Kabul: Gunmen ‘attacking Intercontinental Hotel’

Kabul: Gunmen ‘attacking Intercontinental Hotel’

At least four gunmen have launched an attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, Afghan officials say. Special forces were battling the gunmen, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. An official at the Afghan spy agency told AFP that the gunmen were “shooting at guests”. The attack began at about 21:00 local time (16:30 GMT), Mr Danish […]

Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea will send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang

Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea will send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang

North Korea’s Sports Minister (left) met with South Korea’s Minister of Culture sports and tourism (right) in the company of IOC president Thomas Bach (centre) North Korea will send 22 athletes to compete in three sports at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February. The two countries agreed a breakthrough deal earlier this month […]

Asian wildlife trafficking ‘kingpin’ Boonchai Bach arrested

Asian wildlife trafficking ‘kingpin’ Boonchai Bach arrested

Image copyright EPA Image caption Boonchai Bach faces up to four years in jail for smuggling parts of protected animals Thai police have arrested a man alleged to be the head of Asia’s biggest illegal wildlife trading networks. Boonchai Bach, a 40-year-old Thai of Vietnamese origin, was detained in a town on the border with […]

New Zealand debates access to dead sea life footage

New Zealand debates access to dead sea life footage

Image copyright New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries New Zealand’s fishing industry has found itself at odds with conservationists over whether or not the public should be allowed to see the realities of commercial fishing. In the waters around New Zealand – as many countries – animals including sea birds, dolphins, penguins and sea lions are […]

Philippines stops sending workers to Kuwait over abuse fears

Philippines stops sending workers to Kuwait over abuse fears

Image copyright EPA Image caption Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines had “lost four women” in Kuwait The Philippines has suspended sending workers to Kuwait, while it investigates the deaths of several Filipinos there. The ban comes a day after President Rodrigo Duterte claimed abusive employers in the Gulf state had driven four domestic […]

India doctor arrested for setting fire to 25 cars

India doctor arrested for setting fire to 25 cars

Image copyright MB Gowda Image caption The 37-year-old was caught by a security guard A doctor has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to 25 cars over a period of several days in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Police have seized CCTV footage of Dr Ameet Gaikwad, in which he is seen wearing a […]

Pakistan Zainab murder: DNA suggests suspect in other case was ‘innocent’

Pakistan Zainab murder: DNA suggests suspect in other case was ‘innocent’

Image caption For almost a year, Mudasir was thought to have been the killer Pakistani officials say they will investigate allegations police carried out an extrajudicial killing of a man wrongly accused of murdering a child. The allegations uncovered by BBC Newsnight focus on DNA tests suggesting the child victim was killed by the same […]

Yu Wensheng: China human rights lawyer arrested on school run

Yu Wensheng: China human rights lawyer arrested on school run

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Yu is a prominent human rights lawyer A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer has been detained while walking his child to school, his family says. Yu Wensheng, a vocal critic of China’s ruling Communist Party, was seized by about a dozen people, including a Swat team, after he […]

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand PM reveals she is pregnant

Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand PM reveals she is pregnant

Media captionNew Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern says she is expecting New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she is pregnant. Ms Ardern said she and her partner, Clarke Gayford, were expecting their child in June, after which she planned to take a six-week break. “And we thought 2017 was a big year!” she […]

‘Shaking’ Malaysia Airlines flight turns back to Australia

‘Shaking’ Malaysia Airlines flight turns back to Australia

Image copyright SANJEEV PANDEY Image caption Passengers say flight staff briefed them on emergency procedures A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to divert to central Australia after a technical issue left the aircraft “shuddering”, passengers say. Flight MH122 was travelling from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday when it turned back not far from Broome, […]