Pulwama attack: Nine killed in Kashmir gun battle

Media captionIndian troops patrol the area where the attack took place Nine people, including four Indian soldiers and a policeman, have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir during a gun battle, police say. The clash occurred in Pulwama, where more than 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed in a bombing last week. That attack, the worst […]

Zara advert gets China asking: Are freckles beautiful?

Image copyright Zara/Sina Weibo Image caption Some asked whether Zara wanted to “uglify” the Chinese public by featuring a freckled model A fierce row has broken out in China – and it is all down to some freckles. Li Jingwen, professionally known as Jing Wen, has attracted considerable attention for her freckled appearance in a […]

Elin Ersson: Student fined for Afghan deportation protest

Image copyright AFP Image caption Swedish activist Elin Ersson caused disruption on a plane that stopped the migrant being sent home. A Swedish activist has been fined 3,000 krona ($324; £251) for trying to stop the deportation of an Afghan migrant. University student Elin Ersson booked what she thought was the same flight as the […]

Pulwama attack: Four Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir gun battle

Image copyright AFP Image caption The encounter occurred in Pulwama, where more than 40 Indian soldiers were killed in a suicide attack on Thursday Four soldiers have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in a gun battle with militants, police say. The clash occurred in Pulwama district, where more than 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed […]

Saudi Arabia signs $20bn in deals with Pakistan

Image copyright Getty Images Saudi Arabia has pledged investment deals worth $20bn (£15.5bn) with Pakistan which is seeking to bolster its fragile economy. It comes as part of a high-profile Asian tour by the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Pakistan urgently needs to address a balance of payments crisis and is looking to international […]

Australian political parties hit by ‘state actor’ hack, PM says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia’s parliament was the subject of an attempted hack two weeks ago Australian PM Scott Morrison says the country’s major political parties and parliament were hit by a “malicious intrusion” on their computer networks. The activity was carried out by a “sophisticated state actor”, he said. But he added […]

Pakistan rolls out red carpet for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed

Image caption Pakistan needs Saudi money to stave off a huge IMF bail-out – but this is not a one-way relationship For a country running out of foreign reserves, facing a yawning current account deficit and fighting to secure its financial future, Pakistan is putting on quite a show for Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler […]

Bangladesh slum fire: Nine dead in Chittagong blaze

Image copyright AFP Image caption Officials say a short circuit may have caused the blaze At least nine people have died after a fire swept through more than 200 slum dwellings in the coastal Bangladeshi city of Chittagong. Police and firefighters say more than 50 other people were injured. Four members of one family were […]

Near-naked men scramble for sticks in Japan

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of near-naked men seeking luck have scrambled to find two sacred sticks as part of an ancient Japanese festival. It’s thought about 10,000 men wearing white loincloths took part in the ceremony at the Kinryozan Saidaiji Buddhist temple in Okayama on Saturday. Participants were purified in water before scrambling to […]

Pulwama attack: India mourns Kashmir dead

Image copyright EPA Thousands of mourners have been attending funerals across India for some of the security force personnel killed by a suicide bomber in Indian-administered Kashmir on Thursday. At least 40 paramilitary police died in the attack near Srinagar. The militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad said it carried out the attack. India has imposed a swathe […]