Rohingya return to Myanmar: Confusion and fear in refugee camps

Image copyright AFP Image caption Most Rohingya dread having to return Uncertainty over whether Bangladesh will start sending Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar has caused fear and confusion in refugee camps. Authorities had said they planned to move the first group on Thursday but it is unclear whether they will go ahead. The UN and […]

Monkey kills baby boy in India’s Agra

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Monkeys in India face growing environmental as well as human pressures A 12-day-old boy has died after he was snatched from his mother and bitten by a monkey in northern India. The infant’s mother was breastfeeding him at their home in the city of Agra when the animal entered […]

Philippines’ Duterte skipped Asean meetings to take ‘power naps’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Duterte has openly admitted that he is tired and ready to quit Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte missed several meetings at a regional summit because he was taking “power naps”, said the presidential office. A spokesman said Mr Duterte missed four scheduled events on Wednesday because he was “catching […]

Paraplegic athlete ‘forced to urinate in bottle’ on flight

Image copyright DARREN BELLING Image caption Darren Belling (R), pictured with a friend, says he was left humiliated An Australian paraplegic athlete says he was forced to urinate into a bottle on a flyDubai flight after being told he could not access the toilets. Darren Belling, 52, flew to Finland in October to represent Australia […]

Suneung: The day silence falls over South Korea

Image copyright Getty Images All across South Korea, at exactly 08:40 local time (23:40 GMT Wednesday) on Thursday, more than half a million students take the exam for which they have been preparing their entire lives. The infamous Suneung, an abbreviation for College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) in Korean, is an eight-hour marathon of back-to-back […]

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh: India waits for Bollywood wedding

Image copyright Getty Images India is counting down the hours until Bollywood superstars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh tie the knot in a plush Italian resort on Wednesday. The couple’s names are trending on Twitter and social media is filled with good wishes ahead of their big day. The actors have starred in three films […]

US hotel in Japan refuses Cuba ambassador

Image copyright Reuters A US-owned hotel in Japan has been criticised by Japanese authorities after it denied the Cuban ambassador a room over fears it would violate US sanctions on Cuba. The Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk told Ambassador Carlos Pereria he could not stay last month because it could not accommodate Cuban government guests. That […]

Papua New Guinea: Hosting a regional summit in the least likely of locations

Image copyright EPA Image caption Most locals aren’t exactly fans of the summitry Papua New Guinea (PNG) might be the least likely place to spot world leaders shaking hands. But that’s exactly what’s happening over the next few days. Notoriously dangerous Port Moresby is hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit this week, and […]

Lion Air crash: Victim’s fiancée takes wedding photos alone

Image copyright Instagram/intansyariii Image caption Intan Syari says she’s fulfilling her partner’s last wish An Indonesian woman whose fiancé was on a Lion Air flight which crashed into the sea has gone ahead with her wedding pictures alone. Intan Syari and Rio Nanda Pratama were due to get married on 11 November. But Mr Pratama […]

Thais mourn boxer Anucha Kochana, 13, killed in fight

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Anucha had fought in 170 bouts and entered the ring aged eight The death of a 13-year-old boy who was knocked out in a Thai kickboxing match has led to renewed pressure on Thailand to ban children from boxing bouts. Anucha Kochana was pronounced dead from a brain haemorrhage two […]