The India girl who took her dad to the police over a toilet

Image copyright BBC Tamil Image caption Hanifa Zaara told the police in a letter that her father had “cheated” her and should be arrested A seven-year-old Indian girl went to the police after her father broke his promise to build her a toilet. Hanifa Zaara told the police in a letter that her father had […]

India delivery man sacked for eating food sparks sympathy

Image copyright @Madan_Chikna Image caption The Zomato delivery driver was filmed eating food from his delivery bag The sacking of a food delivery man in India after he was filmed eating a client’s food and resealing the containers has sparked a conversation about the delivery industry in the country. The BBC finds out more. The […]

Japan picks ‘disaster’ character to define 2018

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The kanji character, pronounced like the English word “sigh”, was chosen to represent the year 2018 Japan has chosen the symbol meaning “disaster” to define the year 2018. Television stations broadcast the announcement live as the master of an ancient temple in Kyoto wrote the winning term on a white […]

Australian prisoner gave birth alone in ‘degrading’ cell incident

Image copyright Getty Images A woman in Australia was forced to give birth alone in a locked prison cell in a “degrading and high risk” incident, a report has found. The woman, identified only as Amy, had told staff two hours earlier that she believed she might be in labour. There were no complications at […]

China to ‘cut US car tariff to 15%’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption US President Donald Trump says he has a good relationship with President Xi Jinping China has reportedly proposed cutting tariffs on US-made cars to 15%, the same tax levied on car imports from other countries. Bloomberg reported that China’s cabinet will review the plans, which would undo the 40% import […]

Michael Kovrig: Canadian ex-diplomat ‘held in China’

Image copyright International Crisis Group Image caption The International Crisis Group says it is working for Mr Kovrig’s release A former Canadian diplomat has reportedly been detained in China and his current employer says it is working for his “prompt and safe release”. The International Crisis Group said it was “aware of reports” of Michael […]

Truck drivers face prison in Singapore for $1 bribes

Image copyright AFP Image caption The forklift truck drivers could face up to five years in jail Singapore has charged two Chinese migrant workers with soliciting one-dollar bribes from lorry drivers. The forklift truck drivers allegedly took S$1 bribes (£0.58; $0.73) multiple times, in return for not delaying the loading and unloading of vehicles. If […]

India elections: Setback for Modi’s BJP in three key states

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Congress supporters celebrate initial poll results in Delhi Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his right-wing BJP party appear to be facing a political setback, with major swings against it in three key state elections. The opposition Congress Party looks set to form governments in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, while Madhya […]

Refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi fights extradition to Bahrain

Image copyright Mark Avellino Photography Image caption Mr Al-Araibi claims he will be tortured if extradited to Bahrain A Bahraini footballer is facing extradition from Thailand, despite international calls for his release. Hakeem Al-Araibi, 25, who holds refugee status in Australia, was detained in Bangkok last month on an Interpol warrant put out by Bahrain. […]

Thailand election date set and campaign ban lifted

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pro-democracy campaigners have grown frustrated by delays in setting an election date Thailand’s military government has said political parties are free to start campaigning ahead of a long-awaited election scheduled for 24 February. The announcement ends a ban on political campaigning brought in when the military ousted the elected government […]