IS leaves trail of destruction in Syria’s Palmyra

The BBC’s Lyse Doucet says the trail of destruction left by Islamic State militants in Palmyra extends beyond the ancient Syrian city’s famous Roman-era ruins. She finds the city council building in utter ruin and the basement of a deserted building filled with a paperwork detailing the jihadist group’s brutal rule. IS leaves trail of […]

Taiwan top court hears landmark gay marriage case

Taiwan top court hears landmark gay marriage case

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Chi Chia-wei (centre, wearing rainbow flag) brought on the case with a court petition A panel of judges at Taiwan’s top court has begun hearing a case that could make the island the first place in Asia to introduce gay marriage. The case has been brought by a gay […]

The nanny, Mr Pringles or the judge?

Three candidates are competing to be Hong Kong’s next chief executive. Ordinary people do not have a say but, as the BBC’s Juliana Liu explains, public opinion does count for something. The nanny, Mr Pringles or the judge?}

Who dares piggyback on a dictator?

Who dares piggyback on a dictator?

Image copyright KCNA/Uriminzokkiri Image caption The officer appeared to be overcome with emotion as he climbed onto his leader’s back North Korea’s test of a rocket engine last weekend was accompanied by the usual state media propaganda – but one image of its leader celebrating stood out in particular. The BBC examines the optics. The […]

US healthcare bill: Trump issues Friday vote ultimatum

US healthcare bill: Trump issues Friday vote ultimatum

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The provisions within the new health care bill have caused huge political debate US President Donald Trump has demanded a make-or-break Friday vote on a new health care bill in the House of Representatives. The American Healthcare Act is intended to replace parts of President Barack Obama’s signature law. […]

All-male White House health bill photo sparks anger

All-male White House health bill photo sparks anger

Image copyright White House There is a familiarity about this photo, and it could have been taken in many boardrooms around the world – men gathered around a table making plans and cutting deals. But the lack of women here, among a group of conservative Republicans discussing their healthcare bill with the vice-president, struck a […]