Shamima Begum will not be allowed here, Bangladesh says

Media captionShamima Begum: ‘I got tricked and I was hoping someone would have sympathy with me’ Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen and there is “no question” of her being allowed into the country, Bangladesh’s ministry of foreign affairs has said. The UK has stripped the 19-year-old – who fled London to join Islamic […]

Fang Fenghui: China’s ex-top general jailed for life

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fang Fenghui with President Xi Jinping in 2017 A former high-ranking Chinese general has been sentenced to life in jail for corruption, state media reports. Fang Fenghui, ex-chief of joint staff of the People’s Liberation Army, was found guilty of bribery and having huge wealth that he had been unable […]

Uighur Australian’s plea to ‘save’ his family in China

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China has been accused of imprisoning Uighurs on a mass scale An ethnically Uighur Australian has called on his government to help “save” his wife and baby son, saying they are at risk of being detained in China. The man says he was separated from his wife, a Chinese […]

Uighur Australian’s plea to ‘save’ his family in China

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption China has been accused of imprisoning Uighurs on a mass scale An ethnically Uighur Australian has called on his government to help “save” his wife and baby son, saying they are at risk of being detained in China. The man says he was separated from his wife, a Chinese […]

Billionaire Ambani risks jail over missed Ericsson payments

Image copyright Getty Images Indian billionaire businessman Anil Ambani is facing a prison sentence after a deal between his cash-strapped firm Reliance Communications (RCom) and telecoms giant Ericsson collapsed. Ericsson is owed 5.5bn rupees (£59.3m) by RCom under the terms of an agreement to manage and operate its network. RCom failed to comply with India’s […]

Fang Fenghui: China’s ex-top general jailed for life

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fang Fenghui with President Xi Jinping in 2017 A former high-ranking Chinese general has been sentenced to life in jail for corruption, state media reports. Fang Fenghui, ex-chief of joint staff of the People’s Liberation Army, was found guilty of bribery and having huge wealth that he had been unable […]

Poppy farms: How the global opioid crisis is biting Australia

About half the world’s legal poppy straw is harvested in Australia’s smallest state, Tasmania. Poppies form the base for common medicines such as codeine and morphine, making them big business globally. But efforts to curb the US opioid crisis are eroding that demand – threatening the livelihoods of Tasmanian farmers. Video by Simon Atkinson. Poppy […]

Emoji number plates launched in Queensland

Image copyright Facebook/PersonalisedPlatesQueensland If a personalised number plate simply isn’t enough to express your complex personality, worry not – soon you will be able to add an emoji to the mix. Ok, you’ll have to move to Queensland, Australia – but once that’s sorted, you can get your own little smiley starting next month. The […]

Pulwama attack: Pakistan warns India against military action

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Khan called on India to provide evidence to support its claims that Pakistan was involved Pakistan has warned it will retaliate if India takes military action against it after a militant attack on Indian forces in Indian-administered Kashmir. Prime Minister Imran Khan went on television to call on India […]

The US cannot crush us, says Huawei founder

Media captionRen Zhengfei described the arrest of his daughter as politically motivated. The founder of Huawei has said there is “no way the US can crush” the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC. Ren Zhengfei described the arrest of his daughter Meng Wanzhou, the company’s chief financial officer, as politically motivated. The US […]

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