Bohemian Rhapsody opens in China, minus all the gay bits

  • 25 March 2019
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Image copyright 20th Century Fox/New Regency
Image caption Bohemian Rhapsody has been released in China with references to homosexuality edited out

Oscar-winning Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was released in China on Friday, but references to the Queen singer's sexuality and AIDS diagnosis were censored.

Several minutes of footage were edited out of the film, including scenes of two men kissing and the word "gay".

There has been significant reaction to the film's release online. More than 50,000 users have posted reviews on Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-like micro-blogging platform.

Though some users complained of "half watching and half guessing" as a result of the deleted scenes, others were pleased the film had been released at all.

What was removed?

In the Chinese version of the film, several scenes have been amended or deleted.

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Homeless intellectual becomes online celebrity in China

  • 22 March 2019
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Image caption 'I don't want to be famous and I like a quiet life,' Shen says

A homeless man in China has become famous online for being "a master of Guoxue" - the study of Chinese literature.

Shen Wei, who's from Shanghai, has lived the life of a wanderer for more than a decade. However, recent videos of him quoting Confucius, and discussing the merits of the 16th-century work Liao Fan's Four Lessons, seem to have surprised people because of his circumstances.

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Kazakhs react to their capital city's name change

  • 21 March 2019
Baiterek Tower in the Kazakh capital Image copyright Getty Images

The capital city of Kazakhstan has had a name change - and some people in the country are not happy.

At his swearing-in, on Wednesday, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced the change, from Astana to Nursultan, "in honour of the first President", Nursultan Nazarbayev, who served in the role for nearly 30 years.

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Christchurch shootings: The rising new threat of far-right violence

  • 18 March 2019
Brenton Tarrant flashed a hand sign as he appeared in court on Saturday charged with murder Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The suspect flashed a hand sign as he appeared in court on Saturday charged with murder

The man accused of the Christchurch shootings left a trail of references to online culture and extremist alt-right ideology.

When he first appeared in court, Brenton Tarrant flashed an "OK" hand sign.

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Chinese students graded on number of WeChat friends

  • 13 March 2019
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Image caption WeChat is the equivalent to WhatsApp in China

A university professor in China has divided opinion after setting his students an assignment to add as many friends as possible on the messaging app WeChat.

Those enrolled on the Internet and New Media course at Henan University of Economics and Law in Central China's Henan Province, have been set the task as part of a social media management module.

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Actors call for more black hairstylists in Hollywood

  • 12 March 2019
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Image caption Actress Gabrielle Union said it was "extremely difficult" for celebrities to bring their own make-up artists and hairstylists on set

Black actors are calling on Hollywood to hire more hairstylists who know how to work with Afro-Caribbean hair.

Stars including Gabrielle Union - who is best known for her role in the movie Bring It On - have been sharing their experiences of turning up to production sets to find the hairstylists are not capable of working with Afro hair.

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Crouching Tiger star's parents couldn't say partner's name

  • 8 March 2019
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Image caption Speaking on Mango TV, Zhang Ziyi says "at the start my parents didn't agree"

A Chinese film star's revelation that her parents did not initially approve of her marriage to a divorced man with children, has created a stir on social media.

Zhang Ziyi, who had roles in box office hits Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Memoirs of a Geisha, was speaking on the women's discussion programme, Viva La Romance, about her strained relationship with her parents because of her partner, Wang Feng.

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Proud Boys and antifa: When a right-wing activist met a left-wing anti-fascist

  • 8 March 2019
Image caption Proud Boy Rob Cantrall (left) and anti-fascist activist Luis Enrique Marquez

Since the election of Donald Trump, extreme right-wing groups and left-wing activists have battled on American streets. It's happened in New York, Berkeley, Charlottesville and elsewhere. But one liberal enclave might be the epicentre of the fighting: Portland, Oregon, a progressive city in the Pacific north-west.

Two activists who have been on opposite sides in the Portland clashes agreed to meet and talk. But would they have any common ground?

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Rape Day game pulled by Steam platform after outcry

  • 7 March 2019
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Rape Day, a controversial game which allows players to kill and rape women, has had its release cancelled on gaming platform Steam after thousands of people signed online petitions calling for it to be banned.

In a statement, Valve, the company which owns Steam, said it had removed the game because it "poses unknown costs and risks".

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How the far right hijacked a teenager’s murder

  • 7 March 2019
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Image caption Keira Gross

A year ago, a German teenager was murdered, and her death quickly became a rallying point for anti-foreigner feeling. Rumours circulated online that she had been murdered by a Muslim immigrant. But the truth of what happened was very different from the wild speculation.

Karin Gross lives in east Berlin. On 7 March 2018 she received a phone call at work from her 14-year-old daughter Keira.

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