Pakistan Zainab murder: Police arrest suspect

Pakistan Zainab murder: Police arrest suspect

Media captionThe rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab sparked outrage in Pakistan Pakistani authorities say they have arrested the main suspect in the rape and killing of six-year-old Zainab Ansari. The chief minister of Punjab province accused Imran Ali, 24, of being a serial killer. Speaking at a news conference in Lahore, Shahbaz Sharif said […]

Avalanche kills one in Japan ski resort after volcanic eruption

Avalanche kills one in Japan ski resort after volcanic eruption

Image copyright Kyodo/Reuters Image caption Mount Kusatsu-Shirane erupted on Tuesday morning A Japanese soldier has been killed in an avalanche in central Japan that appears to have been triggered by a volcanic eruption. At least 14 people have also been injured, several of them critically. The eruption sent rocks raining down over a kilometre-wide area […]

Hong Kong book publisher ‘seized from China train’

Hong Kong book publisher ‘seized from China train’

Image caption Hong Kong publisher Gui Minhai is also a Swedish citizen A Hong Kong publisher with Swedish citizenship is said to have been seized on a train to Beijing, despite being accompanied by two Swedish diplomats. Gui Minhai made headlines when he vanished in Thailand in 2015 and later resurfaced in China, along with […]

North Korea ski resort: South Korean officials to visit Masikryong

The resort, which has 10 ski courses, also seems to have modern equipment including the Ski-Doo, a Canadian snowmobile. But that has raised questions given UN sanction on supplying equipment to the North. North Korea ski resort: South Korean officials to visit Masikryong}

Manus refugees: Second group held by Australia leaves for US

Manus refugees: Second group held by Australia leaves for US

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Australia holds asylum seekers who arrive by boat in offshore centres A second group of refugees who were detained in Papua New Guinea (PNG) by Australia have left for the US under a resettlement deal. About 40 men left PNG’s Manus Island on Tuesday, local media and refugee advocates said. […]

S Korea bans anonymous cryptocurrency trades

S Korea bans anonymous cryptocurrency trades

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Korea is believed to be the third-biggest market in the world for Bitcoin trades, behind Japan and the US. South Korea is banning the use of anonymous bank accounts to make cryptocurrency transactions. The move is aimed at stopping virtual currencies being used for crimes such as money […]

Hong Kong bookseller seized from China train

Hong Kong bookseller seized from China train

Image caption Gui Minhai – one the five famous Hong Kong booksellers – is also a Swedish citizen Chinese authorities have allegedly seized a Chinese-Swedish citizen from the train to Beijing – despite the presence of two Swedish diplomats. Publisher Gui Minhai had recently been released from prison. His Hong Kong publishing house sold books […]

Vietnam jails most senior Communist Party official in decades

Vietnam jails most senior Communist Party official in decades

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dinh La Thang is one of the most senior officials to go on trial in decades A former Communist Party official has been sentenced to 13 years in jail in Vietnam after the most high-level trial in decades. Former Politburo member Dinh La Thang was found guilty of economic mismanagement […]

India woman fights family over ‘low caste’ husband’s murder

India woman fights family over ‘low caste’ husband’s murder

Image copyright NATHAN G In March 2016, a 22-year-old man was hacked to death in daylight on a crowded road in southern India for marrying a woman of a higher caste. His wife survived the attack and went on to testify against her parents and campaign against the scourge of caste, as the BBC’s Soutik […]

Great Barrier Reef: Australia unveils A$60m protection plan

Great Barrier Reef: Australia unveils A$60m protection plan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Great Barrier Reef is facing threats to its survival The Australian government has announced a A$60m (£34m; $48m) plan to help improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef. The reef suffered mass coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which scientists said were a result of warmer […]

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