Pakistan court to deliver blasphemy murder verdict

Image copyright AFP Image caption The murder had lead to an outpouring of solidarity and grief A court in Abbottabad, Pakistan, is set to deliver its verdict in the case of the fatal lynching of student Mashal Khan. Mr Khan was dragged out of his university accommodation in April 2017 by a crowd of hundreds […]

H&M apologises to musician for using song ‘without approval’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption H&M has deleted a video advert and apologised to a musician Fashion giant H&M has apologised to a musician after he publicly criticised the retailer for using his song without permission. Australian artist Harvey Sutherland said his track, Bamboo, accompanied an advert posted on Instagram on Monday. When initially […]

Asia markets follow Wall Street higher

Image copyright Huw Evans picture agency Asia stocks rebounded on Wednesday following gains on Wall Street as a sense of calm returned to global markets. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index climbed 3.2% after falling nearly 7% in the previous session. The recovery follows choppy trading in the US which ended with the Dow Jones Industrial Average […]

Taiwan earthquake: Deaths confirmed amid rescue effort

Media captionTaiwan eyewitness Zeena Starbuck was caught in an aftershock live on TV A strong earthquake in Taiwan has killed at least two people and injured more than 100 others, officials say. The powerful 6.4-magnitude tremor struck at 23:50 (15:50 GMT) about 20km (12 miles) off the island’s east coast. Rescuers are trying to free […]

Maldives Supreme Court does U-turn after arrests

Media captionTrouble in paradise: Maldives crisis explained The Maldives Supreme Court has performed a U-turn on its decision to free nine convicted politicians, hours after the arrest of two of its judges. The court’s remaining three judges have issued a statement saying the order has been revoked “in light of the concerns raised by the […]

Japan’s Princess Mako postpones wedding to commoner Kei Komuro

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The couple, both 26, met at a restaurant while studying at university in 2012 Japan’s Princess Mako is postponing her wedding to her college sweetheart until 2020 due to a lack of time to plan the nuptials, media reports say. The 26-year-old granddaughter of Emperor Akihito was scheduled to marry […]

Thai tycoon charged over poaching in protected sanctuary

Image copyright EPA Image caption Premchai Karnasuta (centre) is charged on seven counts under Thai conservation laws The head of one of Thailand’s largest construction firms has been charged for allegedly poaching in a protected wildlife sanctuary, police say. Authorities released photos of Premchai Karnasuta with hunting gear and animal carcasses, including a black panther. […]

Winter Olympics: Soldiers replace security staff after norovirus outbreak

Image copyright AFP Image caption Soldiers took on the work of guarding Pyeongchang’s ice arena ahead of the Winter Olympics Dozens of private security guards at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea have been taken to hospital with norovirus, prompting organisers to call in soldiers as guards instead. Vomiting and diarrhoea hit the security […]

Strong Taiwan quake topples buildings

A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake has toppled buildings in the Taiwanese city of Hualien, media reports say. The tremor struck at 23:50 (15:50 GMT) about 20km (12 miles) off the island’s east coast. Photographs posted on social media showed extensive damage to roads and high-rise buildings. Emergency services are working to free people who are […]

Maldives ex-President Nasheed seeks help from India and US

Media captionTrouble in paradise: Maldives crisis explained The ex-president of the Maldives has called from exile for other countries to intervene in a political crisis engulfing the island nation. Mohamed Nasheed asked India to help release prisoners and the US to curb leaders’ financial transactions. Turmoil began when current President Abdulla Yameen refused to release […]