Three-year-old assaulted on Delhi bus rape anniversary

Image copyright AFP A three-year-old Indian girl is in critical condition after she was allegedly raped by her neighbour in the capital Delhi. The accused, a 40-year-old security guard who worked in the building the child lived in, has been arrested. Police found the girl unconscious and rushed her to hospital where she is undergoing […]

North Korea condemns latest US sanctions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tension on the DMZ has eased but US-North Korea talks appear stalled North Korea has denounced the latest US sanctions, saying they could “block the path to denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula forever”. Washington said it put the sanctions on three top officials, after a report threw up a […]

Japan explosion: Dozens injured in Sapporo restaurant blast

Media captionThe cause of the explosion in Sapporo is not yet known A huge explosion and fire has hit a restaurant in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo. Japanese police say 42 people were injured in the explosion, with one of them in a serious condition. The cause of the explosion in the Toyohira district […]

Japan explosion: 20 reported injured in Sapporo restaurant blast

A huge explosion and fire has hit a restaurant in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo. Initial reports on Japanese media suggested at least 20 people were injured, with some rushed to hospital in ambulances. The cause of the explosion in the Toyohira district is not yet known. Images on social media initially showed flames […]

Ranil Wickremesinghe: Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister

Image copyright Sri Lanka presidency Image caption Ranil Wickremesinghe (l) is back in office again after two months Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn into office again, two months after being removed by the president. Mr Wickremesinghe’s supporters set off fire crackers as the ceremony took place behind closed doors. His […]

How a country suddenly went ‘crazy rich’

Indonesia, the nation with the world’s largest Muslim population, is home to a rapidly growing middle class. As Rebecca Henschke reports from Jakarta, this has given rise to a striking phenomenon – the so-called “Crazy Rich” Indonesians. The colourful invitation on our cluttered fridge had said it would be a dog-themed birthday party. “That’s cute,” […]

US returns looted Balangiga church bells to Philippines

Media captionLooted bells returned to the Philippines Three bells looted by US troops more than a century ago have been returned to their church in the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte praised his countrymen and the US at a ceremony in Balangiga, where the treasures were taken 117 years ago. The bronze bells were seized during […]

Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s disputed PM resigns amid crisis

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mahinda Rajapaksa attended a religious ceremony after resigning on Saturday Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned as Sri Lanka’s prime minister, seven weeks after he was appointed in a surprise move that sparked a political crisis. Mr Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former president, signed his resignation letter in a ceremony at his house. […]

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The status of Jerusalem has long been a highly contested issue Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that his government will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. However, he said Australia’s embassy would not move from Tel Aviv, until a peace settlement was achieved. He added Australia […]

Japan medical schools ‘rigged women’s results’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tokyo Medical University has admitted it acted to keep women out At least nine Japanese medical schools manipulated admissions, in part to exclude female students, a government investigation has found. The inquiry was launched in August, after the prestigious Tokyo Medical University (TMU) was found to have tampered with the […]