State of the Union: The North Korean defector at Trump’s side

State of the Union: The North Korean defector at Trump’s side

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Ji finally made his escape from North Korea in 2006 The harrowing tale of a North Korean defector was part of the set at US President Donald Trump’s first ever State of the Union address. Ji Seong-ho waved his crutches in the air to resounding applause. But what […]

Top-secret Australian files ‘left at second-hand shop’

Top-secret Australian files ‘left at second-hand shop’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s chief bureaucrat has ordered an investigation Australian bureaucrats have launched an investigation into how top-secret documents were exposed after being left in a second-hand shop. The Australian Broadcasting Corp has published a series of exclusive reports this week, citing Cabinet files from current and previous […]

Zara’s lungi lookalike mocked by Asian internet

Zara’s lungi lookalike mocked by Asian internet

Image copyright Zara/AFP Image caption High street fashion or Burmese everyday wear? Fashion famously comes in cycles and things once considered past it can make a surprise appearance on the runway. Is that what’s just happened to the lungi? Depending on where you’re from, a lungi is either what you’re wearing right now, what your […]

Taliban threaten 70% of Afghanistan, BBC finds

Taliban threaten 70% of Afghanistan, BBC finds

Media captionTaliban ‘threaten 70% of Afghanistan’ BBC investigation finds. Taliban fighters, whom US-led forces spent billions of dollars trying to defeat, are now openly active in 70% of Afghanistan, a BBC study has found. Months of research across the country show how areas the Taliban threaten or control have surged since foreign combat troops left […]

Japanese woman sues government over forced sterilisation

Japanese woman sues government over forced sterilisation

Image copyright CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images Image caption Thousands of people were sterilised in Japan without their consent because they were deemed mentally or physically deficient A Japanese woman who was forcibly sterilised in the 1970s at the age of 15 is suing the government in the first case of its kind. The unnamed woman […]

India outcry after eight-month-old baby raped

India outcry after eight-month-old baby raped

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There is growing anger in India against rape and sexual violence An eight-month-old baby girl has been raped allegedly by her cousin in the Indian capital, Delhi. The girl is reportedly in a critical condition at a local hospital where she was brought in on Sunday. Police told the […]

The story behind a moment of brutality

The story behind a moment of brutality

Image copyright AP/Briscoe Center for American History Image caption A series of images by Eddie Adams leading up to the killing of Nguyen Van Lem Photojournalist Eddie Adams captured one of the most famous images of the Vietnam War – the very instant of an execution during the chaos of the Tet Offensive. It would […]

North Korea cancels joint cultural performance with South

North Korea cancels joint cultural performance with South

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A joint women’s ice hockey team has been one of the agreements for the Games North Korea has abruptly cancelled a cultural event scheduled to be held jointly with the South, Seoul has said. Set for 4 February at Mount Kumgang in the North, it had been part of a […]

Afghanistan conflict: Deadly attack on Kabul military post

Afghanistan conflict: Deadly attack on Kabul military post

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Security forces have blocked off the roads near the site of the attack Militants have killed at least 11 soldiers in an attack on an army post in Kabul, the fourth major assault in a surge of violence in just over a week. Sixteen other soldiers were injured in the […]

Indonesia: Transgender women in Aceh detained by police

Indonesia: Transgender women in Aceh detained by police

Image copyright North Aceh police Image caption The transgender women were forced to have their hair cut short Police in Indonesia have detained 12 transgender women, cutting their long hair and saying they were “coaching” them to behave like “real men”. Several beauty salons in Aceh province were raided over the weekend and transgender women […]