Kerala floods: PM Modi inspects flood rescue effort

Image copyright Indian Government Image caption Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed at Cochin by local officials Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the southern state of Kerala to see for himself the devastation caused by what officials say is the worst flooding in a century. He arrived late on Friday and is due […]

Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan prime minister

Image copyright EPA Image caption Imran Khan has vowed to hold “corrupt” politicians to account Former cricketer Imran Khan has been sworn-in as the new prime minister of Pakistan, more than two decades after he entered politics. He was elected prime minister in a vote at the country’s National Assembly on Friday. His PTI party […]

Asian Games: Indonesia police kill dozens in criminal crackdown

Image copyright NurPhoto/Getty Image caption Authorities say police have been told to act with force if resistance is met Indonesian police have fatally shot dozens of “petty criminals” in the lead up the 2018 Asian Games, rights group Amnesty International says. The group condemned the deaths, calling for an investigation into the “shoot first and […]

South Korean capital gets ‘first deaf taxi drivers’

Image copyright Goyohan Taxi Image caption Dual tablets with voice-to-text capability enable passengers to connect with hearing-impaired drivers South Korea’s capital Seoul has seen its first ever deaf taxi drivers take to the road this week, thanks to new software that’s been launched to help reduce the local stigma of hiring hearing-impaired people, it’s reported. […]

Kerala floods: Monsoon waters kill hundreds in Indian state

Media captionHundreds of troops have been rescuing trapped residents in Kerala At least 324 people have been killed in flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala in what local officials say is the worst flooding in 100 years. India’s monsoon season started in June, but the death toll in Kerala has soared in the […]

India monsoon floods ‘kill more than 300’ in Kerala

Media captionHundreds of troops have been rescuing trapped residents in Kerala At least 324 people have been killed in flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala, the regional chief minister says. Rescuers are battling torrential rains to save residents, with more than 200,000 people left homeless in camps. The state government said many of […]

China ‘training for strikes’ on US targets

Image copyright Getty Images China’s military “is likely training for strikes” against US and allied targets in the Pacific, a Pentagon report warns. The annual report to Congress says China is increasing its ability to send bomber planes further afield. The report highlights its increasing military capability, including defence spending estimated at $190bn (£150bn) – […]

India monsoon floods ‘kill 164’ in Kerala

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Reports suggest more than 150 people have died, with further rainfall predicted At least 164 people have died in devastating monsoon floods in India’s southern state of Kerala, the worst in almost a century. Rescuers battled torrential rains to save residents, with nearly 223,000 left homeless. The state government said […]

Artist’s Aboriginal portraits back in Tasmania after 170 years

Image copyright BRITISH MUSEUM Image caption A portrait by Thomas Bock of Aboriginal woman Wortabowigee A collection of 19th Century paintings of Aboriginal Tasmanians has gone on display in Australia for the first time. English convict artist Thomas Bock painted the portraits of indigenous leaders in Tasmania in the 1830s – a time of infamous […]

Atal Behari Vajpayee: Former India PM dies at 93

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former Indian PM AB Vajpayee Former Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has died aged 93. He was being treated for age-related illnesses in Delhi’s AIIMS hospital. Vajpayee was one of the founding members of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which currently governs India. Considered a giant […]