British caver ‘could sue’ Elon Musk over Twitter attack

Image caption Vern Unsworth (right) helped bring top international cave rescuers to the mission, including Rob Harper (left) A British cave diver who helped rescue 12 Thai boys from deep within a cave has said he is considering suing tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. In now-deleted tweets, Mr Musk had called Vern Unsworth a “pedo guy” […]

Indonesia mob slaughters nearly 300 crocodiles in revenge killing

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The crocodiles ranged from full grown to young animals A mob of villagers has killed nearly 300 crocodiles at a sanctuary for the animals in the Indonesian province of West Papua. The slaughter was in retaliation for a local man thought to have been killed by one animal from the […]

China’s second quarter growth meets expectations at 6.7%

Image copyright Getty Images China’s economy grew at an annual pace of 6.7% in the three months to June, official data showed, meeting forecasts for the period. That marked a slight slowdown from a 6.8% expansion recorded in the previous quarter. The data comes as the government fights to contain ballooning debt and as trade […]

Thai cave rescue: Thai boys’ tears for lost rescue diver Saman

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The 12 boys and their coach pictured with a drawing of Saman Gunan (also spelled Kunan), who died working to rescue them The 12 young footballers who were saved from a Thai cave after an international rescue effort are mourning a former Navy Seal who died in the operation. Volunteer […]

North Korean restaurant staff defection was forced, manager says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea is thought to operate dozens of restaurants abroad, such as this one in Dubai A group of 13 North Korean restaurant staff who moved to the South in 2016 were forced to defect by South Korean intelligence, their manager says. Ho Kang-il told South Korea’s Yonhap news […]

Afghanistan conflict: Civilian deaths hit record high, says UN

Image copyright EPA Image caption A suicide bombing earlier this month killed more than a dozen people in the Afghan city of Jalalabad The number of civilians killed in the long-running war in Afghanistan reached a record high in the first six months of this year, the UN says. Some 1,692 fatalities were recorded, with […]

The full story of Thailand’s extraordinary cave rescue

On 23 June, 12 boys went exploring in Thailand’s Chiang Rai province with their football coach – and ended up trapped deep inside a cave underneath a mountain. What happened over the following two weeks has gripped the world. It is a remarkable story of friendship, human endurance – and the lengths some people will […]

Pakistan election: More than 100 die in bomb attacks on poll rallies

Image copyright EPA Image caption It is the deadliest militant attack in Pakistan since 2014 A suicide bomber has killed at least 128 people and injured more than 150 in an attack on a campaign rally in south-western Pakistan, officials say. An election candidate was among the dead in the town of Mastung. So-called Islamic […]

US lifts order against China’s ZTE

Image copyright Getty Images The US has lifted an order that blocked Chinese tech giant ZTE from doing business with US companies, forcing the firm to halt major operations. US President Donald Trump had intervened to end the ban, which was imposed in April and tied to ZTE violations of US sanctions against Iran and […]

‘Vaping’ pilot caused Air China plane to plunge 6,500m

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Air China is one of the country’s main carriers A co-pilot smoking an e-cigarette on an Air China flight caused the plane to start a rapid emergency descent, investigators have said. They say he tried to hide the fact that he was smoking but accidentally shut off the air-conditioning, causing […]