Luxury goods join Hong Kong retail slump as protests bite

Media captionRiot police clash with protesters in Hong Kong shopping centre Luxury brand Richemont is the latest firm to report a hit to business over ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The Swiss company said political unrest in Hong Kong, a key market for its watches, has knocked sales. Retailers in the territory forecast a sharp […]

Kyoto Animation fire: Arson attack at Japan anime studio kills 33

Media captionKyoto Animation offices on fire At least 33 people are dead and dozens injured after a man set fire to an animation studio in the Japanese city of Kyoto, officials say. Police said the 41-year-old suspect broke into the Kyoto Animation studio on Thursday morning and sprayed petrol before igniting it. The suspect has […]

Kyoto Animation fire: At least 23 dead after suspected arson attack

Media captionKyoto Animation offices on fire At least 23 people are dead and dozens injured after a suspected arson attack at an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan, local emergency officials have said. Local media quoted police as saying a man broke into the Kyoto Animation Co studio on Thursday morning. Police say the suspect, a […]

Saravana Bhavan ‘dosa king’ dies after medical plea rejected

Image copyright AFP Image caption P Rajagopal, founder of the Saravana Bhavan chain, pictured on a menu at one of the restaurants The Indian owner of the global restaurant chain Saravana Bhavan, who was convicted of murder, has died of a heart attack at the age of 71. P Rajagopal died in a hospital in […]

Christian family fined after arguing taxes ‘against God’s will’

Image copyright ABC News Image caption Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot (left) and Fanny Alida Beerepoot (far right) outside court in Tasmania A Christian family who refused to pay income tax because it went “against God’s will” have been ordered to pay more than A$2m (£1.1m $1.4m) to Australia’s tax office. Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot and Fanny Alida […]

Chandrayaan-2: India announces new date for Moon mission

Image copyright EPA Image caption The rocket weighs as much as a fully-loaded jumbo jet India has announced a new date to launch its second lunar mission after the scheduled blast-off was halted on Monday due to a technical snag. Chandrayaan-2 will now be launched at 14:43 local time (09:13 GMT) on 22 July, India’s […]

Instagram hides likes count in international test ‘to remove pressure’

Image copyright Instagram Instagram is hiding the number of likes on posts in several countries, including Australia and Japan, in order to “remove pressure” on users. The trial which begins Thursday, means users will see a user name “and others” below posts, instead of the number, on their feed. Instagrammers can still view the number […]

Rare New Zealand parakeet has best breeding season in decades

Image copyright Department of Conservation Image caption Wildlife experts credited to the baby boom among orange-fronted parakeets to abundant food One of the rarest birds in New Zealand has had its best breeding season in decades, raising hopes for the species. At least 150 orange-fronted parakeets, known locally as kakariki karaka, were born in the […]

Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pakistan told to review ‘India spy’ case

Image copyright EPA Image caption Friends of Kulbhushan Jadhav celebrated as they heard the verdict in Mumbai The top UN court has ordered Pakistan to review the death penalty handed down to an Indian Navy officer convicted of spying. Pakistan has violated international law by denying India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the International Court […]

India building collapse: Rescuers form human chain to search for Mumbai survivors

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rescuers are relying on human chains of volunteers A human chain of rescuers is searching for survivors a day after a building collapsed in the Indian city of Mumbai, killing 13 people and trapping dozens. Officials say rescue efforts have been hampered by a warren of old streets which […]