Afghanistan Taliban withdraws protection for Red Cross

Image copyright AFP Image caption The ICRC provided more than 21,000 prostheses and orthoses in 2017 The Taliban says it will no longer allow safe passage to Red Cross staff working in Afghanistan. The militants accuse the neutral humanitarian group of failing to meet its obligations to help Taliban prisoners in a jail in Kabul. […]

Australia senate appoints first Muslim woman amid race row

Image copyright THE GREENS Image caption Mehreen Faruqi is Australia’s first Muslim woman in the senate. Mehreen Faruqi has joined Australia’s senate as its first female Muslim member, on a day the country is caught up in a bitter row over racism. Ms Faruqi, who was born in Pakistan, told the BBC that Australia’s future […]

Goose called Gugu wins place at Chinese university

Image copyright SINA WEIBO Image caption The goose now has a bright future ahead of him A goose has won a place at a prestigious Chinese university after its owner joked she was “reluctant to cook it”. In a public post on Weibo, a woman named Ms Wu said she was worried she would not […]

India postman sacked for dumping 6,000 letters over a decade

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption No mail in years? Maybe check with your local postman A postal worker in India has been suspended after he was found not to have delivered thousands of letters for more than 10 years. Ever wondered why you never heard back from that job offer, that ATM card application […]

Fraser Anning: Australia MPs condemn ‘final solution’ speech

Image copyright EPA Image caption Senator Fraser Anning says he will not apologise for his speech An Australian senator has been widely condemned for a speech that invoked the term “final solution” in a call for immigration restrictions based on race. Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katter’s Australian Party, called for migration bans on Muslims […]

Mosque demolition stokes unease in China

Image copyright Weibo Image caption The Weizhou mosque is a towering structure that features domes and minarets in a Middle Eastern style China is determined to maintain control over how religion is practiced, but the planned demolition of one mosque in a previously rule-abiding city threatens to backfire, writes US-based academic David R Stroup. On […]

Are the Asian Games the Olympics+?

Spurs’ Son Heung-min (centre) and his South Korean team-mates share the Asian Games stage with less familiar sporting figures Over the the next four days, the last of 12,000 athletes and officials will check into six tower blocks in the centre of Jakarta. The Asian Games athletes village will be a diverse community. Representing two-thirds […]

Tonga PM challenges Pacific Island leaders to lose weight

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pacific Island leaders pictured at the Pacific Islands Forum in Samoa last year Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has challenged other Pacific Island leaders to participate in a year-long weight-loss challenge to set an example to their national communities. Mr Pohiva told a local newspaper he would propose the […]

Fukushima child statue: Residents complain about radiation suit

Fukushima child statue: Residents complain about radiation suit

Image copyright AFP Image caption A symbol of hope or bad PR for Fukushima? Fukushima residents have reacted angrily to the statue of a boy in protective gear, saying it gives the impression of a city still contaminated after the 2011 nuclear disaster. Fukushima’s nuclear plant was hit by a tsunami in 2011, causing the […]

Rainbow trout can now be called salmon in China

Image copyright iStock Image caption The rainbow trout has been labelled as the true victim of the move If you think there’s something fishy about the salmon you’re eating, that could be because it’s not salmon. New rules introduced in China mean rainbow trout can now be labelled and sold domestically as salmon. Why? Because […]

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