Australia strawberry scare: Woolworths halts sewing needle sales

Image copyright JOSHUA GANE Image caption Sewing needles have been inserted inside strawberries in Australia Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has temporarily removed sewing needles from its shelves as the country faces a strawberry safety scare. Last week, Australians were warned to cut fresh strawberries before biting into them after several people found sewing needles hidden […]

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in makes history at Pyongyang Mass Games

Image copyright Reuters/Pyongyang Press Corps Image caption Moon Jae-in, left, is on a three-day visit to Pyongyang to talk with Kim Jong-un President Moon Jae-in became the first South Korean leader ever to give a speech to the North Korean public when he spoke at the Mass Games in Pyongyang on Wednesday evening. In his […]

Cane toad DNA breakthrough ‘may help stop’ toxic pest

Image copyright UNSW Image caption Cane toads are highly adaptive and release a destructive toxin Scientists say they have unlocked the DNA blueprint of the cane toad, raising fresh hopes of slowing the animal’s destruction of habitats. The amphibian, native to South America, has become a prolific pest since it was introduced in other parts […]

US ‘ready to restart negotiations’ with North Korea

Media captionNorth Korea’s agreed to shut one of the country’s main missile launch sites. Laura Bicker considers what might happen next. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is ready to restart negotiations with Pyongyang, with the aim of denuclearising North Korea “by 2021”. Discussions between the two sides had stalled following a broad-strokes […]

Nawaz Sharif: Ex-PM and daughter released from Pakistan prison

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nawaz Sharif was jailed alongside his daughter in July Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been released from prison, two months after he began a 10-year jail sentence for corruption. The release came hours after a court suspended the sentences of Sharif and his daughter Maryam, who were jailed […]

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un ‘agrees to shut missile site’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un signed what they say is ‘a leap forward’ North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut one of the country’s main missile testing and launch sites, says the South’s President Moon Jae-in. After meeting in Pyongyang, the two leaders “agreed on a way to […]

Nawaz Sharif: Pakistan court orders ex-PM’s release

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nawaz Sharif was jailed alongside his daughter in July A Pakistani court has ordered the release of ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, two months after he began a 10-year jail sentence over corruption. The court suspended the sentences of Sharif and his daughter Maryam, who were convicted in July, shortly before […]

Cathay Pacific spells own name wrong on new plane

Image copyright Cathay Pacific Image caption The Hong Kong-based airline joked “Oops this special livery won’t last long” after the error was pointed out An airline has had to send a new plane back to the paint shop after the company’s name was spelled incorrectly on it. Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific painted its name as […]

South Korean director Lee Yoon-Taek jailed for sex assaults

Image copyright PA Image caption Lee Yoon-taek, here appearing for police questioning on 17 March, has been found guilty of sexually abusing nine women A prominent South Korean theatre director has been jailed for six years for sexually assaulting nine women. Lee Yoon-taek was accused of abusing the actresses during training sessions at the renowned […]

North Korea agrees to shut missile site, says Moon

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un signed what they say is ‘a leap forward’ North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut one of the country’s main missile testing and launch sites, says the South’s President Moon Jae-in. After meeting in Pyongyang, the two leaders “agreed on a way to […]