India textbook lists ‘ugliness’ as cause for dowry

India textbook lists ‘ugliness’ as cause for dowry

Image copyright AFP Image caption Paying and accepting dowry is a centuries-old South Asian tradition A textbook in the western Indian state of Maharashtra has caused outrage after it listed “ugliness” as a reason for the increased demand for dowry. The textbook said: “If a girl is ugly and handicapped then it becomes difficult for […]

Fiji deports Iranian refugee who fled Papua New Guinea

Fiji deports Iranian refugee who fled Papua New Guinea

Image copyright FACEBOOK Image caption Loghman Sawari was detained and deported to PNG by Fijian officials Fiji has deported an Iranian refugee back to Papua New Guinea, where he spent years detained under Australia’s controversial immigration policies. Loghman Sawari used fake documents to fly to Fiji to seek asylum, saying he did not feel safe […]

Mattis warns North Korea of ‘overwhelming’ response to nuclear use

Media captionUS Defence Secretary Mattis warns North Korea over nuclear weapons The US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said any use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an “effective and overwhelming” response. Mr Mattis spoke in South Korea, where he had been reaffirming US support, before flying to Tokyo. He also […]

South Korean prosecutors to question President Park Geun-hye

South Korean prosecutors to question President Park Geun-hye

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Park bows said she felt a “sense of shame” South Korean prosecutors are set to question President Park Geun-hye over allegations of political corruption in a scandal that has engulfed her presidency. Officials say this will be the first time a sitting president has been questioned by prosecutors. Ms […]

Indonesia ‘coffee killer’ trial: Jessica Wongso found guilty of murder

Indonesia ‘coffee killer’ trial: Jessica Wongso found guilty of murder

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Wongso denied all charges A woman accused of murdering her friend by slipping cyanide into her coffee has been found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in jail by an Indonesian court, in a case that gripped the country. Jessica Wongso, an Indonesian citizen and Australian permanent resident, said […]

China ‘fake sanitary pads’ scam sparks health concerns

China ‘fake sanitary pads’ scam sparks health concerns

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Over 10 million fake sanitary towels have been seized in southeast China The discovery of a huge “fake sanitary towel” operation in southeast China has prompted fears about the possible impact on women’s health. Police in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, say they have arrested two suspects believed to have produced […]

US election 2016: Indians’ verdict on Donald Trump’s Hindi

US election 2016: Indians’ verdict on Donald Trump’s Hindi

Image copyright Shalabh Kumar US presidential candidate Donald Trump has spoken a few words of Hindi in a video aimed at wooing Indian-American voters. He is appropriating Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popular campaign slogan “Abki bar Modi sarkar” (“This time Modi government”). The video was made to air on Indian TV channels in the […]

Japan holds Nigerian asylum seeker in solitary confinement

Japan holds Nigerian asylum seeker in solitary confinement

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Tokyo immigration detention center in Japan A Nigerian asylum seeker says she is being held in solitary confinement in Toyko after her claim was denied. Elizabeth Aruoriwo Obueza, 48, was detained two weeks ago after the government dismissed her appeal to stay in Japan for protection against religious persecution. […]

Guo Chuan: Search suspended for sailor attempting world record

Guo Chuan: Search suspended for sailor attempting world record

Image copyright AP Image caption Guo Chuan is China’s best known sailor The search for a Chinese sailor who went missing in the Pacific while trying to set a world record has been suspended, the US Coast Guard said. Guo Chuan was attempting to sail from San Francisco to Shanghai within 20 days. The current […]

China school pollution reports ‘wrong’ – investigation

China school pollution reports ‘wrong’ – investigation

Image copyright Sina Weibo Image caption The original report on China’s state news broadcaster was unusually outspoken Investigators in China say they have found no evidence that pollution caused hundreds of school pupils to become sick earlier this year. State TV in April said soil tests near the school showed chemical levels at 95,000 times […]