North Korea to send ceremonial head Kim Yong-nam South

Image copyright AFP Image caption It is unclear whether Kim Yong-nam, who heads the parliament in Pyongyang, will attend the opening ceremony along with US Vice President Mike Pence North Korea is to send its highest ranking official for years to the South amid an easing of tensions during the Winter Olympics. Kim Yong-nam, the […]

Male make-up: Korean men have started a beauty revolution

Men in South Korea spend more on skincare per person than men anywhere else in the world. Inspired by their idols in Korean pop music and TV dramas, young people strive for what they consider to be that perfect face. One make-up vlogger tells us about his quest to change perceptions about men who wear […]

Mayor resigns amid misconduct probe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Robert Doyle was serving his third term as Lord Mayor of Melbourne The Lord Mayor of Melbourne has resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him. Robert Doyle, 64, has been accused of sexually harassing three women, including an allegation that he touched a colleague’s breast. Mr […]

Maldives orders army to resist any Supreme Court impeachment order

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police broke up opposition celebrations of a Supreme Court ruling on Friday The Maldives government has ordered the security forces to resist any move by the Supreme Court to arrest or impeach President Abdulla Yameen. The court on Friday had ruled the trial of exiled ex-President Mohamed Nasheed unconstitutional and […]

Winter Olympics: Joint Korean team loses first practice match

Image copyright ALLSPORT/Getty Images Image caption The athletes of Team Korea in action against Sweden The joint North and South Korean women’s ice hockey team has lost its first match – a friendly against Sweden – before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. The Swedish women’s team beat their Korean counterparts 3-1. The unified […]

North Korea ‘uses Berlin embassy to get missile parts’

Image copyright Reuters North Korea has been acquiring technology for its nuclear and weapons programmes through its Berlin embassy, Germany’s head of intelligence says. Hans-Georg Maassen told NDR TV that many of these activities had been thwarted, but not all were detected. He did not say what type of technology was procured, but said it […]

Winter Olympics: First test for joint Korean ice hockey team

Media captionNorth Korea’s women’s ice hockey team arrived in the South last week The joint North and South Korean ice hockey team is set to play its first match on Sunday, ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea. The match is an international friendly against Sweden, who the unified women’s team will face during […]

Philippines gripped by dengue vaccine fears

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Enrique Domingo expressed concerns about potential epidemics in the Philippines Fears over a dengue vaccine in the Philippines have led to a big drop in immunisation rates for preventable diseases, officials have warned. Health Under-Secretary Enrique Domingo said many parents were refusing to get their children vaccinated for polio, […]

Winter Olympics: North Korea presses ahead with military parade

Image copyright KCNA / STR Image caption North Korea’s military parades – like this one in April 2017 – can be large affairs North Korea has defended plans for a large-scale military parade scheduled for the day before the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Pyongyang’s annual military parade to mark the founding of its armed […]

New Zealand gannet ‘no mates Nigel’ dies alongside fake partner

Image copyright Friends of Mana Island Image caption Nigel (pictured with two replica birds) won the hearts of visitors to the island Nigel “no mates”, a lonely New Zealand gannet who lived his life on the edge of the cliffs of an uninhabited island, has been found dead alongside his partner – a concrete replica […]