Snow leopard off endangered list
Has the chilling threat of extinction worn off at last for the long-endangered snow leopard?
Not exactly - but the iconic big cats' conservation status has been improved from "endangered" to "vulnerable", BBC report.
The decision was announced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - the global standard for assessing extinction risk.
Experts have warned that the..
Republic of Ireland set to have first gay PM
Leo Varadkar is set to become the Republic of Ireland's next taoiseach (prime minister) after winning the leadership of the Fine Gael party, BBC report.
The 38-year-old will become the first gay taoiseach and will also be the country's youngest ever leader.
Mr Varadkar beat his rival, Housing Minister Simon Coveney, with 60% of the votes to lead Fine Gael - the biggest party in the coalition..
Two muslims killed over cow theft in India
Police in India say two Muslim men have been lynched by a mob which accused them of trying to steal cows for slaughter, BBC report.
The killings in the north-eastern state of Assam are the latest in a series of attacks blamed on hardline Hindus in recent months.
Hindus consider cows sacred and killing them is illegal in several states.
A Human Rights Watch report last week said at..
Scientists used smartphone to control activity of living cells inside animal
Scientists have used a smartphone to control the activity of the living cells inside an animal, BBC report.
The fusion of biology and technology was used to control blood sugar levels in mice with diabetes.
The idea, described in Science Translational Medicine, could be applied to a wide range of diseases and drug treatments.
And the Chinese researchers say the approach could pave the way..
Thai man kills baby on Facebook Live
A Thai man filmed himself killing his baby daughter on Facebook Live, before taking his own life, Thai police say, according to BBC.
The 21-year-old hanged his daughter, and then himself, at a deserted hotel in Phuket on Monday, reportedly after an argument with his wife.
Facebook sent condolences to the family for the "appalling" incident and said that the content had now been..
Facebook killer suspect Steve Stephens hunted
Investigators in Ohio say a gunman who shot a grandfather on the street apparently at random and posted the footage on Facebook could be anywhere,BBC report.
The suspect, Steve Stephens, said in another video post that he had killed 13 people and would kill more.
He shot dead 74-year-old Robert Godwin as the victim reportedly walked home from Easter lunch on Sunday afternoon.
McDonald’s deletes tweet attacking Trump
McDonald's has said its Twitter account was "compromised" after it sent an insulting message to President Donald Trump, according to BBC.
"You are a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back," the tweet said.
It also asserted that the president had "tiny hands".
"We deleted the tweet, secured our account and are now investigating this," tweeted..
Park Geun-hye accused of abandoning dogs
Animal rights groups have accused impeached South Korean leader Park Geun-hye of abandoning her dogs when she left the presidential palace, BBC report.
The row comes as Ms Park was called for questioning and named as a suspect in the wide-ranging corruption scandal that eventually led to her downfall.
She was dismissed from her post last week when the constitutional court upheld her..
Epic photo pose by 500 members of one Chinese family
More than 500 members of one Chinese family have posed for the ultimate family photo, according to BBC.
The pictures were taken at a Ren family reunion at Shishe village in China's eastern province of Zhejiang.
It was held last week during the Lunar New Year period, which is usually marked by the Chinese with large family gatherings and meals.
Photographer Zhang Liangzong took the pictures..
Nepalese government staff held for electricity theft
Police on Sunday arrested 16 persons for their alleged involvement in acts of electricity theft in various places of the Capital, THT report.
Of the suspects, 12 are former or current staff of the Nepal Electricity Authority including two technicians and 10 metre readers while four are traders and business operators.
Police said they were involved in tampering with electricity..
Italy avalanche: Survivor ate ice and snow
One of the survivors of the avalanche at Rigopiano hotel in central Italy says she ate ice and snow to quench her thirst during a 58-hour ordeal, according to BBC.
Georgia Galassi, 22, is one of nine people to have been pulled alive. Rescuers say they are hopeful more survivors may be found from 24 still missing. Five bodies have been found.
Officials say the avalanche - weighing some 120,000..
Ukraine MPs throw punches in parliament
A fight broke out during a debate in the Turkish parliament on Wednesday, BBC report.
Turkish lawmakers from the ruling AK Party clashed with members of the opposition Republican's People Party when an MP tried to film a voting session.
They were debating constitutional changes that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan new powers to hire and dismiss government..
‘Smartphone toilet paper’ at Tokyo airport
Don't forget to wipe before you swipe the next time you are at Tokyo's Narita International Airport.
Toilets at the airport have been equipped with "toilet paper" that you can use to disinfect your smartphone, according to BBC.
Paid for by Japanese mobile giant NTT Docomo, the sheets also include information about the firm's public Wi-Fi networks as well as details about its smartphone travel..
Indians arrested for sitting during the national anthem
Twelve people were arrested on Monday evening at a cinema in India, after they remained seated while the national anthem played, BBC report.
The cinemagoers, who were attending an international film festival in the city of Trivandrum in Kerala, were later freed but they face charges of "failure to obey an order issued by a public servant, thereby causing obstruction or annoyance to..
Two Indian students drowned while taking selfies
Two students have drowned while taking selfies in a swelling river in a remote part of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh according to BBC.
Indian media reported that the accident happened while local students were picnicking on the banks of the Kosi river in Rampur district.
A police official said a group of boys went into the river and two ventured too far into deep water.
Nepal starts probe into Everest summit manipulation by Indian couple
Nepal’s Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has initiated an investigation into the veracity of claims made by an Indian police couple of having reached the summit of Mt Everest in the last spring climbing season, THT reports.
The move comes after Dinesh Chandrakant Rathod and his wife Tarkeshwari Chandrakant Bhelerao of Maharashtra obtained..
Algeria blocks social media but why ?
Algeria has temporarily blocked access to social media across the country in an attempt to fight cheating in secondary school exams, BBC reports.
Almost half of students are being forced to retake the baccalaureat exam, starting on Sunday, after the initial session was marred by online leaking.
Many students were able to access questions on Facebook and other social media ahead of the exam in..
Carla Perez climbs Mt Everest without oxygen
“It was really hard to be into thin air without having support of bottled oxygen,” an Ecuadorian woman climber shared after arriving from her record summit of Mt Everest, in Kathmandu on Thursday according to THT.
Carla Perez (33) had stood atop the roof of the world on May 23 ascending from the northern side, becoming the first Latin American woman to climthe b Mt Everest without the aid..
Gorilla shot dead in US after a boy fell into its enclousre
Zoo officials have shot dead a gorilla after a four-year-old boy fell into its enclosure in the US city of Cincinnati according to BBC.
The boy climbed though a barrier and fell into a moat, where he was grabbed and dragged by the gorilla.
The zoo said it took action to shoot the 400lb (180kg) gorilla as the situation was "life-threatening". The boy is expected to recover.
Cincinnati zoo has..
Some say its most racist ad…
A Chinese laundry detergent advertisement is causing widespread outrage online and is being dubbed the most racist commercial to be screened.
But racist advertising has form, and not just in China, BBC reports.
A black man walks in and gets 'washed' a different colour
The scene: a young Chinese woman is doing her laundry. In walks a black man, with some paint stains on his face.