nickname for Kim Jong Un online

Chinese websites are censoring the nickname “Kim Fatty the Third,” widely used to disparage North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after officials from his country reportedly conveyed their displeasure in a meeting with their Chinese counterparts. Searches for the Chinese words “Jin San Pang” ...

Apr 27, 2016

Big Ben bongs to halt as iconic, ailing clock undergoes repairs

It’s so long to Big Ben’s bongs — at least temporarily. British officials announced Tuesday that the famous bell of Parliament will fall silent for several months during repairs to its crumbling clock tower. The work, due to begin in January 2017 and last ...

Japanese woman wins BBC newcomer comedy award

Nov 25, 2015

Japanese woman wins BBC newcomer comedy award

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Japanese stand-up comedienne Yuriko Kotani won this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award for aspiring comics last Friday, beating five other finalists at the Comedy Store in London with a five-minute act blending humor and sarcasm. “I’m speechless. … This is so wonderful!” Kotani, ...

Aug 4, 2015

Late U.K. Prime Minister Heath to be probed over child sex abuse case

A former prime minister was drawn into the complex web of historic child sex abuse allegations in Britain Monday, when the police watchdog announced an investigation involving the late 1970s leader Edward Heath. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it would investigate a ...