The woman who says that it's not only men who like to look

  • 24 August 2016
Vanaja Vasudev Image copyright Vanaja Vasudev

"You don't get pregnant from eye-contact".

One of the memorable lines from a Facebook post that has been liked more than 10,000 times. Its origin is the southern Indian state of Kerala. Its author a part-time teacher and accountant named Vanaja Vasudev.

Her post, written in the local language Malayalam, was a response to a bizarre comment by a local official, Kerala excise commissioner Rishiraj Singh, who claimed in a speech that a man who stares at a woman for more than 14 seconds could be jailed for harassment.

There is no such law and Singh's assertion has caused much amusement on social media. Though one news outlet published a video of a man's eyes staring for 14 seconds to give its viewers an impression of what the fictional offence would feel like from the point of view of the person being stared at.

Image copyright Manorama Online

However, Vasudev's point was that if such a law did exist then it would be a case of double standards.

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Rio 2016: Wrong flag repeat angers Chinese

  • 22 August 2016
Chinese women's volleyball team score a point Image copyright Johanes Eisele/Getty Images
Image caption The incorrect flag was used in the medal ceremony for China's victory in the women's volleyball

When China's women's volleyball team won their nation's 26th and final gold medal of the Rio Olympics, the celebrations were tinged with more than a little annoyance.

The cause of the irritation was that somehow, once again, an incorrect version of the Chinese flag was hoisted high during the medal ceremony.

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#TwoWomenTravel - Live-tweeting an abortion

  • 22 August 2016
Women protesting in Ireland in 2012 Image copyright AFP/Getty
Image caption Campaigners are seeking a referendum to try to repeal Ireland's anti-abortion laws

The description on their Twitter bio was simple: "Two Women, one procedure, 48 hours away from home." But more than 40,000 tweets about their journey revealed a conversation that was far more complex.

The Twitter account @TwoWomenTravel was set up on Saturday by a pregnant Irish woman and her companion. It documented their journey from Ireland to the UK for an abortion.

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A public proposal that went wrong

  • 22 August 2016

Huang Yang asked her girlfriend Wang Xiaoyu to marry her at a graduation ceremony at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China.

Same-sex marriage is not recognised in China and soon after the proposal, Xiaoyu was questioned by the University's party secretary.

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The Arabic revolution song that went viral

  • 22 August 2016
Media captionThe song, that originated in Libya, translates as "We will remain"

BBC Trending looks at how a song, that was popular during the revolution in Libya in 2011, ended up being sung in Germany in 2016.

The song, called Sawfa Nabqa Huna, was originally written as a protest song against Colonel Gaddafi in 2005.

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Rio 2016: How China's athletes opened up on social media

  • 20 August 2016
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Image caption Fu Yuanhui won a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 games - and gained huge numbers of fans online

The Rio 2016 Olympics was a turning point for China's athletes. The digital age, it seems, has seen the birth of a new type of Olympian from the country: open, expressive and aware of social media.

China's relationship with the Olympic Games - the competition dates back to 776 BC - is a fairly recent one. China had only sent their athletes to the games four times by 1952 - winning no medals. Then came a three decade hiatus during the international isolation of the Mao era. But things began to change after China won its first gold at the 1984 Los Angeles games.

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Can social media save Syria's children?

  • 19 August 2016
Ghina Wadi in bed Image copyright Syrian Arab News Agency
Image caption Ghina Wadi

As the image of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh looking dazed and bloodied after an air strike on his Aleppo home went viral, the online conversation once again focused on children and war.

Omran Daqneesh is not the first Syrian child whose image has been shared thousands of times on social media this month. A high profile Twitter campaign resulted in the evacuation of a wounded girl from the besieged Syrian city of Madaya. More than 34,000 people used the hashtag #SaveGhina in order to focus attention on 10-year-old Ghina Wadi - Amnesty International said she was shot by a sniper when she went out to get medicine for her mother.

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Bite Club: The shark attack survivors' group

  • 18 August 2016
Beached closed sign Image copyright Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Survivors of shark attacks are helping each other with their own online support network.

As Dave Pearson lay in his hospital bed following his 2011 attack by a 3m-long bull shark that bit a huge chunk off his left arm, he was shocked to read some of the online comments made by trolls below a news story about his ordeal.

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Why do some people think this meme is racist?

  • 17 August 2016
"This how I'm running errands from now on," tweeted Ellen DeGeneres with pic of her on Usain Bolt's back Image copyright Twitter

A tweet from US comedian and chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, depicting herself on Usain's Bolt's back, has been called racist.

"This how I'm running errands from now on," she wrote alongside a Photoshopped image of herself on the shoulders of Olympic 100m sprint champion Usain Bolt. The Jamaican is one of the tens of thousands of people to have retweeted it.

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Rio 2016: 'Hands off Caster' trends in South Africa

  • 16 August 2016
Caster Semenya Image copyright Warren Little/Getty Images

More than 17,000 tweets made the hashtag #HandsOffCaster South Africa's top trend over the past weekend. It sent a clear message - South Africans were ready to defend their middle-distance runner Caster Semenya from persistent questions over whether she should be excluded from racing in Rio.

Semenya was made to undergo gender testing after winning gold at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. She was cleared to compete in 2010 after being sidelined for 11 months while the tests were carried out.

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